I might have overestimated the arrival date of my book. It’s in the works, but clearly I didn’t make my summer deadline. I’ll post a sample chapter online, soon, to demonstrate the book does exist and hopefully to pique your interest.
My first indie book sucked.
I realize that, now. After the fact.
You’ll recognize the reasons why, but I’ll trudge through them, anyway. Let’s think of it as metaphorical writer’s self-flagellation.
My indie book isn’t a totally bad book. There are parts of it that are pretty good, and there’s a story there. I did do a lot of rewriting of it, but the final product sucks. And there’s one very simple reason it sucked – I didn’t treat it professionally.
Here are some of the things I should have done:
There are probably a few other things I overlooked, but I think those are the bones of the problem.
It all seems obvious in retrospect. I’m not going to buy something with an unappealing cover, and I’m not going to buy an indie book that looks amateurish in the previews.
This time I intend to do it right. In fact, I have a couple of works I’m going to work through the process – a children’s book and a long scifi story.
I’ll start with the scifi piece. It’s about 8500 words, a horrible length if you’re trying to get it published: very few e-zines want to see something that long. But it seems to be a good length for e-books. So what the hell? While I’m working on my book (It’s going well. Could go faster.), I’ll start getting some experience taking a story through the professional process.
In my next post, I’ll talk about where to find beta readers. Right now, I don’t have a clue.
Note: If you’re curious, here’s a synopsis of my one and only indie book, Cauldron Born. You can buy it on Amazon, too, if you’re inclined. It’s not horribad, but it’s amateurish. It might be educational in a way.
So I’m not going to advertise this post. It’s a bit embarrassing to say you’re good at blogging and not blog. Ha!
*Hangs head in shame.
On the bright side, the writing is going well. I’m writing every day and getting in some good sessions. Since I’m in rewrites on not focusing so much on my word count as the time I put in. I’m doing about an hour a day, sometimes more, sometimes less. The less part is the big issue.
I’ve figured out two things:
That’s it for now. The blog will hopefully get some more attention.
I had a good session, today – almost 2 hours, and I finished a new chapter.
This article is from 2011. It’s not at all pertinent, today, not as a review of monitors, but I thought this might be useful to see. It’s a good, short example of what a finished article looks like when it’s sent off to a publisher.
The product links are removed at the publisher – in this case, SmartComputing; they’re there so the editor can double-check my work. At the bottom of the article are references to images with accompanying text explaining the images. The images are posted or emailed separately.
HED is short for headline and DEK is short for deck, which is a journalism term for the part of the headline that summarizes the story.
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HED: Affordable Monitors
DEK: A good monitor doesn’t have to be expensive
Do you spend a lot of time in front of your computer? Do you create your own videos or edit your photographs? Or are your work days filled doing online research and word processing. Whether you’re browsing the web, laying out your company’s product catalog, or making an instructional video, your monitor is probably your most important computing purchase after the computer.
A good monitor can reduce eye strain, Read More