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"The Gold of Mansa Musa" Second book in the "Seeds from Heaven" Trilogy
"The Gold of Mansa Musa" Second book in the "Seeds from Heaven" Trilogy | Source
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"Donald Trump? Don't that rhyme with 'chump?' Never heard of ya! "
"Donald Trump? Don't that rhyme with 'chump?' Never heard of ya! " | Source
Lean against the Wind: First book in the Series, 'Seeds from Heaven."
Lean against the Wind: First book in the Series, 'Seeds from Heaven." | Source
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Political Thriller by the Author | Source

A carrot brought it crashing down on me!

A Carrot?

Who would have thought—that it would all come down to…A CARROT?

I could kick myself for being so slow to catch on to what was going on while I was busy sending queries to editors. I figured that I was a novice and the Writer’s Guide was the Bible. Yeah—it told me I needed an agent, and before Kindle swept the world, it was true.

The agents held the keys to the kingdom and I quickly found out they had locked the door and held everything close to the vest. Rejection slips—“Your work is not for us. We wish you well finding a suitable…” Yep. Three years went by and I wrote four novels and not a single agent would peek at anything—

…A CARROT?

" O'Bama must have read "Watchdogg" and learned something!" Jed Fisher wrote when Usama died.

"That is entirely not possible as few have read it since it has only been out two weeks." Yep, the entire commando raid is there, predicted down to the last detail in the upcoming "Seeds from Heaven" novel series. The Blackhawks descend upon the fortress, complete with watchtowers while everything is directed from a headquarters on the others side of the world. The Situation Room photo shown around the world is taken directly from the big scene in Watchdogg and even describes the occupants: the President, Vice President, The SecState, SecDef, etc. Yep--it is all there. Bin Laden dead. Yep! Gas prices leap to dizzying heights from the oil crisis too."

Eventually, I lit a match to the Writer’s Guide and spotted a list of e-publishers on the internet. It was clearly a different ballgame, but I could see this was a niche-thing, mostly filled with sci-fi, romance, and horror novels. These were the fringe publishers, like doggy-doo on the bottom your shoe to the Fifth Avenue boys. I did find an e-publisher that said they would take a look at my manuscript, but they wanted me to give them an exclusive look and I would need to wait for eleven months.

OK—I’m a forthright person. Someone promising to read the book in that time frame was better than the continued rejection slips. I needed to reformat everything for them too. Curious indeed, but this is where I learned to do the proper formatting for KINDLE and, in the end, it was a kind of blessing. Being a novice, I really did not understand why I needed to reformat everything. I simply went ahead and did it…and then counted off the months until a professional editor would actually read “The Gold of Mansa Musa.” My circle of readers adored it and I was confident I was now getting somewhere.

Yep, they were going to read it and the road to literary fame would soon be at my doorstep! That, of course, depended upon the reader actually reading the manuscript and that the failure or success depended upon a brilliant manuscript.

As the eleven months plodded along, I came to realize that the authors of tons of books like “How to write a query that will knock their socks off!” were written by the agents. Go to the library and you will see an entire shelf of this stuff—and they all have the same rehashed advice.

Who were the agents? Usually it turned out to be an individual that was lucky enough (a cousin, a brother-in-law?) to have a published book and from there they worked in New York and West Coast offices as agents. And for a mere $5 hundred dollar ticket, you could attend a writer’s conference and meet these people. So often they claimed that this is where they discovered the upcoming and promising writers. Yeah, sure! It was clear that these people made a heap of money at the conferences, publishing their own books, and being kind enough to accept authors with big platforms—O’Reilly, Beck, Palin….They controlled the massive promotional machines that moved millions of books through the merchandising system. They had it locked up for decades and were pretty smug in the way they controlled everything.

One could only wonder if being a superior writer could affect the outcome. I felt that I was talented and it showed on every page. I got my answer after my eleven month wait. “Rejected—sorry, not what we are looking for.… Would you like to see the critic notes? They can be quite harsh.”

