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  1. Easton_Livingston

    Book Cover-when's

    Thank you. All glory to God who led me to my designers and illustrators. They rock the house.
  2. Well, that's an interesting opinion but it's myth that really needs to be crushed. This cover didn't take eight weeks to create. Nowhere near. If a cover takes eight weeks to create, I'm trashing that designer immediately and hiring someone else. No way that should be the case.
  3. Easton_Livingston

    10 Things To Stop Doing To Yourself As A Writer

    True and in that case, he wasn't being dismissive as much as he was being critical as you mention later in your response. When you're not a writer or a reader, you cannot expect everyone to understand what you're trying to get across. Some get it. Some don't. But what I wouldn't do is write because of one person's critique, especially if: 1. They don't read much or, 2. Don't read the genre of material you write. If that's not the case then consider it but get more input. There is safety and wisdom in a multitude of counselors (Proverbs 11:14). God bless.
  4. Easton_Livingston

    Book Cover-when's

    Well, that depends. You can get a designer on Fiverr and I can suggest two good ones that I use. However, you still have to do the legwork in terms of picking the graphic for the cover and not everyone is good at that. If you want a custom cover designed, it may cost you upwards from $40 to $150. Double that if you go to other services like 99 Designs. Those of us that need illustrators because of the genre we write in may be looking at anywhere from $300 to $400 with the design. I have a separate illustrator and two designers. When it's all said and done, a cover can cost me about $250 to $300. But I'm a deal shopper because momma didn't raise no fool so again, you'll have to do the work to get decent quality. God bless.
  5. Easton_Livingston

    Book Cover-when's

    Wrong my brother from another mother of a different color. The following book covers cost me $5.00. One cost me $7.00. All on Fiverr. Just have to have an eye for things.
  6. Easton_Livingston

    Calling Independent Self-published Authors

    Hmm. I would need to see what you're speaking of in order to help. A screenshot would be good if you can attach one. The corkboard won't show the manuscript. The corkboard is good for timelines, scene organization, and outlines. In the first attachment graphic, I've given a view of my novel Blackson's Revenge set up in Scrivener. You'll see my binder is on the left and my text is on the right. I'm an outliner so all of my books are outlined before I write them which makes writing myself into a corner nonexistent. I write in Scrivener which is what I suggest you do. However, you can open up Word files in Scrivener if that's what you use. I've highlighted in my Binder on the left the first part of Chapter 3 which is what you see on the screen in the text area. The second graphic is a Corkboard view of Chapter 3. Notice that my Chapter 3 folder is highlighted. That's because that's where I create my outline. You don't necessarily need to do it here. You can create the document in the text window, switch to corkboard view, then right-click, Add > New Text. This adds a note card for that text where you can write whatever you want like what happens in the scene. It's just a personal preference that I do that in the folder. You can do the same thing for a short story. However, if you don't outline but are a pantser, then it would be more advantageous for you to simply open up the text are, add it in the Binder, and start writing. In the third graphic for my short story The Visitor (graphics 3 and 4), each scene has a title and a header. Scrivener will then create a corkboard card for each section automatically in the folder. Creating things in folders really helps with organization. Creating different scenes will help if you want to rearrange the scenes or cut and paste sections into different scenes. This is just golden when writing a novel. You may need to do this as well if you want to take your short stories and create one volume out of it (highly suggest you do that). Any other questions, let me know.
  7. Easton_Livingston

    Calling Independent Self-published Authors

    Thank you, my dear. Appreciate the love. Been busy with the first round of edits for my book as well as weekly sermon prep and ministry. I hop on occasionally but have to be selective to what I comment on since I'm a little windy on my responses and I want to try to help people. God bless.
  8. Easton_Livingston

    10 Things To Stop Doing To Yourself As A Writer

    Oh...this article is killer. Just fantastic. Thanks, Alley.
  9. Easton_Livingston

