Smashwords

I Need A Bigger Foot….

I’m trying to buckle down and actually get my teeny tiny foot in the door of the publishing world. And when I say tiny, I mean tiny. I used to be a size 4 in kids, but when I bought shoes and sneakers a couple weeks ago, my feet shrunk to a size 2 in kids. Yeah.

Anyway, I was thinking of finally publishing something just to get my foot in the door. I think I’m going to publish just a short story or two (if the first one turns out well) instead of a full novel. I know you can set the price for something or free. Whenever I do this, I’m thinking of posting my first short story on there for free. Just so I can get the hang of things. I know nothing about business or marketing or advertising or money or…science, does that category count? See, I know nothing. Accounting! Accounting counts, right? Or would that count as money…? I’m getting off topic…

The whole point of this post is to ask for your help. I’ve looked at the Smashwords website. I’ve Googled it. The thing is, I’m not sure if half of the things I hear on Google are worthy enough to take in.

I’ve seen some blogs around WordPress talking about Smashwords and some people have some things published on there. If anyone has any information on it, any advice, please mention something on the Contact Me page of my blog. Or you could just post a comment on here if that’s easier.

Let me know your honest opinion: do you think Smashwords is good or bad? Do you have any advice for me? Do you have anything published on there? I’ve also looked into CreateSpace…if you know anything about that, that would be great, too. Which would you prefer?

I trust you guys more than Google, so any help is appreciated. Thank you in advance!

New Project

You Know, I Really Suck….

 

This is part of my problem. My problem being that I can never finish a writing project. Part of the reason as to why that is is because I get too distracted easily. I work on one idea, then think of something else, switch, and never get back to the old project. If you’re wondering what the other reasons are as to why I have this issue, I don’t know, yet. I’ll get back to you when I come up with some excuses.

While I was in school yesterday, not paying any attention to my health professor…or whatever class it was…I came up with a whole new writing project. I want to get published, sooner rather than later. However, a big wall is blocking me on account I don’t have the attention span to finish a novel and if I do finish it, I don’t edit it. So I came to an easy conclusion in the mean time.

To get my foot in my door along with a little experience, I decided that I am going to self-publish. But instead of self-publishing a novel, I’m going to do a book of short stories. I already have a couple whipped up…well, I have one at least. I’m pretty sure that I have another one. Unless that was an idea…that I never followed through with. Okay, before I go any further writing this post, please keep in mind that I had a long day of school and work and it is currently past 9pm. I am tired.

Continuing…I thought that I would create a bunch of short stories, throw them all together in a book, and self-publish it. Not only would it be easier to write, but it would be easier to edit. I wouldn’t have to worry too much about character development or plot thickers (“plot thickers…” I just made that up :D).

Now some of you might be thinking, “Wow, this kid’s really half-assing this whole writing thing.” I assure you that I am not. The reason I am doing this is as follows:

  1. Get my foot in the door – I can be recognized. People who actually buy the book will know who I am and can look me up. And hopefully they will check back to see if I’m coming out with anything new soon.
  2. Experience – I know absolutely nothing. About anything. If I self-publish, I will have that much more knowledge in what to do. I can self-publish other books and when I send manuscripts to publishing companies, they can see I already have stuff out and that would give me brownie points.
  3. I want to – I’ve been dying to get published for a long time and this just might be the key. Maybe this will be my final push to actually finish a novel. And in the meantime while I’m finishing those other novels, I can make a little extra income. My bank account is suffering because of school…but that’s another story for another day.

Those are the big reasons as to why I’m going to do this. I don’t know when this is going to happen because I still have to do a little research and actually write these short stories, but I’ll get to work on that as soon as possible. Also, I will still be writing A Job to Get Done in the meantime. I am not going to stop writing that as I work on these short stories. I don’t want to stop writing that story for another couple months and forget about it like I did over the summer.

I know of two self-publishing companies that seem popular: CreateSpace from Amazon and PubIt! from Barnes & Noble. I’ve heard more of CreateSpace, though. I am a part of NaNoWriMo and I know that’s what they use. So I’m going to do a lot of research on that. Once I figure out which self-publishing company to go with, I have to figure out everything else…and I mean everything else.

If anyone has any thoughts or comments on what I’m planning on doing, such as info on any of these self-publishing companies or tips, please shoot me an e-mail (rachelxspilledxink [at] yahoo [dot] com) or put it in the comments of this post. Any info/help I can get will be much appreciated. Wish me luck! 🙂