So, I got into a LONG!!! talk with a reader/friend of mine about the world of publishing. Now, I'm not an expert, but staring down the release of my 6th book (holy shit, 6th?!), I have to reflect on a few realities of publication & open a dialogue with the #WritingCommunity
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A bit of background: I've been writing since 2006. I self-pub'd my first book in 2009, and continued with self-pub ever since. This was just before self-publication became vogue. And it was a conscious choice - and it was also how I learned what I know. The hard way.

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My friend said, "Getting an agent is like winning the lottery". This isn't wrong.
I tried to query, and was shot down every. single. time.
This isn't unusual. In fact, every #writer know that when you're #querying, this is par for the course.
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I get that. But after about who-even-remembers how many No replies I got, I decided to go it my own way and #selfpublish.
That was an ENORMOUS learning curve, and not just in publication layout, but rights, royalties, etc.
A huge part of why I #selfpublished is... royalties.
4/
Your #royalties are higher when you #selfpublish. However - HUGE however - you do everything yourself. Editing. Marketing. ESPECIALLY! marketing. In 2009, what did I know about advertising on Twitter etc? NOTHING.
One thing, however, remains true.
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This is true across #publishing in all avenues:

MONEY FLOWS TO THE #AUTHOR.

This is true for #selfpublishing too. It's true for #BigFour publishing too. Money. Flows. To. The Author.

This was the one thing I'm glad I learned. Every #writer needs to know this.

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There are no exceptions to this. If you are being charged up front to #publish, you're dealing with a #vanitypress.

DO NOT GIVE YOUR MONEY TO A VANITY PRESS.

#selfpublishing is, at least from the actual #publication process, free to the author. Bear with me for explanation.

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If you have a cover, edited your book, etc. then it is free to upload it to distribution channels. #Amazon's KDP Publishing is free to upload/distribute. Paperback is #printondemand. Which means you only get charged the base #print costs for the copies you buy.

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NOWHERE in this do you get charged up front costs.

Again, what's the #publishinggoldenrule?

MONEY. FLOWS. TO. THE. AUTHOR.

Of course, this is also the huge whistling chasm between #selfpub and regular publishing: because it's just you, there's a LOT of work you take on.

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Editor: $$. Cover. $$. If you're willing to pay an external marketing person, it's even more $$$$$.

While the *vehicle* of #selfpublishing is free, be prepared for a LOT! of work to get your book polished up before it goes on.

However, it's not going to a press.

10/
It's going to your contractors, who will do the work for you.
I can't tell you how much I appreciate my editor, @CGFrazee and the editor I had before her. Because believe me, fellow #author, you NEED that second pair of eyes.
#Marketing, though.... that is the toughest shit.

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Here's the truth of the matter, #writingcommunity - be prepared that you will be doing a solid 99% of the marketing for your book. Even if you're going through a #publishinghouse or a #press - you will be doing a TON of your own marketing.

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Huge reason why my story never caught on in its early days is because I didn't know how to #market it properly. I didn't learn until, well, now. It's been 12 years since I #selfpublished my first #book. And it's OK. We don't learn it easily at first.

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But the bigger part of it is that #marketing your #story is a FULL TIME JOB in and of itself.
I already have a full time job. I'm an accountant IRL. Lol.
And I took a good 3-4 years off from #writing because my #jazzphotography caught on, and grew...

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But I still had my #books. One of the few great things about this #pandemic is that I fell in love with #writing my story again. And - because I spent more time on #WritingCommunity I know a lot more about how to market than I did when I was 24yo and holding my 1st proof.

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But - because a LOT of us #writers have full-time jobs, we aren't able to spend as much time #marketing our books. It's the Creative's Catch-22. Do you make a living or do you chase your passion?
Because either will take up ALL the time you've got.
Life doesn't stop.

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That and as my friend pointed out: my #series isn't so much #fantasy (even though it talks a lot of #powers, #magic etc), or #scifi (even though it hits on futuristic stuff), but it's more geared to #mystery.
Because most of my series reads like a @csivegas scenario.

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Still learning!

Which is why a lot of us #query. We need the extra hand.
Yeah, I'd love an #agent. BUT! here's a catch.
If you're a #selfpublished author and want to go traditional, your work has to already have some acclaim. Which... you have to build yourself.

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And we come right back to the amount of #marketing you have to do, flog your series to build some sort of following/readership. You support your fellow #authors and help them do same.

This is NOT a quick process. But it does shut out a LOT! of talented authors.

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Because they're in the eternal #catch22. They can't get an agent to look twice at their work, they don't have the time to #market on their own; their story might take off and explode beautifully AFTER the first 100 pages... So they are stuck.

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Can't tell you how many AMAZING!!! #selfpublished authors I read over the years, and they barely break $100 of sales...

Because they're self-pub. Because it's tough as hell.

But through all that.....

***KEEP WRITING!!!!***

Tell your story.

Readers will find you.

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I'll write another thread later about #selfpub stereotypes. That's another whopper of a learning curve I had to learn.....

/fin
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Wow. People are whining about 1984 because the Carrot Caligula got kicked off twitter.

Here's something I learned both 1) in high school civics, 2) college constitutional law class, 3) lifetime of being on the internet since before social media:

READ THE TERMS OF SERVICE.
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You will see two things:
1) that your social medium of choice is A BUSINESS, OWNED PRIVATELY. No, public trading doesn't make it publicly owned.
2) that said business has the right to DENY SERVICE TO ANYONE.

Which is legalese for "play nicely and we won't boot your ass"

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The First Amendment only protects you from the government censorship.

NOWHERE DOES IT PROTECT YOU FROM CONSEQUENCES ON A PRIVATELY OWNED PLATFORM.

Moreover, incitement of violence has never been protected speech.
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So...let's have a lil chat about what's been going on and what's to come: a thread.
We now know, beyond a doubt as it's videoed:
1) Capitol cops were in on it
2) trump and his brood were right about orgasmic watching it
3) It was cosigned by many officials

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including the DOD appointees trump ushered in at the last second - this was why
4) the people who are resigning now stayed on to see if the coup would work.
Now, none of us who could tell this was coming are surprised one little bit.

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But what I think needs to be said is that *this was a test run*.
They are brazen enough to talk about it on Parler. This is how we all know that they're going to try it again on Jan 19th.
The @FBI I'm sure is aware by now that they had explosives ready to go too.

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