Capers #6: Addendum

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Blog entry by Mark Wilson posted 11-06-2015 09:18 AM 706 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I think I’m a damn good wordsmith, IMHO. Any ideas how I can put that talent to some lucrative use?

-- Mark

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#1 posted 11-06-2015 02:59 PM

Thanks for the photo journey, Mark!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 11-06-2015 11:42 PM

Hi Mark,

I am currently taking a series of creative writing/self publishing classes at the local art center. Happy to share what I have learned.

1. The Stephen Kings and J. K. Rowlings (wordsmiths who become wealthy off their work) are VERY few when compared to the vast number of writers in the world. Most writers do it for the love of writing not the money.

2. Getting a book deal from a major publishing house is harder than getting drafted to play in the NFL.

BUT NEVER FEAR, there are ways to get your words out there and maybe make a little pocket change.

A. Start small – submit an article/essay/short story to a small niche publication or a local weekly newspaper. You might not get paid for it but if readers like it you have a foot in the door to become a regular contributor or it might attract attention from a larger publisher who will pay.

B. Start your own blog – If you attract enough followers you can start selling advertising. If it becomes popular enough it might lead to a magazine or book deal.

C. Self publishing E-Books – easier than you think, but harder than it sounds. Yes there are websites that help you with format so your words do not download as a bunch of binary code symbols, but YOU are writer/editor/illustrator/publisher and one mistake can cause some disgruntled reader to post a scathing review that ruins your chances of achieving your dream. Also helps if you have several finished products available all at once so if the readers like the first book they do not have to wait a year to read the next one.

Good luck and keep us posted.


-- Leafherder

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#3 posted 11-07-2015 12:46 AM

OK, I stuck it out to the end. WHat did I win?
And My idea is …
“Don’t quit your day job”

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Mark Wilson

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#4 posted 11-07-2015 03:59 AM

But, did you enjoy looking at all that fabulous furniture? Point of fact: I didn’t intend to go live with #6. It was the beginning of a much lager rant that you’ll never see. I didn’t know it went until I got a comment notification from Lew. See, my computer locks up, sometimes, when I’m in the middle of something (such as, writing a Blog, Posting a Piece.) I thought that had happened. I closed and reopened LJs, and started over (with the one you’ll never see – I was unloading, on paper, so to speak (it’s sometimes therapeutic to do that). Ergo, my understanding was that #6 had gone to the cornfield.
Thanks for the advice, John. Look for a PM.
Joe, I have no “day job”.

-- Mark

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