Wednesday, February 25, 2009

My Drafting/Editing Process


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My first draft is just me writing like crazy until I get to the point that I say: It's done!

My second draft is when I have my word processor spell-check and grammar check, which gets out most, though not all of those mistakes in about a half an hour.

Than I put it aside of a week or a month or even 3 months, and start writing my next book.

For my third draft, I open up the file and sit down and read the whole thing straight through. While I'm reading, I am making changes, checking facts, deleting irrelevant things, adding stuff I'd forgotten to put in, etc.

For my fourth draft, I print the whole thing, up with 1" margins on all sides, and double spaces. This is when the "real" editing begins, as I sit down with a red Sharpie in hand and start making changes, deleting whole paragraphs, rearranging stuff in different orders, correcting all the spelling and grammar errors that the spell checker missed (like no/know or were/where or there/their). I also check for passive voice and make changes to correct it. I end up with papers all over the room, all bleeding in red ink. This can take 3 or 6 or more months.

For my fifth (and usually last) draft, I take the stake of red marked papers, and than make all of those changes on the word processor file. The last thing I do, is to run it through the spell checker once again, just in case of any types.

The whole thing takes from 3 to 8 months.


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Do Animals Go To Heaven?
The Year 2012
Poison vs. Motley Crue
Hayley Williams (Paramore)
Do You believe in aliens & UFOs?



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Should You Self Publish Your Book?


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Only you can answer that question. There are hundreds of reasons to self publish your book. Likewise there are hundreds of reasons NOT to self publish your book.

I self publish, and people always are asking me if I recommend it to others, and you know what? They get shocked when I don't! Why? Well, for me, self publishing works, because I write in a very tiny niche, for which there is almost zero interest and is next to impossible to find a publisher for, simply because my niche is "not marketable enough". I write chap-books (too long for a short story, too short to be a novel), short story anthologies, plays, and niched non-fiction. So, for me it works because the sales market is so small, that I'm able to personally market to pretty much every one interested in the niche. It is pointless for me to even attempt to traditionally publish my stuff, because there simply is not enough demand to warrant it being mass produced.

However, if I was going to write something that would cover a wide audience, I'd send it out to traditional publishers, because they are better equipped to reach the mass market.

Of course the other thing is, I don't as a general rule write novels either. There is a huge world of difference from self-pubbing and small niche non-fiction book, and a mass market fiction novel. Self-pubbing fiction is very hard to do and not recommended (by me) to anyone seeking a wide readership.

As a general rule, self publish only if you are writing one of the following:


    a short story anthology
    a book of poems
    a technically journal (which will only be read by a 100 or so college professors)
    a non-fiction niche market (alien abductions interviews; sky-diving how tos; etc.)
    a local history book or local travel guide
    a play
    a memoir
    a church/business/family cookbook


The reason for sticking only with these types of books, is because these are not going to sell many copies to begin with, thus traditional publishers won't bother wasting their time on them. They'll sell 10 to 100 copies per year at best, even with a traditional publisher's best marketing team promoting it, and because of this, they are best suited to small press or self publishing instead.

So, if your book does not fall into one of those categories, than avoid self publishing it.

I do recommend, however, that you self publish a book, before you go on to anything else. It doesn't have to be anything much, maybe just a 30 page book of poems that only hand out to your cousins at the next family reunion, and try to sell a few copies of off of your MySpace page. The reason I recommend this, is, because it gives you a first hand "feel" of the actual publishing process and will help you to better understand the inner workings of what a publisher does to get your book, typeset, printed, and marketed. (Don't "test run" your book you plan to traditionally publish, however, because once you've self published it, traditional publishing houses won't republish it. It is very hard to convince them that they should REPRINT your book, if you didn't sell thousands of copies within the first few weeks of it's self published run!) Think of this "first book" as a test run learning exercise, and not as a book that will make you rich and famous.




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Monday, February 23, 2009

Best Selling Product on Amazon????


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You know how every body tells you to make money online by getting affiliate accounts and than promoting "the best selling items"? Well, I was on Amazon today looking for a book about faeries, when I noticed on the homepage, a big banner showcasing today's #1 top selling item on Amazon. Okay, it's Amazon, so you'd expect it to be a book right? or a CD or DVD? Nope. Sunglasses. In the dead of winter. Sunglasses. These sunglasses to be exact:



Now I ask you, does that look to you like an item that would be the best selling item of the day? That means Amazon sold more pairs of these sunglasses than any other item sold today. Really? Sunglasses? WOW! I wonder how many of them had to be sold to make it to today's #1 best selling item? They didn't say. Amazon should have a graph showing how many of them were sold, before they became the #1 selling product of the day. Don't you think so?




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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Weird threatening email from Zazzle shop owner


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Is anyone else getting an email "demanding" to know why they were deleted from your fan club?

I just got an email from another Zazzle gallery owner, saying that they tried to join my fan club, but that I had deleted them from the my list. They than went on and wanted to know why I have yet to join their fan club. They than demanded to know why I have not added a link to their gallery on my gallery. HUH? Why would I do that?? Than they started getting angry and threatening sounding and went on about how we should be focusing on art not politics and accused me of deleting them from my fan club list because they voted for Obama (who I also voted for btw, but what difference does that make? And why would they even say that to begin with? How am I supposed to know who they voted for?).

