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Offline nigelw

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Eden Relics Published - Thanks to you all
« on: August 21, 2012, 12:48:37 PM »
I know this sounds like a plug, but can take this opportunity to thank everyone at mywriterscircle for all the help I've received over the last year or so. I originally wrote the book (EDEN RELICS) using Nick Daws "Write a Book in 30 days." (Sorry Nick if I got the title wrong). I found the book really helpful and did get the main body done in that time. It then took another year of editing to a point where I was happy enough with it to go ahead and publish. It's now on Amazon Kindle. Since I launched it on the 21st July I've had 920 downloads to date. So thanks again to you all. I also thought it only right to give a credit to the site in the Acknowledgments.
If anyone is wondering about the "Vanity Publishing" thing... I did get some seriously good feedback from a well known publisher who was initially interested in publishing the book. It didn't happen because it was considered to be too 'local' in terms of setting (it's an adventure set in Wales).  Nearly half the downloads came from the States.
I decided to go via Kindle and I have to say it has its advantages. One of these is the 70% royalty figure - where else will you get that if it sells?
Thanks again,
Nigel

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Re: Eden Relics Published - Thanks to you all
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2012, 12:55:49 PM »
Congrats Nigel -- nice to see some facts and figures regarding downloads. Go Wales! ;D ;D ;D

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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2012, 01:00:23 PM »
That's great Nigel! Congratulations.

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Re: Eden Relics Published - Thanks to you all
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2012, 03:17:46 PM »
Thanks to you both. I really do appreciate the help. The time you take to read and comment, and often rewrite for us, is pretty special. Where else would you get that.
I've been thinking about the traditional form of publishing and have accepted that it's not going to be for me. In the first instance, I don't like the idea of jumping through hoops. I'm crap at condensing a story to form a synopsis and that is a vital part of the process. I don't think my books will ever do anything other than entertain a certain group of people, but then isn't that what it's all about?
As a lecturer in fine art I have become jaded by the elitism of "High Art." It is such a fickle thing. Many of the leading artists have been extremely lucky to get where they are and the saturation of video art has caused a dreadful decline in the development of skills. Again, art is about the development of the whole person. It has been reduced to "one-trick ponies" making a fast buck from the grant establishment. This saddens me.
Writing is for everyone. We all have a story to tell and I think there's a place for us all. Most of us will never write a Best Seller or Literary classic but then does that really matter. As long as we enjoy it, write it to the best of our ability, and can find a platform for others to read it and enjoy, then isn't that just great? It's just about perfect for me.
Long live mywriterscircle.

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Re: Eden Relics Published - Thanks to you all
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2012, 03:34:13 PM »
 . . . on that note, I think it is brilliant the way writers can get a selection of ideas from those who post comments on their work. The feedback is often immediate, usually positive without being suck-arse and generously offered. The time it takes to read work, make a reply and try to offer an explanation for your ramblings in terms the OP will understand can be tricky.

Thankfully most members appreciate the reciprocal nature of the forum and soon learn an individual's critique shorthand and the things they give focus to -- if they read around the boards and pay attention to the work of others too. It's lovely when a thread goes slightly bonkers and there is banter -- it makes this place so human.

I'm glad you've found the niche that suits you Nigel - waiting is the hardest part of writing IMO and if you can get a well-written story out there for people to enjoy, happy days. It by-passes frustration and impatience nicely. If writing really is what people love to do then self-publishing [with the benefits it brings] shouldn't prevent them from simultaneously seeking recognition in traditional publishing . . . unless they are a one-trick pony with nothing left to offer after their great oeuvre has been completed. In the meanwhile, old and new stories/novels can be polished and put out there for your audience to appreciate.

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Re: Eden Relics Published - Thanks to you all
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2012, 08:31:13 PM »
920 downloads yet zero reviews  ???

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« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2012, 08:55:17 PM »
What's wrong with that -- if readers are buying them it doesn't mean they are also 'writers'. :)

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Re: Eden Relics Published - Thanks to you all
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2012, 05:49:22 AM »
Nigelw wrote:

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I've been thinking about the traditional form of publishing and have accepted that it's not going to be for me. In the first instance, I don't like the idea of jumping through hoops. I'm crap at condensing a story to form a synopsis and that is a vital part of the process. I don't think my books will ever do anything other than entertain a certain group of people, but then isn't that what it's all about?
As a lecturer in fine art I have become jaded by the elitism of "High Art." It is such a fickle thing. Many of the leading artists have been extremely lucky to get where they are and the saturation of video art has caused a dreadful decline in the development of skills. Again, art is about the development of the whole person. It has been reduced to "one-trick ponies" making a fast buck from the grant establishment. This saddens me.
Writing is for everyone. We all have a story to tell and I think there's a place for us all. Most of us will never write a Best Seller or Literary classic but then does that really matter. As long as we enjoy it, write it to the best of our ability, and can find a platform for others to read it and enjoy, then isn't that just great? It's just about perfect for me.

I like this and totally agree.  I would rather write and self publish what I want and feel and reach a small audience (which, in my case, is just as well at the mo, lol) than prostitute myself by cobbling together some vampire porn and appealing to the masses. I've always written because I enjoy it and feel I have something to say, rather than because I've got one eye on fame and fortune. Like yourself, I don't like jumping through hoops. Some people tell me I have a bad attitude in such respects, but I prefer to think of it as being true to myself. Hell, at the end of the day I look in the mirror and like what I see these days.

And well done on your 920 sales- I can only presently dream of such giddy heights. Is there anything particular you can share in regard to promotion?