I was warned. I needed to know how anyone who had read my book from cover to cover and had rejected it. There it was, “A camel is fed a carrot,” in the narrative “and carrots are not indigenous to Egypt.” What?!?! This was it? I double checked my facts and Cairo is the carrot distributor to the entire Middle East. The reader was sure that carrots were found only in North America. “…stopped reading on page nineteen.” It was clear that the reader looked hard to find a frivolous reason to reject a manuscript. It was probably time for lunch and she had to finish this one in five minutes. Gimmie a break! Oh well, my novel would not have fit in with the vampires and the werewolves they were gobbling up.

I tried to imagine a former president making a phone call to one of their offices and being treated in the same manner.

“Hello,”

“Yeah, whadaya want?”

“I’m former President George Bush, and thought I should release my memoirs—”

“Lemme stop ya right there, Bub. We treat everyone the same around here and we really don’t care who the heck you were. Right now you are nobody in the publishing world and you’ll need to wait in line like everyone else!”

“I thought being a former president might carry some weight—”

“Eleven months—if you can wait eleven months and give us an exclusive look, then we’ll take a peek at it.”

“That sounds like an awful long—”

“Take it or leave it, Bub!”

“OK, OK—I’ll take it!”

“And if your stuff isn’t perfect, we’ll show you the exit real darn quick. We are look’n for vampire stories right now. There had better be a bunch of vampires in your memoirs, otherwise we ain’t gonna go for it.”

“Vampires? I hadn’t thought of that. I’ll need to rewrite and—”

“That sound like a good idea. Throw in some werewolves too—the more the better. Polish it up ya washed-up wannabe, and then get back to us! We had some babe in here last week who wanted to write sumpt’n about moose hunt’n in Alaska—can ya believe that? What a load of moose crap!”

“That sounds like Sarah Palin—I know her—”

“We tossed her out of here pronto. Hey, I got someone on the other line…Trump? Never heard of ya….”

“Hello? Hello? I think he hung up on me….”

~*~

I Began to See the Light:

By this time, I was catching on to the writing game and became aware of the KINDLE REVOLUTION.

I took advantage of selling collectibles on eBay for a decade and witnessed first hand how a new system could upset the applecart.

It was much the same with KINDLE. The middle men were being cut out of the system, the agents, the distributors, and the bookstores were dropping faster than the housing market.

~*~

A Book Seminar:

I happened to tune in a book seminar on the internet this week and a pretty young gal, an agent, addressed the audience with it all laid out. Her voice cracked like glass as she explained that KINDLE was a REVOLUTION and that they would all soon be boarding up their windows and vacating their offices. It was clear she had little respect for the writers as she used the word “crap” in every sentence and declared that she expected every writer to experience ten to twenty years of rejection until the “crap was out of their writing.”

That struck me as a long time to learn a craft. I wondered how they would ever spot “the crap” as they were busy sending out rejections to manuscripts they never read. I wondered if she wrote for twenty years before she was published. I imagined, probably not, as she was in her early twenties. Perhaps she needed to get the crap out of her system too while she spoke to the audience. I’m not sure if there was an audience, as the camera never bothered to show it. At least, I hadn’t paid $5 hundred dollars for the ticket for her perceptive observations.

~*~

Achieving Writer Goals:

I have achieved my goal. I’ve written four marvelous novels and have set them on the international stage where anyone in the world can view them. Yes, anyone with a PC can view them—anyone with a KINDLE too. I recognize that they may get lost in a sea of books; however that part of it is beyond my control—that is for others…. Yes, I have waded into the waters and made my dreams come true.

~*~

In the event you have a brilliant novel, my advice is to skip the queries altogether (unless you married the bosses daughter) and publish it yourself on Kindle (or Smashwords—more about that later). It’s incredibly easy to do as they have an instructional video right there taking you through it step by step. Hub articles will assist you too. If you curb the impulse to have bound copies, you will probably end up with more money in your pocket.

~*~

Revolution!

There is a lot of truly great writing that can now be viewed by the world. Writing that has been held back by an indifferent bureaucracy where money and power rule. While the powerful became published, the talented were squashed. But that scenario has come crashing to an end. For the reader, this is a golden era as there will be a flood of top quality books by the truly talented. One can see it happening at Amazon with first time authors receiving accolade five star ratings, far and above the ratings of the best seller authors. Yes, the revolution is happening at this very moment.

