For those of you who are veteran hubbers and know Shadesbreath, then you will know that he is working on publishing his novel. His blog network, Facebook page and profile are all promoting his book coming out soon.
Not to mention, if you want, I do think that he is offering signed copies also. But, you would need to check with him on that. If you see the above picture anywhere on Facebook, then give him a helping hand by sharing the photo with everyone you know. I'm positive he would be extremely grateful.
Haha, I remember Shadesbreath! Very cool and good on you, my friend! I never thought to post something on here about my published books, but great way of advertising! When I get ready to release my next book (33rd one!) I might have to make a thread too!
Wow I wish to do that some day! But mine will be a e-book. Actually when I was in the third grade I wrote a novel down as I wasn't fast at typing then. It was 75% completed and I wrote a total of 700 pages. I began reading it the other day and I'm amazed to know that the sentence structure etc. is perfect and the only thing I could do now was make it more of a suspense. It's a mystery story on the lines of my favourite author as a kid Enid Blytons famous five.
Congrats to shadesbreath! He certainly is the envy of many of us.
I finished writing the first draft of my novel back in March of 2008 and have not touched it since. All of these years hence, I realized that I have to go back and edit (and actually rewrite) the novel entirely. I understand now that to do so will take take a herculean effort on my part. Life just...Happened. Not a day goes by that I don't think of doing what I believe I was born to do. Writing creatively is what I went to school for and took loans out for. The problem now is that I make a good living and have not taken my own advice to follow my dream...
But this just may be the year that I change that.
It's inspiring to hear of others succeeding like shadesbreath. Again, congrats
And how cool that so many people are so supportive. Cags needs to start a new career as a publicist.
So, for starters, super thank you for the interest and well wishes from so many awesome hubbers. I would also like to say, to those of you whose comments were of the wanting-to-get-your-own-book-out variety, it's not as hard as you think. I confess it's taken a lot more time than I expected, but it's not "hard" to do at all. It's wayyyyy more intimidating than hard. But having gone through the whole process now, I realize there really isn't anything to be intimidated by. It's just hoops to jump through and some crap to learn that isn't hard, just, well, kind of boring and detail oriented. The rest is just discipline.
At least, that's how it goes for getting a book made and out. Selling is another matter, and we'll see how that goes. Hopefully a few of you will grab a copy. (If you check out my facebook page, it's under Shadesbreath on FB, you'll know when it's available). The main goal after release is to get some reviews on Amazon. That's a big deal, so, I will probably be whining and sniveling about that once everything is live.
Oh, and for Lobobrandon's question, the cover graphic cost a lot, at least a lot by my standards. If it was just me, I'd share that, but the artist, Cris Ortega, may want to raise her rates and I wouldn't want to make future negotiations awkward for her. She is worth every penny, however.
Anyway, thanks again. Hopefully you guys will all go like my facebook page (either the book page or my HP one), and, well, then I'll probably whore myself out trying to get you to buy a copy for years to come. lol. But even if you don't buy one, the video trailer is going to blow your mind (it made my mom cry for sheer awesomeness--granted its my mom, but still!).
Well, I would ask, obviously, but, depending on how outrageous my request (like, I ask that you buy 1000 copies, etc.), I wouldn't really expect you to comply with the request.
There's a paperback and ebook (Kindle and Nook). And the biggest thing anyone can do for me (obviously aside from buying it lol) is review it on Amazon. A review on there is like handing me a gold coin, a beer and a pizza all at once.
Well, I sort of already did, just not hubs. I blogged the whole process up to the proof part, which is where I am, and have been stuck at for forty five days or so, until now, finally finished. If you'd like to see them, they are here:
I cover the start up, editing the manuscript, getting the cover artist and working through sketches to final product, I hit pricing and profit issues and all kinds of stuff tracing the journey to release. Have a look if you get time. I keep it pretty light and my usual snarky self and terribad-self-sketch stuff is there, so it's not too painful to read. lol.
I'm so proud of you Shade...probably not as much as your mother, but I'm right up there!
Now that you've done all that hard work, let me know if there is anything I can do to help...other than buy the book, which I plan on doing anyway.
It's so exciting isn''t it? I'm slowly getting there on mine...although thankfully, I'm not going to be worried too much about the graphics on the cover given the type of novel it will be. Are you going strictly digital for now...or will there be a hard copy?
This is a bit spooky but I have just been reading this guy "Shadesbreath's" hubs.If his book is as good as his hubs then "WOW". I wish him all the luck in the world and hope for his heartiest success. He is a lucky guy to have a friend such as you... Congratulations both.
I'm not allowed to review books on Amazon. I tried for others. Seems you actually have to buy some product first, which considering Google.es or co.uk are much nearer and cheaper, is not likely to happen any time soon, and the fact that I am an affilate counts for nothing. Anyway what I can do is write my own review and mention this book on my site which I'm happy to say was not Panda slapped and can be found around about #8 for the keyword "best selling books". When I get back to the UK I am so going to sort this site out and bring it right up to date.
Page 1 without effort? I have a few hubbers to promote actually. Need to get off my backside and get to work.
Great friends are hard to come by, you are top notch Ray, to help Shades so much. Congrats Shade, I remember a time when you were talking about working on publishing a book. I am happy to hear that you have. I look forward to reading it. It looks like something my children will enjoy too. I will be sure to pass the word along. Thanks for the heads up!
