Book Blogger Tip Thursday #27

Money

If you are not already published, understand that while you are aiming to be, it is hard (extremely so), so you still need a job rather than waiting to become a millionaire to pay the water bill.

 

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Writing Tip: 220#

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The pros and cons of indie publishing:

Pros Cons
Complete executive control over the appearance, pricing, title and other elements of your novel. Lesser access to the extensive book industry connections many publishers offer that aid promotional efforts.
Complete ownership of rights and revenue. More admin work for you than if a publisher were to share publishing responsibilities.
Control over how and where your book is distributed. Having to build all your reputation yourself (as opposed to benefitting from the existing brand visibility of being carried by a recognisable publisher).

Writing Tip: 166#

People think that traditional publishers and self publishing are the only options. But small publishers are another options. There are multiple advantages to choosing a smaller publisher:

  • You have a higher chance of publication (if your book is good and has demonstrable market appeal), especially if your novel is a niche subject pitched to a smaller publisher with niche interests.
  • Positive sales figures attained via small publishing runs can be leveraged to pitch publishers in the future.

Finishing a Book: Deciding on a Genre

Genre is not necessary to writing a book. Your book will still be your book with or without a genre.

However, it will matter once you go through the gruelling writing and the gruelling editing. Now, all you need to do is the gruelling marketing.

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My Convention Experiences

I’m not a big convention goer, the only ones I’ve been to are writing ones…

Good thing I have a blog about writing!

 

Get ready for a load of free books

People love giving away books at conventions…too many books. I now have a shelf devoted to free books. You get free books on the door, then more as you go into different rooms, you better hope they’re a good read.

 

Putting this many anti-social people in one room may not be the best idea

I don’t know about you but I hate bloody communicating people…no offense. But what I’ve come to realise is that most writers are also weird shut-ins who refuse to talk. And nothing is more awkward than when EVERYONE in the room doesn’t know who to start a conversation.

 

Group workshops are definitely not the best idea

Honestly workshop are pretty good ideas. I just wish no one else was in there with me and I think everyone else’s thinking the same thing.

 

Civil war: Traditional vs. Self publishing

A strange thing happens at writing conventions, especially panels. You’re either Team ‘in it for the money’ or Team ‘putting in the effort’ and you may be able to tell which side I’ve taken if only because Traditional published author seem to be the only ones allowed on panel.

 

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So have you ever been to a writing convention? Do you want to? Or have I offended you with my team choices?

Let me know below.