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Re: UGH... self-promotion Man, I feel your pain. I published in 2014 and sales have been pretty gloomy. I've been telling my friends that I made enough sales from my book last year to buy two hamsters. The first year, I could've bought a sushi dinner.

That said. This is a long haul kind of thing. And zero effort means absolutely zero sales (at least for me). Also, getting reviews and exposure isn't supposed to translate to immediate sales. Most of my sales came from direct contact--i.e. I mentioned it to someone and they find it interesting enough to buy it, but NOT advertising it outright (because that's just lame). BUT it does increase your visibility, like you've mentioned in your last post, which is never a bad thing.

I am hoping to have a better year when the last two books of the series are out and reviews are coming in, but who knows? In the meantime, I'm busy writing my next book and using that to stave off doom and gloom. Can't be any worse than doing nothing, in any case, and I've done "nothing" for way too long. :P

February 14, 2017, 03:39:08 PM
Re: Why I don't generally recommend self-publishing. A good article and hefty dose of reality check to start with. I think there's a lot of misconceptions about writing and publishing that many beginners don't get. The biggest thing I find, being the idea of becoming "published" as some sort of STAMP OF APPROVAL, in that you're not a writer before you get published, and then you are after. Like it's magic. Nooot quite. :P

Taking a step back, though, it's not really that traditional publishing is "better" because professionals are there to guide the beginning writer. It's mostly because it's a gatekeeper that will keep all the clueless writers out. There is no way in hell that a talented editor can work wonders on your manuscript if it looks like a reject from the Infinite Monkey Theorem process. For a beginner, this means that you either give up, or you learn to hone your craft over and over again until YOU become the expert (which I wholeheartedly believe has nothing to do with how much money you make, but how many hours you've spent honing your craft...I think the most accepted number is 10,000 hours).

So there is merit to the thought.

But the book publishing industry is still an industry. The reality is also that the traditional publishing industry can sometimes be a damned brick wall, and I've always gotten the feeling that certain works are taken in because they fill a "niche" and then unless you're the next J.K. Rowling you're going to get a really shitty deal out of it. So yeah, you may not have to pay for a cover artist or editor out of your pocket (so it looks like), but actually you are because if your book ever starts to pay over your advance (if you got one), those royalty checks will look severely thin.

In the end, as others have mentioned, it's a business. And the writer has the choice of becoming an "employee" and not have to learn anything beyond what their "boss" (the publisher) wants them to do, or becoming a business owner and having to wear many different hats--as well as hire their own professionals and have absolute control over the whole process--in order to get a quality product out.

And at the end of the day, only the customers/readers can decide.

February 14, 2017, 04:41:08 PM
Re: Writers - Empathy and Lack Thereof I write character-driven fiction in an effort to have an outlet for all the emotions I tend to absorb from the people around me. :P I can't read the news sometimes, as I have the tendency to feel depressed because I put myself too much into the shoes of people I read about. And the anger...good grief, I write because otherwise I may go on more rampages than necessary. Which can make me a bit impartial at times, lately, but it's just a way of putting a lid on myself. Having TOO much empathy can make it really difficult to function at times.
February 14, 2017, 06:49:38 PM
Re: Being overly ambitious with writing Where did I hear this before...write the novel you're afraid to write? Or something like that.

It's a craft, writing. It's always going to be hard. The trick is to find the tools to cope.

February 15, 2017, 12:08:13 AM
Re: Favorite analogies, metaphors, etc., that you wrote that you really like God, I have a bunch from the last novel I finished. Maybe this one:

“Someone who had been a slave should have known better—you didn’t own people, you didn’t lay claim to their hearts. For that moment in time, she was with him, and he should’ve found a way to be happy with that. And perhaps he had been—perhaps he had simply forgotten. A moment of love, like a single coin, was too easily spent. You go through your whole life wanting more.”


“Like children learning to swim, we think we drown in sorrow,
only to awaken on the shore to tempt the tides again.”

Also this one from my current WIP:

There are people who find themselves in a precarious situation, believe themselves betrayed, and will do nothing but run their tongues ragged in criticizing the world for not helping them better. Like wailing dogs in the rain, they strain against their leashes instead of turning to gnaw their bonds to freedom, or sit on their piss and wait for pity.

The wolf knows better. I was raised a princess. I was not pampered. But people find it hard to see past the flocks of servants and assume everything was handed to me on a silver platter. Only another child of Yeshin’s would understand, I think, and they are all dead, cold bones under the ashes of Old Oren-yaro.

February 15, 2017, 12:11:47 AM
Re: What's your favourite quote? Guy Gavriel Kay tops this for me.

“He wanted to achieve something of surpassing beauty that would last. A creation that would mean that he--the mosaic worker Caius Crispus of Varena--had been born, and lived a life, and had come to understand a portion of the nature of the world, of what ran through and beneath the deeds of women and men in their souls and in the beauty and the pain of their short living beneath the sun.”

"We must learn to bend, or we break."

February 16, 2017, 05:53:20 PM
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The Agartes Epilogues is an epic fantasy tale from the POV of three minor characters: a run-down mercenary, a merchant, and a seamstress. The trilogy emphasizes their personal quests as they weave through a traditional fantasy plot of heroes old and new, conflict, revenge, and lost kingdoms. At the crux of it all: a creature of legend, a witch's beast, whose possession promises enough power to bring the continent to its knees.

Praised for complex character development, prose, and rich, diverse worldbuilding. A must-read for the discerning epic fantasy fan.

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Here's just one of them:
Probably my favorite things were the interactions between the characters and how expansive and complex the world is. I don’t think this series really did much more than scratch the surface to all the possibilities of what is going on in this universe. Getting to see more of the politics that moves around and reading about some more of the lore of the world is definitely what has me looking forward to reading more work by this author.

The character interactions and relationships built up well and even though I am, as a rule, against love triangles, the one that existed in this story made sense because the relationships built up over time and it the conflict was understandable. Also, I liked all the characters involved!

I am also not much one for battle sequences. I tend to kind of skim over them somewhat but there was a battle scene in the 3rd book that had me on the edge of my seat. There was betrayal, there was desperation, there was a THING that happened at the conclusion of the battle that had me pretty upset. It was just really well done and stands out to me as one of the shining moments of the series."

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April 06, 2017, 12:25:11 AM