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How to use your beta readers effectively

I recently finished another manuscript and needed some beta readers. This is far from my first one, and I’ve learned a few things along the way. Let me share some with you now.

#1 – Give them instructions. Chances are, your beta readers are not professional editors, agents, and publishers. They don’t understand exactly what’s needed in their analysis. That’s perfectly fine, just give them a bit of instruction. For example, this manuscript I just finished is a picture book. Unless you have read the countless dozens I have, studied them as I have, read advice and articles as I have, you’re not going to realize a few things. One of those things is that the words don’t tell the story so much as the pictures do. I recently read The Bad Mood and the Stick by Lemony Snicket, and a prime example of this relationship. Nowhere does the writing tell what the bad mood looks like or that it’s floating around, etc. The artist does that. This is one of the instructions I gave my beta readers.

#2 – They aren’t trying to break your soul. OK, you just poured your literal soul onto a piece of paper, and someone had the audacity to criticize it?!?!?! Yup, that’s pretty much what just happened. But like our real soul, where we think we’re doing right but may be doing things very very wrong, we need a little instruction every now and again. When someone tells you something about yourself you don’t like, you probably dismiss it at first but then maybe, later, when you’ve grown a bit, you realize they might have been right all along. We don’t have that kind of time here. Take a deep breath, here it goes. Most say just keep getting critiqued over and over and you’ll get used to it, etc. Not for me. That didn’t work. What did work was to stop looking at it like the love of my life and more like a business. I’m building a car, not displaying my insides for the world to see. They’re telling me the gears don’t switch well, not that my favorite character isn’t working. What worked for me is to step back, aka strip the story away from my chest kicking and screaming, and then look at it. Once I’m in that mood, I take suggestions far more easily. It still hurts, but I’m more open to it, and that makes a better story.

#3 – Don’t take every single statement to heart. Like I said, they’re not professionals, and even if they were, each one will be different. I’ve seen countless authors, “One beta reader said this and now I have to fix it.” I’m like, “Why? Is it actually a problem? How many betas did you have?” If your answer is 6 or more, why do you care what that one said? Don’t get me wrong. That one could see something no one else did that does need to be changed. This is where you have to put your manager’s cap on and make the big decisions. Not everything they think needs changing needs changing, and you have to be the one to decide that.

#4 – Make a list and check it twice. Not everyone is cut out for beta reading. If they never get back to you, if their suggestions don’t line up right, they’re probably not the best reader for your books, just like a certain agent isn’t the best agent for you or a certain publisher, or, you know, a spouse. Everyone is different, and not everyone matches up. That’s OK.

Hope this helps you with your next manuscript. Good luck!

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When your writing quits writing itself

I honestly don’t know how many times I’ve been there. A LOT. But there’s always that chapter/scene where the writing stops. It’s like, “What am I supposed to be doing now? What’s supposed to be happening?” Even with a detailed plot structure with clear instructions of what is and is not supposed to be happening, it did it again.

Then my son asked a question.

The other day I was asking for help in coming up with a title for my current WIP, and my son asked, “What is the MC’s goal?”

And he had me.

Such a simple question. THE question, and I knew it was a problem since day one. I had the goal, but I didn’t. Not really. Whenever I tried to write an elevator pitch for the blurb, it just crumbled into obscurity.

And that’s when I realized. I have been over complicating things.

This whole time I kept thinking I needed more plot, more complexity. Alas, I needed more simplicity. I kept concentrating on the villain, kept claiming that defeating him was the goal. It so wasn’t.

The goal was XXX. The villain just gets in the way. Like my mother said, “KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid.” And she was right.

Start with the simple and embellish later if you need to. Not sure I’ll ever be good at that, but at least now I know what the real goal is and that the villain has very little to do with it.

Oh yeah, the writing. See, without the correct goal, I was just spinning my wheels, my characters were passing time until the next big thing happened. NOW, my characters have a desire, a purpose, and my writing will go back to taking care of itself. Just to be clear, I did know their goal is what drove the story before this revelation. Whenever I would get stuck, I would think, “What does my character want? What would they do?” But this time, I have a clearer picture, a big picture, the right picture. Oh, and I also have an elevator pitch 🙂 Hoo yeah!

So, the next time you get stuck, ask yourself, “What would my character(s) do? What do they want?” They have to keep trying for their goal. If that doesn’t work as well as it should, reanalyze your main goal. Is it really defeating the villain, or does the villain just get in the way. Good luck with your writing!

