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Another Step Closer to Publishing

December 30, 2013 4 comments

I received my manuscript back via email. This is what my editor had to say:

All done! Enjoy! And thanks again for this project, Allen. I loved editing this book, and I really hope I get to work with you again in the future! Keep in touch, I’ll be happy to help you with anything you need. Sincerely, Andrew,

That was not ALL he said. The email is huge with lots of instructions and notes. Now begins the process of refining, BLOOD & SOUL, this first book in the Creed of Kings Saga, for publishing. I’m a little more than a month away from my publishing goal. I’m not going to settle for second best. I’d rather take my time and publish during spring break the best book I can publish rather than in February a book that is less than the best. I’m chomping at the bit to start in the morning with a fresh cup of coffee.

 

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I’m Almost There!

December 15, 2013 Leave a comment
We’re almost there, Allen! Thanks for your patience as I pace my way through this epically epic novel you’ve written. Loving it. Talk to you soon! – To me from my editor in an email Friday.
That doesn’t mean it will be published next week. He will send it back to me hopefully before the Christmas break. I, the slow reader, will reread it and consider all his notes and then begin the process of revisions.
Being that I am a total rookie when it comes to self-publishing, I had not factored in this necessary, crucial and time-consuming step. Delays, delays, delays! Ugh.
I’m guessing I’ll revise and correct, which, I’m guessing, will take me a couple of months because I have a fulltime job that sucks up a lot of intellectual juice. A couple of months is how long it’s taken him to edit the 160k manuscript. I can’t imagine it taking me less time to go through it again. Nevertheless, my spirits are up.

How much do I get if I buy Business Premium?

September 30, 2013 2 comments

I’m going to be publishing a book on Jan 1, 2014. I would like to go business premium with wordpress and get a new domain name. I have some questions and concerns since it’s $299.
1. Does business premium mean I get an email address with my new domain name?
2. Does “Custom Design” mean someone at wordpress can customize my blog/website if communicate what I would like to see on the site and/or help

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me customize via Live Support, or does that just mean the potential is there? (Because if it means I need to master a CMS or write code I\’m useless)
3. At some point I might be accepting paypal or credit cards, is that option available to put on my site?
4. Is there a way for visitors to download book samples into e-readers directly from my site?
5. Can I have a pop-up to collect emails if a person wants to join my Constant Contact updates or is that just a widget/plug-in (which I have yet to master as well!)?
6. Is going business premium overkill for me?
7. Should I just go with plan premium at $99 a year?

THANK YOU for your help!

Chart the Course to the End

I will never write another book…that I don’t thoroughly outline first! The yet-to-be-fully-edited book I “finished” two years ago was my first venture into epic fantasy. I did everything wrong. I started out trying to write pretty sentences on the first page and had no idea where I was going.

With Blood & Soul (the first in what will be a series of standalone books called The Creed of Kings Saga) I settled down a lot and worked on the story first by outlining, but things still got way way too complicated as my imagination chased rabbits way off the trail. I did an outline. I kind of knew where I was going but not completely. Things cannot be fuzzy when I start off. As Stephen Covey says, “Begin with the end in mind[!]” Have a vision and gather all your strengths and resources around a mission to get there–that goes for business and books.

Thus, I will never write another book…without doing an outline and knowing the ending. I nailed the ending on the 5th Revision. If I had it sooner, I might be done now! As it stands now I have a lot of false trails to sever as I approach the end of Blood & Soul.

Trim cheesy fat. Build emotional muscle.

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