The Dirty Dozen Interviews – Jessica McHugh

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Today, as our last interview of the year, we are lucky to have Jessica McHugh. Never before have I met another author that quite moves me the way she does. Whether it’s with her passion about all things writing, or the projected confidence she has in any of the numerous videos she posts, Jessia is a force to be reckoned with.

 

Q: When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

 

A: I was 19 years old, working at a perfume kiosk in a mall—an unsuccessful perfume kiosk—and I had nothing to do. So I read, and I wrote. I’ve been writing stories since I was a little kid, but I kicked into high gear when I was 19. I was so bored at that job, I would write three short stories in eleven hours. They were terrible, of course, but they were the start to all this beautiful madness. And I’ve never been bored again.

 

Q: I think that is great! It’s one thing you never really hear writers say but it’s the truth that you will never be bored again if you write. Did you share this dream with anyone, if so what was their reaction?

 

A: I did. And I had a few supporters—mostly my best friend, Jenny, and select others. I think it made my parents nervous, though, and rightly so. How are you supposed to react when your daughter starts acting like art is a viable way to survive? But they came around once I had my first book published.

 

My boyfriend at the time was pretty supportive, but it petered off as the years moved on. I became a little obsessed with my writing in the latter part of our relationship, (though I wasn’t even trying to get published) and I chose my projects over him more than a few times. But the relationship was failing anyway, so it wasn’t a huge deal. And honestly, it was probably the most productive time of my life.

Q: I’ve battled that and ended two significant relationships over my writing simply because I wasn’t about to be with someone who wouldn’t be supportive of my writing, so I get it. That being said, who has been your biggest supporter?

A: My husband Dave is the most amazing human alive. After my prior relationship fell apart—thank balls—I took some time for myself, then found a cute boy on Myspace. Yes, Kids, Myspace. Having learned from the last relationship, I told Dave straight-up all the nitty gritty about Jessica Bonito so he’d know what he was getting into. He seemed okay with letting me be exactly who I was, and I paid him the same courtesy. We’ve been pretty much inseparable ever since. He’s my cheerleader. He’s my sounding board. He’s my muse. He’s my rock. He’s (insert another metaphor). I wouldn’t be able to do what I do as well without him.

Q: Your posts on Facebook that have anything to do with him normally crack me up. You’re one of  those couples that I think people who get to know you completely understand why you two make sense! Who has been your biggest critic?

A: Uh…people…on the internet…I guess? I pay attention to constructive criticism in reviews and from mentors, but I don’t really allow critics to get me down anymore. So I…yeah, I don’t know. People.

Q: Have you lost friends/families because of your writing?

A: If I have, they weren’t important enough that I remember them.

Q: I’ve ended a few relationships because it got to the point where they were so unsupportive it was just terrible. In hindsight, I’m thankful something finally did get me away from them hahaha! What is the thing you struggle with most about writing?

A: Writing makes me feel superhuman, so I take on a lot of simultaneous projects and believe wholeheartedly I can do them all in a timely fashion. The problem is, I do complete these projects, but I get so ballsin’ exhausted. It sucks. Some people think of writing as this romantic thing—and it is—but romance is just a sliver of what it takes to be an author. There are a lot more shitty moments than romantic ones. But if you’re passionately invested in #theWriteLife, you learn to love the shit, too.

Q: I could hug you for that! I get really irritated with the dreamy, starry-eyed people that see it as this glamorous happy thing. It’s not always, it hurts and it can be very stressful and draining. Have there been moments where you have wanted to give up on this dream? If yes, what has made you stick with it?

A: I’ve never wanted to give up. I’ll die with a Pilot G2 in my hand.

Q: This is one of the things that just makes me bow downto your greatness, you write SO much, so many different pieces between your Darla Decker series, and your #AStoryAWeek participation, it blew me away to learn you do your first draft with a pen and paper! However, I think how we start our writing career is normally what feels the most comfortable. With me it’s all about an outline. Is there any one thing that you wish you knew from the beginning of your writing career?

A: There’s some weird politics and drama in the writing world I didn’t know about when I started. I don’t really take part in it because…hey, man…I just want to write and smile and see my inky cohorts succeed. But even if I’d known before, it wouldn’t dissuade me a bit. I know far more cool writers than lame writers.

Q: Do you have things/people you turn to for inspiration or can you sit down and just write?