Regardless of how fabulous our Kindle books may be, we are going to have few sales as we are minnows in a sea of sharks. The big New York companies will continue to control it all, at least for now. You will see various promotional schemes being bantered about for us minnows, and if you find something that works, (and doesn’t work); please write so we can all share in the experience.

~*~

Alternate Idea:

Simply placing your book with Kindle is only the beginning. See my model web site here to see how you can set up a site that allows virtually anyone with a PC to obtain your book. I imagine it can be automated. If sales are not astronomical, a writer/publisher can send his book to his customer with only a half minute of his time. If it looks beyond your expertise, call in an associate, or a professional to set it up for you.

~*~


The Gold of Mansa Musa, original art work.
The Gold of Mansa Musa, original art work. | Source
The Last Seven Days....
The Last Seven Days.... | Source

A technical note:

On a technical note. If you have jpgs, be sure to save your document in Web page filtered on your computer. This allows a proper uploading of the manuscript with the art that you envisioned. Read the guide at Smashwords as this has a lot of important ( and complicated stuff) that should hep you understand the technical side of all this. Tell yourself that you must learn this because you are a writer and this is the information you should understand.

Update in June 2012

I have been published since March and Smashwords has miserable sales for me ($8.00) and Amazon sends me checks that are larger each month as I accumulate happy readers who love my books. I see other successsful writers report humble beginings like this with checks around $100-$200 per month during the startup months. I discovered that playing around with the titles and artwork makes a big differnce in sales. My novel, "Watchdogg: Somalia Retribution" had little interest . When I changed it to "Forty Days to Armageddon" things took off! Kinlde reports for Britian indicated that I had a hit with the same book when I call it " Battle For Hormuz." Go figure? The "Forty Days" title is firting with the political thriller Best Seller List!

Find Kindle here

The following Hubs are right on target for publishing in Kindle and cover everything you need to know.

Writing Via Kindle

Publishing to Kindle: A Step By Step Guide

Writng and Publishing Ebooks on Amazon

10 Answers to: "Is Publishing worth it?"

Why You'll Never Get Published

If you have a Kindle downloading tip, please send it as a comment and then we can have a good reference for everyone at this Hub. I gave up trying to load an image, so maybe someone can help on that.

Smashwords

If you want to get your book distributed world wide, go to Smashwords and list your book there. Yep, you will be available at all book stores, like Barnes and Noble, and libraries.You will see the process is about the same and they have an online instruction book that covers every detail. Their free service includes distribution to Kindle, so you could skip downloading your book to Kindle entirely! In that Kindle provides an author’s site, it may be worth the extra effort so that you can have a presence there. Smashwords will provide an ISBN for you too. Cool!

I will admit that I discovered Smashwords after I signed up at KINDLE. I plan to go through both publishers with all of my novels, even though I could do it all at Smashwords. I consider myself a novice and hope that others will share important information here that I have missed. For example, had I not discovered Smashwords, I would hope that someone would have come forward with the information. It is likely I will update this HUB regularly, so stop back on occasion.

Updates: I am finding that getting on the Premium list at Smashwords is beyond my comprehension. Although I have read the 70 pages of instructions and understood nearly all of it, they continue to reject it. The premium list is the road to international distribution of my book. I paid $25 to have the brother of the Smashwords founder prepare it and everything went as smooth as butter. It was $25 well spent. RJ

Critcal Reviews of Fantasy books by Jenny (including Lean against the Wind & Watchdogg)

Watchdogg Review by MotowChitown2

You can make your writing dreams come true.
You can make your writing dreams come true. | Source

Update: two years later

I gave up on Smashwords altogether and threw in the towel. They did nothing for me and I did try all their promotions. I have all my books listed at Kindle and have them all in the KDP program. I see there are promotion companies that will email readers and advertise your book for a fee. There is Book Bub that has a mailing list of around a million and they currently charge around $450 to plug your book. Other companies with smaller lists charge $20 and up depending upon the genre.

Unfortunately, they are picky and will not take anyone's money. They have set up a list of guidelines and pick and choose better selling authors. Anyone just getting started can apply, of course, but I would anticipate polite rejections in your email.

Advertising at Goodreads has worked out well. They place your ad around their site that has several million readers searching for books to read. They click on the ad and then are taken to Amazon where they make the purchase. So far, this is the only advertising that has worked well for me and Amara (we co-wrote a non-fiction book that does well.)

