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Musings 6/17/17

I really should stop reading publishing news.

Seriously it hovers between annoying and depressing. Am I the only one who is beginning — no have always thought — that to be a successful author you must have lots of money to begin?  I discovered yet another article where someone who self-published, now has a TV deal and is making six figures.  The article, “Show me the
money!  The self-published authors being snapped up by Hollywood”
by Danuta Kean, references self-published author Mark Dawson and the aforementioned deal.  There is the following paragraph:

“Sales of his first self-published novel, 2012’s Black Mile, only trickled in – until he took
Amazon’s advice and offered it to readers for free. In one weekend, his novel
was downloaded 50,000 times. Dawson built his audience from there, spending
hundreds of pounds a day on Facebook advertising and writing on his
commute.”

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/may/15/self-published-authors-hollywood-andy-weir-the-martian-el-james

 Hundreds of pounds a day?!

If we use the exchange rate for today (0.79 pound to every $1) as of today 100 pounds equals $126.64.  Now when I see the word hundreds I think over $200.00 dollars.  I also read it’s usually about $500.  I’ll split the difference and use $300 (£237.02).  So, if he is spending that much every day, and say he did this for a month that is $8400 or £6636.56!

Wow.

 Where did he get that much?  I can only assume he has a darn good 9 to 5 with phenomenal pay, is independently wealthy or has super-rich parents.  I don’t believe I’ve ever had that much money at one time in my whole life.  Sure, I could spend that much money, but my mortgage company likes that big fat direct deposit I send them every month.

Yes, I know I did a detailed blog post about the cost of self-publishing before.  I promise not to get into it too far.  But if you’d like to see it, it’s here:

https://authorcjblackblog.wordpress.com/2014/08/05/writing-and-publishing-the-way-i-see-it/ 

So, here’s an opportunity that is completely out of the reach of a large majority of authors because we may not have the money to spare.  This is just my example, imagine my fellow authors who have families?  Or the ones that are on disability?  The old-fashioned way is the only way we have.  I just wish that when these opportunities are presented that there was some way we semi-starving artists could take advantage.  It’s too risky an investment.  Yes, there are places where you can offer your works for free but it doesn’t mean you’re going to have the ability to parlay that into a big movie or
TV deal by spending thousands of dollars on ads.  The articles make it seem like it’s so
easy and that self-publishing is the answer to all a writer’s woes.

But there are other writer’s out there who aren’t too wild about the thought of self-publishing either.  I figure if you can make it work, go for it.  But as least
be as honest and upfront as you can about it. At least say, “You have a very difficult decision to make.  You’ll likely be spending a lot of money and a lot of time promoting it, and not much time writing and there’s still no guarantee you’ll get where I am today.  For most working people with or without families it’s simply not
doable.”

That doesn’t mean we give up though.  I just sent Tinderbox to the digital publishing arm of one of The Big Five.  I’m terrified beyond belief but I knew it was the right decision for
me.

Peace~

CJ

 

 

 

Mini-Musing 12/8/16

I’m sitting here doing homework, and am doing all right in this course so far – Rhetoric and Critical Thinking – another class I’ll likely ace.  Oh yes, A- in my Literature class but was anyone really surprised by that?  Not me!

Anyway, I’m sitting here thinking of shutting everything down.  Just not updating my blog, making Twitter posts and disconnecting my Facebook page for awhile.  Can’t let Big Brother know about this, though.  I’m thinking of what to do about my current and future works.  Since starting, I’ve had little to no desire to work on Immortal Stream, let along finish it, among other things.  If I’m not working at the 9 to 5, I’m doing homework which often takes several nights and more words than I’ve ever written at one time. 

I just wish Stella wasn’t the only one who got her Groove back.  Maybe I’ll feel good enough and have enough time to throw myself back into writing when I graduate which will be in June, 2017 but I’m not counting on it.  Unless something good happens in between now and then.