A: Both. This past year I was working on my regular novel projects while doing #AStoryAWeek—aka, writing 52 damn short stories this year. It was really wonderful, but it was also extremely difficult. Sometimes I could sit down and let the story unfurl itself, like I was just a bystander documenting the story’s movements. But sometimes I had to do a lot of brainstorming just to come up with an inkling of an idea. Some of those were offshoots of themes in shows or movies. Some were based on something my husband said. When your job depends on constant idea generation, you learn to keep your eyes and ears open for inspiration at all times.

Q: What achievement in writing are you most proud of?

A: I’m still jazzed about the play I had produced in 2010. “Fools call it Fate” was the first play I wrote, and it won a playwriting competition at the renowned Mobtown Theatre in Baltimore. I haven’t had much success in playwriting since, but I still think I’ll get back into the theatre one day.
Q: I have to admit, that’s pretty awesome! What has been your biggest lesson in writing?

A: You can’t be lazy. You can’t procrastinate. You can’t believe in writer’s block. But if you’re in truly in love (and lust) with writing, you probably don’t need those lessons. That’s when you’re my age, of course. For a writer, the thirties are about manipulating the events of your twenties.

Before the thirties, live life as much as you can. Read like mad. Write like mad. Then, once you’ve amassed 20+ years of personal stories and literary experience (whether through schooling, life, or both), focus on creating your own version of #theWriteLife. I’m not saying life is over when you’re thirty—quite the contrary. I just believe you need to live a lot of life and meet tons of different kinds of people before you can write a truly rich, fully formed story. That length of time varies from person to person, of course. Just follow your passion and know that it’ll lead you to marvelous places if you’re willing to toss aside excuses and work your ass off.

Q: You do have a point. I’m in my thirties and almost all the characters I write about are in their twenties. That is very interesting! Okay so for the final question…If you could only pick one, would you rather be well known (NY Times Bestseller etc) for one piece of writing, only to be broke after a quick fifteen minutes of fame, or would you rather be semi-unknown, only making just enough sales to live modestly, as long as you were able to keep writing?

A: I’d much rather live frugally and be a moderate success. I think it’s incredibly important to be realistic in this business. There just isn’t a lot of money in it—you realize that pretty quickly—but there’s a lot of joy and satisfaction. I love to write, and I’ll do it no matter what direction my career takes. I’ll be the first to admit it’s a dark road, one filled with frustration, anxiety, and rejection. But I’m the happiest damn person you’ll ever meet because I’m doing what I love most in the world. I’d gladly live a meager existence to sustain this smile.
Thank you Jessica for being here with me today, as always it’s a pleasure to talk to you!

 

McHugh_AuthorPhotoJessica McHugh is an author of speculative fiction spanning the genre from horror and alternate history to young adult. A 2013 Pulp Ark nominee, she has devoted herself to novels, poetry, playwriting, and completing 2014’s #AStoryAWeek challenge. Jessica has had seventeen books published in six years, including her bizarro sci-fi romp, “The Green Kangaroos,” and the first two books in her edgy YA series “The Darla Decker Diaries.” 2015 will see the publication of three more novels, including her historical adventure, “Verses of Villainy.” More info on her speculations and publications can be found at JessicaMcHughBooks.com.

 

If you would like to connect with Jessica, you can do so with the following links, you won’t be disappointed!

 

If you’re interested in looking up any of of her books such as The Green Kangaroos…
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Or one of the books in The Darla Decker Diaries…
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You can find them on Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/jessicamchugh

 

You can also stay tuned for her new website to launch in 2015

 

Or, if you’d like to contact her for podcasts/queries/appearances you can email her at: jessica@mchughniverse.com

 

Why Every Writer Should Buy Scrivener

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This isn’t so much of a How-To, as I feel I’ve reached the end of that segment for now. I will pick it up again after the holidays in a once-in-a-while capacity.

However, today we’re going to discuss a tool that I think you should fully invest in. If you’re serious about writing, I don’t know how you’d really ever work with anything else…

It is no secret to anyone who knows me that I do not like change. If I learn how to do something one way, it is very hard for me to come around to doing things in a different way. Again, this comes down to efficiency. If I can easily pick up new tricks to make things easier, then I am all for change. Other times, it can take me a little while to come around. However, if something is very hard for me to grasp or understand the “WHY” of how it’s done, chances are, my stubbornness will kick in and I will not care to change my ways, no matter how beneficial it may be.