The plan that seems to be working for many authors is to reduce the price to 99 cents and then advertise the sale price wherever they can. Simply reducing the price to 99 cents at Kindle (they have a promotion system to easily set it up) without any advertising at all, does generate sales. They have a FREE program too, however one does tire quickly of seeing readers snatching up one's books and the writer receives nothing at all.

The FREE program does generate sales, however and is not to be dismissed. There is a "carry over effect" and around 10% end up buying a book following a give-a-way. If 1,000 take the free offer around 100 or so end up buying the book that week.

The unfortunate part of all this give-away and 99 cent promotions is that simply writing a terrific book is going to get lost because of all this promotional activity that is scooping up the sales.

That is it for now. I'll come back in a year or so and report what is happening. I do have a children's series, "The Wurtherington Diary: The little Doll Girl" to publish in the Fall and hope I find some effective advertising that will launch the series properly.



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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Incredible amount of information here. Thank you so much!!!


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Hi Hyphenbird and glad you took time to read this although I suspect you are not planning on writing a novel! You have those fab bird photos and articles. You could do something with the birds and who knows what could happen?


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X-Dplus-X 5 years ago from Poughkeepsie

Wow that was very informative. I never took the leap of faith that is trying send my writing to a publisher.(I fear rejection too much) But your article here definitely gives me hope. Maybe someone will notice poems and be interested. Who knows?


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

You can do it too. Forget the rejection slips. You could have your collection available to the world and you don't need a single person saying "no" to you. I fail one hundred times for everytime I have a success. Am I a successful person. Yep! I love your poems and I know others would love to see it in a collection.


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dallaswriter 5 years ago from North Carolina

I agree! Thanks for this wonderful information and for a Hub well, well written :)


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Hi Dallas writer. I spent nearly a week writing this. When I could see various articles here and there that touched on the subject, I felt an article that laid it out from top to bottom was needed. I decided to bring it all together so others don't make the same mistakes as me!


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eventsyoudesign 5 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

Great information. I too have sent many cover letters in hopes of publishing my book merely to receive one rejection after another. You have presented very useful information in an easy to follow hub. I need to do more research and publish my book on Kindle. Thanks for sharing and I will read more. Teresa


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Hi Events, If you read the linked HUBS in this article, you will have found everything you need to know. I've sent around 600 queries and only the ONE agreed to read it and you saw the result. The CARROT! Keep in touch as you probably are sitting on a gem and it's time to do it!


shygirl2 5 years ago

Wow, great advice and tips. I have yet a lot to learn from here. I need to bookmark and save this one! I have written a novel, yet feared sending it to who-knows-where? : ) Voted up and useful!


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Cindy Phillips 5 years ago

This is a gem. Thank you so much for sharing.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Hi Shygirl.. Yep I hope this helps you. Hopefully it will save you time in gettting your major works before the public.

Hi Cindy, Thanks for stopping by. I'm still trying to get over Princess. RJ


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Very interesting RJ. I wondered how that works! I also loved the Sarah Palin crack you slipped in there=)lol!


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mslizzee 5 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

I am dying to know how you liked Outskirts Press. Several years ago after writing 2 novels, and sending out thousands of queries with no good results, I decided to just have one of my books printed so I could give it to some people and get some feed back. Outskirts printed it and I gave it to about 7 women in ages from 35 to 72. Without exception they sincerely loved the book. It was an exciting story, not written by a literary genius, but nonetheless an exciting story and now they are asking for more. I decided to have a few copies of my third novel printed and Outskirts has fumbled, and goofed over and over again. It has been a nightmare.So, I'd like to now your experience with them not only as publisher but helping you to market.


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Verily Prime 5 years ago from New York

Thanks RJ for the insight into the publishing world of rejection - and how to cut the middle men and women... and how the advent of the KINDLE has contributed to their demise. I think of all the magnum opus that were rejected and could have positively contributed to our world - like aborted babies. Thanks again RJ - the part about the twenty-year-old calling everything 'crap' is classic....


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Real Housewife...My humorous side is something that can't be held back. I try hard to be entirely serious and just can't do it!

