• Publishing

    I Think I’ve figure out my E-book Pricing Structure

    by After extensive study of far too many recommendations and analyses, plus examining what far too many Indie authors are actually doing when it comes to e-books, I’ve come up with a pricing strategy that I think works for me. Looking at the market overall and wanting to provide perceived value for money spent for the reader, I’ve come up with something that’s essentially based on story length, or length of the total fiction text in the volume. It also incorporates a couple of thoughts I have and that I’ve slowly learned appear to be backed up by people who actually know what they’re talking about. Giving away your work…

  • Publishing,  Writing

    What if I Change My Mind?

    by I’m not sure when it became a bad thing for people to change their minds in the light of new information or an evolving situation. If you look back at things, are you likely to hold the same views on everything at forty as you did at twenty? Seems unlikely. The world is different, the things that surround you are different, and you’ve had twice as much life experience so you’re different. So what have I changed my mind on today? Pursuing traditional publishing at novel-length as a productive use of my time. I had been working on the route where I’m pursuing both routes, independent and traditional, but…

  • Publishing,  Writing

    Evolving Phases of the Indie Plan

    by I’m a planner. Have we talked about that before? It’s probably fairly obvious from how much I enjoy writing about my monthly and yearly goals and plans, and how things are going with them. It goes deeper than that, of course. But so do the plans themselves. I’m moving a bit away from the traditional publishing goals I’d originally set (more on that on a later, but not too much later, day), and deeper into the indie goals. Accordingly, I have a plan. Actually, I have a plan that’s been modified to suit vision that no longer includes traditional publishing at novel length (again, more another day). That vision…

  • Publishing,  Writing

    Dedicated Creative Time

    by I made a big deal a few days ago at the incredible amount of editing progress I’ve made since being off due to the COVID shutdown in Ontario. The truth of the matter is it could have been a whole lot more. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled with the amount of progress I’ve made in the last six weeks or so, but most of that progress has been in the “spare time” of a life spent not at work. Once all of the day’s chores and to do list items have been done, I get to spend some writing time, but only after my family members have worked…

  • Publishing,  Writing

    Indie Publishing Update

    by So, beyond the inconveniences associated with sheltering in place and only making a weekly trip out for supplies, the COVID19 shutdown in Ontario has offered me the chance to catch up on a few things and even get ahead in certain areas of my life. One of those is creative work. I’ve written several times that I didn’t plan to do a lot of drafting of new material for the first half of 2020. There are too many things that are in various stages of editing that I need to get to readable so I can either publish independently or look for markets for. The second piece of that…

  • Publishing

    Heroes Inc

    by So, the first time I try to set something to pre-order and give it a release date, and it looks like things worked. Heroes Inc. is both an e-book and a paperback. Amazon.com = https://www.amazon.com/Heroes-Inc-Citizen-Trilogy-1-ebook/dp/B07RXMRGMB/ Amazon.ca = https://www.amazon.ca/Heroes-Inc-Citizen-Trilogy-1-ebook/dp/B07RXMRGMB/ I tried to give the paperback cover a slightly different look while using the same image, and I’m happy with the result, but it still looks weird to me. I think that’s mostly because I’m used to the first one. Be well, everyone. by

  • Publishing

    Babysitting the Taran-Saurus, the E-book

    by So while no one was looking, I turned “Babysitting the Taran-Saurus” into an actual e-book and put it up on Amazon. Amazon.com = https://www.amazon.com/Babysitting-Taran-Saurus-Vyrian-Incursion-Story-ebook/dp/B07S3Y3M7S/ Amazon.ca = https://www.amazon.ca/Babysitting-Taran-Saurus-Vyrian-Incursion-Story-ebook/dp/B07S3Y3M7S/ It is still available completely free on Wattpad in a serialized version, where it’s had a few reads, but more certainly wouldn’t hurt my feelings. https://www.wattpad.com/story/24301842-babysitting-the-taran-saurus Be well, everyone. by

  • Publishing

    Indie Marketing

    by So I’ve been planning and working on this whole indie publishing thing for quite a while, figuring things out, understanding processes, finding tools, working out Amazon and its particular tools and procedures, and so on. At this point, I feel like I’ve got a fair grip on the production side of things. Not that I know nearly enough, but I think I might be on the upslope of the Dunning Kruger bowl. Believe it or not, however, the production piece is the easy piece. Fundamentally, the step from finished manuscript to e-book and even paperback, in current days, is primarily technical skills. And technical skills that, honestly, aren’t incredibly…

  • Publishing

    More Learning About Indie Publishing

    by So every step along the way, I learn that there’s more to this whole idie publishing gig than most people think there is, or even than I thought. I did figure out quite a bit early on just reading, and I had my eyes open going in, I hope, that even though I thought I had a grasp on the various steps, I knew there would be more steps I didn’t know about. That continues to be the case, of course. But I’m also finding that some of steps I knew were there are more involved than the initial presentation. I have released exactly one thing independently so far…