    10 Things To Stop Doing To Yourself As A Writer

    Then you have to make a decision. Is writing an actual calling for you or just a desire? Is this something you have to do or want to do? If it's a calling, then it boils down to how important is fulfilling it for God's glory in your life. It really is that simple. If not, then you can continue as you've been. Shouldn't be a problem. In terms of those who dismiss your writing yet you still want to have them around, the question remains: are they a help or hindrance overall in giving glory to God in your life? If they're dismissive about your writing, maybe it might be time to have a talk with them and tell them the importance of it and see how they respond. If they still respond negatively, don't speak to them about your writing. They will be a hindrance, at least in that area. Some people in our families are more of a hindrance than a help. We need to admit that if that so be the case. I'm not just talking about writing but in our calling as the people of God. It all goes back to that calling. Everyone is different and have different situations. We need to pray and evaluate. God's glory is at stake, not just how we feel about our living. It's not about us. It's about Christ. There is no compartmentalizing Him. Whether we eat or drink, we should have God's glory in mind (1 Corinthians 10:31). Make the decision and make sure you can live with it in truth and fidelity to Christ. If you can, then there's no problem. Keep on keepin on. God bless.
  10. Yeah. Not true. Urban fantasy: hot. Science fiction in many varied forms: hot. Paranormal/supernatural: good one as well The two genres she suggested are HIGHLY competitive and are glutted. It's fast reaching a saturation point. Plus, when running Bookbub ads or ads on other services, these are the more expensive ones. Plus, and more importantly, if you don't like the genre, it will show in your writing. Don't do it for that reason alone. Couple links that add more perspective from the self-published side of the fence: Which Self-Published Genres Sell the Most Books? Most Popular Book Genres What's Selling in Kindle Ebooks This one I have to wholeheartedly agree with. Learn AMS Ads and start experimenting with the platform. You can start off with as little as a dollar a day.
  11. Easton_Livingston

    Book Cover-when's

    I work on the cover before I start writing or during the editing phase. One reason is that it inspires me, especially if I like it. The other is that it will be done immediately when I get done with the edits of the book. No waiting. Straight to press. Also, I do not do my own covers. I HIGHLY recommend you save and get a cover designer unless you have a background in graphic design and book covers. It's so crucial to success. Bad covers can be changed but you don't want to come out of the box looking like, "Blah."
  12. Easton_Livingston

    Calling Independent Self-published Authors

    Glad it helped. As far as whether readers take a series seriously after a certain amount of books, it depends I believe on more than just one factor. How the cover looks and reviews will have more weight than if you have all of them out at the same time. You can a series out but if it looks like kaka, no one will buy it. Also, I don't ascribe to the idea that they need to be released at the same time. It's another one of those “it depends” situations but it's far better to release the book when it's done instead of waiting. Two reasons for this: 1. You can be building your mailing list with the first one in the series. The first book in a series is good for people to try out a new author and that is the best lead magnet you can have. 2. Build name recognition and discoverability. This can be on all the distributor platforms as well as advertising using Facebook ads and AMS ads (Amazon Marketing Services). Another possible one is you can start to receive page reads in KU (Kindle Unlimited). If you go exclusive with Amazon, you can begin to get page read income from those who download your book. The downside to that is that you won't be able to give it away as a lead magnet except for the five days that you're given in the Kindle Select program. I'd continue to do research and experiment. It's the only way you'll know what works for the kind of material you're writing. God bless.
  13. Easton_Livingston

    Calling Independent Self-published Authors

    The Mac version of Scrivener gets more love than the Windows version but only slightly. Some of the features on a Mac are a little more robust. But in all around, Scrivener just rocks. And the good thing about it as well is that it works with ProWriting Aid so there's no cutting and pasting. Just open up the Scrivener file and edit.
  14. Easton_Livingston

    Calling Independent Self-published Authors

    Welcome aboard Katherine. If you need any help or have questions, give a holler on this thread. Someone will get back to you. God bless.
  15. Easton_Livingston

    Writing/editing Software

    Createspace is good to have if you're looking for that extra format that people would want to have which in your case is a good thing because having a physical children's book is probably something that's needed in that genre. But I'm guessing at best there. Just seems that it should. Amazon, however, now has their own paperback print division. Not as robust as Createspace...yet. It's close though. Most sales are ebooks for most fiction generally for the self-published. The KDP Dashboard is pretty simple to use. Between that and D2D, you should have most of your distribution covered.
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