Sorry about the lack of posts lately—just
trying to squeeze out the last rays of summer. But post I must, because today
is the last Friday of the month, which makes it time to review my five year
goal (four years left). Thanks to MishaGericke
for putting this on each month.
My goal: To have a world-class
For only being a year into it, it’s
going very well. Ubooks are patent pending, we just signed three new
authors:Milo James Fowler (a collection
of flash fiction to be released in November), Rebekah Leder (author of The Farm—to
be released in December—a Laura Ingallsish middle grade collection about life
on a 1950’s farm), and Liz Daniels (author
of Garden House—to be released late December/January—a whimsical picture book
about a giant pumpkin turned playhouse). I’m super excited to be working with
these three amazing authors.
Also, expect to see some of my own
work over the next couple months: The Reader, The Writer, and The Open Book (a
short story trilogy to be released in October—a dark tale about a girl who can
read things to life and a boy just waiting to be read) and In Lord Shadow’s
House (to be released on Halloween—a short horror about getting what you wish
for). Both of these have been major works of love for me, so I’m super excited
to have them out there. In September I plan to get back to my regular blogging
schedule, and hunt down new work and new authors/illustrators/musicians. If you
have an amazing story and feel like saving me some time, you can submit it to
me at: email@example.com
. That’s about it for me; busy, but in a very, very good way. How about you?
Today is the first
Wednesday of the month, making it IWSG time. Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh and
co-hosts for putting this on each month. Today I’m in a new frontier. My writing
career up to this point hasbeen very whimsical
when the juices are flowing type of thing. Yes, I have regular writing hours,
but they're (often) interrupted by this thing called life. And that was okay.
Now I have deadlines and release dates for works other than my own and all
that has changed. Things need to get done.For the first time in my life I have a (sort-of) 9-5 type of job. And
it’s summer, and the kids want to live this thing called life with me. So, what
am I insecure about this month? My inability to balance it all. Any
*Hey, Everyone! Click
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submitting as a Ubook, email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m back. Last week I’d
planned on taking my computer on a much needed writer’s retreat. My goal:
finish the sixteen short story pieces for this October’s release of Sister’s
Grimm. But like everything in life, plans change. I left the computer at home.
It was a last second decision, but it was the right one. I’d told myself not
having WiFi would be enough to keep me focused on my work, but as the time drew
near for the trip, I realized that wasn’t entirely true. I could work on Ubooks
all day long without WiFi. So I left it home and brought a nature journal with
me instead. That’s actually how I started writing in the first place, so it
felt right, and it was. I jotted out the rest of the stories and had plenty of
time left to enjoy nature and some time with my son. Win. Win.
Also, today is the
last Friday of the month, which makes it time to review some goals. I’m part of
an initiative began by Misha Gericke, where you make a
long term goal (five years) and review how it’s going each month. My goal is to
have a world class publishing house. How’s it going? Very, very well. For years
I never solicited authors because I didn’t think I could give them anything
they couldn’t get for themselves. Let’s face it; an indie author can hire an
editor, cover designer, marketer and sell the book themselves. Why would they
need me taking a piece of their pie? I didn’t want to take on an author unless
I thought I could really be of use
to them. And now I can.
I truly believe they’re
going to be huge. Think about it: combining books with music, no limits on
backgrounds and fonts—and best yet—they’re free.
So what does this
have to do with my goal of having a world-class publishing house? Simple. No
one else is publishing Ubooks; they can’t; there’s a patent pending on them. While
they’ll never replace books—and I don’t want them to—they’re a creative new way
for author’s to reach their readers on a much deeper, more personal level, and
let’s face it; it’s another avenue for revenue. Early on when I came up with
this crazy thing, I decided to be generous, very generous. Authors will receive
40% gross on all monies received (from commercials). And if they come with a
cover, they will receive even more (5%). The only exceptions to this are
picture books. Author and illustrator will each get 25%. Why so generous, you
might ask? Simple. Author’s with something to gain will promote more. Another win/win.
