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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Since I can't decide...

cj Sez: I guess one day the decision will be made for me. But in the meantime, because I'm thinking about self-publishing, I’ve been doing a lot of research on the subject. And boy, are there a lot of opinions and experiences.

   I’m going to take one of my short stories and try to format it to see if I really want to become an indie author. In case you didn’t know the difference between an “indie author” and an “indie publisher,” here are excerpts of an article defining the two:

An indie author is an author who maintains complete creative control by self-publishing his or her book through companies such as CreateSpace or Book Baby, both of whom offer editing, proofreading services-for-hire, along with cover and page design services or do-it-yourself templates.

   The indie author who uses one of the company’s ISBNs is not the publisher of record, although CreateSpace allows, with conditions, the author to use her/his own ISBN.

An indie publisher is someone who treats the book publishing project as a serious business and not just a hobby. The author is the CEO of his or her indie publishing company.

   Indie publishers know their name is their brand and want their name associated with a quality product. They know consumers will not accept shoddy product design.

A traditional publisher is any publisher—big or small—that agrees to publish a book on behalf of an author and to pay the costs for doing so.

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Congratulations to the finalists for the 2018 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction:

 Exposed by Lisa Scottoline
 Proof by C.E. Tobisman
 Testimony by Scott Turow

   The award was established in 2011 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of “To Kill A Mockingbird,” written by former Alabama law student, Harper Lee. The University of Alabama School of Law partnered with the ABA Journal to award the prize to a published work of fiction from the previous year that best demonstrates “the role of lawyers in society and their power to effect change.” 

   The inaugural prize went to John Grisham for his novel, The Confession.

   The 2018 award ceremony is scheduled to take place in late August during the Library of Congress National Book Festival

   And you have a chance to vote for your favorite.

  “Members of the public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite among the finalists on the ABA Journal website, and the winner of the public vote will be considered during the prize selection process.”

   The poll is going to remain open through June 30, so  To vote for one of the books, go here.

Okay, that’s it for this post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.


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The tension is high in this romantic thriller from Petterson. This is a great suspense novel with characters who are independent but learn to trust each other to survive.

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1 comment:

  1. Good info in the differences. Have you submitted a query to traditional publishers or focusing only on indie publishers for now?


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