My big idea about publishing

Okay, so I’ve hatched a plan.

I’m going to bin my search for a traditional publisher for the time being, after reading about a miniscule return on every $5 book sale.

Really?

Is it really worth putting all my energies into getting a book deal when you are still expected to do your own marketing anyway?

Is the publishing industry really telling authors to go it alone?  I see no incentive in approaching a traditional publisher other than to keep the ”how I got signed up” myth running.

I will tell you what my motivation to write is: to entertain my readers and to make them think – in a world where critical thinking has been removed from every vestige of society.

Okay – so how passionate am I about my work?  Extremely.

How much time and energy do I intend on putting into marketing and getting my work out there?  A lot more time that I had last year!  So, quite a lot.

Am I going to get where I want to be?  Yes!

How do I know that?  I just do.

So what is my plan?

1) Social media, obviously

2) Blogging and blog tours

3) Getting my work noticed; making contacts with other people in the same field

4) Entering my work into competitions.

I am still relectant to stop making my first 2 titles available for free.  I think it’s a valuable way to get the word out because, I believe, the quality of writing has to speak for itself.  If you are interested, you can get them here for free:

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/mispelbooks

So – I hope you would like to join me on this journey and I hope you enjoy the books.

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When writers support each other…

Enn Kae

Writing can be – is – an isolating experience.  As a new writer, you live in a fog of self-imposed uncertainty which leaves you wondering ”Am I doing the right thing?”  – ”Who do I think I am, trying to make it as a writer?” etc etc.

So, it makes a world of difference when you meet other writers who are either in the same boat as you or are already established and are supporting other writers.

Trust me, it makes a world of difference….

I have been fortunate, blessed and lucky to have met some really great people via social media who have spurred me on to try an accomplish what I am trying to achieve.

Most notably, June – author of the Benjamin McTish series who I met through James Coglin  – both very wonderful spirits who have been supporting and mentoring me throughout my journey.  I shall…

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Damnation Update!

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For all you crazy cats just waiting for even the slightest tidbit of news about my latest novel… 😉

I’m happy to report that things are progressing smoothly.

We haven’t set an official release date as of yet, but the book is going through editing, everyone I needed for the cover is onboard and working on it, and we’re officially on track. I personally am excited as what I have planned for this work is… ambitious to say the least. So stay tuned everyone, Divinity’s sequel is on its way!!!

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When writers support each other…

Writing can be – is – an isolating experience.  As a new writer, you live in a fog of self-imposed uncertainty which leaves you wondering ”Am I doing the right thing?”  – ”Who do I think I am, trying to make it as a writer?” etc etc.

So, it makes a world of difference when you meet other writers who are either in the same boat as you or are already established and are supporting other writers.

Trust me, it makes a world of difference….

I have been fortunate, blessed and lucky to have met some really great people via social media who have spurred me on to try an accomplish what I am trying to achieve.

Most notably, June – author of the Benjamin McTish series who I met through James Coglin  – both very wonderful spirits who have been supporting and mentoring me throughout my journey.  I shall be forever indebted because they were the people who came back to me and gave me the feedback that I needed in order to pursue writing; to get over myself and to follow my dreams.

The rollercoaster is made all the more easier with supportive authors; needless to say it is very important to support other authors.  The journey will become all that more steadier.  I definitely feel like I’ve come a long way as a writer and it is largely due to their encouragement and now I feel like I am, for the first time, enjoying the ride.

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Some dumb questions writers are often asked…

I thought I’d put together a shortlist of the questions and comments that friends, family and colleagues often direct at writers.  Well, from my own experience anyway…………………..

1) ”What are you writing about?”  (Fair enough, I’ll let that slide)

2) ”Are you writing the next Harry Potter?” (Or some variation, therefore….)

3) ”You might become rich and famous.”  (Really?  Really?  Is that what you think motivates writers?)

4) ”Are you writing about me?” or, ‘”Am I in it?” (Double-U Tee Eff?)

5) ”Did you do a lot of research for that?” (I’ll let that one slide too…)

6) ”How long have you been writing for?” (Reasonable, reasonable….good question, actually)

7) ”Do you write in English?”  (No, seriously….?)

8) ”Have you finished your novel yet?” or, better still, ”What’s happening with that?”  (We’re not all performing monkeys sitting at a typewriter!)

9) ”Yeah, you need inspiration to write.”  (*sigh*)

10) ”Have you seen The Matrix?”  (or any other title, mid-way through explaining the story….again, *sigh*)

Are Sequels Really Necessary?

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“When did the need for series and/or sequels start, anyway? I’ve been reading Diana Wynne Jones’ REFLECTIONS ON WRITING, and she isn’t shy about sharing her thoughts on series arcs (that is, she didn’t like them). If memory serves, out of the gazillion books she wrote, only three, maybe four had sequels. Even in the Chrestomanci series, Chrestomanci himself is not always a primary character. Granted, I’m working on a series myself, and feel good about this decision. I’m just wondering how many stand-alone stories the publishing world takes on vs. sure-fire series stories. I hope that makes sense.” -jeanleesworld

So we have a two-part question here. First, when did the need for series and/or sequels start? Pretty much since writing became a serious business, but probably more so since it became a very cutthroat business. Let me explain…

For one, you can write a stand alone book if you…

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