(Closed) NWR: Starting my novel….

posted 7 years ago in Entertainment
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

You are an angel. You read my mind except I’m working on a sequel. While I should be looking for full time work (and I am trying, don’t get me wrong), Darling Husband insists I write my book instead. I can’t believe you posted this as just an hour ago I was searching the house for the first chapter of my part 2 that I lost and have to start over now.

I never thought I could post about my novel here. I thought it was against the rules and we would be promoting ourselves or whatever the term is!

You are right, i told Darling Husband the same thing. I have to be inspired to write. But I miss it so much, I cried last week and that’s when he put his foot down, lol

Please pm me anytime with thoughts/ideas/anything! YAY!!!!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

You can definitely write it! However, hon, I plan to self publish. You must know who Nicholas Sparks is? He started his career by self publishing! If you don’t feel inspired one day, don’t beat yourself up. I have sticky notes of just one liners lying around and that’s how I get inspired, by putting them all together and then just going on and on! GAh! Why didn’t you post this sooner? LOL! I have to log off now but I’ll be back tomorrow!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Oh and I plan to self publish because finding an agent and then a publisher, is like finding a needle in a haystack. If you know who Richard Paul Evans is, he got his start by self publishing too!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

And what’s your genre? So many questions I have now! LOL

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Darling Husband and I both write for pleasure, but we definitely want to try and publish some of our stuff one of these days. True, it’s not easy dealing with the possibility of rejection when you’ve worked so hard on something, but I’m kind of used to that by now considering my background in the performing arts, lol. Darling Husband mainly writes short stories, so he’s thinking he might self-publish them as e-books anyway.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Corilee13: I’m sneaking in another reply while Darling Husband is in the shower, lol, he just got home. I will answer your PM tomorrow.

When I was THIS close to self publishing (apparently the editor loved my book but hell, I was paying for it so why wouldn’t he?) it was going to cost me 2K for 100 copies.

Later I learned an even cheaper way. You go to a printer. A good one. I have the name of a good one here in Ottawa. They bind it for you like a real book looks. You know, with the spine and all, but the graphic artist or artist for your cover is your expense. That route was more like $1000 for 100 copies.

What Richard Paul Evans did is made up some copies of a story he wrote for his daughters at Christmas. He then went around to mom and pop bookstores and asked them to please display the book in their windows. They did. Word of mouth spread that the book was fantastic and that’s when a publisher contacted him! He could then afford to hire an agent.

I love your genre! Mine is a tragi-romance. Love lost, found again and then lost again. A romance but a tragedy…hence tragi-romance.

 

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’ve been following this thread, and I wasn’t going to comment for fear of being flamed as a downer. But I showed this to my sister, who is an actual professional author whose debut novel will be available Spring 2013, and this is what she said:

“Take yourself seriously. Treat writing as a job and do the work. Make the time; write the pages. It’s the only way to do it. You will suck at first. No, really, you will. Keep going. If you really want to write, you will write. If you just want to talk about writing or to say you’ve written something, you’ll do those things instead. Keep publishing and the industry separate from the writing. Don’t even think about it until you’ve completed – and revised, multiple times – your novel. Do your research, and only self-publish if you understand what you’re getting into. Self-publishing is a LOT of work; you’re responsible for every facet of the book’s quality, and you won’t have much audience. If you really want to be published, a physical book in a bookstore published, stick with it until you get an agent. The internet makes researching the industry incredibly easy, but it takes years of dedication and effort.

Publishing 101: Money flows to the writer. Always. Even in self-publishing, you make a minor investment for copy-editing and cover art, but you earn a higher royalty on copies. Conversely, you publish traditionally and receive an advance against royalties, distribution, and marketing. Agents work on commission. You do not pay to hire them. They only get paid when you do. Paying someone a grand to literally print copies of your book is not the same thing as self-publishing.

The nice thing is it is within your control. You can do it if you want to! Writing is its own reward; publishing is just icing. Good luck.”

I hope this is informative. Basically, save your money and put that effort into writing and submitting. The rejections suck, but you need them to become better in that industry! Good luck!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Amaryllis: Cool! What does your sister write? Or should I wait until 2013 to find out? πŸ˜‰

I believe in the power of desire. If I desire my book to be seen and valued, it will be. Just like if you desire true love, it finds you. Call me an idiot, call me a hopeless romantic, but I guess I’m just trying to be an upper!

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Good luck!

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