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The Self-Pub Miniseries: Part 2 – The What

Alright, kids, here’s the second part to the awesome extended version of the self-publishing series. Last time, I talked about why you might consider self-publishing to trade (AKA traditional) publishing. Now, I’m going to talk about what you’ll have to consider.

Many writers who choose the route of self-publication often make the mistake of assuming it’ll be as simple as clicking “publish” and waiting for the masses to swarm and fall in insta-love with the book.

I mean, that would be cool, and allegedly this has happened for the rare few, but I haven’t personally witnessed this (‘witness’ – I’m not sure why I chose that word).

More often, in every case I’ve read about, self-publishing is constant work, and it’s not the same work it’ll be a year from now. Because publishing is changing constantly, the self-publishing road is as well. However, the what that we have to consider never changes, even if how we consider them does.

Here are the whats you can always rely on when it comes to self-publishing:

  • Genre/Category
  • Editing
  • Synopsis
  • Title
  • Cover Art
  • Paperback Formatting
  • Digital Formatting
  • Pricing
  • Publishing Time
  • Where & How
  • The Big Papa – Marketing & Promoting


Whew. Alright, let’s unpack all of this business.

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You should be reading:

All for the Game” series by Nora Sakavic

This trilogy, beginning with “The Foxhole Court” is everything I’d ever wanted in a series.  

Meet Neil. He’s sad, lonely, and adrift. Newly alone and on the run, he turns to the only thing in his life that’s ever made any sense: Exy.

A sport as brutal as it is exciting, it’s the only thing Neil has ever learned to want. When a coach from a Class I school comes calling with a chance to play in the college circuit, Neil is powerless to say no.

Enter the Foxes: a ragtag group of damaged and deranged young people with only two things in common: heartbreak, and the love of the game.

Kevin Day, a disgraced former champion and a dangerous figure from Neil’s past promises him a future of fame and glory Neil knows he wont live to claim. Worse, Andrew, team psychopath, dares Neil to believe in tomorrow. 

Can Neil face his past and gain the chance to grasp at his future?

The only place to find out is on the Foxhole Court.

Warnings for graphic violence, sexual violence, alcohol and drugs, homophobic slurs

Photos by Laura Mae Beckerdite

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Going From Self-Published to Traditional in 3 Years | Cultured Vultures
Tyrolin Puxty debuts for Cultured Vultures to talk about how she has been there and done that from self-published to traditional.

The other side of the mirror….

“I found out that self-publishing isn’t as glamorous as people make out. Sure,Switched and Fifty Shades of Grey were originally self-published, but they didn’t get popular until a traditional publisher signed them on. There’s still a stigma associated to it and I’m humiliated that fans of Broken Dolls are now buying my self-published title Dumb Luck, which is full of grammatical errors and clichés that only a sixteen year old would write. Maybe it’s a good thing. Aspiring writers can see the growth through my books.

My advice? Get an editor. Seriously, they’re your best friend. Don’t ask your family members: ask a professional.”

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Laugh Until You Scream by Various (eBook) - Lulu
Buy Laugh Until You Scream by Various (eBook) online at Lulu. Visit the Lulu Marketplace for product details, ratings, and reviews.

Hey everyone!  I participated in a collaboration book a little while back.  It’s a collection of short stories, most of them are written by different authors.  If you’re interested in some up-and-comers and horror then I’d  like to recomend this book.

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Kognition: Third Trial and the expanding series.

So, we are very close to the release of my third novel and I’m pretty excited. A lot of things can happen in just a year, and First Fragment is not yet one year old (but very close). I never imagined I would self-publish three books in one year, much less ever turn my dreams into reality. Yet here I am. Third Trial marks the third entry of four in the Kognition series, preceded by First Fragment and Second Stage. The last entry will be even grander than Third Trial, and I am hoping that people really enjoy it. But in the meantime, I am going to put out an Anniversary Volume that will collect the first two novels with an alternate cover, additional content, and further touched-on manuscripts. Thanks for reading.

