This blog will touch on the experiences I have as a writer (not to be mistaken for my experience as a writer, i.e. how many books I've written, etc); the pleasure and the pain, the joy and the grief, the satisfaction and the frustration, the magic and the reality - have I left anything out, oh yeah, the rejection, rejection and more rejection, the humiliation and the embarrassment, the jealousy and the resentment - that pretty much covers it, except for why I do it which perhaps I'll realize along the way. Are you totally confused? Good, let's begin.
Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you Smashwords coupon codes for free downloads of my novels; FOREST – Love, Loss, Legend, and The BIG PICTURE – A Camera, A Young Woman, An Uncompromising Ethic.
Offer ends February 28, 2015
When I completed The BIG PICTURE – A Camera, A Young Woman, An Uncompromising Ethic, I spent about a year sending out query letters to several dozen agents and even a few publishers. It produced nothing but frustration.
Finally, last July I decided to self-publish an e-book and began investigating Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing. It was a learning curve, and still is, but I persevered. After a few false starts I have a Kindle e-book. I took it a step further and use Amazon’s CreateSpace and published the novel in paperback.
Have these ventures produced any results in regard to sales? No, but at least people have the opportunity to purchase it. I mean I couldn’t just abandon it, could I? Well, could I?
I also have control – to change the price, revise the manuscript, or enhance the cover.
What difference does it make to control the price of your book when no one’s buying it, you ask? Good point. Let me think on it.
Okay, if nothing else you’ll at least agree I’m moving forward. I’m learning skills and acquiring knowledge that might come in handy, maybe, sometime, perhaps.
You’re not going to give me a break, are you?
Well, if you think that was delusional, I’ve now gone ahead and e-published both FOREST – Love, Loss, Legend and The BIG PICTURE – A Camera, A Young Woman, An Uncompromising Ethic with Smashwords.
Why? Because Smashwords makes my work available in more formats. Has that helped sales? Not yet, but – okay, no.
But there’s another reason. I watched An Introduction to E-Book Publishing by Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords, on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khM4czIJUVM and besides some real good advice, I liked him. I mean, he actually tells you it is very unlikely your book will sell, and furthermore don’t borrow money, and don’t go in debt to publish your book.
This is so counterintuitive to what everyone else on the internet promises you I was immediately endeared to the guy. Mark’s not selling some magic formula that if properly brewed will result in success. Mark says you likely won’t have success but hey, you don’t have to spend any money to find that out.
What Mark does say is everyone should have the right and the ability to publish an e-book and he gives you that opportunity. Well, so does Amazon, but I’ve never heard them put it quite that way.
So now you can obtain The BIG PICTURE and FOREST from both Amazon and Smashwords. And if you send me an e-mail before February 28, 2015 I’ll send you the Smashwords coupon codes so you can enter them and download these novels free.
Lets forget about sales, okay, and try for readers.
My new novels, FOREST – Love, Loss, Legend and The BIG PICTURE – A Camera, A Young Woman, An Uncompromising Ethic (now in paperback) are available on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003DS6LEU and at https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/raglin
Read Reviews https://readersfavorite.com:book-review:39014
Visit my publisher’s website for excerpts from, and buy links to, my three novels, Spirit Bear, Eagleridge Bluffs, and Not Wonder More – Mad Maggie and the Mystery of the Ancients. http://www.devinedestinies.com/?route=product%2Fauthor&author_id=92
More of my original photographs can be viewed, purchased, and shipped to you as GREETING CARDS; matted, laminated, mounted, framed, or canvas PRINTS; and POSTERS. Go to: http://www.redbubble.com/people/rodraglin
View my flickr photostream at https://www.flickr.com/photos/78791029@N04/
Or, My YouTube channel if you prefer photo videos accompanied by classical music