The Advantages of Traditional Publishing

by Joy A. Shearer When considering whether to self-publish or to use a publishing company, think of time, money, and credibility. A self-published author must provide all three, while when using a company, the efforts are shared by a team which spends their time to polish the work, invests their money to get the work off the ground, and delivers the credibility necessary for a product to hit the shelves.   A self-publishing author cannot simply be an author publishing their own work. They must be an editor and attempt to look over their own work with an objective eye. They must be trained in layout and act as graphic designer to ensure their book looks its best. After the book is printed, they must find bookstores willing to carry a self-published book. They must market the book widely and publicize themselves. The self-publishing author must fill several roles at once, while an author publishing with a company has a team of editors, designers, printers, marketers, and publicists who all have the goal of getting the author’s work out and appreciated. An author published by a company can afford to simply focus on their writing.   In addition to playing all the parts, an author without a publishing team behind them financially has several hurdles ahead.  If they decide to hire an editor, they must pay from their own pocket. Also there are the costs of production and marketing. Additionally, self-publishing authors must spend time and energy on printing their books, taking orders, shipping, and any returns.  An author working with a publisher can allow the company to invest in these activities.   Another hurdle to overcome as a self-publisher is the reputation of self-publishing.  Right or wrong, self-published work will be deemed of less quality than that which has been approved and polished by a publishing team. There is more credibility lent to an author publishing through a company—their work has been vetted, edited, and approved, and is therefore attractive to stores who need quality-verified work to sell. A self-published author will struggle to find stores to accept their work while an author with a publishing team has marketers who will use their established networks and know-how to get a book to readers.   If you’re an author considering whether to self-publish or submit your work to publishing companies until you find a good fit, trust that the wait is worth it. Self-published authors don’t have the luxury of being an author focused on writing. Instead they must sink their own time and money into the publishing process, then try and market and publicize their work when the vast majority of sellers will reject their work solely based upon the fact that it’s self-published. ...

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From the Publisher’s Desk

From the Publisher’s Desk

Scene and Setting: Writing in A Void Sometimes when I’m writing, I get so excited about the plot events, that I forget the rest. By that, I mean sometimes the action happens in a void. I think it’s very easy to forget that, as writers, we are responsible for every nuance of the reality of the story, every aspect of the world in which we write. The burden then becomes two-fold – detailed enough to keep the reader’s attention, but not laboriously so, as not to slow down the pacing of the story. The second challenge is consistency with internal cosmology (you know, things like gravity). In many stories this can be taken for granted. A romance tale will not necessarily have to deal with aspects of time dilation because no matter how in love the characters are, they aren’t going to be travelling faster than light. That said, the supporting characters and the world they live in must be internally consistent. If Old Jim is a toothless storeowner, he must always be a toothless storeowner, unless there’s a reason – preferably on page – for him not to be. But you know all this, and I digress. Back to the void. When writing a critical scene, a plot point as it were, it’s important to draw the moment out, to slow down time. Think about the air quality and light quality the characters exist in. Is it raining? Is it night or day? Are they standing or sitting? On what? Is there background noise? What is making it? Do they know? Have they been there before? Answering just to of these questions will change your scene from a plot point to a pivotal moment of story. What are your techniques for avoiding the void? Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Bird is the Word

Bird is the Word

A little bird told me that you like to find interesting, fun and creative content on the web. Whether you’re looking for trivia, articles, videos, images, books, quotes or random observations about life, odds are somebody out there on Twitter is tweeting something that’ll get your engine going in the morning.* Well here’s a handy-dandy list of authors you should absolutely be following on Twitter. Yen Ooi- @yenooi Nicholas Pugliese- @vukcic Matt Roberts- @MattRoberts29 Clayton Grow- @writingengineer Alethea Eason- @AletheaEason Eric Staggs- @somenewlanguage Nichole Canniff- @OpsExeNichole Ditrie Sanchez- @IndieandNed The Darkest Age- @DarkestAgeRPG SpectaclePMG- @SpectaclePMG   Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Twist of Fate

Twist of Fate

This holiday season, prepare yourself for a story like you’ve never seen before. A gentle love story with a hint of mystery, “Twist of Fate” will immediately capture your heart. The inspiring and enchanting tale was penned by mother-daughter duo F. Sharon Swope and Genilee Swope Parente; this writing team’s true life story is just as touching as the novel they crafted. Having one of her books published has been Sharon’s lifelong dream. Now, despite her age and failing eye-sight, she and her daughter have beaten the odds to make Sharon’s dream a reality. The first in a series, “Twist of Fate” will hit the shelves this holiday season, making it the perfect stocking stuffer. To keep track of the book’s progress and learn more about the authors, go to SwopeParente. Spectacle: making authors’ dreams a reality, one book at a time. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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Happy Hauntings

Happy Hauntings

Twas the fright before daymare and all through the house not a dead man was stirring not Johann nor Strauss. The bones were piled high all alongside my lair in hopes that the next victim soon would appear… The haunted houses are gearing up for a spooky season of gore and mayhem. Halloween shops are sprouting up everywhere with masks, magic and goblins aplenty. Perhaps best of all are the mountains of candy! Yet eating isn’t always a sugary affair. With zombies and cannibals, you’d best beware. The horrors and chills you’ll find in our book are available in print, Kindle and Nook. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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