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Old 04-25-2017, 02:35 PM   #31
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Spoken like a writer, who knows how to edit, and has tried marketing.

I imagine an editor, who knows how to market, and has tried writing, might list them in a different order.....
You got me....

Though I do think that the fact that marketing is about enticing others to do things instead of doing them yourself makes it very different from both writing and edting.
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Old 04-25-2017, 02:43 PM   #32
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You got me....

Though I do think that the fact that marketing is about enticing others to do things instead of doing them yourself makes it very different from both writing and edting.
I don't know. A good part of marketing is writing compelling and persuasive copy, reports and/or proposals. I suspect a good number of marketing types consider "writing" a critical skill.

An editor needs to attract and/or deal with clients or employers, so there is an element of marketing there.

Only a "writer" of the most artsy-fartsy strata can truly ignore all elements of editing and marketing and leave that to "the little people," so I'd say "writer" is the odd man out....and that's only a small fraction of writers....most of us have to do some editing and marketing, too.

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Old 04-25-2017, 07:15 PM   #33
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My two cents.

I have rarely bought an ebook for more than $12 -- very few, by authors I knew, and titles I really wanted. Even so, over all the years I've been buying ebooks, it would still probably be less than ten books.

I buy (and enjoy) quite a few "Indies" (self published authors), but I don't think I've ever paid more than $2.99 for one. I might have bought a few that listed for more than that, but only if I could get them at Kobo (Smashwords will get you there) and had a high-value coupon (that I could get to work).

Finally -- and this might be just me -- book length matters. A 600 plus page ebook represents a huge commitment of my time. For a first-time Indie author, I think long and hard before downloading anything more than 200 pages.


All that aside, the ebook audience is pretty large and very diverse. Good luck!

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Old 04-27-2017, 03:48 AM   #34
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As far as hiring an editor, bills make it so I am barely living within my means. Not starving, but not able to afford the services of a professional editor. Lemurionís suggestion has really struck a cord in me. Iíve been told before that the best editors are people with fresh eyes to my work, but I never thought of changing my work to make it fresh for my eyes. Itís freaking brilliant, if that counts for anything.

As far as people asking me why I havenít posted an ad on Writerís Corner yet: 1. Need to figure out what I can offer as a trade for editing. This forum has proven that Iím way behind the learning-curve here tech-wise, since Iíve tried to read through other forums and have to google every other term I come across. So Iím having a hard time thinking of something to offer in return. I know in an earlier post I offered formatting, but now Iím taking that back. 2. I want to develop the skills necessary to edit my own work as much as I can first, so all an editor is doing is making suggestions, basically, not wasting their time with typos. I canít figure out what I need to learn if I donít know what is it I need to learn (anyone remember where thatís from in the Creative Writing curriculum?) So first I need to see how bad of a self-editor I am, then I can fill in the gaps with workshops (when I can afford them) and not be wasting my time (and money) relearning things I already know.

Also, thank you for the errors you pointed out. While you picked them out randomly, itís still a good start.
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Old 04-27-2017, 05:37 AM   #35
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