Ms. Lizzee...I never ran across Outskirts. I just checked my guides, ( I really never lit a match to it) and notes and nothing turned up. It sounds like I may have done well not to run into them. You may wish to rethink everything from this point. It's a new world since your first book.

Verily...Yes..."Like aborted babies" It's time to dust off the old manuscripts, polish them up, and show the world what they have been missing! Thanks Verily Prime.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

And thank you for that! I love the comic relief:-)


Anita Sue 5 years ago

A "Real" person SHARING "Real" knowledge! How rare you are! Wishing you all the Joys of success!


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Hi Anita and thanks for taking a peek. Yep, I was worried the article would be too bleak, but it turned out well. Hopefully, it will save a lot grief for others.


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karengibsonroc 5 years ago from Los Angeles

absolutely wonderful hub...great information..i cam across smashwords myself not long ago and thought about putting my book "A Side Order Of Truth" there as well..it is available for download and ebook through lulu.com :) we'll see maybe i will get around to smashwords some day:):) have a great day..kgr


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Lulu, more than likely, simply went to Smashwords and uploaded it for you. Does Lulu represent you on an exclusive basis, or unexclusive basis? If your book is not avaliable at Barnes and Noble etc. and you have a non-exclusive agreement, Smashwords is your next step in order to get it all over the world.


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gerrywalker 5 years ago from Treasure Coast, Florida

Thanks RJ for some great ideas. I've written two books; will try one with Kindle and one with Smashwords. a small hint to you: when writing five hundred dollars write it all one way or the other ($500) or the words. Mixed as you have it is a tiny bit distracting. Loved the info though.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Gerry Walker ...glad I could help. The $500 follows rules set by the Chicago Rules of Style manuel. It does seem odd and until I saw the manuel, would have done it differently. It is complicated when it comes to numbers and I imagine few readers pay much attention to whether "rules" are followed etc. Most readers would accept it as fine when written several different ways.


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barrydan 5 years ago from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Thanks RJ, looks like you've got some interesting and motivating hubs. I appreciate the encouragement.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Barrydan. Thank you for the kind comment.


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PSSST! 5 years ago from Conneticut

I enjoyed this hub very much (although, as a fellow writer, did find it a bit discouraging).....it made me laugh, though...and I always feel that definitely makes something worth reading! I am looking into Smashwords myself right now....except with a children's book, I don't know if the format is exactly appropriate....anyway..keep writing!


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gerrywalker 5 years ago from Treasure Coast, Florida

Hey RJ: what can I say? I'm an old "editor"...and old fashioned in some ways. I'll certainly check it out. Thanks for the update. BTW, manual is a book, manuel is a name. (Still proofreading...)Just finished checking out something called Grumpy Grammarian which describes me to a "t".


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

I wasn't able to get any art into my ebooks at all and since it was not that important, I skipped it. Be sure to read the 70 page book they tell you look over as it may have the details on how to do pitures. If you have a problem. they say they have a crew of independent contractors standing by who can do it in a flash for $20 an hour with most taking less than 2 hours to prep a book.


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Enock Vera 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom

thank you very much...much needed information


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

I thought it would get you on the right road. Write anytime. RJ


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mcraej 5 years ago from Houston, TX

I loved this article Reynold, very informative and funny.

Keep up the good work!


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Mcraej...Yep--I try to write something for everyone. If the reader isn't going to publish a book, it is nevertheless an interesting read for the casual reader. Thanks for hanging in there on this one. Gorgeous photo of you too--great smile as wide as the Grand Canyon. RJ


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mcraej 5 years ago from Houston, TX

Thank you Reynold, that's very sweet.


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Jed Fisher 5 years ago from Oklahoma

Excellent hub, thank you for sharing. I've already made about 240 sales on Amazon in three weeks, not bad. Now I'm checking out Wordsmash. But more than that, now that I know there are readers (beyond my friends and family) who enjoy my novels, and I now know there is a credible way to publish, I'm finding it a lot easier to write. I feel like I can crank out three books a year, part time. Not literary masterpieces, of course, but something fun to read.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

This is great news! That is a lot of books and a short time span. You definately have a winner to do so well. Let's hope we all can find more readers so we can continue to produce some great novels. I'm envious!!!