The problem with Query rejections

We’ve all had them, from being completely ignored to a well thought out reply, even the notorious “form rejection”, querying is as much fun as jumping in a swimming pool full of razor blazes and alcohol. But let’s talk about something I don’t think most authors realize, and certainly not the agents. That’s right agents, I’m talking to you. Listen up.

I’m in the middle of querying, and I’ve gotten ignored. I’ve gotten obvious form rejections, and recently, I’ve gotten what I thought was a nice rejection. But it wasn’t. Let me show you:

I have now read your query. I can see the work put into the query and that you have effectively captured the nature of the novel, but I confess that it is not for me. I didn’t love it, and, unfortunately, if I don’t feel that strongly, I’m the wrong agent for the work. Publishing is a notoriously subjective business, and every author needs both an agent and an editor who do love their work. It’s hellishly difficult getting editors to take a look at new authors, so that initial enthusiasm is vital.

FYI, I’ve taken on five writers as clients and turned down well over 4,000, so far… I know it can be as difficult to get an agent as it is to be taken on by a publisher. You just have to keep plugging away. Good luck.

All best wishes for the future.

Yours,
XXX

Ah, what a beautiful letter! So full of kindness and encouragement, but here’s the problem. I took it to heart. I honestly thought I had “effectively captured the narrative of the novel,” and was prepared to review the written query in order to use it as the main backbone for future ones. My first clue this might be a mistake was that I didn’t send this agent any material. How could they possibly know I “captured the narrative” if they never laid eyes on it?

At first I assumed they, knowing far more than I in the biz, were somehow able to deduce this on their own. But just to be sure, I posted this letter on QueryTracker. Guess what? Someone else got exactly the same letter! Hmmm….

This agent wasn’t the only one like that. I had others with the same problem. And I remember, years ago, receiving a letter from an agent informing me that they just didn’t connect with my characters. While that is definitely advice to take to heart in writing and something which should be on the forefront of every manuscript, it was very likely not true. It was probably just another form rejection.

So, dear agent who wrote this, thank you very very much for trying to be nice and encouraging and wonderful but bear in mind, it almost cost me big time. The query I sent you was not my best, and had I used it as such, imagine the consequences. (although to be honest at this point I have no idea what’s best or worst as far as my queries go) Just leave out that little part about effectively capturing, and it’ll be great! And my thanks is most sincere. The last paragraph of chugging away is something I will probably print and mount to keep me going. To hear that from someone such as yourself brings tears from the knowledge of understanding and compassion. Thank you.

And, dear authors, this is a warning to you. Don’t take every rejection to heart. Research to make sure they meant what they said. QueryTracker is a great way to do this. TTFN! And good luck with your querying! You’re going to need it.

The Importance of Character

Many authors, like myself, get caught up in the plotline or, and this is my big booboo, the setting, the premise. So I’m really into sci-fi, etc, and the thought of watching a movie/reading a book where a building fades in and out of existence, taking its inhabitants to parallel worlds or even places of the universe is pretty cool. But that’s not what hooks the audience. It’s the characters. I know. I know. It’s hard to imagine for those visual effects people out there like me, but maybe this will help.

One of my absolute favorite games to play was/is Beyond Good and Evil. Ah Jade, Pey’J, even Double H, these were the characters who made up that game. The premise was amazing, the gameplay-amazing, the graphics, the collections, the photo taking, all great. But, and I didn’t realize this until I watched a trailer for it this morning, that’s not what made the game for me. It was the characters.

See, Jade is the character you play, and in the sequel us fans have been waiting on for 15, yes 15, years, she’s not in it. I watched the trailer this morning and didn’t recognize a single aspect of it. Pirates? Hmmm, OK, I guess I can pretend pirates had something to do with it. Different graphics? Well, it’s not my cup of tea, but I understand the audience wants the game to be up to date on the graphics side.

Wait.

Where’s Jade?

That’s right, the main character who you won the game with, the character you strove to keep alive, to save Double H and Pey’J with, the hero who struggled through and survived to live another day, who had the chemistry with Pey’J, yeah-she’s gone. And that was it. I was done with the game. I have no more desire to play the sequel, finite, nada.

This is why character is so important.

When I wrote the sequel to Anya and the Secrets of Cupola, the first chapter was almost a preface. It included, not the main characters of Gevin, Anya, and Taika, but a skinwalker named Azizi. A friend of mine read it and actually stopped themselves to look at the cover to make sure it was the right book as they didn’t recognize it as such. Ew. That’s bad. Real bad. Did I make a mistake? I hope not. I mean, there is a bit of a difference between one chapter without your characters and an entire book. Just look at Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Now granted, my books don’t have movies and millions of fans to help the story stay in your head, but Azizi was mentioned in the first book, just like Riddle was in the Harry saga.