Nothing is more evident of this than my aversion to the program Scrivener.

I had previously, being a total Microsoft girl, swore by using MS Word as a word processor for writing my novels. My feelings were that it hadn’t failed me yet, and I’d written three novels on it, and had written pieces of countless others.

The reality was, I knew how to use MSWord, I knew the glitches and how it didn’t play nice with formatting, but I’d struggled in the beginning with it when it came to formatting my first novel. Now, it was like a badge of honor to be able to be knowledgeable about all the little bugs, and I knew nothing about Scrivener aside from tinkering with it in passing for all of a few hours.

Then I started noticing the growing trend of all my author friends, even those that I didn’t know but just followed their blogs, all started singing Scrivener’s praises. I had to admit, my anger at MSWord was growing, especially when I’d uploaded the final draft of my most recent novel to CreateSpace, and the fonts hadn’t embedded correctly. So I caved, and installed the trial again.

Here was the thought process in my head as I’m working with it…

On the Corkboard look – Oh, corkboards… that’s stupid, I’ve got that on my wall in front of me, I won’t be switching back and forth between screens when I can just look up at the board in front of me…(Clicks icon in corner) Ooooh I can do split screen!

On Fonts – Oh default font is Courier New… GAG!… that is the crappiest font ever. (Types a new chapter out, could have changed the font but didn’t, using the excuse of trying to get the full experience) … I guess it’s not that bad… (Can’t type with any other font now, Courier New is just EASIER to read… it’s like on an old typewriter, makes me nostalgic!).

On Finding Reasons to Hate Scrivener – Hitting Shift+F7 in Word gives you a thesaurus, this does not. I don’t think there is a way to do that by keystroke. That Sucks! This whole thing is archaic at best. Can’t put in auto-correct options either which is sorely missed because of my use of shorthand, but Oh! Oh! It’s the greatest program ever… NOT! (Starts going through the options on the menu bar and finds everything I’m looking for along with some other fun tools)… okay maybe it’s not so bad… OOOOH! There is a name creator tool?!? Why have I not been using this sooner?!?

The tides started to turn with the help of this tool.

I cannot tell you how much I go through when it comes to selecting a character’s name. Granted, Devrynne’s happened because of a friend, Liam was pre-chosen by a friend as well, but the rest of the names have special significance to me, either because of their meaning or because of their origins. Most of my trilogy excluded, when I’m mapping out characters, I go through a big headache to select the perfect name normally by scrolling through phonebooks, the internet looking at meanings and things. To find out Scrivener has all of this in one place, made my day!

Here’s what I had to do to really USE Scrivener. I made the decision to write a novel with it, not just play around with it. After I made that choice was when I kind of let go of a lot of my unjust negativity towards it and started tinkering. One of my last thoughts about it before fully jumping on the bandwagon, was this…

Oh you break out the chapters into separate files… I hate it when people do that, I’d rather have it all in one document… I bet that is a bitch and a half to put into a full document, not to mention trying to search for anything.

I clicked on the menu button and saw a button that said “Compile”. Now I’ll have you know that I work better at hands-on, figuring stuff out on my own for what works. I will ask for help if I want to know something specific, but I wasn’t looking for this program to be good for me.

To realize that I have spent almost as much time formatting my novels in MSWord as I have writing them, to have spent a MONTH working on the headers and footers of my second novel to get them to look like an actual industry-standard book… only to hit a frickin’ button in Scrivener and it does it all for me?!?! Let me tell you I almost cried.

PROS:

  • One spot for everything! I’m a visual person, and the ability to save images and tie them in with sections/scenes I’m working on in one file is amazing.
  • Character and Setting Templates – Need I say more?
  • The Name Generator – I would have bought Scrivener for this function alone!
  • Easy to use and you have a TON of help tutorials available online and videos on YouTube.
  • Templates for anything you decide to write: Novels, Short Stories, scripts, screenwriting, plays, blogs, a recipe book, ANYTHING.
  • Just about anything you could need to outline, plot, and WRITE a novel, is all in this program.