Peace~

CJ

Musing 11/26/16

CwLUYuUVUAEu6piWow!  I haven’t posted here since August?  Well it’s kind of understandable.  Just the usual mess going on.  I did try NanoWriMo 2016 but between school, work and life in general it looks like I’m not going to make it.  Besides I just haven’t felt like writing for months.  Hell, right now I’m sitting here trying to keep from nodding off.  I don’t know why I’m so sleepy lately.  Maybe just getting old.  Or it’s from the medication I was prescribed after my surgery.

Besides, it’s not like anyone reads this blog anyway.

I know, I shouldn’t say things like that.  No offense, maybe I’m just in a mood since stay-cation is ending.

I wish I had some writing news for you but nothing much has been happening writing-wise for months now.  Most evenings and days off are spent doing school-work.  I’m going for my Bachelors as you may know.  Trying to improve myself and all that.

And I’m going to spill the beans – I’m actually waiting to hear back from two agents who have full copies of Tinderbox, as well as two new queries.  I was trying to wait until I heard positive or negative, although they say don’t mention the negative online but hey, rejection happens to all of us, right?  It’s just been awhile without any word for some.

I’ve also not been doing some of the things that help me focus when I’m writing.  In fact there have been a lot of things I stopped doing.  Music was always a big part of my process.  Usually New Age Music.  Artists like David Arkenstone, Keiko Matsui, Ray Lynch, Kevin Braheny, Larry Fast and one of my very favorites – The Art of Noise among other artists.  Of course this has caused me to go through my CD’s.  Does anyone really buy CD’s anymore?  A lot of my music is streamed.

When I first found New Age – courtesy of an independent bookstore owner, I was into it immediately and it was perfect for fantasy.  A lot of what I purchased was before CD’s existed (Yes, I’ve said it before, I’m old.)  So most of it is gone.  Some was converted to CD and I was able to purchase them.  But I haven’t purchased on even listened to much lately.  The closest I’ve come to, the soundtrack for Coraline and Video Games Live (which is coming to a nearby state next year!).

Wish I had more news writing-wise.  Sorry about that.

 

Peace~

CJ

Mini-Musing 8/1/16–More Authors Found!

I definitely need to go through my hundreds of books more often.  I found more authors who’s books I either don’t recall reading (probably because I hadn’t) or books where their were sequels that I…

Source: Mini-Musing 8/1/16–More Authors Found!

Mini-Musing 8/1/16–More Authors Found!

I definitely need to go through my hundreds of books more often.  I found more authors who’s books I either don’t recall reading (probably because I hadn’t) or books where their were sequels that I lost track of.  But you know it’s like finding buried treasure.  Yes, I have THAT MANY books and my TBR pile is growing exponentially.

 

BTW, I just purchased Sharon Shinn’s, Royal Airs – Second in the Elemental Blessings Series.  Can’t wait for it to arrive! 

 

So I discovered the original version of Dawn Cook’s – a.k.a. Kim HarrisonFirst Truth.  So I’m relieved to learn you can get the remaining of the series although I’m trying to find the copies with the gorgeous new covers. 

 

And I can’t believe I found this really old book I bought at a used book store © 1961 called What Happened to Amy.  A mystery thriller by Jane Edwards.  I didn’t want to handle it too much so I placed it in a plastic storage bag.  I actually found it on Amazon and some insane person wants $2300.00 dollars for it.  Listen, I love books but no effing way.  Of course if someone wants to buy my copy for $2300.00…. Winking smile

 

Hazard’s Price by Robert S. Stone has a sequel but sadly, it appears the author passed away.  So it will continue to grace my shelves.

 

Animist by Eve Forward.  Not finding anything else about her online.  This may have to go onto my missing authors list.  However, I’m certain I haven’t read this book so I’m putting it on the front of the shelves.

 

The Sharing Knife Volume One: Beguilement by Lois McMaster Bujold.  And it looks like the rest of the series is available!  So it will go on my wish list.  And I’ll read the first book…first.

 

So who knows what I will find next clean-up?

 

Peace~

CJ

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