Writing & Publishing ---In The Box or Out Of The Box?

I have noticed that most people that I have met on hub-pages make these same statements; "I am a writer and want to publish a novel."

That being said they go on telling how long that they have been working on it. It is their dream to see that dream down on paper in a major book store. Yes, anyone can have it printed and published (if they have the resources and time to run the gauntlet of the paper publishing world of ----YESTERDAY.)

Let's just say that you have put up your hard earned money to get it there in a book store and it is on the shelf with hundreds of others---who is marketing it? Is it on the top ten lists? If so it will greet you at the front door, if not it maybe jammed in with the many other books down isle 9C.

Several times I have asked for a book that someone said that they had published and the bookstore clerk checked in the computer to see if they had it, for I could not find it on the rows 9C thru 20 and was told that they did not have it but---they could maybe order it!---Duh! ---I could have done that.

Book Store Returns:

Bookstores have a process of returning unsold stock and recently that figure topped 58 percent. This means that they are disposed of usually pulped or simple placed in landfill.

No, my friends this is not to discourage you from writing that book and following your dreams. Yet it is to keep pace with the world that we live in TODAY. That saying "think out of the box," Well first you have to "get out of the box."

AUDIO BOOKS:

it has been reported that electronic books and devices out sold all paper books in all major cities and will continue. Look at your favorite authors they now have most of their books in audio form. All text books are now on or will soon be available in this format. all classics are now available in this format.

I know that you have worked very hard on that book so here are some tips that I can pass on to you for they are working for me and I believe that it is now an electronic world and we all need to go forward.

1. Instead of wasting a lot of money and time in the paper world of publishing, I invested in a software program that I could record my own books into.

2. No! you do not have to have a professional reader to voice your words. Choose software that will change your voice for the different characters. (That is what is wrong with some of the audio books out there now, not many men or women readers can change their voice to make this transfer without sounding weird.)

3. Choose recording software that you can put into wave form and then play in MP3 format will let you market your books to most all electronic devices.

This was a simple choice for me ---making one investment rather than paying several people to do what I can learn and do for myself. I am now in the process of turning all my books and writings into audios and really having fun doing it. (Now you might say I have a good excuse for taking to myself.) I have wrote here on this subject before (Yes! my Ears Can Read?) (My New Lover.)



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Yes, we are all creatures of habit and changes do not always come easy to some but as my Cajun grandfather taught me---MAN DOES NOT WALK BACKWARDS!

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Aya Katz 6 years ago from The Ozarks

Ginn, thanks for writing on this subject again. Every time you do, it makes me long to follow up on your advice. However, reading a whole novel out loud would take a lot of time. I would have to cut out all the chimpanzee hoots in the background. Any advice about that?


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Jerilee Wei 6 years ago from United States

Great hub mom and I think you are dead on in your approach. I can't wait to read your answer to Aya's question because I think chimpanzee hoots in the background could be similar to dealing with your own outside noise issues. No offense Den.


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Ginn Navarre 6 years ago Author

Aya you are right it does take time to read a whole novel out loud but I found it was another way to edit it and was surprised at what I missed and could improve on.

Now as far as cutting out all of the chimpanzee hoots in the background---leave some of them in for that is what adds to the novel. That is what I find lacking in so many of the audios today. (A mystery without a scream or other sound effects) simply just becomes words.


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Ginn Navarre 6 years ago Author

Jeri thats one thing you and I learned to do a long time ago--tunning out some of the yak-yak around us. Of course the other day I needed to put a barking dog into the story and all I had to do was open the door and tell the dog that there was a CAT out there.

We have books with pictures in them that adds to our imagination ---Audio's need extra sounds too.

Remember you have to edit all these some day soon I hope--so clean your EARS. love ya


JeanMeriam 6 years ago

This was a really useful hub. Thank you


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Ginn Navarre 6 years ago Author

Thank you Jean, I think in todays electronic world---you have to move with it---if you SNOOZE you lose.