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Extended shelf life: Downtown library's high-tech, equipment-rich DIY center
MakerSpace is a place for tinkerers, builders, authors, musicians, actors, designers, artists and dreamers.

Love these stories about ways libraries are reinventing to become more important to their communities. Self publishing and the DIY movement are closely aligned. And libraries are great places for self publishing authors.

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I am proud to announce that you can buy my debut self-published novella,Kognition: First Fragment, on Amazon as an ebook! For those of you who don’t have access to an ereader device or just prefer the feel of a physical copy, I am going to try and have a print version out soon!

In the fall of 2074, high schooler Lisa Perdita has a lot on her mind. Keeping her grades up for university scholarship, spending time with her best friend Hayden Itagaki, and playing as Njorun, one of the most notoriously powerful PvP characters in the Global Multiplayer Game, Kognition. Her routine is shattered when she comes across a dying player simply called ‘Sarah,’ and against her image as a lone wolf, uses a Resurrect spell to bring her back to life. When Lisa discovers that she can find no such player on her return visits to Kognition’s world of Midgard, her own worldviews begin to change as she becomes obsessed with the mysterious player who existed in an area of the game where she did not belong. 

Diving into the World Animus Link Network, the massive global neuro-network that has replaced the Internet and known as the WoAnLiNe, Lisa’s relationship with herself and those she loves are altered as she begins to drastically re-evaluate what playing in Kognition means to her. Through the eyes of the memetic system that connects all users of the WoAnLiNe called ‘Neurolink,’ Njorun scours Kognition’s world of Midgard for Sarah while Lisa begins to adapt to new understandings of life, learning, and the ever-evolving human mind.

Heavily influenced by Norse mythology and Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen epic opera, Kognition’s Midgard is an endlessly-evolving world of user created fields, sprawling dungeons, seamless player-versus-player combat, and fearsome monsters. As one of the ‘future children’ of a generation where the next evolution of the Internet is literally inside the heads of its users, can Lisa Perdita maneuver through the game and her own life in order to find the mysterious ‘Sarah?’ And if she does, what will her strange obsession of memory and possibility gain her?

And, most of all, what could her journey make her lose?

If you’re a fan of sci-fi novellas, MMORPGs, and strong female protagonists, check out my debut!

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“Mara’s Song” is part of my first collection of poetry “Forgetten Things To Say” coming out this August. FREE AUDIO DOWNLOAD: https://soundcloud.com/porcupinestron…

Sorry for poor quality. I don’t have a very good cam. Words, music, arrangement, instruments, vocals, film and ink sketches by Porcupine Strongwill.

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LYRICS: Do you think of me
the way I always think of you
at the oddest realms of time?

Do I fill your mind
the way you always do with mine,
Painful, pathetic, but perfectly fine?

But I guess you don’t;
you’ve already turned away;
no reason at all to stay,
a hummingbird brought astray.

And I know I don't—
no need to look ‘round twice
to tell I’m a spot on your dice;
better hide behind the ice,
run away from lies.

If once before
you thought of me instead of her,
the moon will cry for us tonight,

till morrow brings
a hopeful sun burning bright,
assure my soul everything will be alright.

Though I can’t change hist'ry—
what has happened happened,
meant to trip when we met,
so I’ll forget regret.

I can’t change what’s been:
you’re now a part of me,
the gleaming silver streams
flowing in my deepest dreams.

A year from now, or two
my heart will laugh as blue
relishing lavish youth—
they say I was in love with you,
but what they say is not quite true:
I’m still in love with you.

© Copyright 2013

I will review self-pubbed authors.

I will review self-pubbed authors.

Yeah, you read that right. Considering my ever butt-unclenching stance on self-publishing I’ve decided to open my review policy up to self-pubbed authors again.  For full details click on Policy in the menu bar above and see the criteria for consideration. Just like a review request from anywhere else, if you don’t follow the instructions your review will get deleted unanswered.  It’s pretty…

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The Oxymoron of Self-Publishing
When I first heard the phrase 'self-publishing,' I envisioned myself at a printing press: paperbacks flying across the garage while my ink-stained fingers desperately tried to stuff the little rascals into boxes.

