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Old 09-25-2012, 06:32 AM   #1
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What am I? Crazy?

So I wrote the book, got it professionally edited, landed a Maddison Avenue agent. The agent pedaled it around for a year, got it as far as the Acquisitions Board at Thomas and Mercer (Amazon's new thriller imprint) who kept it for three months but ultimately passed. It's a great book, she kept telling me. It's just a lousy publishing environment. And yesterday I dumped her.

What am I, crazy?!

Well, I wanted to take back control of my work. For a year I felt like a passenger, feasting upon perodic bursts of good news, dieing every time I got bad news. So I've uploaded it to Amazon and Smashwords - and I feel really good about it. I feel as if I'm actually doing something now.

But you need to tell me - Am I crazy?

Stephen
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Old 09-25-2012, 08:45 AM   #2
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You were, but you seem to have regained your sanity now.
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Old 09-25-2012, 10:23 AM   #3
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Congratulations on your new release!

No, you're definitely not crazy.

But then again, I'm currently planning a few self-published releases myself, so consider the source.
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:45 PM   #4
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I have 3 self pub, and working on my fourth... so if your crazy, you have company here!
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Old 09-25-2012, 03:17 PM   #5
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So I wrote the book, got it professionally edited, landed a Maddison Avenue agent. The agent pedaled it around for a year, got it as far as the Acquisitions Board at Thomas and Mercer (Amazon's new thriller imprint) who kept it for three months but ultimately passed. It's a great book, she kept telling me. It's just a lousy publishing environment. And yesterday I dumped her.

What am I, crazy?!

Well, I wanted to take back control of my work. For a year I felt like a passenger, feasting upon perodic bursts of good news, dieing every time I got bad news. So I've uploaded it to Amazon and Smashwords - and I feel really good about it. I feel as if I'm actually doing something now.

But you need to tell me - Am I crazy?

Stephen
No.
You gave it a good shot. Now it is time to make some course corrections.
Good luck.
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Old 09-25-2012, 05:55 PM   #6
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^^ What he said ^^
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Old 09-25-2012, 06:07 PM   #7
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Hello! Yeh, I'm with Mr Ploppy. Good luck. I have two books out and I'm working on a third so you're not alone.
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Old 09-25-2012, 06:50 PM   #8
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No.
You gave it a good shot. Now it is time to make some course corrections.
Good luck.
I agree with SeaKing.

The first book you sell will be one more than you got going the traditional route.
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:04 AM   #9
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Thank you all for your good thoughts. I've sold about a dozen books and as you say, that's a dozen more than the agent sold.
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:24 AM   #10
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Crazy is doing the same thing over and over again, even past the point that it clearly doesn't work. So by that standard, you are definitely not crazy.
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:55 PM   #11
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If you are crazy, then you condemn many of us for few haven't been in the same place in one way or another.

The point is "treat setbacks as lessons and move forward."
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Old 09-28-2012, 04:54 PM   #12
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I cross Madison Ave every day on the way to work, and they are definitely the crazy ones. Congrats!

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Old 09-30-2012, 03:06 PM   #13
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I'm so glad you're selling on your own. After wading in the waters of the "real" publishers, I can't believe any new author would put up with all the crap. Self-publish, I say, and reap the rewards if your book is good.
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:56 PM   #14
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Would you mind linking us with, or, if you prefer PMing me with a link to your book on Amazon?
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Would you mind linking us with, or, if you prefer PMing me with a link to your book on Amazon?
He can not post a link to his own book in this forum, against the rules. But he can PM it to you...
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