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G-Ma Johnson 6 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

wow you are a genius....here I am writing it all down (computer wise) and never even entered my old head to go electronic...you are so right...I Love this..I do read my stories out loud to myself and a lot of editing comes from that process. Genius....:O) Hugs HAPPY VALENTINES DAY


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Ginn Navarre 6 years ago Author

G-Ma come on, if for no other reason we have to try and keep up with all the young-un out there today. We might be a little slower ---but we will get there and show them that its never to late to keep on learning. (Hugs right back at ya.)


Adrianas Pages 6 years ago

Hey Gin...Long time no hear;-)lol I haven't fallen off the hubpages planet...just been "quietly" reading.

I loved this hub. Seriously!

I started using a program called DRAGON naturally speaking, that allows me to orally write my stories w/o having to physically write and then type into my computer.

I'm thinking that I could possibly kill two birds with one stone, by using that software, while recording the book itself? I'll try and keep you posted. What's the name of your software? can I buy online and how expensive is it?

I know that Booksurge is very expensive to have them help self-pub. Well over 6 Thousand to publish one title. I just couldn't afford(or justify) spending that kind of money.

So I went back to querying, entering contests, and have recently paid a published author to assist in the editing process and help to get me better ready to submit to some publishing house.

Thanks again,

Adriana


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Ginn Navarre 6 years ago Author

Adriana we missed you and i wondered where you were? As I have said above---this is what works for me.

No, I have not used the program Dragon---it turns "talk into type." I would personally want more --- In the novels that we write (my favorite romance novels) I want to be able to change the voices and add the background effects. So does this program do this? Also how are you going to market it in TODAYS market.

Several years ago I bought a program then called (Cool Edit Pro) it has since been bought by ADOBE and is called Adobe Audition. This allows me to put it into a form that can then be transfered to all other devices---ipods ect.

I like ADOBE programs and yes they are expensive but in this case (you get what you pay for.) I'm sure that you can buy cheaper programs but find that they are not compatible with others. Adobe programs interface with-in.

Remember YOU can be the publishing house---it's all at your fingertips.

P.S. In Seacrets--I would have simply added the SOUND of the cabin door closing in chapter 2&3 for the effect. Your story is great, keep it coming.


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

I like the audio books. I think it is a great idea. You suggest there are programs that allow you to change the sound of the voice. Would that be Adobe Audition? I would like to check it out.

And thank you for a wonderful idea.


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Ginn Navarre 6 years ago Author

Duchess please check with ADOBE first for as I said above I bought this program (COOL EDIT PRO) which Adobe bought out and I still use it. I hope that they carried it forward in Adobe Audition for it is great---no more of the reader---trying to lower or raise their voice and sounding weird.

I have several of Adobe's programs and they have worked great for me and plan on using more of them.

Please, let me know how this works out for you.


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sheila b. 6 years ago

This was new to me. Thanks for telling us.


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Cris A 6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Darn, I should have thought of that! But thanks for thinking it for me - now I got it all figured out! Ha! I want to be as wise as you someday, my friend.

Btw, long time no hear. I hope everything's red and wicked (wink) :D


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Ginn Navarre 6 years ago Author

Hey young-un! Oh I have been keeping (one) eye on you, but right now I am busy with getting into AUDIO-BOOKS and having a great time doing it. Now I have an excuse for talking to my self!!!

No-No,my friend I am not wise? just a little bit crazy maybe? You see I have some different rules that I follow that others may not understand.

1. I never think that I CAN NOT do something, I simply go for it.

2. If someone gives me LINE PAPER I automatically write the other way.

Yes Cris, I think that Audio is the way to move forward and would love to see what you could do along those lines.

P.S. Not to worry---I came into this world (red and wicked)well maybe "pink" and will go out at least WICKED.


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Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

Great point & topic! Your grandfather was correct! Great hub!


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Ginn Navarre 6 years ago Author

Thanks Michael, yes I believe that we should always strive to go forward in all forms. Audio has opened the door for many that we seem to have forgotten sometimes.

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