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It’s Off To Press – Ockleberries to the Rescue…

September 12, 2014
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This afternoon I submitted my final proof read to my publisher for my children’s chapter book, Ockleberries to the Rescue. Later, I received word that it has been sent to press…I wait with feverish mind to see the finished product.

In the meantime I have been contemplating promotional display items for this book – I already have small animal figurines that light up & have sparkling globes for their bodies, but I wanted something special. I toyed with the idea of making a diorama and then something wonderful happened.

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A coincidence occurred that is one of those marvelous, magical meant to be miracles. I posted a sneak peek of the book’s cover (see left picture) on my face book page and almost instantly an acquaintance posted a picture of something in her store. (see right picture). She advised me this ornament just came in and I could not believe how similar it was to my sprite’s door. I will be collecting this masterpiece tomorrow. An extra treat is the little door opens! It is as though it was custom made for my book.

 

Ockleberries Cover

 

 

Sprite door

 

What coincidences have you experience in regards to your writing or novels?

Quotes:

We are continually shaped by the forces of coincidence.  Paul Aster

There is always room for coincidence.  Alva Noto

Coincidence is important, the convergence of different ideas. Dries van Noten

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Prompt – So let’s make coincidence the them of today’s prompt.

 

Pre-order here: http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/products/ockleberries-rescue

Self Publishing – Circumventing the Traditional Option..?

December 16, 2013
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Circumvent – definition: to avoid by artfulness or deception; avoid by anticipating or outwitting

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The argument of choosing traditional publishing versus self publishing continues to be discussed at length on many social media sites. The option to release your novel into the world without waiting months or even years for a traditional publishing house to pick it up, has revolutionized the authoring world  and our options within it. There are still pitfalls as well as concerns about the quality with self published works, but on the whole it is seen as a great opportunity by many struggling authors.

A twist in the tale is now emerging, where self published authors are being approached by the traditional houses – some accept, some do not. Again there are advantages and disadvantages – drastic reduction in royalties, publicity coverage, cover design,  prestigious outlets, contractual restrictions or conditions.

Even some famous authors  utilized the self publishing route, it is not a ‘new’ concept by any means.

  •  Mark TwainHuckleberry Finn
  •  John GrishamA Time to Kill
  •  L. Ron HubbardDianetics
  •  Irma RombauerThe Joy of Cooking
  •  Walt WhitmanLeaves of Grass
  •  Richard Paul EvansThe Christmas Box
  •  Jack Canfield and Mark Hensen,Chicken Soup for the Soul
  •  James RedfieldThe Celestine Prophecy
  •  Beatrix Potter, creator of the Peter Rabbit Classic Series.

Today’s indie authors have the added advantage of using technology to realize their publishing dreams and at a greatly reduced cost. There are numerous sites advertising publishing options and this is where care needs to be taken. Research each one thoroughly and get personal recommendations from other authors, not from the website! Unfortunately, some sites are preying on inexperienced authors and charging a great deal of money for ‘services’.  Always check http://www.sfwa.org/other-resources/for-authors/writer-beware/  they have a list that is constantly updated of sites to avoid.

How do you view self publishing?

What do you feel are the advantages for traditional versus self-publishing?

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/holly-robinson/should-you-self-publish-f_b_3721206.html

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