So by now you’re asking yourself what my point is. My point is that even though the setting, the premise, the built world is amazing and spectacular and will draw readers in like a mosquito on an otherwise perfect day, you’ll lose readers without good characters, and believable ones at that. Until next time 😉

POC on a book cover

POC is a broad term including pretty much everyone that isn’t stereotypically white, and since a great deal of the world bunches all us “white people” together into one very stuffy, very stale bowl, it obviously doesn’t include everyone. But I recently watched a presentation by Barry Goldblatt, literary agent for Barry Goldblatt Literary, that spoke to me. He said there is still a firm belief within the publishing world that placing a POC on the cover of a book will keep it from selling, at least as well.

I don’t doubt that. But not for why you think.

As a child, when I saw a POC on a cover of a book, I groaned and moaned because I knew the book was going to be one of those serious “teach kids a lesson” books that would bore me to tears. It was usually a girl with some detrimental look on her face who had lived some terrible life of slavery and concentration camps and while very interesting and educational (probably more interesting to me now as an adult 😉 ) they were not fun. In fact, they were often depressing.

Fast forward to today. We pretty much have the same thing, only now the POC’s are Arabic and Indian.

But wait.

I’ve seen a very very few books with POC on the front that looked fun. Of Giants and Ice is one (although they left the POC off two of the four covers, never figured that out), Princess Cupcake is another. This blog post shares 12 books with POC where the topic isn’t racial. Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion looks cute.

I did an internet search and an Amazon search. Both came up with pretty much nothing but serious books that completely turned me off from the get-go. I had to really search to find a book with a POC on the front that was just for fun, like the ones I mentioned above. And I truly think that’s the problem. I think that’s the reason “POC covers don’t sell”. If the publishing community would quit treating POC like some sorrowful event we all have to read with our heads bowed, they would sell more. But that’s just my opinion.

What every character needs, actually … wants

As promised, here’s what I learned about character. Now, this post is not going to go in near the depth the class did, so I highly suggest you check it out.

Every character must have:

  1. A want. If the character needs something, the story is about fate. If they want something, it’s about the story being driven by the character. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as they want it.
  2. A weakness. As the instructor in the videos said, “We love Superman because he’s vulnerable to Kryptonite.” Imagine for a moment if he weren’t. Every character has to have a weakness. Maybe it’s their anger, their jealousy. Maybe they’re allergic to air or moondust. It doesn’t matter, just find one (or more) for them.
  3. Where are they from? This is both geographically and emotionally. Their region of upbringing will affect their language, their culture, maybe even their strengths and weaknesses. Think about how growing up an army brat would change a person. Their emotional baggage they bring with them affects their personality, the way they react to anyone and everything. This needs to be discovered before they first word is written.
  4. Where are they going? This one’s a little more difficult to explain as the teacher didn’t explain it very well to me. What he said was if you know where the character is coming from and what they want, you will know how they will react to obstacles they come across or are thrown at them. I think what he meant was, are they going to have a smooth ride? Will they get what they want? What will happen to them along the way? That sort of thing.
  5. What do they do to surprise you? Pantsers’ characters surprise us all the time. I had no idea Anya would get jealous of Gevin when he was chosen, but by golly she did! She was such a strong character to me, book three really shocked me when she broke down and panicked. That should have been a warning bell for me, and it was. The scene where they face their greatest fears? Yeah, that took me days to figure out what hers was. She didn’t seem to have any, and I kinda made one up in the end. But hey, it worked, so there. This is one reason I’m recommending you do all this before you start writing. That way you don’t wait till book 3 of a series to finally discover what gets your character’s goat.

That’s all I’m going to discuss in this post. Again, I highly recommend you take the class, and good luck with your writing!

Handing in my pants – but not permanently of course

I’m gonna knock your all’s socks off.

I’m plotting.

No. Serious plotting. As in, I’m spending today doing nothing more than creating my characters. It used to be that I discovered plot and characters as I wrote. I totally pantsed my stories, unless or course I ran into a dead end or something. Then I brought out my trusty 8-point arc and went from there. But recently, I found the 8-pointer didn’t do it for me anymore. So, I got more serious with my writing.

