Sunday, December 31, 2017

Publishing a book

Historical Photo:

You think the USA invades you privacy. The Pakistani Soldiers used circumcision to ID any Hindu during Bangladesh's war for independence in 1971. 

 Ok, tonight:

Since I brought up publishing I have received a few e-mails with questions. Instead of answering them in an e-mail I thought I would do it here.

First some explanations. I have bought very few books in a bookstore. I did buy my first REAL book “Executive Orders” at a discount store. I was nearing 60. Since then I have bought maybe 4 books at a book store, probably Books-a-Million.

Most of the books I have read since, over 1053, have been purchased over the internet or yardsales & used book stores. It is predicted that the brick and mortar stores are on the demise. I hate that, once my son’s second home was Books a Million. He seemed to live there.

Books at one time were printed by the hundreds, thousands if it was a known author. The books were shipped over the USA to book stores. If the books were not sold, the cover was torn off and returned to the publisher, where the store received credit for it. The book body was supposed to be sent to a land fill. Millions of books ARE/were destroyed.

BUT with today’s print machines paperbacks are printed on demand. My books are not in a book store. If you order one of my books the publisher will print one, it takes less than 5 minutes. In 6 minutes it is boxed and addressed and ready for UPS< FEDEX or USPS!

I am an oddity. I do not expect anything from my books. I want to be read. Truth is I earn less than 3 cents when a book is sold in the UK. Less if sold in Turkey or Germany. I do get a kick out of seeing a book sold overseas.

I believe all my e-books are 99 cents. That is as cheap as Kindle will let me go. This month my royalties were $7.50. I have also participated in Amazon and KIndle giveaways.

Sorry to take so long to get to the real part. But I will be back tomorrow to finish up. Thanks for your patience.

Simply stated It is very hard to reach a big name publisher. You must first hire an agent. The big publishers do not accept a manuscript off the street, without an agent or you are kin to someone like Clancey or Stephen King.

Writing to me is a hobby. I used to tell stories in chalk to entertain. But with the loss of hearing, writing is the next thing to it.

Nite Shipslog



After 60, if you don't wake up aching in every joint ...

you're probably dead. 

However if you wake up in some joints you may wish you were dead!

                                                  1956 Desoto
                                             1951 Desoto
From Pauline's Facebook. Sherry called it to my attention. I love old cars.
Below is the above 1953 Desoto  once restored and customized. Impressive.




Paula said...

I love old cars too and always have wished I had one to drive around in on Sunday. one of the deacons at church has one and goes to car shows. Do you know the year model of the old one I posted? There seems to be a difference of opinion in the comments. Happy New Year to you and Sherry.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Wishing you many more happy times to write about in the New Year. Much happiness and joy to you both! Happy New Year!

Dar said...

Where did 2017 go? May you and Sherry have another exciting year together. You always make the best of each day, as it should be. We celebrated bringing in the new year with family, card games, football and meatloaf. Nothing could be finer.
love n' hugs from up north......just when I thought it might warm up, it's full of bitterness outside. At present, minus-22. Brrrrrr HOWEVER, spring is coming in a few months. Happy Dance!

Glenda said...

Love that '56 Desoto! You must keep a record after reading a book if you know the number count? Oh my, that's discipline. At one time I had a spread sheet of my author's name and the titles read. But these days, I can go back and reread because my memory is such that I've forgotten the plot in most cases! Happy New Year!!!

Chatty Crone said...

Thank you again and I am copying this too.

And to you and Sherry:

“May you always be blessed with walls for the wind. A roof for the rain. A warm cup of tea by the fire. Laughter to cheer you. Those you love near you. And all that your heart might desire.”
—Irish Proverb

Mevely317 said...

While I love my e-reader, I'm saddened at the (predictable) demise of book stores. What?, are libraries next?

I've too many skeletons to consider writing my memoirs, but this is all good, relatable info for us commoners. :)


HAPPY NEW YEAR to one of my favorite writers.