Never was there a time in publishing history where independent publishing was such a viable business model for authors. We now have the power to take total control of our work, from the writing to the editing to the cover design to the marketing. It’s all right at our fingertips. But how is that translating in terms of cash? Moola? Lettuce? Scrilla? Greenbacks? Is anyone out there making any money? What are the numbers saying?
There are elements of myself that I like to keep under wraps and not expose to the general public. That’s just having discretion and being wise. But one of the things that some people would say is a bad move is the fact that I address topics that could potentially alienate readers. But I think you take that chance every time you post something unless you’re not saying much of anything of any real depth. This is one of those uncomfortable posts but necessary and relevant. And here…we…go!
There are some things that are essential for an independent publisher and writer. One of those things is having a web presence. When that goes to the dogs, everything is put on pause. I’m putting it mildly: it comes to a screeching halt. I recently experienced this and it was NOT something I want to go through again. Why have you not seen my posts on a regular basis? Why have there been no activity here at the website? Was I, like many others, here one day and gone the next because of a lack of commitment. Uh…no. Here’s what happened.
One of the things that I have been working on behind the scenes is book cover art for Blackson’s Revenge. Well…technically I’ve been giving input to my book cover artist as we’ve been going back and forth on how to make it look compelling. I’m excited with what he has put together so far. However, I’m getting ahead of myself.
I said that I would chronicle my journey in creating the book cover for my novel and I like to be a man of my word. In the first part, I’ll reveal how I found a great book artist for reasonable fee. Well…reasonable to me anyway.
Well. Believe it or not, the 30-day challenge that I issued a while ago to not watch television has ended. I treated myself to watching BBC’s Sherlock, right after (great show). That was rather fast. I kept to my word and only watched 24 and actually missed watching that a couple of times and had to go back and watch the reruns on Hulu.
So what was the point of the whole challenge. Here are a couple of observations that I gleaned through that time.