Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A New Day To Post

Yup, here it is Tuesday and I am posting, feels weird, but this will be the new norm. Although my sister hasn't totally recovered from your motorcycle accident on Easter, I still decided to go ahead and change the days I post since I had already announced that I would.

Yes, for those of you that didn't know, my sister, Toni, was in a motorcycle accident. She's okay, except for the fractured collarbone and sprang ankle, she is recovering. In fact she did attempt to go to work yesterday, but only made it through half the day. I personally can't believe she went to work at all. I know she's been in a lot of pain. But, one thing you can say about my sister, is she's tough and a trooper. Her motto is, "just rub a little dirt in it and call it good" yes, she's nuts!

Anyway, she plans to come over on Wednesday to work on the finishing touches on the book. We have done all the edits from Susan, our editor, and now we are adding the copyright page, and the 'about the authors' page. Along with those, we are adding a little 'Orb' in between the scenes instead of the asterisks.

I have decided to read through the book, from start to finish, and I have to say, this is a great story! I feel really good about it! I hope there are some of you that plan on purchasing the book because I can say you won't be disappointed. Not to toot my own horn, but I am very proud of it and believe that this series will turn out to be popular. That is, as long as those of you who like it, write a review for us and tell other's to check it out. I am thinking positive!

On Saturday we will be downloading the manuscript, along with the cover and map, to be formatted. We are also going to go through Createspace for the paperback. I hope that's the right decision for that. Amazon seems to support them, so I guess we will too. If you know of a better route for us to take for the paperback and printing, please feel free to clue me in. I am new at this and welcome any suggestions. I will investigate them. 

I guess after that, we are launching, so not much longer! Again, thanks to all of you who have been so supportive of me and my sister, and the book. You are all wonderful! I hope you don't mind writing a review, since that's the big thing now, and passing the word for other's to get the book. It would mean the world to us!

So, I guess, next week some time, we will be back on the novella. We are at chapter 7 and it's moving right along, too. Soon, it will be going to Susan and we will be working on Lore - Book 2 of the Lorn Prophecy. 

I hope you enjoy our series and the "side books" to our Djen world. Have a great week everyone and don't forget the drawing this week for the Starbucks gift card. I will announce the winner on Friday! Robin Calkins won the Kindle Fire on the fanpage and she should be getting it today. I hope she likes her kindle as much as I like mine!

My next post I will be talking about our little trip to a lawyer and the information we learned about copyright and LLC. I'm sure it will benefit some of you writers. We wouldn't have had to have a meeting with him except that I received a message from another writer who claimed we were stealing her work. Yes, this did happen, and we decided to cover our asses and find out what we needed to do to protect ourselves and the book. Interesting information. Until then, have a prosperous week!



See you on Friday! Lisa

21 comments:

  1. I think Createspace is probably a good way to go especially for a starter book. Minimal investment involved. Good luck with it.

    Glad your sister is doing okay. Could have been much worse.

    Lee
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  2. Yes it could have! It scares me that she rides, but hopefully now she will be extra cautious!

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  3. I'm glad Toni's doing better.

    Oh, I love the idea of an icon of an orb instead of ***! That's so creative. I've seen it (in hindsight) in other books, but I never would have thought of it myself. :) I can't wait to see the cover! :D

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    1. It looks great! Can't wait to show it off lol!

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  4. Wow Lisa,

    You really received a note from another writer about stelaing their work? That must have been a shock. I'll be interested to read what the lawyer had to say.

    I use Createspace and like them. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

    Sunni

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    2. Lisa,

      That is ridiculous! For one, you can't copyright book titles, so they are all fair game. And two, she isn't even published. She should never have made such a claim to start with. I'm glad she backed off. She needs to stop posting stuff like that for free, if she is planning on publishing her work. Someone, not as nice as you, could come along and take her story, if they know that. She wouldn't have a leg to stand on.

      Sunni

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  5. Lisa,

    Me again. I like the orb idea too. I have changed the asterisks in my other books. I used something that better reflected the theme of the stories.

    Glad your sister is better. I hope she is more cautious in the future. But sometimes other drivers do crazy unexpected things.

    Sunni

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  6. CreateSpace is a good way to go. Lightning Source is said to be of better quality (since I don't read print anymore, I couldn't say) and does hardcover books, but it's more costly (way more costly) and if you opt to do more than one binding, you need more than one interior and cover. As such, Lightning Source is not worth the effort unless you have a sizable publishing operation and there's a big demand for hardcovers. Me? I hated reading hardcovers. They're too rigid and ungainly. And HEAVY.

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    1. And that in no way means CreateSpace isn't high quality. It is very good quality from what I hear. I'll know more when I do my first two print books this summer.

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    2. Yeah, a friend of mine is using LS since he is only printing. His is non-fiction and he is doing hard covers. I'm doing only paperbacks and I agree, although I would like to have one for me and one for my sister that's in hardback, but no matter lol!

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    3. Ryan,

      FWIW, Createspace does excellent work. I have three books printed by them and I'm completely satsified with the quality.

      Sunni

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    4. Excellent to hear, Sunni. I look forward to doing my print books.

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  7. Love the Orb idea! Well done! Glad your sis is feeling better too! As I said, docs like to say that when your collarbone breaks that simply means it was doing its job! :> (A rather PAINFUL job, but supposedly keeping something worse from breaking!)

    Glad I heard about the copyright claim thing after it got resolved! Otherwise I woulda been worryin' along with ya!

    LLC is one way to go, but you might also want to consider Sole Proprietorship. The protection offered by LLC is actually pretty limited I think, and the chances of your needing that sort of protection for fantasy fiction seem pretty slim. Of course I'm about as much a lawyer as I am a Sumo Wrestler.....

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    Michael

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  8. Would it be sole proprietorship since there's 2 of us?

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    1. I know here in Alberta, anyway, we have sole proprietorships, partnerships (for 2+ people), and then corporations. I could be missing one or more legal business forms. I would think various states in the US would have something similar.

      I'd consult a lawyer and possibly a tax attorney to determine which road is the best way to go. There are certain tax implications of one form or the other. Since I'm just me, I've chosen a sole proprietorship. It means I include my publishing revenue as self-employment income on my tax return (and provided I make enough, on my US tax return, too; because I obviously can't just be taxed by my own government). That means my publishing revenue is only taxed once (or twice, if it gets taxed by the IRS, too). If I have a corporation, the corporation's income is taxed before it comes to me, and then taxed again as my income.

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  9. Every time I see the name of this post, I read "A New Way To Post."

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  10. That's because it's the title of my post, (see the top) anyway, we did talk to the lawyer about this and he never mentioned partnerships or anything. He said we sign up with the state for the LLC and we need to go through the Library of Congress for the copyright. I will mention this to my sister. Thanks Ryan!

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  11. But the name of the post is "A New DAY To Post" and I keep reading "A New WAY to Post." :D

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