September 2, 2015

IWSG #13: A Baker's Dozen Worth Of Fun!

IWSG
Insecure are ya?
Need a shoulder to cry on, do ya?
Lookin' for like minded peoples to share your misery with, do ya?
Well my friends, ya come to the write place, 'cause I's is one of yous!

I's have two big shoulders to cry on! I's a like minded peoples that you can shares your miseries with! Most importantly, I's just as insecure as yous!

It's funny how writing, or in my case rewriting, a story that you're gung-ho about can actually make you feel seriously insecure, not to mention putting you in the proverbial blow-your-brain-out-of-the-cerebral-fluid-bath phrase of "write, or edit?"

Up until very recently, I've been chipping away at re-writing this nifty self-pubbed novlla. I've actually been quite gung-ho about re-writing this, 'cause just like Hollywood's long string of bad remakes, I too have the original to play with. But something suddenly popped up to make things go slug nutty. For a seriously long yet somewhat informative post, please click here. Please note, this goes directly to my adult blog, so you'll have to answer the proverbial yes I do, no I don't question. I posted it there partly because I didn't want to do it on Tumblr and partly because the monthly IWSG post should be short and to the point. Trust me, I will not become offended if you don't want to go there.

So to give everyone a two-fer, here is my other insecurity: Doing Kindle with my e-books.

I saw a nifty article a couple of weeks ago in a blog called The Passive Voice about maximizing your exposure. It suggests, somewhat persuasively, to use at least two platforms for your e-books, Smashwords & Kindle. Now I did look into this and did some basic research with the two websites that I do business with, and the additional outlay to do my last two books for Kindle is $50.

I've been giving this a lot of thought, and while I'm leaning very strong towards doing this, I'm also very leery in getting sucked into any of the other Kindle programs that require exclusivity by mistake. I actually like being on Smashwords with my e-books and I'm very intrigued about doing Kindle, but I'm worried about making a mistake that would take me forever to dig out from.

So that is my two-fer for insecurities for the month of September. How 'bout you? Gone through something similar with either the first insecurity or with the second?

(c) 2015 BOOKS BY G.B. MILLER. All Rights Reserved.

16 comments:

  1. Slug nutty. I'm going to remember that saying.
    Amazon is the biggest eBook seller, so it makes sense to be on the site. Just say no to the exclusivity. (Because yes, some of us prefer to get our books elsewhere.)

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    1. It's a goody. I pulled it from an episode of MASH.

      I'm seriously leaning towards it. The total cost covers both books and the graphic designer said that the covers I have should work and she'll tweak them if need be.

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    2. I would probably use "slug nutty"

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    3. It's a good all-purpose phrase.

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  2. Yeah, what Alex said. Just read the fine print when you're uploading to Amazon and make sure to uncheck the exclusivity box and you'll be fine. Good luck redoing the book!
    Happy IWSG Day!
    ~ AJ

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    1. Ah Ha! So there are silly boxes that I have to uncheck in order to opt-out. Pretty sad when the automatic default is opt in.

      Thanks for the tip!

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  3. Sometimes I change so many things during editing I feel it is rewriting the draft. And then I want to put it all back the way it was during the second pass. Sometimes, I just can't please myself.

    I haven't self published anything. Still looking for the mythical interested agent. I'm not good at marketing, but even with an agent I think the author still has to do most of the work. So many decisions about what formats to publish in.

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    1. I wish you luck in finding an agent. For what it's worth, with my first novel "Line 21"/"The Inner Sibling", I submitted to both agents and small presses. I landed a small press on the 13th try.

      I try not to make too many changes in the editing process, which is why I take copious notes before hand. It's always best to be prepared when editing.

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  4. I went there! I am eager to read the remake. :)

    I'm kind of sick of Amazon in general at the moment.

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    1. I haven't had any problems with them so far. Then again, my appearances there are so infrequent to begin with....

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  5. I do all my own kindle books, other than the ones from Borgo/Wildside, so I don't pay any money for getting it done.

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    1. I tip my hat to you sir. I've only done one of mine, which was my short story trilogy. But with the others, I felt more comfortable to pay a professional to do it.

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  6. Thanks for all this info I'd never considered. Very helpful! Wish I was publishing, but so sidetracked it's crazy...

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    1. You're very welcome, and so glad to see you out and about.

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  7. I am called retro girl by a dear friend of mine-I don't have kindle or other types of e-books. I actually still buy books in a store:) I think you will get things worked out...it will work out splendidly:)

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    1. I have only a NOOK reader, so if I want to buy e-books, I have to use either B&N (ugh!) or Smashwords. I do want to maximize my exposure and for better or worse, Amazon will be the way to go.

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