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andycool 5 years ago from the U.S.

What a useful information! I was looking for this for quite some time really. I'm a new-age writer who wants to make it big to the emerging electronic-book industry, this article is of great help to me! I already bookmarked this hub. Thanks for sharing! - Andy


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Great--that it was helpful for you. Keep in touch on your writng projects. RJ


Randal 5 years ago

Hello sir,

Very interesting, I am still working on words with more than one syllable but hey, you never know :) Thank you


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Many of my characters in my stories have trouble with one syllable!


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lilian1 5 years ago from Hertfordshire England

I love your use of words Reynold very entertaining and lots of good information to absorb here too congratulations on getting published ! I shall be popping back again to absorb more of your very helpful information thanks again.... :)


shoaibishrat 5 years ago

Gr8 effort RJ Now I Am Your Follower Too..:)


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

I'll keep in touch with both of you. Thanks for stopping by. RJ


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BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

This is a great article and I need to put my books on Kindle, just been putting it off. This hub was very helpful with that. Thanks.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Hi Bobbi, If you find out anything that could be added, please write so I can add it to the article. Hopefully I've saved you a lot of grief! Keep in touch please. RJ


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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

You are certainly covering it all here. I find your hubs to be a really useful fount of information. It is very good of you to spend so much time helping others.

Thank you.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Hi Christopher, No carrot cake recipes will be found here. Like you, it is orignal in everyway, never a rehash.


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

Very interesting hub RJ. It is very informative and very useful. Thank you for sharing.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Who knows? Maybe you'll write a book about your cocker spaniel one day, and then you'll know what to do. Thank you for taking a peek.


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bestforbride 5 years ago from Toronto, ON, Canada

Incredible amount of information here. Very interesting. Took some time to read.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Who knows---you may one day decide to write memories of running the bridal saloons. It can be a wild ride what goes on behind the scenes! My wife related incredible stories of what went on in her/our stores. Yep--it's a fairly loooong artcle. Thanks for reading though. RJ


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PierAllegro 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

I've book marked it and will re-read it Thanks for sharing. Great stuff! Good luck with your novel. I have an episode:

'I'm Jesus Christ. I have a gospel to publish.'

'Been done, Man'

'But this is real.It says I'm coming.'

'Eleven months. Take it or leave. Plus a reading fee paid in advance. And if you want comments that's extra'

'oh Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing. I leave it ... I mean I'll take it.'

'So you take it or leave it.'

'I'll take it. I'll leave it. I'll wait eleven months.'

This is how an insensitive publisher spared the world. At least for eleven months more.

'

'


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Hi Pier! This is great! I can see that you "get it" with the humor I sling around here! Laughed outloud too! Yep, I'd bet even Jesus would be required to stand in line for these characters. Keep'm coming!


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ChristineVianello 5 years ago from Philadelphia

I enjoyed the . I have sent so many cover letters I can not even begin to think of how many. Thank you for this!


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PierAllegro 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Bertrand Russell argues that humanity made little progress if we still talk about Plato, Aristotle and other philosophers dead now for thousands of years. The publishing staff at some houses could in fact be the reason why. And, another thing... Harry Potter (not my cup at all) was rejected several times . I wonder: have the people at those publishing houses been fired for stupidity?


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Good point and I have never heard the Bertrand Russell quote. I doubt that anyone was fired. It is more likely they will be evicted and soon out of business. Steven King had 3 rejected manuscripts before he sent them the one about the evil car.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Christine, you are not a failure. It is the failure of a system. Time to move ahead and go with Smashwords and Kindle. ( or marry an agent). Thanks for taking the time to make a comment and I wish you well. Write anytime. RJ


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PierAllegro 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Hi, I was reading J.K. Rowling's autobiography and stumbled on this:

"Finally it was done. I covered the first three chapters in a nice plastic folder and set them off to an agent, who returned them so fast they must have been sent back the same day they arrived." She was speaking of the very first book about Harry Potter.


Binaya.Ghimire 5 years ago

Informative and insightful


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Hi Pier, I'd bet this is one story in a sea of rejections that went astry for the agent.

