Selling a self-published print book through Barnes & Noble is a complete rip off. They only want to offer you 55% royalties and then the cost of production comes out of YOUR royalties, so while they’re sitting fat and happy on 45% of your book money, you get 55% - the cost of production which, for a reasonably priced book, is about 50% of the price.
Example: a 350 page hardcover book costs $11.97 to print. So, assuming it’s priced at $19.99 which is already a little steep, the author would earn $10.99 - $11.97 which is impossible so basically overprice your book at like $25 so you can actually make like $1.50 on each book sale goodbye
Write about a subsection of a mythical species. Maybe instead of just mermaids, these are swamp mermaids with films over their eyes like gators. Instead of werewolves, there are Mexican Wolves, Tibetan Wolves, or even Arctic Wolves. Centaurs that are half miniature horse. Vampires that drink life essence rather than blood. What is different about these creatures from the usual suspects?
Write about a character who can control fire. Are there any drawbacks to wielding this power? A cool-down period? What sort of situations does your character use these powers? Battle? Everyday cooking? Magic show? Are these powers genetic? A mutation? The result of crushing obsidian with his or her bare, superhuman hands?
Write about a woman who is not looking forward to her arranged marriage, and although all of her bride’s gifts are lavish and some priceless, she finds comfort in a peasant’s gift to his soon to be queen, the finest piglet from his farm. Focus on the character development of this woman. Does this piglet represent the life she used to know before becoming a Queen? Is the farmer an old lover, whose gift rekindles a forbidden love? Or is she an ice queen who softens to her new husband, thanks to this unexpectedly important gift?
Write about a character who wakes up in an dim, unfamiliar room filled with flickering candles and bottles of all sizes filled with liquids of just as many varieties. Where is your character? How did he or she get here? Magic? Kidnapped? Pulled in by a kindly witch from certain death?
Write about your character trying to rid himself or herself from a curse. What measures is this person willing to go to? Or does he/she even know how to go about it in the first place? Why was the curse placed at all? What does this curse do? Can this person explain to others what the curse is, or is that a part of the curse (the inability to tell others about it)?
Write about what happens when a Warrior Queen takes over a patriarchy-based kingdom. Did she defeat her enemies in battle? Or give the commands from afar? How does her new kingdom react to her? Is she forgiving or ruthless? What kind of changes does she make, if any?