Right now I’m looking at/for flash fiction and picture books. Later, when this
idea takes root, I’ll take on full length novels. If you’re interested, feel
free to submit your work to me email@example.com
. For some of you, I’ve been stalking your pieces, so don’t be surprised if I
email you in the next few months with an offer.
Nest week I’m
embarking on something I’ve wanted to do for years: a writer’s retreat—not a
thing to do but write—all meals made, no cleaning to do, just me and my
computer. But, there is a draw back—no WiFi—which means no post for next week.
Sorry about that that, but I hope to make up for it the week after with all the
details. Have any of you gone on a writer’s retreat before? The one I’m going
to isn’t as seclusive as I’d like; there’s still electricity and civilization
nearby, but since I write on a computer, those were compromises I had to make. For
those of you who’ve taken one, do you have any suggestions?
My work list:
I plan on finishing
my part of Sisters Grimm, a project I’m working on with my sister Emily White,
to be released in October. Also, I’m creating a short story trilogy Ubook: The
Reader, The Writer, and The Open Book, which I hope to release in September. There
is another project I’m procuring right now that I’m so excited about, but I don’t
think the contract will be finalized until after I get back, so I won’t be able
to work on that. L
But I will be thinking about it… I’ll pass on more details as soon as they’re
Also, thanks for all
the love concerning Jellyfish Jones. Your suggestions were great!
Today is the first Wednesday
of the month, which makes it IWSG time. Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh and
co-hosts for putting this on. If you’d like to join in the fun, you can, just
sign up here.
This month I’m doing
Camp NaNo, which has me insecure for about a million reasons. Because of
Ubooks, and editing work for others, I haven’t sat down and all-out written for
what seems like years (about 8 months, actually), so sitting down every day and
pumping out that word count is super intimidating for me. Thankfully Panera has
free coffee all this month—I’m going to need it!
Thanks everyone for
spreading the word about Jellyfish Jones! Here it is for those of you who
missed it last week, Black and White’s very first picture book Ubook:
Also, just wanted to
give a shout out to all the fellow authors for the IWSG Anthology; t was so great
being included in this amazing project with each and every one of you.
Because the kids are
off(and I’m killing myself with NaNo) I will only be posing once a week for the
months of July and August. Have a great weekend everyone!
It’s that time again—the
last Friday of the month, which makes it Five Year Goal review time.
Thanks to Misha Gericke for putting this on each month. If you feel
like joining us, you can; just sign uphere.
My goal is to have a
world-class publishing company, and since I’ve been at this for a while it’s more
like four year review time: 2020.
I know it’s a big
goal, but why not? Stranger things have happened. And it’s going well. Black
and White is publishing its first picture Ubook* next Wednesday, with more to follow.
I am actively seeking authors, so if you have a fantastic piece of flash you’d
like made into a Ubook*, email it to me firstname.lastname@example.org.
What will it look like for me to
publish my story as a Ubook? First, we’ll get you linked onto
our Youtube channel. Eventually, it’s our goal to set up a direct App for
people to access our Ubooks, but until then YouTube is how we're going. These
stories will be free for our readers to enjoy. I feel this is one of the great
advantages Ubooks has. People are used to getting their books for free between
Bookbub, Kindle First, etc. This mentality has made it very difficult for the
new author to break into the market. Ubooks are the solution. The books are
free, just as the reader has come to expect.If they're free, how do I get paid?Like Pandora is to
music, Ubooks are to books. A short commercial viewed at the beginning
of the video is how income is generated. More views, more income. The
sky's the limit. That's why social media and marketing are so important. How much do I get paid?Royalties will work like this: For picture books, the author will receive
25% gross of all royalties received; the illustrator will receive the
same. For works without illustrations, the author will receive 40% gross. How long does it
take to get my piece published? That depends. If
it’s a picture book, it may take a while—long enough for one of our
illustrators to complete the pictures. If it’s a standard piece of flash, then
it can be up and generating hits in as little as two weeks.