Binaya...You are doing well as a writer and must be very talented as you are well on your way at an early age. Please consider me as a contact on the other side of the world. We are all here to assist you.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Very informative hub with some great links and suggestions. So glad you decided to go ahead and self publish on Kindle. Love your covers and original art work.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Thanks for stopping by. Everything is working out well. I'm dragging stuff out of the closet that has been sitting around for years and I should have my album on display here soon complete with music videos. This HUB is my most ambitious HUB effort with more photos, links etc.


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Scarface1300 5 years ago

Hi RJ. Very well written and informative, well presented hub. Havent yet digested all of your words but i will be using this hub as an information point and will make numerous visits in order to learn more. I hope to follow in your direction should i complete my own novel. Compelling stuff.........Thanks again


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Everyone should take a look at Scarface1300 and pickup on his dreamy novel that is now at chapter four. RJ


dina mitchell 5 years ago from washington

wow you are my first follower and i wanted to thank you


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Great. Glad to be there for you. Write me anytime and I'm already looking forward to your next HUB. RJ


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Angelique Newman 5 years ago from Canada

I can relate--publishers stick to certain niches that are hot at the moment such as vampires\werewolves or highland novels. Even published authors' hands are tide limiting them to certain areas. This leaves out so many great stories. Thank goodness there's another means to publish.

Great hub, I voted it up and marked it useful :)


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Hi Angelique, Thanks for the comment and perhaps one day you will have a novel! RJ


dina mitchell 5 years ago from washington

thank you for the encouragement


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John MacNab 5 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence

Thanks for the information, Reynold; most interesting.


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amillar 5 years ago from Scotland, UK

Thanks Reynold - I‘ve bookmarked this.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Bribebox and amillar--Now that IS a compliment! This is may very well be the only HUB I've done that has some important information for writers.


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Bruce Barrett 5 years ago from Roanoke WestVirginia

Wonderful article, informative and very helpful. You have given me more hope into my dreams of one day publishing a book.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Hi Bruce--Yes, you can do it. Now that you know what I learned the hard way, you can skip all the roads that lead to nowhere. I'm here for you 24 hours a day. Write anytime.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Hi RR

I just started reading Smashwords manual, it may take me awhile as I am a slow reader on line.As soon as I absorb some basics I may email you with some question.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Sounds fine. Yep it is 70 pages or reading. I'll email you some helpful stuff.


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JRChase 5 years ago

Wow! You did a thorough job of covering that subject. Kudos. I really liked the carrot hook too!


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

HI JR. Thank you for stopping by. Good luck with your HUBS too.


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lilyfly 5 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

Aha! You know, I've been writing, and publishing for almost forty years, and I have a plastic staue of an Indian mother with a papoose, one 27 dollar check which I never cashed, and all the meaningless glory of somebody's esteem. Esteem don't buy the meat euphemistically called "Festive Ground Turkey." I also found garbage bags filled with rejection slips from Harpers etc. You seem to have had the "Journey" too! haha! O.K., wellI will try to listen to you, and let's see of there's a pony in there somewhere, eh? Thank you for your hub... lily


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Yeah--it sounds like you could write a HUB sadder than mine! I don't plan on any money being made although my novels are world class and rival all the best sellers. I wrote what I did because I knew I could do better. I'm going to be content knowing:

1. My novels are world class.

2. My novels will be available to the world.

More than likely, my novels will be lost in a sea of books with no promotion. Thus far you have done better than me! You have $27 bucks and an Indian statue!


lilyfly 5 years ago

So, Sir.... what are we doing right, such as what you've done, and what are we doing wrong, such as why aren't there little elves with horns and jingly hats on every street corner shouting for people to buy our books? I'll tell, you, yes, it's great to publish, but, again, like Hub... where is the money? Thank you for your reply, and if I can, I will read your book.... lily


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Yes--where is the money? I have outlines written and want to write the novels. However, common sense says that it is pointless to continue to write when your very best work sits unnoticed. Lilyfly--write me and I'll send you a free ebook. "Watchdogg" will take your breath away....


lilyfly 5 years ago

I'll do it! Thank you!


