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10/11/17 2:27 P

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I started a dog book. My neighbor gave me some animal books to read and I got a few idea and decided I would write a chapter about each dog I had and write it in the first person as if the dog was talking. I already have Hailey's chapter and I wrote a story about Kato a while back for a newspaper so will copy that one for the book. I had a lot of animals but they will not make 50,000 I don't think.

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10/9/17 10:39 A

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Good luck to you too.

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Ooh, yes, fingers crossed! I have two full manuscripts out there, too.



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10/6/17 10:44 A

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It was so nice years ago when they opened their doors to everyone. Now, they mostly take writers who have been published. Some will take beginners if they like the story.

Austin Macauley asked for full ms and sent reply they got it. Have to wait for 3 to 4 weeks for a reply while they read it. Fingers crossed.

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10/6/17 9:32 A

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Yeah, they want those gatekeepers.



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Oh ok. Didn't know that.

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You need an agent to publish with an Amazon imprint.



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10/2/17 10:42 A

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Abby, can you send the site for Amazon publishing, no self? Thanks. I might look into it.

I have given up hearing from the April publishers and agents.

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The romance genre is extremely popular with devout fans.



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There are lucky.

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ah, okay. though I do know my romance folks who have self published and ended on the USA Today list.



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Abby, I did not know about Amazon imprints.
So that is the confusion. I was talking about self-publishing with Amazon where I read they will not make the list. I read a lot of stuff on the web and it is confusing, so thanks for clearing it up.

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Manie, I have a hard time following what you post when I don't know the context or the date that it was posted on the web page. If you have three manuscripts lying around - why haven't you done anything with the first two while you're writing the third?

Also, when you say publish with Amazon, do you mean self-publishing or one of Amazon's imprints? Because they are two different worlds. If you self-publish, Amazon does not help you get into bookstores. I'm more iffy on the imprints - they most likely won't be in bookstores, but they can show up in Target or Wal-Mart.



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Looking through the Web I read where Amazon will get your books in stores but it will not get it on the best seller list. It was under an Amazon title talking about Amazon. When I look at these things I do not bookmark everything I read, only what I want. I always liked traditional publishing and it is the hardest I guess to break into.

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My guess on the send to publisher, agent and self publish different novels is a way of trying to play the odds so to speak. Maybe, though whether it accomplishes that goal is probably a different story. Having different stories as options, one might have a better land/sell. Having a self published might been seen as a starting point, a building up of a beginner platform.


Self publishing can be a great option but it's a lot of work. There is the before work with getting the draft as best as possible, editing and all of that jazz. Then formatting plus dealing with things like the cover. After it's published, the work is not over. To sell, you would have to handle the marketing and everything as well.

I don't know much about Amazon versus other venues though as far as self publishing is concerned.

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Abby, I scan the websites for stuff on writing and it came up and I read it. I don;t know where I saw it now as did not bookmark it.

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Abby, I will try and find it again. It was something on the net. You know those web sites that tell you how to publish, etc.

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Manie, where did you read that? and what was the purpose of doing it that way?



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I used to know a lot of editors when I was freelancing for the newspapers and magazines.

I read where you should send one story to a publisher, another to an agent and self publ the third.

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Amazon gives you the ability to make your book available to everyone (well, everyone who has an Amazon account). You are entirely responsible for the book itself - including the cover, content, format, etc.

If you use CreateSpace, I *believe* you can order a galley copy of your book before making it available. That way you can see how it looks in print and not be surprised by the formatting.

There are companies that will format it for you, either for a flat fee or for a percentage of your profits.

I will be doing this on the off-chance I don't sell to a publisher. Beforehand, though, I will hire an editor. I recommend anyone who self-publishes hire an editor. If you can't afford one, find a way. And I don't mean your English teacher best friend.




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Hi good to hear from you again.

Yes, I did not like the format either. I am writing agents and publishers instead. My first book was traditional with a publisher. That is the route I want to go again. The problem when I published my book back then publishers let you write to them and you did not need an agent like today.

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Have friend that used this. He was fairly happy with the process but not the format of the book itself. I purchased a printed copy, he was surprised at the format when I showed him. There was a time frame of some kind on the deal so he let is expire. He did rush to get it out. He was not happy with the work and was going to do some edits before moving forward again. Who knows, I may have a one of a kind.

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Has anyone done it? I understand they do not correct your work. You put it on and it is published as you put it.

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