Hello my fellow authors! I have a question for all of you in regards to Ebook distribution sites. There are so many out there and I’m a little lost on which one is the best for me. It looks like some charge to format and distribute while others simply take part of your royalties when you book is sold. Here are a few that I’m considering, does anyone have thoughts on these or any others that I should be looking into?
Any insight would be amazing!!!
OMG and I thought I was done with finishing the first draft of my second book, Kate Unraveled. But OH was I wrong. Now I have to go back and decide do I like the view the story is told from AND to top it off I have to decide what tense.
DAMNIT I don’t know. Can someone else decide that for me…then make the changes….:)
Okay so here is the real question. Do you feel more drawn into a book that is written in present tense or past tense? My book is a romantic suspense novel not sure if that helps you make the right choice or not but there you go.
I’ve never noticed what tense a book is written in but now I’m finding myself completely unfocused at work and going through each book on my kindle to find out.
Who knew this author stuff would be so time consuming on things other than FREAKING writing. UGH. I just want to create beautiful stories….and have someone turn the jumbled mess of words into something glorious that is actually readable. Is that too much to ask?
So when I first published FFTC I thought oh yeah this is the best thing ever written and it’s going to do amazing. People are going to buying it left and right and I was going to make millions.
Cue reality. I’ve sold 40 books and have made almost 75 dollars.
When I read all the stories about how hard it would be and some people never even recovered their initial costs I thought I was different. Or at least my book was.
Turns out this selling the book stuff is hard. Writing it was easy and enjoyable but selling it, marketing it. It freaking blows.
Now I guess I’ll find a real publisher for the next novel but that seems even harder! Can’t I just write the damn thing then pass it off to someone that knows what they heck they are doing?
Last night I went to Barns&Noble to pick up a hard copy of COTAR and became overwhelmed with just how many books are out there in the world. What was there was a small smoking of what’s available today and isn’t even a dent at what was available yesterday, the day before that and so on.
So why was it overwhelming? Because I’m not as special as I thought I guess, there are thousands of other people out there that can pull thoughts from their own minds, put it on paper and make it into a story that others want to read.
How will my story ever be different. Why will be people want to chose my novel to read over the thousands of others. Just stinks looking at that huge store knowing, I might be proud of me for publishing a novel, my friends and family might be proud of me but in the grand sceme of things it’s not that big of a deal. A lot of others have done it before me and a lot more will do it after.
I did it! I actually wrote a full length, legit novel! Six months later it is finally published through Amazon. Check it out under my pen name Kennedy L. Mitchell.
My second book is in the works now and I have to say it’s already better than the first.
Oh, and I did end up hiring an editor who really helped change the flow of the book and made it 100 times better. I am very very glad I decided to bite the bullet and pay for an outside opinion.
YAY! I did it! I’m going open champagne.
I really thought this whole writing thing would be easier than it turned out to be. I had a story, a great story – at least I think so- and I knew exactly what was going to happen in each scene. So, it wouldn’t be hard to put all that into actual words that flowed and moved seamlessly from one scene to the other right?
So So SO WRONG
After I wrote my first draft I realized being a writer is so much more than having a story. Its having a talent for making people feel thru the written word. Most people hone that talent thru years and years of writing, so how can I compare or even catch up. This is my first book and I want to get it out there but honestly I feel…inadequate compared to all the other amazing authors out there.
When I read other books, the thoughts of the characters – the emotions the Author makes me feel, I doubt I have that talent. I tried, I tried really really hard in my book to make people feel and see what my characters are doing but Im not sure I actually achieved that goal or if I just ended up with 70K jumbled words that I think make sense.
I guess I just thought if I had a story. A good story. I could make my dream of being a writer come true. Sadly I learned its going to take a lot more than just a good story.