Originally posted by Scaleru
However, when I see other authors, such as Stephanie Meyer, and the impact that they have had on the industry, I silently weep. I recently saw a meme on this very topic. Three reviews on the original Dracula, all giving it 2 or 1 stars, each saying that it was not up to par with todays language, that the story dragged on due to the use of "old English". Two of them went further to say that if the author had read Twilight (as we all know, an impossibility/travesty), the novel may have been much better. Truly saddening.
However, this should not affect our determination to continue our own writing and self expression. If you are planning on submitting to a traditional publishing house, they will take on your work if they think it is good, not based on a word count. Self publishing? There are pretty much no limitations except your ability to sell yourself. You could sell a book of 300 blank pages IF your marketing strategy was right, just in the same way that you could sell a book with 2 pages with the right plans.
In any case, good luck! Don't give up!
Originally posted by Scaleru
Finally back! Just a general reply to everyone today.
I've been thinking recently, and this may not occur to everyone, but the polish on your final product does not have to shine like a diamond. I've had people read my work and several of them have returned to me saying they loved it, ignoring the occasional spelling or grammatical error that I may have missed.
This, however, shouldn't be confused with writing style!!! For this, I think everyone that hasn't seen (or read, for as far as I know, it is a novel) "Dead Poet's Society", do yourself a favor. There is a part that discusses the use of words such as "very" and "really"; don't use them!
You are not "very tired", your are "exhausted".
You are not "very happy", your are "ecstatic".
Something is not "very shiny", it is "lustrous".
The list could go on forever! Thesaurus is your friend in a tight pinch, but use your gut.
Something I have been meaning to ask: What is your take on the word "said"? I try to avoid it myself, attempting to use something more descriptive wherever possible.
As a final note: Don't be discouraged by bad reviews. They will come, and they will probably come in droves. As has already been stated, not all who read your work are going to enjoy it. They may like parts of it, they may despise the whole concept, but there will be others that will become totally enthralled by your story. These are the people you need to focus on!
Look forward to see if anyone is still watching!
S. J. Vellenga
Ya I get the impression now a days that the title and the book cover seem to be as important as what's in the book. and even if you're book sucks the big one as long as the title and cover are good it will still help to sell it.
reply to post by Scaleru
I've got over a dozen books published through Amazon's KDP and most of them have also been formatted for paperback using Createspace. I am in their Select program, meaning I must publish ebooks exclusively through Amazon. I do not do this for the free days, which I have never used, but do it for the Borrows. In Select, your book is eligible to be borrowed by any member of Prime and each Prime member can borrow one book per month. In June (July data is not available yet) the borrow royalty was $2.24. My books were borrowed 51 times so I made over $100 just in borrows.
A tip about Createspace. After about a year, Amazon will mark down your paperback price. Say you were selling for $9.99 and your royalty was $3.00. They mark you down to $8.99. This does not cut your royalty. You would still make the same $3.00 you were making before, the discount comes from Amazon's royalty.
When my first book got marked down, I tried an experiment. I raised my price to $10.99 and waited, a week later it was marked down again to $8.99. But my royalty went UP due to MY price point of $10.99. So if they discount you, take advantage. Lots of writers get angry they were discounted, I am making more money so...
I would encourage any writer who wants to publish to use Amazon. Stay inside their rules and you'll do just fine.
We should start an ATS Support group, for aspiring writers- regardless of if your a hobbyist or feel as though it really is your true calling in life. I have been working on several little projects for 5 years now, but never could stay focused long enough to take the "leap" to just finish any one thing.
Over the last two months I have turned over a new leaf and am going to see a project through-- even if it is pure crap in the end.... lol. You can't grow unless you actually get on with it and put yourself out there.
I want to thank everyone in this thread for sharing their experiences. I did quite a bit of research regarding self publishing and there is quite a bit in this thread that I didn't even consider.
Promotion clearly is as big of a challenge as actually finishing a work.