Monthly Archives: May 2011

Preview

What’s going on, everybody?  Just an update here.  I’m putting the finishing touches on the electronic edition of my novelette, TULLY, and I thought I’d preview the cover I’ve worked up.  I’m pretty happy with this one.  Give it a look and tell me what you think.

You can check out a sample of Tully in the writing samples section.  *Please note that sample came from an earlier version of the manuscript.  Typos and grammatical snafus have been corrected since it was posted.  I expect Tully to be available for sale next week on all formats.

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Go Barry, Go

The skinny today is Barry Eisler  has reportedly signed a deal with Thomas & Mercer, the crime imprint of Amazon Books.  Check out literary agent, Janet Reid’s, blog post:  http://tinyurl.com/3ht6n44

This deal includes both print and e-book editions, and is said to be comparable to the deal he turned down from Minotaur.  The reason this is striking is because Eisler announced, after turning down the Minotaur deal, that he would not sign with a legacy publisher.  The assumption made by many was he would self-publish all of his later work.  But since this deal includes a print edition, the backlash from the uninformed has begun.

The first comment left on the post included a snarky tirade that basically implied Barry Eisler was a hypocrite (at least that’s how I took it, anyway).  The commenter said there was no difference between Amazon and a “legacy” publisher.  The best part was Barry Eisler (or someone posing as Barry) refuted all of her points, by pointing out the obvious…She hadn’t read his contract.  She hadn’t read his mind.  She did not know the details.

My thoughts:  I think her comment was made of out fear of this new age of publishing, where writers are taking control of their own careers.  I think this is a good deal, from what I know of it.  It may appear Barry Eisler is jumping ship, but he probably got just the deal he wanted, with the right amount of control over the work he’s comfortable with.

In other posts, I’ve railed pretty hard against Big-Pub and pretty much said I’d never go that route.  That’s wasn’t a true statement.  If the right kind of deal can be made with a traditional publisher – one that had clearly defined terms for rights, royalties, etc., and treats the writer fairly – then do absolutely do the deal.

Again…as long as it treats the writer fairly.

Amanda Hocking’s first deal with St. Martin’s press was the right deal to make (given what I know about it).  Her follow-up deal to give up control of one of her self-published e-book trilogies…BAD (again…given what I know about it).

We’ll see if Amazon becomes a victim of their own creation in the long run. 

Speaking for myself, I am hopeful.

Lost your paddle? You still have hands!

The age of digital self-publishing – for all the motivation it can generate – doesn’t preclude a writer from going through a rough patch.  Your head is full of ideas, and you can’t wait to sit down, watch what happens, and transcribe what you see into your .doc, but for some odd reason the words just aren’t flowing.

Do not confuse this with writer’s block.  I don’t believe such a thing exists.  I mean there is ALWAYS something to write about, even if it means just writing about not having anything to write about.  You never know what will pop the cork on a sparkling bottle of free-flowing narrative.

As it so happens, I’ve had that kind of week.  My word count has been in the crapper.  Not for lack of ideas, but instead, having difficulty making them work in my current project. 

So how does one paddle against the current?

If you’re a writer, you press on.  You have to.  Some writers can work on multiple stories at one time, and that can be a good palate cleanser before coming back to the story that’s been mocking your inability to complete it.  Personally, I don’t work on anymore than 2 at a time because of my well-documented problem with NOT finishing these things.  I also find it helpful to focus on the end result:  having a story that I can put up for sale *myself*.

Imagine that, Rules #1 and #2 at work again.

***Happy Birthday Little J!!!!***

Till next time.

Monkey Off My Back

I hope everyone is doing well after then end of the world.  My personal hell on Earth looks a lot like the everyday.

I come to you, today, with an announcement.  Hopefully, it’s a sign of things to come.

I’ve made my first sale.  My novelette, George And The Brain , sold on Amazon two days ago, and I have to say it feels great. 

 I’m sure other unpublished writers that have started to self-publish will agree with me when I say the first and biggest question we put to ourselves is How long will it take?  Initially, we check the sales almost daily for the first few days (at least I did, anyway).  It’s a compulsion we should try to resist.  Seeing that big fat donut in the units sold report can be very deflating.  My advice for this is the same as Dean Wesley Smith’s, which is also the same advice he gives for submissions.

Fire and Forget.

Seriously, racking your head over your lack of ebook sales is the same self-defeating thinking that would kill a new writer’s will to write when the form rejections start rolling in.

But back on topic; This first sale gets that monkey off my back.  Of course, there is still a whole troop hanging around my neck like; the second sale, the first repeated customer, my first fan!!!

Well, we’ll see how it goes.