Going indie? Consider costs

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For anyone considering indie publishing, cost is a question. Here’s anecdotal information from The Write Life by Dana Sitar. My informal conversations with friends confirm the cost ranges in the piece. Some have spent more because, frankly, they wanted books to hold in their hands. Before you take this route, ask yourself what your goals are. Then consider this article the beginning of your research.

How Much Does It Cost to Self-Publish a Book? 4 Authors Share Their Numbers.
http://thewritelife.com/cost-to-self-publish-a-book/#.xasvbo:BNcD

Learn from rejection

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Years ago I interviewed a woman who had an unusual part-time job. I wrote a query to a national magazine — just one — proposing a story. I got a note back that said no thanks this time, but send other story ideas in the future. I felt flattered, but let it go. I’ve never submitted to that publication again. Clearly I made a mistake that, according to poet and editor Kelli Russell Agodon, is typical of women.
Submit Like A Man: How Women Writers Can Become More Successful — Medium.
https://medium.com/@kelliagodon/submit-like-a-man-how-women-writers-can-become-more-successful-9031ffc6043a

Going to WaR

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I haven’t read this book, How to Read Like a Writer, but I think I’d like to. I belong to a Writers as Readers book club, and we’ve been together for a few years now. We “WaRriors” have been muddling along, mostly on instinct. Each of us picks books to read based on the kinds of things we’re working on. We don’t all like every book, but I think we have managed to learn from each other’s choices. I’m predjudiced, but I think it’s the best book club I’ve ever belonged to.

How to Read Like a Writer | Brain Pickings 
http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/08/31/how-to-read-like-a-writer/

Which route?

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I had dinner with some outstanding high school journalists last night. One of the graduating seniors plans to study creative writing in college. We talked briefly about indie versus traditional publishing. This is more background for her (and the rest of us) to consider.
Pros And Cons Of Being An Indie Author | The Creative Penn 
http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2015/05/22/pros-and-cons-indie-author/

Don’t lose your chocolate

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I don’t know how zen these five steps really are — unless it has to do with the way preparation can make you ready for the moment — but they are good tips. If you’re getting ready for JuNoWriMo, considr them. They could make all the difference. What’s chocolate got to do with it? Click the link to see.

The Zen of Organized Writing: 5 Steps You Can Take Today | Write to Done. 
http://writetodone.com/organized-writing/

“Murder, She Wrote”

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This semi-academic discussion about Agatha Christie and her detectives is a brief introduction to the mystery genre. By comparing Christie to her male contemporaries it outlines the broad distinctions between what have come to be called “cozies” and “hard boiled” mystery stories. I like the comparisons to Shakespeare’s plots. And I’ve heard a few people say Christie was the inspiration for Cabot Cove’s Jessica Fletcher (although there is an argument for P.D. James, too).

Miss Marple vs. the Mansplainers: Agatha Christie’s Feminist Detective Hero
http://electricliterature.com/miss-marple-vs-the-mansplainers-agatha-christies-feminist-detective-hero/

Alone

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Imagine being so isolated, you see no humans outside your family for 40 years. What would your life be like? This Smithsonian Magazine article tells a true story of such isolation. What an interesting premise for a piece of fiction. I can already imagine day-to-day interactions.

For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II | History | Smithsonian.
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/for-40-years-this-russian-family-was-cut-off-from-all-human-contact-unaware-of-world-war-ii-7354256/

More on marketing

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One of my favorite people, Terri Reid, writes paranormal mysteries. She’s incredibly generous to aspiring writers, sharing tips she’s learned about successful self-publishing at conferences. Her background is in marketing. Here’s a Forbe’s interview with another self-published author, Mark Dawson, who’s also done quite well with his marketing approach. Of course, it helps to have stories worth reading, too.

How This Self-Published Author Made $450,000: Part 2 – Forbes.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jaymcgregor/2015/05/12/how-this-self-published-author-made-450000-part-2/

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