I'm confused. What is this weird email I got, and what are they talking about? I've never heard of this shop owner before, never had them as a fan, never deleted them from my fans (can you even delete fans from your list??? I've never heard of that before either!)

The email says it was sent to me via my gallery. Is it spam? Should I reply to him/her? Should I forward it to Zazzle HQ? Is this some sort of mass-email that's going out to every one on Zazzle? Are other members getting emails like this? Did they send this email to me by mistake, thinking they were sending it to someone else? I don't know what I'm supposed to do here. This guy sound really angry and I don't even know who he is or what he's so mad about.

Thanks

~Wendy



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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

"I Am 156% Obsessed With Music"


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check the bands you've HEARD OF. Not just the ones you like.
Be honest, people! If you really have never heard of them. Don't mark it.
IF THERE ARE 2 XXS YOU LIKE THEM, THREE, YOU LUV THEM!

ALTERNATIVE:
[x] Weezer
[X] Paramore
[x] Panic! At The Disco
[ ] October Fall
[ ] The Academy Is...
[ ] Coheed And Cambria
[ ] Bayside
[ ] Yellowcard
[ ] Sugarcult
[ ] The Dresden Dolls

TOTAL SO FAR : 3

COUNTRY:
[ ] Rascal Flatts
[ ] Carrie Underwood
[x] Leanne Rhymes
[x] Garth Brooks
[x] Dixie Chicks
[ ] Kenny Chesney
[x] Tim McGraw
[x] Faith Hill
[x] Shania Twain
[xx] Johnny Cash

TOTAL SO FAR: 11

EMO:
[ ] Hawthorne Heights
[ ] Halifax
[ ] Forgive Durden
[ ] Amber Pacific
[x] The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
[ ] From First to Last
[ ] Senses Fail
[ ] Underoath
[ ] Something Corporate
[ ] Hit the lights
[ ] Dear Whoever

TOTAL SO FAR: 12

INDIE:
[ ] The Hush Sound
[x] Eisley
[ ] Death Cab for Cutie
[ ] Dashboard Confessional
[x] The Killers
[ ] Yeah Yeah Yeahs
[ ] Hot Hot Heat
[ ] Gym Class Heroes
[ ] Franz Ferdinand
[ ] Modest Mouse

TOTAL SO FAR: 13

METAL:
[X] Slipknot
[XXX] System of a Down
[XX] Disturbed
[x] Metallica
[xxx] Guns n' Roses
[X] Lamb of God
[x] Slayer
[ ] Hatebreed
[ ] Killswitch Engage
TOTAL SO FAR: 25

POP:
[ ] Teddy Geiger
[x] Ashlee Simpson
[ ] Kelly Clarkson
[ ] Jesse McCartney
[x] Avril Lavigne
[x] Pink
[ ] The Veronicas
[ ] Daniel Powter
[ ] James Blunt
[ ] Natasha Bedingfield
[ ] Ryan Cabrera

TOTAL SO FAR: 28

POWERPOP/POP PUNK/PUNK:
[ ] Hellogoodbye
[ ] Cute is What We Aim for
[ ] Cartel
[ ] The Click Five
[x] Fall Out boy
[ ] Lucky Boys Confusion
[x] Good Charlotte
[ ] Bowling for Soup
[ ] Reliant K
[ ] Less Than Jake
[ ] Simple Plan
TOTAL SO FAR: 30

RAP:
[ ] Ying Yang Twins
[ ] T.I.
[ ] Paul Wall
[ ] Tupac
[ ] Jamie Foxx
[ ] Ludacris
[ ] Lil' Jon
[ ] Outkast
[x] 50 Cent
[ ] Kanye West
[ ] Notorious B.I.G
[ ] Young Jeezy
TOTAL SO FAR: 31


SKA:
[ ] Reel Big Fish
[ ] The Specials
[ ] Mad Caddies
[ ] The Aquabats
[ ] Sublime
[ ] No Doubt
[ ] Madness
[ ] Operation Ivy
[x] Bob Marley
TOTAL SO FAR: 32

ROCK:
[x] AC/DC
[ ] Taking Back Sunday
[x] All American Rejects
[ ] Motion City Soundtrack
[x] Avenged Sevenfold
[ ] Angels and Airwaves
[x] Evanescence
[xx] My Chemical Romance
[x] Green Day
[ ] Blink 182
[xx] Bon Jovi
[xxx] Poison
[xxx] Samantha 7

TOTAL SO FAR: 47

CLASSIC ROCK:
[x] The Beatles
[xxx] David Bowie
[x] Led Zeppelin
[x] The Rolling Stones
[x] The Who
[xx] Pink Floyd
[x] The Doors
[x] Jimmy Hendrix
[x] Queen
[x] Van Halen
[x] Bob Dylan
[x] Simon & Garfunkel
TOTAL SO FAR: 72

Now multiply by two and put "I Am __% Obsessed With Music"

End result: 156




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