Good piece.

Historical fiction and fantasy author, Prue Batten, is a pioneer in the field of self-publishing in Australia. I asked Prue for her thoughts on the self-publishing industry:

“In respect of self-publishing, it is that visionary, exciting, forward-thinking move that has enabled good independent writers to prove beyond measure that they haven’t needed the tick of approval from the mainstream system to make their mark. Quite simply, they have something credible, entertaining and marketable and which has resulted in legions of readers who wait impatiently for the next book from those writers. Being independent enables the writer to explore the far-flung corners of subject matter, niche stories that step far outside the square, but that are cloaked in exactly the professionalism and more, that one has grown to expect from the traditional publishing world.”

This is what I have so far as the book summary for my novella, Kognition: First Fragment. While I was hoping to have this available as an e-book (self-published by me) this summer, that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. I hope to have this all put together in September, as soon as I can find an artist to help me with a cover.


In the fall of 2074, high schooler Lisa Perdita has a lot on her mind. Keeping her grades up for university scholarship, spending time with her best friend Hayden Itagaki, and playing as Njorun, one of the most notoriously powerful PvP characters in the global multiplayer game, Kognition. Her routine is shattered when she comes across a dying player simply called ‘Sarah,’ and against her image as a lone wolf, uses a Resurrect spell to bring her back to life. When Lisa discovers that she can find no such player on her return visits to Kognition’s world of Midgard, her own worldviews begin to change as she becomes obsessed with the mysterious player who existed in an area of the game where she did not belong.

Diving into the World Animus Link Network, the massive global neuro-network that has replaced the Internet and known as the WoAnLiNe, Lisa’s relationship with herself and those she loves are altered as she begins to drastically re-evaluate what playing in Kognition means to her. Through the eyes of the memetic system that connects all users of the WoAnLiNe called ‘Neurolink,’ Njorun scours Kognition’s world of Midgard for Sarah while Lisa begins to adapt to new understandings of life, learning, and the ever-evolving human mind.

Heavily influenced by Norse mythos, Germanic mythos, and Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen epic opera, Kognition’s Midgard is an endlessly-evolving world of user created fields, sprawling dungeons, seamless player-versus-player combat, and fearsome monsters. As one of the ‘future children’ of a generation where the next evolution of the Internet is literally inside the heads of its users, can Lisa Perdita maneuver through the game and her own life in order to find the mysterious ‘Sarah?’ And if she does, what will her strange obsession of memory and desperation give her?

And, most of all, what will she lose?

 

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Mike Witherby Interview Part 3 The Collapse of the 1990s!
Part Three of the Interview with Marvel Comics Veteran Mike Witherby. We talk about Marvels Bankrupcy the collapse of the Comic Book Market in the 1990s and the future of comics today.
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Part three and the conclusion of my Interview with Marvel Comics Veteran Mike Witherby! We talk about Self Publishing, Marvels Bankruptcy and more. Check it out.

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Publishing in Pajamas by Mina V. Esguerra: Workshop: Print book formatting and affordable printing, February 28, 2015
Shameless plug!

Update: 3 slots left as of December 5.

Print book formatting and affordable printing
Venue: O2 Space Solutions, Milelong Bldg, Amorsolo St. Makati
Time: 8:30 to 11:30 am
Fee: P3,500 (includes snacks and coffee) Facilitated by Tania Arpa and Mina V. Esguerra

What we’re going to do is format your book for printing and upload it to a print-on-demand service during the session. We will also talk about print-on-demand services in Metro Manila and help you place your orders that day.

I would also prefer a small group, so please go over these requirements before you reserve a slot. You must have, by February 28:

1. A final manuscript, in Microsoft Word .doc format or PDF
2. A cover spread (front cover, back cover, and spine) in JPG, 300 dpi
3. A book description
4. Laptop you can bring to workshop (can edit .doc, save to PDF, and edit JPG)

Contact me at minavesguerra@gmail.com if you prefer a special session because you are available on a different date.