 

CONS:

  • Outdated spell checking. Although this could be because I’m used to using MSWord, but I’ve found some of the stuff that Scrivener underlines as misspelling is a matter of opinion.
  • Autocorrect Functions. Although this again, could be a learning curve type of deal, but when I’ve selected it to auto correct things like Word does (misplaced CAPS, commonly misspelled words, etc.) it doesn’t play nice. It corrects it to words that are not what you want, and it’s hard to override that without shutting the whole function off.
  • Keyboard Shortcuts. Yes there are shortcuts that I’ve found to save or add a new text, but overall MSWord has this program beat in this area. You have to navigate through menu bars, typically with the mouse to get to some of the options that would just be easier to use keystrokes for.

 

Overall, even with the few cons I listed, I completely see what all the fuss is about and would happily recommend this to any writer.

 

What about you guys? Do you have any writing tools that you swear by?

How To Pick a Cover For Your Book

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If you take nothing more away from this series of How-To advice, let it be this: NEVER cut corners when it comes to cover art. Unless you have a degree in graphic design, please let a professional do your artwork for you.

You all know the old saying that you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but the reality is we all do this. We do this with everything we come in contact with, it’s human nature. You have spent the time to write a novel, and now it’s time to decide on a cover. If you’re like me, writing is where your creative ability ends.

I’ve spoken on how to avoid scams and save money, this is not one of those times.

If you ever get the inclination to Google “Book Cover Design” you will find a wealth of information and design services. Now keep in mind, some I wouldn’t trust simply because cover art design is more than slapping some fonts on a stock photo.

The photo above was a cover that I found while reading an article on Huffington Post, about the worst self-published covers. You can see the rest, HERE

Now there are places like 99Designs.com that will charge you several hundred to over a thousand dollars to do a cover for you. Now the cool thing about 99Designs is that you tell them about your book/what you’re looking for and they have a group of designers that come up with designs and you buy the one you want. The money you spend determines how many designers/caliber of designers you choose from. You own full copyright of the work and it is a money-back guarantee if the designers do not come through.

Again, as I’ve stated numerous times with these posts: RESEARCH!

This is going to be your saving grace with the majority of things you do in this industry. Not everything that works for me will work for you, and it is really about finding the right fit. Also keep in mind, it is okay to change your mind after you see the final product. Most designers will either make you pay for the stock photos, or pay a design fee up front. This covers their costs should you decide not to go with their pieces. Also, designers know that if you like their work you’re likely to use them again, or refer fellow writers to them. It’s all about networking after all.

I’ve worked with three different designers over the course of my publishing career, and there will probably be more as I continue on this journey. You have to find something that works for you and your budget. Just remember, a reader is going to judge you by the cover before they ever decide on your writing. Robin Ludwig and Regina Wamba are two of the designers that I’ve worked with, and let me tell you, they are worth every penny.

Robin can be found at www.rldprint.com

And Regina can be found at www.maeIdesign.com

Writing Workshops: Good Idea or Waste of Money?

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Allow me to start today’s post off by saying that this is all a matter of opinion. Right now, this is my opinion, but you may feel differently. That is okay.

We’ve discussed scams and such in the publishing world, and there are two that really get under my skin more than any other. Vanity publishers, which I’ve mentioned previously, and writer’s workshops. Now while these may not be scams in a traditional sense, as in nothing they are really doing is illegal, it is my opinion that just about either of them should be. They are specifically designed to cost you money, and in all honesty, you don’t need it.

Now I’m not saying all writing workshops are bad. If you’re going to go to one, do your research. Is it an English professor or some other accredited teacher giving a lecture on form, content etc.? Is it someone from the publishing world who is world-renowned? Is it a convention where you can network and meet industry contacts? If you answered yes to these, by all means, go and enroll. However, if you’ve answered no to the above questions, I would invest your money elsewhere.

Here’s why…

I know several authors who have hung up their writing hats in exchange for their teaching hats. Most of these “teachers” have one, maybe two books under their belts, neither doing well on the Amazon rankings, they haven’t done well in their own writing career but by God they want to charge you an arm and a leg to help you get to where they haven’t been able to get to themselves… does that seem like it makes sense to you?

Two workshops that I got approached to sign up for were as follows:

Scenario One – Two authors created a 4 week course that you signed up for. Each workshop only had 15 spots. For your low payment of over a thousand dollars you got weekly group phone calls, daily encouragement emails, and a copy of one of the “teacher’s” books on how to become a successful author, even though they themselves had not been very successful.

