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Saturday
Apr282012

Write Out of Love, Not Out of Greed

An aspiring author emailed me to ask why I started my writing career as a co-writer? I believe their question was driven by greed, considering they continued by writing, "why not write by yourself and keep all the residuals?" The purpose of their curiosity saddened me. Needless to say, I replied in all honesty, "I am not in it for the money, I am in it for the enjoyment of creativity."

And that's the truth. Writing, as it turns out, isn't my day job. That said, James and I have a lifelong history of amazing summers together; a past that has birthed countless stories from our wild imaginations. I speak for the both of us when I say that we only became authors when the opportunity presented itself. Truth be told, our main reason was because it was a way for us to become close once again, by recounting and retaining our fond memories of childhood adventures.

The Crisis Trilogy is our first adventure together and it was a fun ride. But that trilogy was only the beginning. Last count, we had over twenty tales that could be laid out as one-offs or told over the course of several books. Shifters starts our next series and we've planned it as a duology. But who knows, it could end up lasting for years like Roger Vallon plans to do with the Kill Factor series. Regardless, we'll continue to explore new worlds of adventure as we craft these wonderful tales.

The point I am trying to make is that writing for us is now a true passion and labor of love. If you're becoming an author to jump on the Kindle bandwagon, thinking you'll be able to quit your dayjob, make millions, and sit on the beach the rest of your life, I think you've developed ill intentions. Write because you love to write and tell the tale. If you sell a million books along the way, I am very happy for you, you deserve it. But write out of love, not out of misguided greed.

Gordon out.

Wednesday
Feb012012

Does Amazon Kindle Ranking Affect Book Sales?

You bet your $0.99 book it does! With the creation of POD and eBook distribution companies like Lulu, CreateSpace, and Lightning Source (as well as Amazon's KDP platform and BN's Nook) the publishing floodgates have been opened wide, allowing anyone to turn author and make an extra dime selling their fiction and non-fictions works without seeking the traditional publishing route.

Therein lies the problem. EVERYONE is publishing a book nowadays (some great, many bad) which means readers must sift through thousands of books in order to find the ones they'll really enjoy. So, if you think writing a book, spitting out a print copy and slapping it on the KDP platform at amazon.com means automatic millionaire, think again. You're being tossed into the sea with every other author and you have to swim for the surface. Yes, there are the chosen few that have made it above water. So, what's their secret? The simple answer is: thousands of eyes on their books.

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