I just found out today that my oldest granddaughter won her classroom spelling bee, yesterday. Yay! The word was “concrete”, and I’m sorta tickled. Who knows? Maybe she’ll be a writer some day. LOL.
On the writing front, I’m juggling two first drafts, and waiting for word from the publisher on Chucklers – Book 1. Until recently, I’ve been pushing mainly on End Point Pangaea, and pretty much ignoring Year 12. But considering how long it seems to take going through a publisher, I’ve decided to begin concentrating more on Year 12. Money’s getting too tight, and I’ve got to do something to get an income stream going. I’ve thought about my options, and since Y12 is going to be self-pubbed, it will take less time to get it edited, published, and start earning revenue.
So that’s taking most of my time now. I know I’ll be jumping back and forth at times between Y12 and EPP, but Y12 will have to be my main project for a while.
In addition, watch for a new short story out in the near future. In 2012, I had a short story published in an anthology called Explorers: Beyond the Horizon. That story was The Burning Land, and it was pretty well received. The rights to the story reverted back to me last year, and I’ve been toying with the idea of self-publishing it since that time.
Of course, the catch to self publishing is the fact that you have to pay for editing, formatting, and cover art on your own, then hope you make enough in sales to earn that investment back. Editing is usually the biggest cost, but this one was already edited before it went into the anthology. The second biggest cost is usually cover design. And in order to publish The Burning Land, I would have to invest money in a cover for it. And since it’s a short story, I wouldn’t feel right charging more than Amazon’s 99¢ minimum price.
Now, if you aren’t an author, you may not know this, but Amazon slants their percentages to encourage authors to charge $2.99 or more. The way it works is that an author charging $2.99 or more, gets to keep 70% of the money earned on the story. Anything below the $2.99 price point only earns 35%. AND they don’t allow you to charge less than 99¢ at all (with a very few, tricky exceptions).
So if I were to get a decent cover for this short story, it would likely cost me a couple of hundred dollars. Let’s call it $150, for now, just for giggles. If I charge the minimum of 99¢ for the story, for each copy sold, I get back 34¢. At that rate, I would have to sell nearly 450 copies just to break even, and since short stories by unknown authors don’t sell well to begin with, that would take more time than it’s really worth.
But last month I won a contest. The prize was a free cover by author and cover artist Denise Lhamon. Woohoo! And that means that I can afford to publish TBL after all. So while it won’t make me rich, by any means, it will mean at least a little money in the coffers while I continue working on the other books.
That’s all I have for now. Time to get back to work. So stay safe, and I’ll talk to you again next week.