Scenario Two – One author who has a “degree” in English will work with you to polish your manuscript, teach you how to outline your book and give you a list of his industry contacts. Research led me to discover that his degree was never obtained as he dropped out to write books. His list of contacts consists of a Google-able list of agents (I found the same list when looking). Also, do you want someone polishing your book whose own novel is barely in the top 2 million on Amazon? You get this all in a weekend for over $400.

Now as I stated above, I’m no better really. Am I a best seller? Nope, not yet. Am I world renowned? Not even close. The difference however is that I’m telling you my thoughts, opinions, and insights on what has worked for me and what hasn’t… and I’m doing it all for free!

Just be wary when you embark on this journey. The best advice is typically free. You should always do your research into what you’re spending money on and what it is that money will get you. You wouldn’t spend that kind of money on a nanny without checking their references and training would you? So why should you on this? Just saying.

How To Start A Blog

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Continuing on with my series about publishing and writing is today’s topic, how to start a blog.

Part of publishing your work is starting what other authors like to call your “platform”. This is simple really, even though marketing is the true time burner. It’s making an online presence for yourself or your work using social media.

I’ve never liked the terminology of “platform” so I rarely call it that. In your social circles though, you’ll hear other writers refer to this as the number one rule of everything you MUST do. They are not wrong. It has been one of the best pieces of advice a fellow author gave me before the release of my first book…

Start blogging!

It’s super easy to do… it doesn’t have to be fancy.

When I started blogging originally, I started on Blogger, and when I got serious about it, over a year later, I tested out WordPress. I have also done extensive research about buying a domain from sites like GoDaddy as well and found that WordPress was: A.) the most user friendly, and B.) garnered more traffic because it’s linked in with a lot of other websites with no techy add-on’s needed.

So this post will be all about starting a website/blog specifically through WordPress.

  1. Pick a Name: You are branding yourself, keep that in mind. You want something simple, or something that conveys what your site is about. For example: writer/author extraordinaire Joanna Penn named her website TheCreativePenn.com. It’s clever, it’s a play on her name and who she is. It’s catchy and once you’ve heard it, it’s hard to forget. I went for the easy but narcissistic name haha!
  2. Spend the money to buy the domain/professional design package: It will be the best money you spend in a year, I’m serious. If you feel like spending a little extra there are various packages as well as professional layout designs. Again, it all comes down to what you want. The free web design layouts are simple, easy to use and fun. The problem is, you run the risk of everyone else using the same one. If they’re popular, it’s for a reason.
  3. For marketing purposes, create a Twitter, Facebook author page, and Tumblr page: Do this, if nothing else, to get exposure. Not everyone on Facebook will be on Twitter. Not everyone on Tumblr will be on Facebook, etc., and it is hard to garner traffic without social media.

Once you’ve done the above and created your site, you can choose one of the almost 400 different themes. Some are free, some cost money and allow you to customize more than the free ones. You can tell which ones are free if they do not have a little green price tag in the corner as shown below, left is paid templates, right is free:

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The layout and such, how many tabs you want, how you want your site set up is completely up to you. Feel free to browse mine and see how I’ve chosen to lay it out, as you publish more content on your blog you can add a variety of widgets for quick searching and managing your posts. These are easily accessible and there are numerous help topics available via WordPress to assist you.

Now you’re ready to write your blog posts! The good thing about WordPress is that it is super easy to write your posts and pre-schedule them for later dates. Pick a schedule of how often you wish to post whether it be every day, twice a week, once a month etc., and then post them. Before you click publish, on the right sidebar, you can click the edit button:

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Which will open up the date and time for you to post. I will be posting another blog about the marketing and the best posting times at a later date. For now though, just pick a schedule that works for you.

 

There you have it… not so scary now is it?

Publishing/Writing Advice: Beware of Scammers

 

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My last post tackled the decision you face on whether or not to self-publish. Assuming you’ve decided to self-publish, these next few posts will be for you. We’re going to discuss everything from formatting, setting up a website, building an audience, etc., and maybe some other stuff in between.

Today we’re going to discuss how to avoid being scammed.

