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Question?

Do you have a burning question about writing but were afraid to ask or didn’t know anyone to ask? This Saturday, the fourth Saturday of every month, Seventh Wave Books sponsors the Author Help Line for this very reason. We are there to answer any of your questions about writing , publishing, and the answer to life itself. Yeah, the last one we’re a little shaky on.

Free. All you need to do is to email me at seventhwavebooks@gmail.com and I’ll send you the phone number to the conference call and the access pin to get join us. Again it’s free. How many truly free things are there left in the world?

Ask any question. There are no dumb questions. Seriously. And if you are looking for a publisher, join us and pitch to us over the phone. You never know what will happen. We are needing new authors and love working with first time ones. Ask Guy Gertsch and soon to be published Alicia Sheehy, both first time authors. We love first time authors.

And just to round out this blog… From the Business Insider via Publisher’s Weekly… Some interesting facts about Amazon.com you might not know….
1. Amazon.com was almost called Cadabra as in Abracadabra.
2. The name was chosen for two reasons… one the suggest scale- Earth’s biggest bookstore and back then websites were listed alphabetically.
3. Amazon’s warehouses have more square footage than 700 Madison Square Gardens and could hold more water than 10,000 Olympic pools.
4. The first book sold by Amazon.com was Fluid Concepts & Creative Analogies: Computer Models of Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought.
5. Amazon’s current logo was designed to depict a smile that goes from A to Z. “This signifies that the company is willing to deliver everything to everyone anywhere in the world.”
6. Amazon.com employees spend two days every two years working at the customer service desk, even the CEO.
7. Last year when Amazon website went down for 49 minutes, the company missed sales of nearly 5.7 million dollars.

Wow. Who knew? Anyway, join us at the Author’s Help Line this coming Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 11:00 am Central Time. All you need to do is email me at the above address and get the number and access pin. Free. Ask your questions. Bring it on.

Stay tuned.

Angela Abderhalden
Acquiring Editor, Seventh Wave Books, LLC
Author of the Mel Addison Mystery Series
http://www.seventhwavebooks.com
seventhwavebooks@gmail.com

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“No Pain, No Gain.”

It’s totally a cliché but true. I realized this when I was doing training for a new program at my mundane job today. At work, several of us are training to master a new program that will enhance customer service. The problem is that it is still in the beta stage and there are inevitably glitches and issues. We have to pinpoint them, figure out a way to fix them, work thru them and then move on to the next issue.

How like writing this is. Writing is part craft and part artist. The craft part can be taught. It can be learned. It can be fixed. All it takes is getting the proper training and practice. Think of the Olympic athletes. They didn’t just start in their sport and were great. It took hours of practice. Years of sweat. Pain and discouragement. This before they reached greatness.

With writers it is the same. Practice. Patience. Training. More writing. So do whatever you can to get training for your craft. Books. DVDs. Other writers. Writing groups. Critique groups. Online groups. School classes. Education. Writing conferences. Learn anyway and every way you can. Then practice. Practice and when you get the most discouraged… write some more. And then some more.

The artist part of writing can be taught but takes lots and lots of training and persistence. Some people just seem to be born with it and it comes naturally. Others struggle long and hard. Either way, again training and practice is the key.

So live by the cliché. Go for the pain. The gold. The published book.

Angela Abderhalden is the author of the Mel Addison Mystery Series and Acquiring Editor of Seventh Wave Books, LLC

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SOAP BOX ALERT! Pricing of books.

Okay today I’m going to step up on my soap box and rant a little. If you don’t want to read a rant, then you should probably skip this blog. What am I going to rant about? The price of e-books from the big publishers and others just really torques me off.

Here is what set me off. I’m currently reading several series of well known authors. As a Kindle lover, I prefer to read these books on my Kindle. Yes, I’ve converted from an ‘I love print books’ to an ‘I really like reading on my Kindle’. But it always bothers me the price that is being charged for the digital reading material.

For example, I started reading from Craig Johnson, the Walt Longmire Mystery Series. The cost of his e-books is $11.99 or more. The paperback, let me repeat that, the PAPERBACK version of the same books retail at $11.20 or more. $11.20! Less then the Kindle version!

Another example. I love Christopher Moore’s books. Love them. I have never laughed harder while reading a book. Seriously, read his stuff, you’ll be wetting your pants. However, I no longer buy them because the Kindle version is $9.99 and up. The print version is $10.19 and up. That’s only a 21 cent difference! Really. Really publisher?!

I haven’t read this one but I decided to find a best seller to see how they were priced. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James. The e-book version sells for $9.99. The print version is $9.57. Forty cents LESS then the Kindle version.

So you are probably wondering why I’m so incensed. I’ll tell you. The publishers are ripping off readers. Okay maybe ripping off is the wrong term. Fleecing would be a better term. Heres the reason.

The cost of print books is pretty high. The average small printer’s cost on a paper version (a 6×9 trade paperback book) is around $5.50. That what it costs to print an average book. The bigger publishers probably get a much better price than that. They still have to pay the author royalties, the distributor (middle man), then there is the percent off that the book seller’s take. Therefore for the medium to small printer in order to even break even the print books have to, HAVE to be priced at $12.99 and up. Again the bigger publishers can cut this price down a bit, but even for them there are still costs associated with the actual printing of a book.

