Reach the finish line and get into the race!

Today, I hit the play button to a random podcast for the sole purpose of having background noise. I had no intention of actively listening. It was just something to fill the white noise around my desk. Then, something caught my ear. I didn’t catch the man’s name but he said made me laugh. He spoke about a conversation with someone else giving him a hard time. This business writer said, “My ugly published book is still better than you unfinished one”. My last workshop touched on the same point. Many of us still stuck in the stalls hold back from the race because we keep getting spooked. We keep waiting for the perfect moment. We keep editing something that should have been done. We get distracted by the shiny objects around us.

There a time when we need to just take off running. Race or no race. Why did you start in the first place? Those only in it for the money and fame will most likely fall behind real writers or quit. Do you want to be the quitter? Don’t make your own end a tragic tale. Think of your message. Stop hitting the edit button in your mind, and just focus. Sometimes, the raw part of our work is better and closer to the truth in our writing than the over-edited version. Does this mean we stop and upload something into Amazon before we do any editing? No, this would be the wrong answer and poor quality for our audience. The point is take a look at raw writing of your work and understand what you are trying to tell your readers. It means you need to stop being afraid of being finished with your work. The only time you should put down your pen or stop moving those fingers is when the work is done. Never be a failed dieter in your own writing because you didn’t empty all the contents locked in your mind. Miss a day? So what! Pick it back up and get your job done as a writer. Or do you want to the one going to workshops 10 years later because you are still daydreaming about being a writer? Be the writer and finish something!

– Mahieu

Already a published author? Then, consider extending your market with audiobooks.

If you’re thinking of becoming a published author, or already won over the publishers, then consider expanding your market reach.  Make the most out of the years and months you spent pressing your fingers down onto the keyboard.  I happen to know a few people who have limited eyesight or just have problems reading those tiny fonts on our mobile devices.  I have to admit I’m addicted to listening to podcasts in the car.  I like to make the most of my time when I’m on the move.  There is another audience waiting for your book.  If you visit the large publisher sites then you see they noticed all the changes in the market.  If you have a contract, then I would suggest you speak to your agent before you consider this option.  I recently witnessed one author get their project pulled from Kickstarter because of an argument over copyright ownership.  So, do your research before considering any option.  For those wanting to research the visually challenged audience or those sitting in traffic on the highways, creating a professional audio book would be a great benefit.

Where do you go from here?  Take a look at Amazon’s audio platform for books.  ACX is a place that invites authors, agents, and publishers to upload their audiobooks onto their website and make money.  As far as I can tell, it’s the same concept as uploading your ebook onto Amazon but there are differences.  You have the option of pitching your audio book to a producer and making a deal, or you can work with a non-ACX publisher.  Working with an non-ACX publisher may give you less control of the percentage you’ll receive but it make give more life to your book.  There are also other online publishers that are willing to help promote and create your audiobook.  Many other sites that try to help authors self-publish offer free resources and advice on how to create your own audiobook without having to giver over your first-born.  When the time comes to create your audio files the only time you may want to consider handing over your money is hiring a professional sounding voice to read your book.  You can visit places like Fivver.com to find a cost-effective professional.  They may be more willing to negotiate a reasonable price for recording your book per page.  While it might be called Fivver, a 250 plus page recording is going to cost more than $5.  I know other entrepreneurs and professionals constantly find reliable people on this site but be sure to screen the person your going to hire.   I hope these resources help you during your journey as a writer.  Continue typing away!

-Mahieu

 

Resources and Links:

Amazon guide and help for audio: https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/help?topicId=A3CISEMGMV9KR5

ACX for audio publishing: http://www.acx.com/help/about-acx/200484860

Lulu Blog (how to for audiobooks): http://www.lulu.com/blog/2012/11/audiobooks/

Current News in the writer’s market – a bookless bookstore just opened in San Antonio, Texas

Hello Everybody –

I recently came across an article in the news about a new book store that opened on September 14th, in San Antonio, Texas and had to share.  It’s good to stay informed of all the changes taking place in the market for writers, and this is one big change for those thinking about publishing.  The future look of our beloved book stores may not carry any books in the future.  Yes, you read it correctly.  This book store, Biblio Tech, only carries ebooks for purchase. They took the concept of Amazon and created a retail end store.  How many of us would have guessed the market would end up in this direction?  Will this be the future Barnes and Noble?  We go to a store to get the same old feeling of entering an real store only to purchase a download?  This might be great news for those in the ebook market.  It’s something to consider for those still publishing in traditional format.  Keep this store in mind – this may give new life to those of you already published.  You can recreate your print version in ebook form.  It may end up in the download library of this new store.   You can decide how you feel about idea by reading the article yourself (click on the link below).  Let me know how you feel about this change by leaving a comment or if you have any other market changing news to the writing world.

-Mahieu

Biblio Tech store link: http://money.cnn.com/2013/10/08/technology/innovation/bibliotech-ebook-library/index.html