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The Anti-Climax of Publication

Head in HandsSelf-published novelist Arthur McMahon has given his very frank breakdown of how publishing his book didn’t rock his world. I was directed to discourse by GalleyCat who lead on his piece with their very apt title: “Publishing a Book will not Change Your Life“, 

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It’s a little depressing to see another writer’s take on it. Yet, looking at it logically, it must be true. Especially in the realm of self-publishing – where the only thing standing between being an unpublished novel and a published novel is a click of a button. *click* That’s it. No phone call from your agent, no exultant feeling of your manuscript finally being accepted by an old-school publisher, and the kudos and validation that I imagine one would have from your book being accepted by a gate keeper of the literary world. Not that the latter will ultimately change your life any more, but I imagine that the elation would at least be longer lived. Perhaps.

failed expectations

I suppose it’s much like New Years Eve parties, or an over-hyped movie, or first-time sex. There are so many expectations caught up in it, that it can’t help but disappoint. Perhaps we can only hope to be mentally braced for that scenario when it finally comes. That publishing your book won’t solve your woes, it will just be a very awesome milestone that you can place in your trek through life. Expecting more from it may just be setting yourself up for a fall, for which Arthur McMahon has put himself forward as a case study. I do really respect and admire his candour on his experience, his closing words on the subject as follows:

I wonder if this is why so many authors are depressed drunks. Completing a novel didn’t change my perception of life like I expected it to. It filled no gaps in my soul or heart, and may have in fact widened them.

Still, onward I go.

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50 Shades of Alice in Wonderland? Seriously?

Fifty Shades of Alice in Wonderland.Sacreligious. Ack. I can feel the bile rising.

It’s not so much that I mind one of my all time favourite books gone to erotica, it’s something that’s often done in porn with quite amusing re-namings (Buffy the Vampire Layer, Men in Black Women, The Thighlander, etc). It’s that I object to the cheap knock off status of the books coming under what seems to be becoming the quasi-franchise that is 50 Shades of Grey. Perchance Lewis Carroll is rolling in his grave.  So sad. So so sad. (*insert violin music here*)

Amazon has described it as “The First Book in the 50 Shades of Alice Trilogy”, and pseudonymed Melinda DuChamp will most likely be inspired to keep writing, as the sales of 50 Shades of Alice in Wonderland are on the up. Melinda DuChamp recently decanted her sales data in an interview on Joe Konrath’s blog:

Alice has sold 3560 copies in the UK, and 2540 in the US (plus 1275 loans in the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library) priced at $2.99. Assuming the loans are $2 each, Alice has made close to $15,000 in the last 20 days. That’s more than many of my advances … Alice peaked at #194 in the US, and #56 in the UK. It is currently #643 and #208. At its peak, it was earning over $1,000 a day. Things have slowed down, but it is still outselling all of my other novels on Amazon.

Perhaps I’m overreacting a little, it’s all in the name of good fun after all. And the cover is highly entertaining, and beautifully done. Having now read the mock reviews on Amazon, I’m a little placated. Some examples as below:

“Sexy as hell. This is really going to turn you on.” – A turned-on woman who asked not to be named

“My wife really benefited from me reading this.” – A friend of the author

“Melinda DuChamp is my favorite author, because she came over and painted my house. Also, her book is pretty good.” – The author’s cousin

So, perhaps I will forgive Melinda DuChamp, and perhaps envy her just a little for thinking of it first. I do still hold fast on my stance that its 50-shades franchise status was a bit of a cheap marketing ploy, but then again, a self-published author needs to use every trick available.

So, Melinda DuChamp, I give you some grudging respect. You never know, I may even read it to see what all the fuss is about.

6 Ways to Promote Your Book on a Budget – GalleyCat

6 Ways to Promote Your Book on a Budget – Reblogged from GalleyCat

Sophus Note: I thought that this was a good article to keep track of for later reference…

Are you struggling to promote your book on a budget?

We’ve collected some links that will help you promote your book withoutspending any money at all.

Six Ways To Promote Your Book on a Budget

1. Visit these free sites to promote your eBook.

2. Pitch articles, interviews or blog posts to media outlets. Read our How Toi_love_reading_2 Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post for more details.

 3. Contact bookstores. Check out our How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post for more guidance.

4. Host a book giveaway online. We’ve collected some free giveaway resources at this link.

5. Fix these common mistakes in your Twitter profile and your Google+ profile.

6. Create a free Tumblr page dedicated to one of your book’s themes. Our Tumblr Tips for Writers will get you started.

Blood Song: Nearly on par with Game of Thrones

bloodsongAlthough there are many amazing unpublished writers out there, I’m always highly suspicious of self-published books. Not because they are definitively bad, but because there is so much vanity publishing that it’s really hard to distinguish the good from the trash. Even if it does have really good ratings.

For so long, we’ve relied on publishers to be our curators of taste, and to a large extent this is still the case. Self-publishing is in its infancy. Of all the genres that I Five-Stars1thought would definitely require a curator of taste, epic fantasy is perhaps the top of the league table. And this is why I was so surprised at this outstanding first instalment of the Raven’s Shadow series: Blood Song by Anthony Ryan. It was recommended to me by a friend, otherwise I would have been hugely unlikely I would have paid for a random self-published ebook no matter what the star rating or how many people gave it (a sad fact, as I may well have to self-publish my own). BTW the rating on Good Reads and Amazon is 5* with thousands of reviews.

I’ve read widely in epic fantasy from a young age. From Tolkien to Eddings to Gemmell and more recently Martin. Some have been great, others less so. When I first picked up Game of Thrones, I thought that it was the best fantasy I’d read since Tolkien. Anthony Ryan’s writing excites me almost as much as George R.R. Martin’s. Anthony Ryan’s writing is fantastically honed and really tight, I wonder if he did his own editing or hired a professional. It is so impressive that this is such a polished piece of work. Unsurprisingly, Anthony Ryan’s book has now been picked up by Penguin US, and along the Game of Thrones lines, I can visualise a TV series to be made out of this one. Seriously it is one to watch.

Blood Song will be published in hardback on July 2, 2013 in the U.S. and U.K. by Ace (Penguin USA).  As discussed, the book is already available in electronic format.