Let's turn my book into print!
As an aside, I've dealt with the manic "almosts" of the industry - getting so close and falling on my face again with a screenplay in Hollywood, my first novel Artasium, a comedy pilot that was in the early stages of development, agencies and publishing houses that were interested but then the projects were shelved - I have been through it all. And I never gave up, not for a second. I have never stopped writing, I have sucked up all the tears and done it again and again and again. I can't even tell you if I've slept in the past decade because I am a big "I'll sleep when I'm dead" advocate.
Then, the landscape of writing changed. So much since I got in the game, it's barely recognizable. People self publish to e-books and then social media blab themselves around the cybersphere rather than collect paper rejection after paper rejection from the powers that be in literary houses.
After attempting this once I wrote my new novel Mascara, by putting it out on Kindle for one week, the response was overwhelming: "I want a print copy!"
At least a hundred people requested that this book be order-able in print. However, print costs aren't cheap and since e-book cover prices are only $2.99, of which I only see a percentage, I decided to crowdfund and get this thing printed! I am aiming to print the first 300 copies and anyone that donates $15 or more can have a signed original when the time comes. Please, if everyone that is behind Mascara donates even $2 and some change, we can make this happen.
In case you don't know what Mascara is, here is the formal description. Thank you all for stopping by and helping contribute, however small, to my dreams.
Meet MASCARA – which stands for Mara, Asher, Sue, Carmen, Amanda, Rachel and Adrianna, respectively. They are prep school Saint Lawrence Academy's elitist clique of girls who have everything. Literally, everything.
Members of MASCARA have their own app (built by Asher’s tech magnate father who built Sutherland Enterprises from the ground up). They each hold a chair position like Social Media Chair, Fashion Chair, Community Chair, or Beauty Chair to keep them abreast at monthly meetings of what’s trending before it’s even trending. Translation? They know all of the best clothes, accessories, products, apps and events before they're even out. They wear their signature cobalt blue mascara on a daily basis. They are the girls everyone at school wants to wake up and switch lives with.
Each year, MASCARA gives bids to incoming freshman to pledge for the upcoming vacancies left by graduating seniors. Girls know they've been picked if the cobalt blue mascara is taped to their locker. However, only girls blessed to have a first name starting with the letters in “MASCARA” are even given the chance. Pledging this clique is far from simple, rule-laden, and has seen a whole lot of awry-going – like using fake online dating profiles to flirt with the gym teacher or putting the school up for sale to the highest bidder.
This year, Jorie Carr, (attention-defecit, dreamer extraordinaire) who changed her name after a second grade bully couldn’t get enough of “Marjorie Carjorie,” and her best friend Abby Port enrolled in Saint Lawrence against all things logical and public school. Marjorie a.k.a. Jorie gets a bid (the cobalt blue mascara taped to her locker) and Abby doesn’t despite the fact that Abby was the one who told Jorie about it all in the first place. Life sure isn’t fair in high school and it gets a whole lot more unfair as pledging unravels.
Luckily, there are a few incentives to keep Jorie going. Namely, junior Derek Mackey. Oh, and the overwhelming desire to have hair like Asher Sutherland.
Explore Jorie's quirky look at pledging a high school sorority through the eyes of a self-conscious freshman who just so happens to have had the good fortune to become accepted by the most popular seniors. It'll leave you crushing on cobalt blue for always. #allblueeverything
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I am a professional Editor. Self publishing is the same as Vanity Press. That means that NO ONE will be buying your book unless you beg them to. It is the same as typesetting it on your PC and printing out copies-- only with binding. It's great that she is getting a book in print, but it teaches her NOTHING but how publishing REALLY works, or what it REALLY means to be an Author. ANY idiot can self publish. A REAL Author has been accepted by an Editor and had their work gone over with a fine tooth comb, THEN it has been MARKETED so that the writer can actually have lots of SALES. It costs as much as a house to get a book PROPERLY marketed & printed. This young lady should be reading a subscription to Writer's Digest, buying copies of books about submitting query letters, and then submitting her work to a REAL publisher-- like a PROFESSIONAL. Then, it can be Edited and Marketed so that lots of people can actually READ her book. The market is currently flooded with self published and "Indie Press" titles. Her book will drown in the flood, and she will only learn to become disillusioned. But why NOT submit to the trades? There is a LOT of total CRAP out there that is getting trade-published & sold. If she is even half-way decent, she CAN get properly published. The trick is to know WHO you are submitting to and how to write a good QUERY letter. If you honestly think that you are such a crappy writer that SP is the ONLY way you can get in print, then at least get a PROFESSIONAL Editor to fix up your work before printing it. (No, you can't hire me, but DO hire SOMEONE.) Take their criticism as Gospel and don't ignore it, no matter how it hurts your feelings.