Thanks Cags, for bringing this to the attention of many. I am so pleased that he noticed some of my silly hubs a couple of years ago and felt encouraged to post his humor here. Now people will know that there are many Shades, of Shades. Congratulations, Mr. D.
Yeah, there's a lot of really rockin' nice people on HP. I think it's so easy for a few to do the standard polemics, so (though it's me seeing the love just now), we have to credit Cags for busting out something positive.
Wow!!! I am more than excited, honestly, if you have ever tried writing a novel before, or have written one in the past, you would know what Shades achieved...unfortunately, i lost the only manuscript of my first novel, which i wrote when i was 15. Its so so painful because the storyline was mind-blowing, would have won international readership. Anyway, i am still working on my second novel, but it isnt so easy....in order words, congrats and congrats to Shades....like a contributor earlier said, you have a sweet name that fits in for an novelist.
@Cagsil, you demonstrated friendship in its greatest form...hmmm, makes me thinking if i would ever have someone to discuss about me or whatever....so so skeptical...thank you cags for the selfless service! would love to read the book.
Hey Misty, I know the feeling. I laugh so hard at some of his hubs that I have tears running down my face. Posting a couple of links to his stuff here on HubPages would give people who don't know of him, a chance to learn about him.
And, here's a link from an AWESOME review written about his up and coming novel.
How bizarre, it won't allow me to open the review page because it says 'users from my country are not permitted to use this site', I only live in the British Channel Islands, so can't imagine this is correct, plus I have never received this message before from any other website. The full message is:
"Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/mgnexus/public_html/wp-content/themes/rt_refraction_wp/header.php:11) in /home/mgnexus/public_html/wp-content/plugins/iq-block-country/iq-block-country.php on line 272
Forbidden - Users from your country are not permitted to browse this site."
Hey Misty, please check that link to see if you can get through. Your post in the forum.....it soon to reach the point where you will not be able to delete it...it's come quickly...the time ranges between 3-4 hours and you're already at 3 hours.
Okay Misty. It's okay. Hopefully HP will get rid of it. It is duplicate content on the forums and should be taken down. I only posted it so you could read it and I'm glad the link now works for you. The page where the article is located is fantastic looking. It enhances the reading of the review, that's for sure.
Yeah, the files "take 5 to 7 workdays" to go live. Apparently by 5 to 7, they mean 1.5 days. LOL. I couldn't get the "publish date" function to work either, it wouldn't let me go forward past the current day's date. So, I guess a few will leak out before the official release. There are worse things that could happen to me than people buying my book early. LOL.
Thanks Donotfear and Klarawieck. It's funny people say my name sounds like a writer name. Even had a writing professor look up from the roll call list on the first day of class after reading my name. He paused said it again, and said, "That's a good writing name." LOL. I think it's cause there's been so damn many John's who write. (Finally a payoff for a generic biblical name).
Yeah, that one might backfire on me, but I'm actually trying it. My site is Daultonbooks.com but I expect anyone who hears that spoken rather than reading it is going to go to the other Daltonbooks.com (no U). So, given they have been around a long time and I'm the new piece of crap in the litter box, I guess I hope they sell my stuff there too. LOL
From our favorite reference source Wikipedia: B. Dalton Bookseller (often called B. Dalton or B. Dalton's) was an American retail bookstore chain founded in 1966 by the Dayton's department store chain. Located primarily in shopping malls, B. Dalton competed primarily with Waldenbooks, and operated 798 stores at its peak. Barnes & Noble acquired the chain from Dayton's in 1987, and continued to operate it until a late-2009 announcement that the last fifty stores would be liquidated by January 2010.
I have my owl book listed with Amazon Advantage. They take a big percentage, but it's worth it because being on Amazon, especially with a bunch of nice reviews, gives it credibility and exposure. https://advantage.amazon.com/ It's not hard to do.
That's an interesting link, Rochelle. It kind of reminds me of Etsy, which my son's girlfriend uses to sell teapot wind chimes. But I don't think I need to put the book on consignment, as Amazon is already the primary mechanism through which I'm selling it. Kindle and paperback anyway. I have Nook version too, but I'm not sure how many people have those. You're spot on about the reviews, though. That's gonna be my big, whiny begging point going forward, is to get people to review it on there. Reviews are GOLD. (Especially if they don't all suck lol).
And you do look lovely with that 100, but then again, you usually have that these days, so, it's become more of a trademark for you than a "look."
Nah-- the 100 comes and goes-- despite what I do or don't do. Haven't posted a new hub in awhile, but have been working on two for too, too, long without getting them done.
The link is an Amazon function, but if you are already on, it's moot. I have (I think) five or six nice reviews-- which I got in various ways. I'll tell you later, if you feel you have exhausted your own resources.
Rochelle, did that guy who hit me up for illustrations ever get a hold of you? I sent him your way when he hit me up for a children's book illustration contract that needed color. I'm too lazy for color. It's all I can do to muster the half-ass pencil sketches I do. LOL.
Oh, and Cags, have I told you I love you and want to bear your children? Because I do.
I don't mind the love Shades. As for bear children? too bad you cannot, unless you're planning having your wife be a surrogate. Which is something I'm pretty positive she would beat you to within an inch of your life, if you even asked.
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