Now, I’ve always been serious with my writing, and I’ve wanted to take courses for years, but I only recently have been able to (mainly due to not being able to find any, especially cheap enough I can afford it—aka free—and yet still legit). I’m glad I waited to be honest. I think I’m learning more from it now than I would have in the past.

So here’s what I’m taking:

https://www.coursera.org/specializations/creative-writing

It’s a 5 course series offered by Coursera. In order to get graded and join in on the peer reviews, you have to pay the $50/month, but all the lessons and actual assignments are otherwise free, just not the grading a peer reviews. I’ve only done part of the first course, but I’ve learned a great deal and am very impressed. While I plan to do every assignment, no matter how silly I think they may be, I’m also working on my next story while I do.

For example, we’ve learned the major plot points, but explained in a way I’ve never had explained before. I feel like I’ve leveled up to a higher plane or something. Also, we’ve learned about character. And that character drives the plot. I’ve heard a lot about plot driven and character driven before, but I’m only now understanding it. I’m going to explain a bit about the characters’ needs and wants for the story to have a greater depth, but I’m going to make a separate post for it. Here’s a link:

What your story’s characters need.

How to get an agent and/or published for the beginner

Something happened today that made me decide a few things need to be addressed for authors out there trying to get agents and/or published. Someone asked how to get an agent and/or published, and I answered them. When I read their reply, I went back to read their original post and saw, to my astonishment, something I had missed earlier, something I had assumed differently. See, this was a forum specifically for authors seeking agents, but their question said they don’t want money, they just want the “support” of an agent.

That’s a waste of agents’ time, folks. If you have no intentions of following their rules and/or making money, don’t waste their time and yours by querying. And that’s what his answer was. He was an artist who would do whatever, however he wanted with his art. OK. That’s fine and dandy, but no agent is going to support any author. They’re going to represent professional authors.

So for those of you out there dying to be a professional author, here are some basic do’s and don’t’s:

  1. Do your homework. Aka, read every article, blog post, book on the topic. Soon you’ll be able to skip the bogus and go straight for the true, tossing the garbage left and right over your shoulders. This takes years, yes years, to learn, and you still won’t learn it all. Like ever.
  2. Finish the book. Publishers don’t give advances for partial books, and agents will toss you in the trash without so much as a rejection letter. (This is for fiction only. Non-fiction is a completely different world and is not discussed here. If you are specifically wanting to pitch a non-fiction, this post may help you some, but is not directed towards you in any way shape or form) If an agent gets really bored and feels really sorry for you, you might get a letter that says, “Finish a book before querying.”
  3. Self-edit the book. Go over the book. Over and over and over the book. Publishers and agents do not want your rough drafts. Instant rejection without reply.
  4. Buy the latest copy of the Writer’s Market, preferably in your genre, if available. These can be found at the library too sometimes.
  5. Don’t post your book online. I know I post WIP’s. Those are just tiny snippets of whatever I’m working on. There are people who post their whole book online and then ask for representation, and get this, with a link to where their book is posted online included in their query. Biiiiig no no. No one wants to publish a book available for free elsewhere. (This was what “the artist” wanted to do.)
  6. Don’t pitch to publishers until you exhaust all your agents. Agents can’t sell a book to a publisher that’s already turned it down. (Most publishers don’t take unsolicited manuscripts anyway.)
  7. The literary world is small and has a memory. Don’t burn your bridges. If you continuously insist on querying agents/publishers that don’t represent your type of work, in a way they specifically ask people not to, or without being professional, when you finally do write the next best-seller, it’ll be thrown in the trash without being read.

This is by no means an answer to every question. Nor is it meant to be. But it will get you started. If you are unwilling to follow these rules, don’t query. There’s nothing wrong with posting your beautiful literary work online for the world to read, print it on a T-shirt, I don’t care, but don’t waste an agent’s time by querying them if you’re not serious as a professional author. Please.

Why one writer chose to self-publish. Should you?

Hey, Guys! Today I’m doing something special. I’m posting an open and frank discussion I had with an author friend of mine on why she chose to self-publish. Yes I had her permission ;).

Before I post said discussion, let me tell you a bit about Ms. Angelique Conger to you. Ms. Conger discovered the wonders of writing books later in her life. For years, the stories of ancient women enticed her, challenging her to tell their stories. No one knows or tells the stories of these women, unknown in history, not even most of their names. Many of the stories of their husbands are unknown. Angelique tells their stories as though they sat beside her, whispering their stories into her ear in her series Ancient Matriarchs.
Angelique lives in southern Nevada with her husband, a bird, and two turtles. She looks forward to visits from her grandchildren, and their parents.
She can be found at
http://www.AngeliqueCongerAuthor.com
https://www.amazon.com/Angelique-Conger/e/B01NBPZ1LW

Let me also say before we begin that Ms. Conger’s opinions are her own. We are here to listen to her opinions and thoughts and learn from them.

