How Much Did You Pay to Get Your Book Published?

“How Much Did You Pay to Get Your Book Published?” a person asked after stopping at my author table at an event, some time ago.

“Nothing,” I replied. “Publishers pay you, you don’t pay them.”

He looked stunned, and asked more questions, then finally asked about self-publishing.

I said no, you still should not have to pay anything, unless you pay for cover art (which I do, as I have all the talent of a ferret when comes to anything artistic), or for someone to copy edit your work, or help with technical difficulties, such as making sure your document is formatted properly for a clean upload.

With places such as Smashwords (for e-books) and CreateSpace (for print books), as examples, there’s no cost to be published (unless you avail yourself of such services as editing, as I mention above).

And these places which are so kind as to offer to have you pay them to edit, publish, and market your book? They’re called vanity presses. Can we say “don’t trust them”? Sure. Try it. Please.

You don’t need them. Truly.

I highly recommend you read David Gaughran’s Basics. And bookmark it.

(BTW, I saw the man I talked to at a later author event – he was still working on his book, but had taken the information I’d given him and was prepared to publish and market his book when the time was right. Kudos! Perhaps I’ll see him at another event this year or next with his own author table. I do hope so!)




The Fandom Life

It wasn’t a choice, the Fandom Life. It grabbed my hand, yelling “Allons-y!” It made me love Zs carved into wood, and swords and capes, beamed me up, introduced me to telepathic dragons and dragonriders, took me to a galaxy far, far away, made me want to fight the Shadows, taught me “Never give up, never surrender,” and that you can’t take the sky from me. It let me know that not all those who wander are lost, and that it might be best to try to be an innocent bystander if the Little Admiral saunters your way. It flew me into the stars, and there I stay.


Writing Workshop at the Kent County Public Library

This coming Sunday, 15 November from 2 to 4 p.m. I’m hosting a Just for Kids Writing Workshop for ages 10+ at the Kent County Public Library. I’m excited to be able to connect with kids about writing! If you’re local and are a kid, or have kids interested in writing, contact the library about attending, as I believe there are still spots available.


Music, Mood, Writing – and Coincidence?

Like many authors, I find that certain music helps create the mood I want for what I’m writing. And right now, I’m working on the second book in the Deuces Wild series: Stacking the Deck.

I don’t want to give too much away yet about book two, but one of the songs that really fits some of the story and theme is Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight.” As I’m winding up to the climax of the book, I find it interesting that I’ve heard that song on the radio almost every time I’ve been driving in the past week.

Hold on.