November 10th, 2016 6:53 pm | by Alex Ferrer | Posted in
Hello world of readers. I’m about to publish my first novel. It took over a year to write it and I learned so many things as I went along. I started out thinking I could just write my story, but that’s the easy part. Then I had to research and read dozens of books on technique. I took a couple of online classes and joined a writers group that critiques your work. I even went to open mic nights for writers and read chapters to other inspiring authors. Finally, after re-writing it dozens of times I took advice from a friend and quit messing with it. She told me to set a deadline and stop redoing it. Okay, I’m there. Now I’m trying to decide if I should self-publish or take an offer from a hybrid publishing company. What that means is I pay for some of the services but I also come out with a better return on my investment. A traditional publisher pays up front, but trying to get one to look at the work of a first novel is difficult to impossible and if they do accept your manuscript it takes months to see and progress and the ROI is dismal. Of course they pay for everything, but you need to decide how much of your rights you want to sign over to them. The contract has got to be written in their favor, why would they write it any other way? That’s where a agent comes in, another layer between you and the return on your hard work, but necessary in most cases. Now again, it’s finding one that will read your work and represent it, and he or she also has a pile of books to go through. So, I’m making decisions that I will have to live with for a long time. Not so easy. Next post I’ll tell you about the book.
November 10th, 2016 6:52 pm | by Alex Ferrer | Posted in
Making the decision to self-publish isn’t easy. There are so many hybrid publishers willing to take your money and do it for you. Sure, like anything else you can just throw some money at it and move on, but as an author I have a thing about control. It’s like sending your child off to kindergarten and letting the school board decide what’s best for them without any input from you. They say you can influence their procedures by being involved, but have you ever tried that?
Self-publishing is scary. Wondering if you have the necessary skills to do it right and knowing that once it’s out there your flaws will be exposed. Well, at least they will be my flaws, and if I’m careful and search out (and take) advice from others who have successfully accomplished what I am trying to do the odds are in my favor.
I started by putting a preview excerpt online at CreateSpace and next I will follow the advice of friends and experts to layout the book in the correct format and create the cover. This is fun stuff. Try it! Here’s the address for my preview of the book titles Quiet Refuge.
September 11th, 2016 3:04 am | by email@example.com | Posted in
I finally took the plunge. After going through many edits and learning the rules for publishing on Kindle I uploaded my first book today. I decided to use fiverr for the cover, concluding there was a big enough learning curve without trying to make an eye-catching cover. I searched through the myriad choices and picked one with good reviews. I’m pleased with the results. Next, I am learning to use Publisher 3.0 (a publishing software recommended by a friend) to format the same DOCX file for CreateSpace. It takes some time to learn the techniques needed to self-publish but the next book should be much easier. Contact me if you want any details on my journey. I am on facebook @ Linda Peno and on gmail @ firstname.lastname@example.org. My other goal is finding good cheap marketing and free reviews. Find Quiet Refuge at Amazon and put in a review!
Quiet Refuge synopsis:
Meet Abi Bowman a precocious teenager coming of age in the turbulent 1960’s in a small Alabama town. When she and her best friend Becca Anderson overhear a conversation about a possible kidnapped girl stashed in the maintenance tunnel under the school Abi’s natural curiosity compels her to investigate.
What they discover is far more sinister than they could imagine and soon they are running for their lives.
Meanwhile, Abi’s Uncle Sheriff Wesley Johnson has interrupted his search for the missing girl to dig through the rubble caused by a devastating tornado that ripped through the High School. He soon learns that the niece he so desperately searches for was underground during the storm. A call from an old friend informs him that a bitter enemy from his past is pursuing Abi and her friend Becca intent on deadly revenge.
While Wesley races the clock, hoping to find all three missing teens alive, especially Abi, his challenges include keeping his citizens from taking justice into their own hands. There is a group in town just waiting for an excuse to perform a lynching, and time is running out for the innocent man they have targeted.