Did Not Expect Some Comments…
On the Great Publishing Challenge. It seems that writing and doing challenges on writing is popular, but not so much publishing. In fact, I got a number of comments about the fear involved.
And I know for a fact that the fear comes from myths. And the fear of what might happen if you did it wrong.
Well, you will do it wrong. I sure did when we started into indie publishing. I spent nine months putting up over 200 titles as fast as I could. I worked at it day and night. Mostly short stories, a few collections, some nonfiction, and a bunch of Kris’s novels and novellas.
I used Powerpoint for the covers, we did the best proofing ourselves that we could do, and we sucked at writing sales copy.
A year after I started that we hired Allyson and started WMG Publishing Inc. Her first task was to look at what I had done. After she spent a few days looking over the inventory at that point, her first comment was about how bad the covers were (most were, I’m afraid) and how we needed copyediting and better sales copy.
Shows how much courage she had to say that to me, huh? But I agreed with her. I knew that when I did the covers and sales copy, they didn’t have to be right, they had to be up.
I still think there are five or six of those original 200 books up in their original form because we either haven’t gotten to them yet, noticed them yet, or they are selling and you don’t fix what isn’t broken.
But thankfully I didn’t have the attitude I have been hearing in letters and sideways comments about this publishing challenge. If I had been afraid of doing something wrong, or of the learning curve, we would not be where we are today with over a thousand titles up.
And thankfully, I was past most of the myths. I had seen so many horrid covers over the years come out of traditional publishing, I knew I could do better and I did. Not much in some cases, but no one came and shot me because I had produced and published a few bad covers. Honestly, no one but Allyson even noticed.
And I had no fear of failing at all. Or people judging my work. I flat didn’t care and still don’t. So all the myths that swirl around that went right by me.
Two people reported to me today, plus another in the comments section yesterday, that they had mentioned the challenge on different sites and got the response that all books should be rewritten and have developmental editors and hired covers and all that would be expensive and take time.
In case you don’t see the connection, those excuses are fear of failing, and thus those writers who believe that will fail. Critical voice and stupidity always work well hand-in-hand to stop a career if the writer lets it.
So a couple things about the challenge.
— You can start at any time, but you must publish one book per month. Not six things and then nothing. One per month minimum. And one person signed up now isn’t starting until May.
The point for that rule is to help you schedule your publishing program around your writing.
— No one will be judging you on your covers or your sales copy besides readers buying your book or not buying it.
— The $600 fee is a no-lose fee. If something happens and you can’t get a book published in one month, you get the $600 in credit toward any workshop you want. And you can buy back into the challenge if you want (not with the credit) and keep going, start over.
— Having a minimum of twelve books (collection, novella, novel, or omnibus) for sale by this time in 2020 will be making you money and a complete win.
— The only way to follow my publishing thirty-six books fun is be on the Publishing Challenge. You can follow my writing over the year by being on the Novel Challenge. Even if you miss, you can still follow me for the entire year, no issue.
But what I keep pointing out more and more is the fact that if you succeed at this challenge, get past the learning curves, have the courage to put your work out for readers, not only will you get a lifetime subscription of your choice, but far, far more importantly, you will have at least twelve new IPs licensed and working for you, making you money from around the world.
And at least twelve new IP that will last for 70 years past your death.
But even if you don’t jump into any of the challenges as we go into this new decade, don’t let fear be the reason.
5 days until the new decade. Have courage in these upcoming years. And have fun.