Soooo, Hi Ms. Conger!

Angelique:
Hi, Debby 🙂

Me:
So tell me, why did you choose to self-pubish?

Angelique:
I had thought I’d try for a traditional publishing contract until I learned how long it took to go through the process. I’m 64 already, and don’t feel like I have time to play their games.

Me:
LOL. The traditional route can take a long time.

Angelique:
Once I started, I realized I like the freedom to make my own choices. I have friends with publishers. They don’t have any control over when their books will be published, or how they look. I like to be in control.

Me:
I can understand that. What reason(s) do you think others have for self publication? Is it mainly a desire for control over their work?

Angelique:
I choose to self publish for control and to get my stories out for others to read when I want them to go out.

Me:
Is writing more of a career or hobby for you?

Angelique
This is a career for me. My husband has poor health. My goal is to reach the point I can support myself if needed. My husband can support us well now, but I will lose most of it if he dies. I’d like to earn enough to take him on a nice vacation.

Me:
A lot of writers are curious as to how plausible it is to make a career in self-publishing. We’ve all heard the instant winner stories like 50 Shades, but the truth is more fail than succeed in making an actual career out of it. What do you think you are doing that will make you one of the successful ones?

Angelique:
I have goals and plans. I have written a series of 4 books, with another 2 planned, and have 2 written for a second series. I published 4 books last year, and plan 4 – 6 more this year. I bought 3 courses that help me with marketing, though it is slow with limited funds.

Me:
I thought about taking marketing courses myself. Do you feel they have helped you?

Angelique
I like the courses by Mark Dawson. They are full of helpful information. I haven’t gone through everything, but the parts I’ve completed have definitely helped. Also, I have a course by Nick Stephenson that helps me understand email marketing.

Me:
Ooo, excellent. Do you mind sharing links to them?

(shared links)
https://learn.selfpublishingformula.com/courses
Self Publishing Formula
Revenue generating online marketing skills and tools for indie authors.
learn.selfpublishingformula.com
(These courses are only offered a couple times a year.)

Angelique:
I have spent more time writing and need to focus more on the marketing side of things. That is the tough part of being self-published, learning how to market, though I hear that even traditional authors end up having to be more involved in marketing now.

Me:
That’s true, but from my research, it’s nothing compared to what selffers do. What they call marketing, I call going out and having a good time! Lol. Do you have any marketing advice you’d like to share with us?

Angelique:
I think marketing is something we have to focus on each day, not just when we think about it. Promotion sites are great for a day or two, maybe a few more days. I haven’t ever tried yet for a BookBub promotion. I don’t really have the funds to pay for it.

Me:
Understandable. They are expensive, and it even appears as though their trends are aiming towards traditional authors.

Angelique:
Marketing includes sharing what’s going on in a newsletter, or social media. It’s promotion sites, and paying for ads on FaceBook and Amazon. I have tried sharing with other authors, and BookFunnel and InstaFreebie. I find the real problem is becoming that people want free books and I want to have them decide to pay me for my work.

Me:
Yes! The freebook war!
I have a friend in real life that makes puh-lenty of money and still refuses to pay for any of her books. She doesn’t think she should have to. This is what we’re fighting.

Angelique:
I have a short story only available when one signs up for my newsletter. It’s not on Amazon or anywhere else. Yet, those readers fill up their eReaders with free books and never purchase anything else.

Me:
Yes. Exactly. It’s sad. And a lot will instantly unsubscribe. And if you put up another book to draw in readers, they will grab it and leave again. There needs to be a way in the newsletter system to prevent anyone who has already unsubscribed from subscribing again to get another book.

Angelique:
Some newsletter services will prevent that. When I was with MailChimp, they prevented those who had unsubscribed from subscribing again. But, all they need to do is use another email address.

Me:
True. I also get a lot of “email@XXX.com” subscribers. I can’t blame them, but still.

Angelique:
It’s a challenge. I understand when people don’t have lots of money, but please, $0.99 isn’t much, nor is $3.99 or $4.99. They pay more for a cup of coffee every day.

