Thursday, January 27, 2011

When One Question Gets Answered...

Another one pops up! I guess this is part of the learning curve that every new author/self publisher goes through. With all of these questions swirling through my mind, I am so grateful for the internet and the answers that I have been able to find out online, but I am still feeling like I need more. I know I am still early in respect to finishing my book, but I feel like I should be looking for critique partners, beta readers, ect. So for some of you that are getting close to the end of your books, I am willing to spend the time now to beta read and do an edit/review of your book if we can trade and you will do mine when it is done. There are a couple of authors that I follow who have a pretty good thing going with other authors and that is really what I want to create. A strong support group of other authors. And until we have a good base of fans to support us, we are all we have (well except for family, but mine's not really into writing, character development, and word count).

One thing that I have been wondering about is publishing on Amazon UK. How different is the process, copyrighting, ect? And is there an Australia Amazon? I know that the royalty in the UK is like 35%, but just thought I would throw out some questions while I was here.

Oh, and what do you guys think of my working title, Descended in Blood? It is a YA book about vampires, and the heroine is a half vampire. I don't know if the BLOOD part would be too off putting for the younger readers? It isn't so much a horror as it is a Paranormal Romance. Thoughts?

I have set up a schedule for my writing that allows me to have the first draft of the book completed by the end of March. My goal for today was to write 500 words, which I got in 600. I have set 5,000 words for my weekend goal. If I could get a few extra words in everyday, then I can start the editing process sooner.

Thank you all for stopping by. Your support means a lot!


  1. I'm pretty sure I just read (today, in fact) that Canada and the UK are at the 70% royalty threshold now. Here is a quick thing about the Canada increase. I actually got the information from a newsletter and got redirected to the terms and conditions. I read the UK thing in the TaC because it mentioned a few specific places that I will probably never located because I am terrible at geography.

    Though, I can't help you with the whole publishing via UK part, I know there are some steps like creating an author profile. My "learning plan" for tomorrow included looking into that :)

    J. E. Medrick

  2. Locate*. Curse this 1am sense of tense and blogspot's inability to edit comments!

  3. Hey, the Amazon UK thing is actually really straight forward. You need to take the extra step of setting up another amazon author central page for the UK and i have found it harder to tag books there for some reason. Other than that, most of it is automatic, or has been for me. Some of my books are selling pretty well there.

    Don't let the little details intimidate you, most of this stuff is a walk in the park.

    An E-Publisher's Manifesto

  4. Thanks for the link Medrick! Wow, I didn't even consider Camada. Do you have to create another author profile for Canada or just use the US one? I know you are close to finishing your book. Are you having any beta readers for it?

    Aaron~ Thanks for the info. I am glad the setup is that simple. Does it get more complicated with taxes and rights to publish over there?

  5. *Canada. That is what I get for blogging at work.

  6. I am with everyone else. It is easy when you upload your book and in the UK and Canada you will receive the full 70%. They will ask you questions such as, "Do you have world wide rights (yes) and would you like a 35% or 70% royalty (70% of course)?" When you upload to one you upload to all.

    If you want you can go ahead and sign up at Amazon's self publish site. You will be able to see all of the questions you will be asked and can enter preliminary information that you know will never change such as the name of the author and what percentage of the 'cut' you want. You can always edit it later and all they will do is save it as a draft.

    All you have to do is go to the bottom of the Amazon main page and find the link that says "Self-publish with Us." Then hit "Kindle Books" on the navigation bar to the left when the new page pops up. When the new page pops up you can sign up. This will also give you access to the boards for authors on the site.

  7. Angeline- I would be happy to be a 'reader' for you. Its funny that you mention it. I've been thinking about that all day, and how I need to find some readers of my own for the one I'm working on now. I don't want to give it out to just anyone. I want to know I value their opinion first, u know, but the list of friends/family I have that are into reading YA is slim to none. So I'd be happy to trade with you, if you want. Let me know. =)

  8. I have also been wondering about the UK thing, but just had gotten around to doing any actual research on it yet. Glad to hear it wasn't as complicated as I was fearing it would be.

    I questioned my title as well and actually changed it at about 20,000 words in because I thought it was too dark for the YA crowd, I also re-wrote the beginning of my book twice for the same reason.

    Thanks for asking me to be a Beta reader, I look forward to reading it and hope you like mine as well.

  9. Heather~ I completely understand your reservation about giving out your book to just anyone. I feel the same way. If we could get a group of at least a couple of people to review our books that we trust and support each other, we should be good! So, yes! I would love for us to be crit/beta partners ;) How far are you in your current WIP?

    Is Across the Galaxy YA?

    Megan~I have this first book, which is the first of a trilogy, and then the next book I am writing, which is a different world than my current wip, are both about vampires. The books have different mythologies and story lines, but both are YA vamp. Hope you like vampires ;) (I think you do because your next book is a vamp series right?).

    Here is my email:

  10. Oh and Megan, You should put somewhere on your cover for Released that is it an apocalyptic tale or a post apocalyptic(I am not sure where your story is exactly as I have yet to read it). I would think you would get more sales if you did this.