The world is full of con-artists, none so much as those that prey on newbie authors who are just trying to learn the ropes of self-publishing. So here are some tips to avoid them and what to look for:

  1. Don’t adhere to the saying “You Get What You Pay For” all of the time.
    The saying is true in the writing world when it comes to editing services, perhaps to some extent even formatting services. If you’re paying a web designer to build you a custom website, then yes, you need to be prepared to spend some money.
  1. Do your research!
    You wouldn’t take your car to a mechanic you don’t know and trust, why would you trust your book or writing career to someone you know nothing about? A reputable person who is offering a valid service will have reviews. Look for any news related to them that does not come from their personal website. For example – If you look on Author House’s website, they have pages of positive reviews. You may read them and think WOW, I need to pay the extra ten grand to get their publishing services. However, if you look around the web, you will see that they are a novelty publisher that will offer you the sun and stars if you pay enough.
  1. Anyone can say they’re a NYT Bestseller.
    I have this conversation a lot… “I just paid $1,500 to sign up for a two-day webinar with so and so.” My question is always “Why”? Their answer almost always is that the person leading the class is a NYT Bestseller. Trust me, I know, that used to mean something to me too, it doesn’t anymore though. This goes back to the point above, RESEARCH. Just because they say it, doesn’t make it true.

A lot of this is common sense, but these are my three biggest. In the last 6 years of writing novels and self-publishing, I have seen some things that appall me. Don’t trust so freely, because the people who help you the most are usually the ones that gain nothing by doing so aside from helping out their fellow man.

My best advice for you though, the best that has ever been given to me: Join a writing community. Whether this is a Facebook group (I’m a member of several), a Reddit group, message boards or the like, get engaged with fellow writers. There is nothing more reassuring than talking with others who have been through this or are going through the publishing process. They will be more information and help than anyone else, I promise.

Indie vs. Traditional Publishing: How Do I Decide?

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I have been asked on a regular basis why I chose to self-publish. I’m also asked about formatting/editing, and all things related to publishing. So I thought I would do some posts about these topics, some self-help things as well, that way I can quickly refer people back to my website because I doubt this will stop being a question I get asked regularly.

Today we’re tackling publishing.

I recommend you read these two articles I posted a while back, about the joys and headaches of being an Indie Author:

 

Things That Irk Me As An Indie Author

Why Being An Indie Author Rocks

 

This may very well be one of the hardest decisions you face in your writing career. I know a lot of people that this has taken the main focus off of their writing and has caused a lot of stress for them. I don’t feel that it should. These are not steadfast things, people. It’s not like you’re signing a contract in blood that you will only self-publish or traditional publish. You can still self-publish un-contracted works while you’re publishing through a traditional house.

You will of course, should you choose to go through a traditional publishing company, have to clarify in your contract what they obtain licensing/rights for. Ultimately though, you just need to decide what it is you want, what you plan to accomplish with your writing, how many of the rights you wish to retain, etc.

Here are some quick things to ask yourself:

  1. Are you wanting an advancement check? If the answer is Yes, Self-publishing is not for you. You are on your own to sell your books, market your work etc., no advance happens because of this. Also, not all publishing companies give advances anymore, just FYI.
  2. Are you wanting to retain sole rights to the story and content? If Yes, then Traditional publishing is not for you. Traditional Publishing companies own the work and you’ll get a royalty based off of that work. However, you get more of a royalty percentage if you’re self-published.
  3. Are you willing to spend money up front for editing/formatting services, marketing, and cover design? If no, self-publishing is not for you. As an indie, as stated previously, you are on your own. This means that you either have to know people to do the things listed above, or you have to pay someone to do them, either way, it can cost money up front. Fun Fact though… all three of my covers have cost under $250 a piece, and what I’ve made in sales has more than covered that cost.
  4. Are you wanting to do none of the work outside of writing and then just be handed a copy of your book, regardless of if it every really sells or how much you have to spend? If Yes, then you need a Novelty publisher like Author House who will give you a nice, fancy copy of your book, but all you’re really doing is flushing anywhere from $2,000-$12,000 down the proverbial toilet.

 

So there are some things to consider… If you ever have any questions, you can always contact me, but the above list should give you a starting point, because this is normally what I ask people who seek out my opinion on publishing.

 

Before I leave though, keep this in mind…

Indie Authors make 4 to 5 times the royalties as Traditional Published Authors in ebooks alone.

Mark Coker, Founder of Smashwords, brought this to light in an article for Huffington Post earlier this year that is totally worth the read if you’re interested in more opinions about the whole Indie vs. Traditional battle:

10 Reasons Self Published Authors Will Capture 50 Percent of the Ebook Market by 2020

 

Just a girl and her dreams…

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