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 5 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee

This was a very helpful hub. Thank you! By the way, PublishAmerica.com loves first time authors. You don't have to pay a penny. You submit the book on-line. You get 2 free books and royalty pay-outs twice a year. I have published two books with them.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Thanks for the tip... I'll see if this works for me and perhaps add more to the HUB too.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

I did go to your Web site and watched a dozen or so videos of you storytelling. A person could spend many days going over all of it! I feel like I know you now. In that you are "out there" with your show, I'm curious how the sales with books do. I have no big plans to promote like you do. I wanted to write you a personal letter and could see no way to do it. Is the royalty rate somewhere around 15%? Contact me personally if you can rather than a question out there for everyone to see. Reynoldjay@att.net


Aka Professor M 5 years ago

@Reynold Jay: As promised I have read and digested this formidable hub with its copious amounts of information, sir! Thank you for coming to my hub and leaving this gem as a link for myself and my followers!

I am indeed grateful, as should all who read this be, for the excellent research material you've presented for all those interested in getting published.

Now Anyone can certainly appreciate your arduous and painstaking journey to garner this wisdom, Reynold. As an author, blogger and writer I found the knowledgeable way it was presented indicative of your obvious writing skills.

I was impressed by the style which egged me on to read it to the end, as it detailed the steps taken and the results of those steps. That you expressed interest in my T'Alon of C'Law series is now even more flattering having seen and sampled your wares, Reynold Jay.

As you chose to follow me let me now return the favor and reciprocate in kind, my friend! Good luck in all your published novels and in getting what you hope for always!

Regards Mike(Aka Professor M!) ;D


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Professor M--thank you for this generous comment. I'm going back to re-read and and then read other HUBS you have posted. It is great that we have run into each other as we could end up buds.


Aka Professor M 5 years ago

@Reynold Jay: Perhaps each of us, can and will help the other to fine tune their styles and a mutual benefit can be the result of such a friendship, sir!

I believe that such a arrangement would be quite acceptable from my viewpoint, Reynold! Perhaps by combining our own individual abilities to interact with others, we can then help more of those budding writers, through such efforts.

Regards Mike (Aka Professor M) ;D


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TKs view 5 years ago from The Middle Path

Awesome post Reynold. I was able to pitch my novel to a publisher a few months back. She requested the full manuscript and I hope to hear something by the end of the year. If that doesn't pan out I will dive in to your suggestions.

You made this a very easy read while still packing in a ton of info.

I'm delighted to have someone of your skill level following me. Thanks


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Good luck with the agent. Keep in touch on this. I checked out your Religion HUB. Very nice.


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sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

Thanks for all this insider info. Need to run now and start writing the "Great American Novel" LOL


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

And you are the one to do it! I'm here for ya! I love to mentor and had Don Hogland get up his first short story at Smashwords today.


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sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

Thanks RJ for stopping and reading my first installment.

You are both a prolific writer and a voracious reader.

These are valued skills at Hub World and yet they score you so low. That will change with these new Subdomains.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

You are welcome. Yep--it would be nice to see a bit higher score.


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moneycop 5 years ago from JABALPUR

to read your hub is really to get into deep ocean, just assuming how about your novel?


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Since I wrote this, I have all my novels available world wide and am still looking for a book deal. You can see my progress here--

http://www.amazon.com/Seeds-from-Heaven-ebook/dp/B...


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gerrywalker 5 years ago from Treasure Coast, Florida

Dear RJ Thanks so much for stopping by my hub and leaving this for me. I am finally able to write again (depression,finances,y.k.w.i.m.) I jumped into a writing memories class with a dozen or so people and it was the ole kick in the chest I needed. Will try Smashwords or Kindle for my grandad's story, CrackerBoy (once I figure out how to do web unfiltered etc.) You have a fabulous hub with so much info I'll have to read and reread. I've also thought I'd have to take a college class to learn how to build a website but will try your version first. THANKS AGAIN!!


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Thank you for the comment and I figured that you would find something here. Glad to help.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Incredibly helpful sir! I have been spinning my wheels trying to figure out which path to take and this may be the one I choose. I'm horrible at formatting but maybe I can enlist a friend who is not confused by the hi tech stuff. Thank you for an excellent hub!


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Reynold Jay 4 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

I hope this helps. I've learned a lot since I wrote this and can say that everything outlined here is woking well for me. Amazon and the KINDLE program has been the most successful way to go. Write if you have any questions.

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