Episode-8 Newbie Writers Podcast! All About Publishing AGAIN!

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Hey here are the show notes to Episode 8- Publishing Part Deux!

Don’t forget our competition! Notes below this one!

Hey we have a permalink to the competition on the sidebar to the right. Can find it here:


Bit of a recap on last show.
Hard copy

The Traditional way:
Get an agent (time, about a year)
Agent shops manuscript (time, about a year)
Publishers buys the book (no you will not get a million dollar advance) And it will take about two more years to release the book.
No more guarantees of support, marketing or help
If your first books fails to earn back the advance, you may not get a second chance.
Average royalty is about $1.00 per hard copy book.

The new way:
POD – Print on Demand
Advantage is there is lower print cost, books are created as they are ordered – save trees!
POD is not necessarily Vanity press, rather a newer model that many different kinds of publishers are employing.
Simple but not necessarily easy
For fiction POD yourself or use Create Space.com

ISBN- What?

International Standard Book Number
For non fiction especially if you are doing your book as an extension of your work, become your own publisher and print with Lightening source.
You will need to go to Browker.com and buy ISBNs and then purchase the actual JPEG of the bar code for that number. Cost is about $175 or so.
And yes, bookstores will take your books, usually on consignment. But that’s pretty much what the deal is with “big” publishers anyway. If the books do not sell, the bookstore sends the books back – to everyone.

Use Smashwords.com to create your ebook format (free) and make sure you have a fabulous book cover – in ebooks, the cover (not the back) sells the book.
Pricing free to 12.99 for download. Depending on your strategy. Make more money per sale on e-books.

Competition Details:

‘Newbie Writers and Rainstorm Press have teamed up to offer the ultimate newbie experience!

We want to read about your worst nightmare! With Halloween still lingering creepily behind us, what a great chance to come up with a short scary story?! Take a dream you’ve had and turn it into a fictional horror story. One way to describe this contest is the idea that any experience can be turned into a story, so in this case, your worst nightmare can become your best story.  Send it to us! Catharine and Damien from the podcast will be the judges!

The best ten entries will be published in a collection by Rainstorm Press, with a copy going to each winning entrant. Current working title is “Newbie Nightmares.”

Out of the ten stories chosen, the top pick will not only be published in the collection but the author will receive the opportunity to submit a full length piece to have a novel published by Rainstorm Press. Final publication and publishing agreement will be at the discretion of Rainstorm Press.

This competition will run from the 10th of November 2011 to 10th of December 2011 with winners notified by email and posted up on www.newbiewriters.com on the 15th of December.

Entries need to be between 3,000 and 10,000 words and submitted in standard word document format. Please ensure the story is in the body of the email and not a file attachment. File attachments will be disregarded. Also ensure your name, the title of the story and the competition name are in the title and body of your email. This allows for better tracking of submissions for us.

Entrants must be previously unpublished (articles in magazines are okay) as we want to appeal to all those new writers out there. This could be your chance to have something published!

All submissions need to be mailed to competition@newbiewriters.com’

Terms and Conditions:

1. All entrants must be 18 years and over unless written consent is provided with submission from parent/guardian.
2. All works submitted will remain the ownership of the author and not Newbie Writers or Rainstorm Press. However, the ten (10) winners of the competition that will have their works collaborated and printed in the Anthology then become exclusive first time world rights for a year from publication date to Rainstorm Press. After that the rights move to non-exclusive rights. This will form part of an agreement contract issued to you upon being selected as one of the ten (10) by Rainstorm Press.
3. By submitting your work to this competition you are agreeing that the works are yours and original. Any copyright infringement will be solely the authors responsibility.
4. This competition contains no actual prize money, the prize(s) are in the form of a published works with each winning entrant receiving their own copy.
5. By submitting work to this competition, you agree that Newbie Writers and Rainstorm Press can use the submissions on their website to further promote not only future competitions but you as an author. If you do not wish for this work to be displayed on either site, then notify us via competition@newbiewriters.com
6. Each winning entry (10 total) will receive a contract from Rainstorm Press that will require your signature as a statement of agreement and to allow your works to be officially published.

*Bring Out Your Dead*
The Exhumation of Samantha Peterson
Samantha Peterson was the first body to be exhumed. The official cause of death was from natural causes, but the Peterson family didn’t accept the coroner’s explanation. In this day and age no one really dies from natural causes at the age of 52. They knew about Samantha’s secret experimental drug testing occupation and they had reason to believe the medication took her life.After six months of pleading their case to religious authorities and arguing through court spectacles, the Peterson family was granted full exhumation privileges. They were finally able to give their family closer once a private autopsy was conducted. No one expected what happen next.

Lyle Perez.

Writing Prompt:
(Even when away Catharine still comes up with the goods!)
What would you do with a gazillion dollars? (It used to be a billion dollars but we are accounting for inflation). This can be a list, a story, a cautionary tale.

Word of the Week from www.worldwidewords.org
This is another of that set of extroverted and fanciful words that originated in the fast-expanding United States of the nineteenth century. I see a snollygoster as a outsized individual with a carpetbag, flowered waistcoat, expansive demeanour and a large cigar. It actually refers to a shrewd, unprincipled person, especially a politician.

Where to contact us: podcast@newbiewriters.com


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