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by izanobu
Sat Jun 29, 2013 7:45 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Third Way Publishing
Replies: 41
Views: 10244

Re: Third Way Publishing

Not for covers, I wouldn't. Their generic covers are pretty bad...

Look, if you aren't willing to invest any money, get some royalty-free stock images and slap up a cover. Sure, your stories probably won't sell much, but you're in the learning phase and can just replace the covers later if you want.
by izanobu
Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:50 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Third Way Publishing
Replies: 41
Views: 10244

Re: Third Way Publishing

I don't recommend doing your own covers unless you know what you are doing, personally. Your cover is your first impression.

If you don't have much budget, maybe find a pre-made cover that fits? It's a cheaper way to get a professional looking cover.
by izanobu
Fri Jun 21, 2013 12:25 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: The Myth of Promoting
Replies: 4
Views: 1669

Re: The Myth of Promoting

Yeah, I use pen names a lot. I have 27 titles out (I think?), but only 3 of those are novels. Most are short stories and collections. I'm aiming to get more novels and novellas out, since they sell better. The bonus of short stories is that I can often sell them to magazines first, so they have alre...
by izanobu
Fri Jun 21, 2013 12:10 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: The Myth of Promoting
Replies: 4
Views: 1669

The Myth of Promoting

Something that came up in another post got me thinking about this. So here is my work flow as both writer and publisher. Notice that promotion is nowhere in it. For any who care, I spend about 0 time promoting. Writing the next book is the best promotion there is. At the moment my self-publishing wo...
by izanobu
Thu May 30, 2013 11:09 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Interesting Series by Judith Tarr
Replies: 2
Views: 1280

Interesting Series by Judith Tarr

Judith Tarr talks about money, the way things are changing, and how things were when she got started in a three part blog post: http://mizkit.com/escaping-stockholm-part-1/

Seriously fascinating stuff!
by izanobu
Tue May 28, 2013 7:54 pm
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: Annie Bellet
Replies: 8
Views: 3505

Re: Annie Bellet

This topic no longer belongs in this forum, apparently. wotf008
by izanobu
Tue May 28, 2013 7:21 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: The Business Rusch- Another Big Change!
Replies: 13
Views: 4327

Re: The Business Rusch- Another Big Change!

I'm not trying to debate anything, just offer up interesting articles and information (as are Tom and others who post relevant, interesting things by professionals about writing in this section).
by izanobu
Tue May 28, 2013 6:54 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: The Business Rusch- Another Big Change!
Replies: 13
Views: 4327

Re: The Business Rusch- Another Big Change!

Ok, Mr. Kettle wotf011 Less snarkily- it is clear, Mike, that self-publishing isn't your thing and that you don't approve of it and think it is a bad idea. That's fine. We are all responsible for our own careers. Why you then feel the need to drop into every thread that has to do with the changes to...
by izanobu
Tue May 28, 2013 6:35 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: The Business Rusch- Another Big Change!
Replies: 13
Views: 4327

Re: The Business Rusch- Another Big Change!

That's common sense, yep. I guess I (probably optimistically) assume every good business person puts things away in to savings, avoids debt, and saves for retirement. Which is fully possible to do on 36k a year, btw. Again, it just depends on what your expenses are. Again, common sense (in the house...
by izanobu
Tue May 28, 2013 2:29 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: The Business Rusch- Another Big Change!
Replies: 13
Views: 4327

Re: The Business Rusch- Another Big Change!

Clearly 36k is your definition, Mike. Good for you? wotf007 My definition is different. Are you paying all your bills with writing? Then you are making a living. That way it allows for everyone's circumstances. What my husband and I need to in order to pay the bills as a childless 30somethings in PD...
by izanobu
Sat May 25, 2013 3:07 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: The Business Rusch- Another Big Change!
Replies: 13
Views: 4327

Re: The Business Rusch- Another Big Change!

I figure the minimum is different for everyone. I put it at "covering all the bills with writing", so for someone living in NYC or London, that would be a lot higher than someone living in Kansas City or even in Portland, OR. Or for a writer with a family as opposed to someone single. I do...
by izanobu
Tue May 21, 2013 12:05 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: The Business Rusch- Another Big Change!
Replies: 13
Views: 4327

Re: The Business Rusch- Another Big Change!

Also awesome, from Passive Guy via WotF Judge Dean Wesley Smith's blog: http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/?p=9181
by izanobu
Mon May 20, 2013 1:36 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: The Business Rusch- Another Big Change!
Replies: 13
Views: 4327

The Business Rusch- Another Big Change!