Me:
The coffee scenario is used a lot. One person said it was hogwash, that the barista put extra personal time into it and such. Personally I don’t drink coffee and would never pay that much money for something so frivolous, so I never use the comparison.

Angelique:
I never drink coffee. But, don’t tell me a barista spends more time making a special cup of coffee than I take to write a book. My books take months to years to write, plus I pay for covers and editing. I have yet to get back a fraction of what I’ve spent on my books. My books cost less than the fast food meal most people buy at least once a week. I can’t understand the insistence on free books. I think authors shot themselves in the foot when they started giving away free books.

Me:
I agree. Unfortunately, you can’t fight the ones who still do it, and it is them who bring the rest of us down. I refuse to put up a permafree. My work’s better than that.

Angelique:
I only give away the one book. I have given away my first book on a free promo site, and gave away 1800 books, but got few if any reviews, and little read through to the next books. I don’t like free. I do sometimes give free on the first few days a book is out.

Me:
Wouldn’t giving it free on the first few days be giving away your best sales?

Angelique:
I shouldn’t give any away. You are right. I’m probably giving away my best sales. I hate free. I work too hard to give away my work.
I’ve seen the book 1 free to entice book 2. Sometimes it works. Often it doesn’t. There are too many who will only download free.

Me:
I have seen, and have done myself, giving book 1 free when book 2 is released, that sort of thing. I think there’s also a formula for amount charged with popularity. The whole supply and demand thing. What do you think of those who have already self-published and want to join the traditional scene? Do you think they should hide their previous works until they have to confess or be open up front? Or do you know?

Angelique:
I believe in being honest. I have seen some who are offered traditional contracts because they have good response to their self publishing. I don’t ever plan on going that way. I do not want my books, especially the first few, to be turned into movies or tv shows. I want to retain the rights to make those decisions.

Me:
lol
Yes, a good response always helps, but what about the author who hasn’t sold very many?

Angelique:
For the author who hasn’t sold many, I don’t know. I still think honesty is important. Maybe they aren’t selling more because of the blurb/description or the cover. Those could be helped by a professional.

Me:
I personally know a successful traditional author who went hybrid. Why do you think some of the traditional authors are doing that?
I believe she did it because the piece she wanted to publish wasn’t traditional material. She continues to write for a big 5.

Angelique:
I think they like the opportunity to have more control over when and how their books are published. More power to them, either way. I think publication is a personal choice. I don’t think the traditional way is good for me. I think some authors write things they want to publish, and if the trad publisher won’t, they try self-publishing.

Me:
So, if you had to make a check list as to whether a writer should self-publish or query, what would you write on it?
#1-Would a traditional publisher even be interested?

Angelique:
Desire to control content

Me:
#2-How much are you willing to change your work to suit them? Exactly, content control.

Angelique:
$ available to pay for editing and covers
Willingness to learn marketing
support from family/husband
time to spend on both writing and marketing
Age: time to wait 3 + years for a publisher to decide if they want your work.

Me:
Now, you made some great points, but are they all necessary? What if you don’t want/aren’t willing to market and are willing to accept lower sales as a result? Aka, you’re not in it for the money?

Angelique:
Then, perhaps your writing is a hobby, and you don’t have a burning desire to make sales or don’t need the $ to live.
I think it is a personal choice.

Me:
Well, I think we’ve covered a lot. Do you have anything else you want to add?

Angelique:
I love the opportunity we have today to choose self or traditional publishing. It is wonderful to be able to publish without the gatekeepers.

Me:
I love the choice too. There are a great deal of books that wouldn’t be here that are good if traditional was the only option.

Angelique:
Exactly. Sometimes the things we write are not things traditional publishers would accept, they don’t seem to be ones that would sell. Now, we can write what we want, and can sell books we wrote ages ago, that would have been taken off the shelves by traditional publishers and book sellers. It is a wonderful opportunity to have the right to choose.

Me:
That too! I forgot about books taken down. Excellent point!

Angelique:
It’s all part of the personal control and ability to do what we want with our own work.

Me:
Yes. Anything else?

Angelique:
No, I think I’ve said it all. I’m grateful for the opportunity to self publish and hope I can get the marketing down soon.

Me:
lol-don’t we all! Thanks!

Angelique:
Thanks for the opportunity.

That’s it, folks! Do you self-publish? What were your deciding factors? Do you have questions for those who have self-published? Comment and let us know-see ya next time! 🙂

And FYI, my latest book, What Does Spider Poop Look Like? is now available and currently my best seller. Visit my website for details.

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