Monthly Archives: April 2016

Self publishing Vs. Traditional publishing: thinking about money

It’s a question as old as the internet, which is better self publishing or traditional publishing? The answer isn’t simple. What might work for you might not work for someone else. I’m going to outline the pros and cons of both, but they are surmised in the picture above.

Of cores everyone is concerned about money, so we will start with that. It’s true, you do make more money per book sale when you self publish, but there is a lot more than that factoring in. For one thing, if you can’t make a great cover of your own, you will need to pay someone to make it for you if you self publish. People are first going to look at the cover and title, so if you aren’t a pro, you might want to hire one. You also might want to hire and editor, which is another up front cost. Keep in mind, you CAN learn these skills yourself, but remember if you self publish, you have to do everything the traditional publisher would do for you. Marketing plays a small role in this. You will be doing most of your books promotion yourself, regardless, but publishers will do a little. The more books you publish that do well on the market, the more they will be willing to invest in you.

Select one of the fallowing statements:

I am comfortable making the cover, editing the book, formatting it and marketing it or am willing to pay someone a one time fee to do it for me.

I want someone to make the cover, edit the book, format it and help me out with marketing and I am willing to let them take a small amount of money from each book I sell in order to do so.

Next week I’ll be posting about the other pros and cons of both.

Day 43s simple task: Day 30 of a book a month

What’s this all about simple tasks?

You are done! Well, almost. If you are here congratulations, today’s writing should be a breeze. Your probably sick and tired of your work, but who cares, you’re almost done! All you need to do is wrap everything up. Have them go back to their friends. Arrest the criminal. This is what is call “falling action” and it is the only time in your book to have it. Today you will end your book, so put in every little happy moment you can. Good job. YOU MADE IT!

You wrote 50000 words!  You wrote a book!

Day 42s simple task: Day 29 of a book a month

What’s this all about simple tasks?

The climax is now! Have your characters fight at full force. Today you can show all of your character development. Have them strategize and plan. Make them both strong and smart. Have them pull from their weaknesses so that they may be strong. All the hate toward the villain should come out. Show the truth.  At the end of today, your character should win.

You wrote  48343 words! Go ahead to the next day:

Day 41s simple task: Day 28 of a book a month

What’s this all about simple tasks?

Rise up! Make the strong. Your main character should overcome their fear. They need to accept the information throw at them and move forward. Have them throw more information back at the villain. Here is a great place to put in the moral of your story. The character should start fighting back. Maybe weakly at first, but tomorrow they will bloom into a beautiful flower.

You wrote 46676 words! Go ahead to the next day:

Day 40s simple task: Day 27 of a book a month

What’s this all about simple tasks?

Plot twist! Is there anything your main character didn’t know about? Who are their parents? Are their friends really their friends? Is the love of his life really a killer? Throw questions at your reader. What information can your villain give out? Is there no cure? Has your character done something wrong? Don’t be afraid to throw in some fake information too. Everything you wrapped up yesterday should come undone.  This should be the weakest point for your character, but tomorrow they will rise back up.

You wrote 45000 words! Go ahead to the next day:

Day 39s simple task: Day 26 of a book a month

What’s this all about simple tasks?

The trek to the hidden lair can be a long one.  It can scare the bravest of me but it cannot weaken their resolve. Let dough creep in and then start the struggle against the last obstacle. Today is the day your readers have been waiting for. Put in all your drama from now on.  If there is anything left for your character to wrap up, do so now. That includes all the emotional baggage that they have been carrying around.  You should also get ready to wrap up, any scenes you want to put in outside of the climax can only happen now.

You wrote 43342 words! Go ahead to the next day:

Day 38s simple task: Day 25 of a book a month

What’s this all about simple tasks?

Today we think about theme again. You can fully express your theme now.  Tell us what lesson you want us to learn. You can tell us right out if your want. Have the theme carry your character to victory. You will also want to start wrapping up sub plots. We are at the beginning of the end. Before your character goes into the final battle have him wrap up his conflicts with others and give a final address. The only thing left to do is wrap up the big, over arcing plot.

You wrote 41675 words! Go ahead to the next day:

Day 37s simple task: Day 24 of a book a month

What’s this all about simple tasks?

Today we begin building towards the climax. We need the character to know at this point what the last thing they need to do is. If that’s kiss the groom or kill the king is up to you. They should be mentally preparing themselves for the final event. They should be ready to fight with words or with swords. Today you build them back up. Mend the wounds, allow them to recover as much as they can. Have them let go of their fears. Say good bye to their family and friends if they think they will die. Today is a day about resolve, and you need as much of it as your characters do.

You wrote 40000 words! Go ahead to the next day:

Day 36s simple task: Day 23 of a book a month

What’s this all about simple tasks?

We are getting close to the end.  You should start thinking about how it will all resolve. Your character should be different than how they were at the start of the book. Now is a reat time to show them having developed mentally. Whether they have learned to love or they now know the meaning of life, they have grown as people and you can show their new attitudes. Have them rant about it. Preach their understanding. Or write one meaningful sentence that shows how they have grown. Have them look back on their past and want to do things differently. Show them the error of their ways. Make them feel like real people.

You wrote 38341 words! Go ahead to the next day: