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Funny, sexy, critical of Big Business, and it’s a free download Fri-Sun!

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My Two Cents

Publishing your novel does not in itself lead to people buying your novel. You have to tell everyone. Your friends are probably not going to do it for you, even if they love you to bits. Hopefully this Wednesday my first promo for Virtual Silence will be fruitful. I don’t like selling my book for 99 cents, but the promos require it.

Virtual Silence is live on Kindle

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I have re-written Virtual Silence, clarifying the role of the aliens and the giant corporations. There’s more about the relationships between humans, and less about the political details. I’m very proud of the way it turned out.

Two Problems for Indie Authors

I talk with a lot of independent authors. Some of them are successful selling their books. Most of them are not. At the risk of sounding obvious, it seems to me there are two obstacles to the success of most Indie Authors.

Traditional publishers provide marketing support, professional editing, and experienced layout and design. But another thing they do in service of the reading public is vetting. In theory, every book published by a traditional house has been checked for quality storytelling, as well as grammar and syntax. So when a reader wishes to select a book for purchase, they can be fairly certain the book they are choosing has been preferred by a team of experts. All that matters to the reader now is taste and style.

Self publishing allows anyone to make up a story and put it up for sale. Said story may or may not have been edited, or laid out professionally, or even beta-read by people knowledgeable in the craft of story writing or constructive critique. It could turn out well, or it could be rubbish. The reader won’t know until they acquire the book and begin to read it.

The other problem for Indie Authors is the strategy some authors employ, where they offer their ebooks for free, or at a severely reduced price. This practice fosters a sense of entitlement among readers, such that they begin to believe that all ebooks from Indie Authors should be free. Many readers these days simply download all the free ebooks they are offered, and then only read some of them. This creates no incentive for the reader to buy another book. If books, videos, photos, paintings and plays are free, then how do these artists earn a living?

The best way for authors to work around these two problems would be to band together, create a brand or label together, and employ affordable professional editing. One has to stand out in order to be noticed.

The idea that Indie Authors have complete control over their cover, content and marketing really means they are alone on a deserted island.

It is time to make some flares and get rescued.

Fun with Re-Branding

I completed phase one of re-branding an earlier novel. I re-wrote it as a science fiction romance. It also has erotic passages, but I’m not sure readers of the erotica genre would be excited to read a dystopian thriller about space aliens and cube-land romance.

A very creative and smart friend of mine is meeting me Saturday after the game to help brainstorm new cover ideas. I don’t think the existing cover is helping to sell the book.

Do you find that tags or hashtags help direct people to your blog?

1947

The likelihood that aliens crash landed in Roswell (closer to Corona), New Mexico in 1947 is very slim. The odds that the wreckage was really a weather balloon, or some high tech spy device that failed, is much higher. But how interesting would the crash of a weather balloon be? Would you read a story or watch a movie about that? What if the wreckage was a spy device? Would that interest you?

Regardless of who was lying or who was mistaken, the story has life because it is unusual, it is full of conflict, it is mysterious, and we feel we can learn something new from it.

When you do something creative, what kind of life do you want that project to have?

More on Rebranding

I am re-branding an old project of mine as a Sci-Fi Erotic Romance. So as I start editing and rewriting each section of the book, I have to ask myself: Does this move the plot forward, and is it consistent with the new branding? If not, then it gets removed or radically altered.