The SQUEE GOOD NEWS Thread

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Post by HillaryJ » August 14th, 2012, 12:28 am

Rock ON, Margo!

And congrats, Cheeky! That's freaking awesome.
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Post by Margo » August 15th, 2012, 11:21 am

Thank you, guys. Much appreciated.

I saw an interesting list yesterday of the top 100 indie authors (aka self-pubbed, not small press) on Amazon for August 2012. The sales numbers were self-reported, and I know about a half-dozen writers with numbers that would have put them higher than I'd be on the list, but even with that adjustment, I'd be in the top 40-50 indie authors on Amazon. Get this...my numbers beat Konrath. By a LOT. :D
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Post by bcomet » August 16th, 2012, 3:01 am

Hi Margo! Still catching up with the news around here, but saw THIS about YOU! Congrats! You inspire us all!
Wonderful wonderful news!

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Post by Mark.W.Carson » August 18th, 2012, 7:02 pm

My news may not be quite as good as everyone else's lately. However, I do have this. After struggling for a while, rewriting and restarting my first novel, I got challenged to find where it should really begin, and found that I flip flopped the telling of the story. Now, I have a much better story to tell, and had a chance to hone my writing to the point I am getting happy with it.

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Post by bcomet » August 19th, 2012, 9:20 pm

Mark, That IS great news!! Congrats!

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Post by bcomet » August 19th, 2012, 9:21 pm

Margo,

How did you find the/make the art for the covers for your Amazon.com books? Did you work with other professionals on editing, formatting, layout, marketing, etc. too? Would love to learn more about your process. Your success is very inspiring!

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Post by Margo » August 20th, 2012, 2:04 am

bcomet wrote:Margo,

How did you find the/make the art for the covers for your Amazon.com books? Did you work with other professionals on editing, formatting, layout, marketing, etc. too? Would love to learn more about your process. Your success is very inspiring!
I'll try to answer briefly and hit the highlights.

When I write under my name, I have a cover designer and an editor. That's a labor of love that makes no money.

When I write under my pen name, my priority is profit. I have to walk the line between getting something done well and getting it done fast.

I buy licenses for stock photos and do the covers myself, following a basic template I came up with that establishes a certain look (aka brand) to all my covers. Using Book Cover Pro, I can put a cover together in about 30 minutes. Other successful writers have commented on how distinctive and attractive the covers are. That is mostly due to the fact that I have an eye for a certain look, and I maintain the style.

I don't use an editor--too costly and time-consuming. Yes, I end up with minor typos, etc., that an editor would catch. I've only had one comment on it from a reader, and the reader was very forgiving, the sort of review that goes, "Yes, there were a couple of typos, but it was still great." I don't do six or eight drafts. I do two at most (though my first drafts are exceptionally clean).

I have developed a standard format from observing what others have done, and all my titles follow that format. I keep it very simple but always include a clickable table of contents.

I do no marketing. Seriously, it is an utter waste of time. The release of my next title is the only marketing that counts. THAT is what keeps up visibility. I put a couple of exerpts from older titles in with newer ones, so older titles continue to generate interest.

When I started out, I wrote a LOT, and that is extremely important. For months on end, I did 55-60k words a month. Now, I can slow down, because I've established an audience and some momentum, but I still need to release titles regularly. For someone writing full-length novels, I'd suggest four books a year, three minimum. Six would be ideal. For someone writing novellas, one or two a month. For someone writing short stories, at least one a week, though two would be better. I also suggest pricing higher rather than lower. Price conveys a message (positive or negative) about quality.

I hope that info helps.

Edit: I also suggest getting really REALLY good at writing first. That way, when you (figuratively speaking) dial it down a notch to account for the necessary output, you're still better than the average bear.

Edit again: I should also mention that, with my pen name stuff, I am MERCENARY about giving readers what THEY want, not what I like to write (though I am having fun). So...no artistic flights of fancy. No "but my muse says this I should write it like this". No, "but my character wanted to do this instead".
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Post by Sommer Leigh » August 20th, 2012, 12:21 pm

I finished a 5K race this weekend! This is huge because I have spent most of the summer injured and unable to train. I am dog tired still even today and I'm achey everywhere, but I don't regret it for one tiny minute. I even beat my time from my first 5K race back in April!

Thank you Tricia for inspiring me all this time!!!! I might have a bandaged foot, but I also have my second race under my belt. OMG, next year I'm going to come run a half with you!
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Post by Margo » August 20th, 2012, 1:12 pm

Sommer Leigh wrote:I finished a 5K race this weekend! This is huge because I have spent most of the summer injured and unable to train. I am dog tired still even today and I'm achey everywhere, but I don't regret it for one tiny minute. I even beat my time from my first 5K race back in April!

Thank you Tricia for inspiring me all this time!!!! I might have a bandaged foot, but I also have my second race under my belt. OMG, next year I'm going to come run a half with you!
GO, SOMMER! I remember we did close to a 5K just walking around the Vegas Strip that night, didn't we? And you did that for a race? Too cool. I hear this stuff is kind of addictive, in a good way. Here's to building the addiction!
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Post by Mark.W.Carson » August 23rd, 2012, 2:59 pm

Congrats, Sommer :)

Margo... I am splitting inside with intrigue. You sound almost like a writer/spy because of the secrecy, and I both love and hate that so much.

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Post by Margo » August 23rd, 2012, 7:59 pm

Mark.W.Carson wrote:Margo... I am splitting inside with intrigue. You sound almost like a writer/spy because of the secrecy, and I both love and hate that so much.
:lol: I want to say it's not that interesting...but the whole ride has been pretty interesting.
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Post by Mark.W.Carson » August 24th, 2012, 12:48 pm

Interesting aside... it's dark and mysterious... woohooooahhaaa. That MAKES it interesting.

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Post by trixie » August 27th, 2012, 1:05 pm

Sommer Leigh wrote:I finished a 5K race this weekend! This is huge because I have spent most of the summer injured and unable to train. I am dog tired still even today and I'm achey everywhere, but I don't regret it for one tiny minute. I even beat my time from my first 5K race back in April!

Thank you Tricia for inspiring me all this time!!!! I might have a bandaged foot, but I also have my second race under my belt. OMG, next year I'm going to come run a half with you!
GO SOMMER! You PRd, too?! You're a machine! I love it! It's all downhill from here. You're going to start wondering if you can shave :30s or a minute off your time, or find a slightly faster pace. You'll look at hills with an "Eat sh!t and die!" mentality and love the burn in the back of your legs as you power up. You are your own super hero and I'm just BEAMING with pride over here.

And I'm totally game for a HM. If you want to do it in your home town, you're only 5 hrs away. I'd be there with bells on to run it with you!!

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Post by cheekychook » August 27th, 2012, 8:01 pm

Two and a half years ago I started coming to this forum because I'd written a book and I wanted to know everything there was to know about getting it published.

Today it officially released from Turquoise Morning Press! For anyone who's curious, MEANT TO BE is now digitally available at Amazon, B&N, AllRomanceEbooks and Smashwords. The trade paperback will be available in about a month.

I could never have accomplished this without the help and support of several members of this forum and I'm grateful for all of you.

Hugs and chocolate for everyone! :)
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Post by Mark.W.Carson » August 27th, 2012, 10:07 pm

Congratulations on the book :).

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