Fishing for Ideas or Writer’s Life #2

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I’m sick to death of the Broke-artist title, so I think the blog may change.

Possible options:

carlaherrera.com
cherrera.com
carlarherrera.com
crherrera.com

I know these names don’t sound quite as glamorous as broke-artist, but that’s okay. At this point, I don’t think anyone doubts I’m a broke writer who keeps writing, despite the lack of sales or attention generated to my work.

Is that crazy?

Perhaps crazy-making.

Anyway, if you have ideas for a name for this blog based upon the personality or content, go ahead and leave it in the comments. It may be awhile before it changes, as paypal let me know (through the very convenient monthly updates) that my balance is $1.42. [Thank you Paypal].

In more recent news: an editor for a NY publisher, I met on Twitter, sent me a DM recently and through email, I ended up sending him a copy of Nexus, along with a synopsis and all other relevant information. [Did I mention he’s from a NY– that’s New York–publisher?]

I don’t want to jinx this, but from what I understand, some of the new publishing ‘houses’ are more like PublishAmerica. BTDT.

They don’t offer advances to authors, require a long-term contract and don’t market well.

I’ve only seen a couple of blurbs about this particular company, but most of the information has been speculation. So for now, I’m keeping my fingers crossed and hoping this turns into a genuine offer.
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The job hunt: I’ve applied to several different jobs in Siloam Springs and am seriously thinking about writing about this experience. It’s amazing how many companies paying minimum wage ask you to devote your life to the position.

In fact, an app I filled out this morning for a food service position had the little agree/disagree buttons you’re supposed to click on.

“I want nothing more than to work in a restaurant.”

I checked the disagree button. I know they want the agree to be checked, but I just couldn’t do it.

Next week, I may post a list of the different types of positions I’ve applied for, along with some of the crazy things they ask on the questionnaire/personality assessment.

 

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Year in Review – 2012

-chinese-new-year-clipart-5 I feel good about the progress I’ve made this year in writing. More than 100,000 words written, published some work and have learned about the indie publishing business.

The full-time writing gig is coming to an end sometime in January. Alas, it’s time to move back into the workaday world; much to my chagrin, and attempt to make a living once again.

The posts and the writing/editing process will continue, but blog posts will become sparse, getting less of my attention.

Below, is the year in review in writing and publishing.
January

Began editing Pink Eye, posting to the blog again. Working on Children’s art projects.

Wee People (Children)
Greenie (2) (Children)

February

Pink Eye published
100 Keys
HISS (reworked)
Mentachip

March

Only the Good
Attempted Necropolis
Section 133, Division X (edited)

April

Artist’s Guide
Pluto Boo (Children)
Decisions, Decisions
Declination
Handmaid’s Tale Review
The Road Review

May

The Air Rumbled
Harvestman
Remington (unfinished)
Two (notes)
Day Gazing published

June

First Light
Captain Taylor was History
Blue Tent (notes)
July

Started Blue Tent
How Dreams are Made

August

Blue Tent (writing/Editing)
Dear Sirs/Madam
Two (Notes)

September

Perihelion review
Two (Writing/Editing)
Two published
October

Tesla Machine
Fringe Review (updated)

November

National Novel Writing Month
Nexus

December

Re-writing, editing Nexus
Editing Blood’s Gem (for another writer)
Benefits
Crystal Water
Hating the Future
Better Half
Cathy’s Day
Hope Returns
The Book
Gelology
Pranks

Indie Publishing: The sky is not falling

 

 

I am so sick of whiners complaining the publishing industry has changed for the worse. These criers of doom, the Paul Revere’s of the traditional publishing industry are screaming, “The indies are coming! The indies are coming!” And cannot seem to figure out how to find a decent independently published book.

I gotta wonder how many times they’ve been to the library lately. Hmmm…

It takes a huge intellect to figure out that to find a good book, you read the blurb, look at the cover, check out reviews. Then read a sample.

Not real complicated. Not any more complicated than going to the library. But then, there are a few people who trip over their own feet on their way through the doors of that fine institution.

But damn if they still aren’t shouting, “the industry is going to hell! The world is ending! The sky is falling!”

Well, Chicky Little, the sky is not falling. Look up. It’s just turned a different color and that apple that hit you on the head is called ‘Independent’ publishing. It’s a new phenomenon. A breath of fresh air in a stagant system. A lotta crap you gotta sift through at times, but damn if doesn’t look like a revolution.

And I like it.

Remember those predictions for 2012?

I’m not sure how many independent authors follow the predictions, but this past year I read a few of them and anticipated seeing if any of them really would come true.

Here’s a list of some of the independent publishing predictions. Funny to see what has happened over the past year when compared with predictions; especially the E-book Wars.

Marketing notes for the self-published

After the writing is finished, the work just begins. Personally, I’m still learning about marketing. Here are a few things I’ve learned.

Where do readers gather?

Libraries
Book clubs
book stores

where should my book appear?

Libraries – virtual and real; if not in print form than in another form. Notices on community board, printed bookmarks, offer to give a free reading/talk about your book.

Book clubs – If not already a member, join a book club. Virtual forums and real ones. Writers are supposed to socialize with like minded people and listening to the ideas of others is a creative boon. Plus, you can shamelessly plug your book as long as you’re not obnoxious about it.

Book stores – Virtual and real; your book should be listed on the main sites. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, if you have ebook form, kindle, nook, sony and apple.

In addition, you should be promoting your book to booksellers. Give out a few of the bookmarks you printed, browse through bookstores and suggest your book as one of the titles.

Your book should also appear on as many readers lists as possible. Genre specific? General fiction? Try to find virtual reading lists that are open to suggestions.

Social networking – Yes, twitter, Facebook and myspace.
As a regular presence in any particular forum you will get some attention. Be consistent.