Kris Rusch's Business Rusch articles should be required reading, in my opinion. Her latest ( http://kriswrites.com/2013/05/15/the-business-rusch-shifting-sands/ ) is really interesting in term of how it shows once again that this business is changing and anyone who wants to have a long career from h...
by izanobu
Mon May 20, 2013 1:20 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Smashwords Survey from Mark Coker
Replies: 4
Views: 1838

Re: Smashwords Survey from Mark Coker

Yeah, his stats are pretty badly interpreted/listed here. Without a point map, it is difficult to really draw any conclusions from that kind of graph.
by izanobu
Sun May 19, 2013 7:52 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Recommended Smart Action/Sci-Fi Novels
Replies: 10
Views: 4692

Re: Recommended Smart Action/Sci-Fi Novels

I recommend James Rollins. Especially Ice Hunt, but pretty much all his stuff has serious SF elements (like time travel, for example). They aren't called SF, because his publishers want his books to sell tons of copies, which they do, but they are totally science fiction.
by izanobu
Wed May 15, 2013 12:14 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Defiance
Replies: 9
Views: 3394

Re: Defiance

It's pretty good if you can ignore some issues (like that the arch would fall down in the state it is in and they have Star Trek forehead alien issues). It's basically a western in structure, with some Romeo and Juliet action tossed in. Fun to watch so far, but I don't think I'd rank it above B-5, F...
by izanobu
Sun May 12, 2013 11:09 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: WorldCon Roll Call
Replies: 79
Views: 22033

Re: WorldCon Roll Call

There is usually a con hospitality suite that has fresh fruit, chips, soda, bottles of water, and occasionally other things (depending on who is running it). If you are a SFWA member or can get a friend who is to guest you into the SFWA suite, they provide decent breakfast and lunch items and snacks...
by izanobu
Sun May 12, 2013 9:32 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: WorldCon Roll Call
Replies: 79
Views: 22033

Re: WorldCon Roll Call

What? Clearly not :) Now, if all you'd done was sit in your hotel room and write, sure, not the best use of your time. But a little recharge or work time isn't bad at all. I know plenty of writers who end up putting in some work time at conventions. I always end up taking a ton of notes and writing ...
by izanobu
Sun May 12, 2013 8:13 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: WorldCon Roll Call
Replies: 79
Views: 22033

Re: WorldCon Roll Call

I believe the word the editor who introduced me used was "fantastic", not that I've memorized that entire experience. wotf011 I am sorry I sort of forgot you (and the world) were there behind me or I would have introduced you. My brain overloaded. But yeah. It's awesome who you can meet. I...
by izanobu
Sat May 11, 2013 6:35 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: WorldCon Roll Call
Replies: 79
Views: 22033

Re: WorldCon Roll Call

Can't go this year. We're aiming for London in 2014. I have too much work to do this year, alas. As for advice, I'd say go to panels that interest you (not just writing-focuses ones, they often have good science and gaming panels and you never know what you'll learn) and also hang around at the part...
by izanobu
Thu May 09, 2013 5:44 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: An Indie Blueprint
Replies: 3
Views: 1660

Re: An Indie Blueprint

Thanks for shaing, Tom. Always good to hear solid advice from someone who is seeing real results. That guy's covers are boss, too.
by izanobu
Sun May 05, 2013 4:47 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 596
Views: 243670

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

Thanks, LD. I hope you enjoy Avarice. Here's a recent review of that novel in Black Gate, btw: http://www.blackgate.com/2013/05/03/sel ... ie-bellet/
by izanobu
Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:27 am
Forum: Interviews: Entrants, Judges, Past Winners
Topic: WSJ: Hugh Howey's Wool
Replies: 8
Views: 2935

Re: WSJ: Hugh Howey's Wool

http://selfpublishingsuccessstories.blogspot.com/ More than half a dozen names on that list. The real news, as Hugh himself often says, isn't the mega-breakouts. It's the self-publishing midlist. Those people making a few thousand a month. There are a ton more of them, but no one wants to talk about...
by izanobu
Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:11 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4043
Views: 864328

Re: Success!

Hmm, I guess this makes me an award-winning writer? wotf011
I got a GeekDad Golden Bots Award for my Pyrrh CCD series: http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2013/01/th ... s-of-2012/ (down there under Erik's picks for best series!)
by izanobu
Sat Dec 15, 2012 8:43 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 596
Views: 243670

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

I've squeed all over the internets, so why not here. wotf008 Avarice got reviewed on Wired.com!
http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2012/12/av ... ie-bellet/
by izanobu
Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:50 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 596
Views: 243670

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

And my "Law & Order with sword fights" series is finally getting released with the first book up! http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad118/doomedmuse/Pyrrh01-Avaricethumb.png Description: In the Free City of Pyrrh, murders and other serious crimes are investigated by the Cordonates of ...
by izanobu
Mon Nov 12, 2012 1:12 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 596
Views: 243670

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

Finally published my Clarion stories (now that all rights have reverted from the ones I sold). It's live at Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/108090 and here for Kindle/Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Souvenirs-from-Other-Worlds-ebook/dp/B00A6EHB1G/. http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/...
by izanobu
Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:30 pm
Forum: Writing: Craft, Talent, Technique
Topic: Five Minute Rant
Replies: 1174
Views: 238131

Re: Five Minute Rant

I just wrote the worst novel ever.


Go me?

... ... ...
by izanobu
Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:33 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Lessons from Worldcon
Replies: 24
Views: 7498

Re: Lessons from Worldcon

What? I'm exactly the height I am in person as on the net wotf008 What was nice about Worldcon for me was that since I'm doing fine self-publishing, I felt no pressure to sell to anyone or anything. Basically an extension of what Alastair was saying. It was nice to be able to just relax and be mysel...
by izanobu
Mon Sep 03, 2012 6:57 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Chicon 7
Replies: 178
Views: 45768

Re: Chicon 7

Home. Whew.

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