Now the outrage and a secret the big publishers don’t want you to know. The price of a digital e-book is minimal. After converting the manuscript file to digital, using the same cover for the book (already paid for because of the print version), and uploading it to the Amazon website, the cost is substantially less. And there is no overhead! No printing, no shipping, no warehousing the books, no paying for book space at book stores (Yes, that does happen, people!), no middle man (besides Amazon, B&N, etc.)! Yet they are charging as much if not more for the e-book, in this case Kindle version, of the book. They are fleecing the e-book readers of money. Knowingly, even doing it with glee. The publishers are raking it in. In huge piles.

I was outraged when I started in this publishing venture. Why make the reader pay MORE to read it on an e-reader? Why? Because they can, that’s why! When Jason and I started our publishing business, Seventh Wave Books, LLC, we decided to keep the price as low as possible on both fronts. Yes, our print books are priced at $12.99 or more. They have to be for us to be able to pay our authors and still make a small, and I do mean small, profit (we’re talking around $1.00 for us, not the authors). And we pledge to keep our e-books at $4.99 or less. We still make a small profit on them and pay authors well (I do mean good). Yet, we are still keeping the price of books at a reasonable cost. That is the promise we make to you the reader. Give us a try.

In the meantime, I will not buy a Kindle book that is over $4.99. It just doesn’t happen for me. I refuse. I keep a close eye on my favorite authors and when a book is put on sale, $4.99 or less), I buy it. But until then… no way. I’ll keep my extra money, thank you.

Okay, so now that I ranted, I’m stepping down off my soap box. Thank you for listening. Stay tuned.

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Five Things To Be An Author

At my ‘mundane’ job yesterday, someone asked me how long I had been writing. I told them, with a smile, since I was in sixth grade. But I have been writing seriously since I was sixteen. I’m not about to tell you exactly (although I’m not afraid to tell my age normally), however rest assured it is over twenty years. Then they asked why I still do it. That got me thinking.

What things does a writer need to become an author? First, you ask what is the difference between an author and a writer? A writer is someone who writes. An author, in the strictest definition is a person who is published. I like the less strict definition of a writer who is serious about being published or is published.

So what does it take? From my experience it takes five things. One. It takes dedication. This is a dedication to learn the craft. Yes, writing is a never ending learning experience. No matter how good you are, whether you have published nothing or are a best selling, multi-published author, everyone is still learning. And writing has a very large learning curve until most people are ‘ready’ to be published. No, I’m not just talking about grammar and putting words together. I’m talking about finding your voice, finding your style. And making it the very best it can be. As with everyone else, I’m still learning and refining my craft. And I will be forever.

Two. It takes a thick skin. By this I mean you have to be able to take suggestions and rejection. Not everyone will like your work even if it’s the best it can be. And as you are learning and think that your ‘baby’ is ready for publication, you must be willing to hear that it is not. That it needs help and work. That it is not up to snuff. You must be able to take the rejection, digest it, and turn it into a positive. Trust me, not an easy thing to do. Sometime it’s merely looking at the work again immediately, rewriting and moving on. Sometimes is letting it sit for days or months then finally coming back to the work, realize that the critique was right, swallowing the hurt, rewriting and then moving on. (That is from personal experience. It once took me over six months to even reread comments from a very painful face-to-face meeting with an agent. But after a time I came to realize that she was right, as much as I didn’t want to admit it even that long after the meeting. Still, I swallowed the hurt, rewrote and now it is published.)

Three. Belief in yourself. You have to believe in yourself. If you know that your manuscript is the best it can be and you believe in the work with all of your heart, your enthusiasm will come through when you pitch to an agent, talk with a publisher, or on tour/presenting. This feeling is a deep set feeling that no one but you can develop. And with this belief comes confidence. And confidence will win the day.

Four. Persistence. This trait ties in with all of the above but is also separate by itself. Rejection. Rejection. Rejection. Yet you keep sending it out to get published. And while you are waiting for the next rejection, you start on the next manuscript. It is that feeling of stick-to-it-ness that all of the best writers have. You are there day after day, cranking out the words (in the best possible way) and sending out your babies to the world to get rejected. But one day, yes one day, it won’t be a rejection. It will be the coveted acceptance. Trust me it is worth the wait.

Five and last. Luck. As much as no writer likes to admit, luck does play a part in getting published. You have to be in the right place with the right manuscript with the agent/publisher in the right mood, and wham, you get published. Although hard work is a good provider of luck, it still plays a part. So go out and get lucky.

There are my thoughts about being an author. So what did I do tonight when I got home from my ‘mundane’ job… I wrote this blog, edited a short story that will take place between book one and book two of my Mel Addison mystery series books. These will be free. My gift to the world. Oh yeah, and I worked on a different mystery series book, not done yet. But I’m still cranking out words, rewriting and hopefully some day soon, it too will be ready for publication. Stay tuned.

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