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Burkion
May 10, 2012

by Fluffdaddy
crosspost question

Burkion posted:

So, I'm working on my first prose novel. I've written a few graphic novel scripts, and loads of comic scripts at this point, but this is my first full on novel, novel.

It's been going extremely smoothly I'm fairly happy to say. I started on it from scratch a little over two weeks ago- the Thursday after last, and I'd wager I'm about half way done, some 51,000 words or so.

I'm hopeful that I'll get this done maybe a little bit after the end of the month and then the editing can start.

What I'm curious about is, what are the benefits or issues with using CreateSpace to self publish? https://www.createspace.com/

It seems like a really good deal to go with, but I'm not sure if there's some hidden fees. I'm also curious if you can include illustrations within the pages of the book using it.

Worst comes to worst, I can always just use Kindle directly, and I was planning on doing both from the get go. Have the physical copy from Createspace be about 13 dollars, while the Kindle version is 6, for those that really want a physical copy.

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Burkion
May 10, 2012

by Fluffdaddy
Do you use Createspace for the paperbacks?

What genre do you write also, if you don't mind me asking

Burkion
May 10, 2012

by Fluffdaddy

freebooter posted:

Most of you are Americans so you wouldn't be dumb enough to do this in the first place, but here's some advice: don't do a book launch/free promo combination on Thanksgiving weekend...

Oh I am so sorry

Burkion
May 10, 2012

by Fluffdaddy
The wider shot looks better, yeah. The blue fits better with flood, too

Burkion
May 10, 2012

by Fluffdaddy
Feed, that looks amazing man. I'd be all over that book.

I'm presently working on a book I hope to get traditionally published and one for Self Publishing, later in January.

Marketing is just not something I'm looking forward to considering

Burkion
May 10, 2012

by Fluffdaddy
They wouldn't care either way.

it's why you can have a McDonald or whatever

Burkion
May 10, 2012

by Fluffdaddy
Boy am I going to be paying attention to this while I figure out how marketing with very little money is going to work

Burkion
May 10, 2012

by Fluffdaddy
My sci-fi novel Charred is nearly complete. I'd say I'm maybe 95% away from my final, publishable draft. Just one last editing pass and phrase usage to work through.

So now focus is starting to shift to the more cosmetic stuff. If we end up self publishing, which is always an option, this is the rough draft of the cover we're thinking about using.



Thoughts?

Burkion
May 10, 2012

by Fluffdaddy

ketchup vs catsup posted:

is it...supposed to look like an MS Paint?

Rough draft, remember. We're just getting the general idea across before going into it.

Burkion
May 10, 2012

by Fluffdaddy

ketchup vs catsup posted:

What critique are you looking for? This could work, if the foreground + dude is a lot clearer, and....everything else is a lot clearer too.

What's the dude supposed to be doing? knocking on an invisible wall? getting real mad at something many stories tall?

maybe if you gave us a sense of what the story is about it would help.

This is already helpful as is, but the general intent is to evoke the poster of a 1950s sci-fi/monster movie. Dude in a burning forest, staring up at a menacing titan.

quote:

incidentally, you mention the cover as cosmetic stuff, which it is, but I won't be the only person who'll tell you that unless people know your name/penname on sight, your cover is more important to selling your book than the words you've written.

Yeah though I can't sell something I haven't written. Don't misunderstand, I'm not saying a cover is less important, just that priority wise, I needed the story to be finished first. Actual work on getting this published is going to take almost as long as writing it did

Burkion
May 10, 2012

by Fluffdaddy
I really am going to have to get better at explaining myself some day.

Honestly part of it is I hold back too much because I can go overboard talking about poo poo and I don't want to bog you guys down. But yeah- Charred is straight up a 1950s sci-fi/giant monster novel. I'll just post the blurb that's, probably, going to be on the back of the book

Paul Wainwright is dying. Nearing thirty, heís got nothing to his name except a lung-cancer diagnosis, PTSD from the Korean War, and a one-way ticket to Point Hope, Alaska. Piloting for an oil-baron in middle of nowhere isnít the most exciting work, but thereís not much else for a war vet to do in 1956. At this point, good pay and companionship are about all he can ask for. Point Hope is supposed to have both. Instead, it has a sky full of foreign bombers, invaders from another world, and a dome that cuts the town off from the rest of the world.

The town he escaped to, seeking a new lease on life, instead offers only misery and certain death. The alien power that has ensnared them begins to unleash monsters and abominations, and Paul must choose what to do with his dwindling time and health. The end looms, and Paul alone will decide how he faces it.

Burkion
May 10, 2012

by Fluffdaddy
Cover update

Some details still need to be finessed and we're currently going back and forth on if one, both or neither arms should glow but

Burkion
May 10, 2012

by Fluffdaddy
So, a friend of mine recently put his first book out

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08C32KJL3/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+magpie+wizard&qid=1593566965&sr=8-1

I'm not the one who wrote it, but I was his sounding board for it enough that he put me first on the dedications page. This started out as a very bitter deconstruction of light novel romance bullshit that slowly evolved into something more sincere- partly because he didn't have the heart to be that mean the entire book.

It's the first novel he's ever finished and seen through multiple stages though, and if you want a weird fantasy romance kind of thing with a severe anime bullshit edge to it, eh. I could find worse.

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Burkion
May 10, 2012

by Fluffdaddy
Finished what I hope is my final draft on Charred. This last draft was just the most rote line editing you could do with very little fun things like additions or twisting stuff.

Hopefully that means that I'm done with it though. It's as done as I can get it, if nothing else. Passed it off to the editor and others

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