Self-publishing and cashflow

| January 31, 2010

Still no feedback, but with it being a weekend and less than one week after I sent manuscripts out this is not a surprise.So here I am blogging frantically to distract myself from nerves and chewed fingernails and wondering what else to add, when one other issue with self-publishing occurred to me.Cost.Yes, Lulu and POD […]

Self Publishing – the easy way?

| January 30, 2010

Thinking about it, there is another reason to get an agent which I have not mentioned. For some background, my first set of books were small press/self-published. This was a deliberate choice and an agent or publishing house was never considered, since in that niche everyone is. Entry is set-up your imprint, set up your […]

Cost of writing

| January 29, 2010

Something else they don’t mention is the cost. Sending out Royal Mail first class is between £2-3 per packet. Good quality envelopes that take synopsis, samples, query letters and (sometimes) CVs are not cheap – although this time I used Viking and bought in bulk.A few random thoughts on submissions, and speeding the process.1) Don’t […]

on Edge

| January 27, 2010

The quest for an agent is underway. I’ve got seven query letters sent out to agents who handle stories in that area, and now I just have to hope that one of them requests a full submission.It’s surprising how long it takes to prepare the packets to go out. Step one was looking up all […]

Why an agent?

| January 26, 2010

With novel number #3 going out to agents, the question that comes up is why? Why use an agent? Why not publish small press as I have before?I’m confident enough in the story to know I could publish it small press. I’ve published books before with small press (ignoring the freebies on lulu, there are also six formally […]

Mixed feelings

| January 23, 2010

Well, I suppose this is the definition of mixed feelings. I just got an email from someone who liked the Lens Companions I did. In fact, they liked them enough to download the free version, print it out, staple through to make a spine and make little books for their history class – about forty copies of each…Why is […]

Issues with blogger

| January 13, 2010

And having had three updates show up in the wrong blogs (they all seem to default to this one) I’m straightening things out. Please bear with me.

Blue box and charity choice…

| January 13, 2010

And a blue box magically appears on Squidoo!Which leaves me with a fairly large amount to give to a charity, and no charity to give it to. So if anyone knows an aviation charity looking for cash, please let me know. Otherwise it might be a case of sticking a pin in everyclick, and I really […]

Everyclick – a privacy issue?

| January 12, 2010

I have just heard back from everyclick, and unfortunately with regard to online privacy it s not good news.Now that their new website has gone live, there are no user privacy settings. This means that if you choose to use everyclick to raise funds, your name will be displayed publicly on their site. If you […]

ID Differentiation online

| January 8, 2010

I find it very interesting how many people assume that a person can only have one interest or hobby, that they can only do one thing. To me this seems very limiting. For example, as one of my interests I write. I write articles, poetry, stories, games, books and now novels. And this apparently causes a […]