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Old 01-13-2011, 08:16 PM
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Ever since I have started writing(about sixteen years old), I have dreamed of being published. I wrote on the first and second book of my trilogy and thought about what it could be. Now two years later, I am nineteen and I today my book is officially available for people to buy. I must say it is wonderful!

I dream of success and I absolutely fear failure. My dream of success is to first get published and for my book to do well(Not Harry potter well. that's almost impossible) I dream about what it would be like to have people all around like your book. I can't wait to see what it feels like because I have faith it will do well. I have faith that my friends will like it. Getting published means so much to me and I am constantly thinking about it. It is hard to believe sometimes, especially when i'm the website looking at it with a price on it and my name, I can only pray that more will come.

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Congratulations! Where can we see your book?
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Old 01-13-2011, 08:30 PM
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You can visit my website anthonysbluedestiny.weebly.com There is a link on there.
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Just a couple of thoughts...

Include a complete and usable link, maybe in your signature. You want to make it as easy as possible for people to find your book.

The link to Publish America that you have on your site doesn't work. At least, it didn't for me.

The book looks interesting. See if you can make it easier for people to find it. And again, congratulations.
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I will work on that, and thank you.
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thanks again. I fixed the link where it now works, and it takes you straight to it, making it easy.
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Congratulations! That's fantastic.
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PublishAmerica.

Ouch.
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I noticed that publishamerica didn't have a very good rating after I signed the contract, but they have done great so far. I have faith that everything will go just fine.
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I have to echo Mike on this one.

Ouch.

I hope for your sake that youŽll be the exception to the rule.
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I noticed that publishamerica didn't have a very good rating after I signed the contract, but they have done great so far. I have faith that everything will go just fine.
How many copies have you sold?

PA are an author mill who's business model suggests they'd rather have a million authors selling a dozen copies each than a dozen million-sellers. They have nasty, restictive contracts, they do nothing to promote their authors and they profit hugely from those either too desperate or too badly informed to look elsewhere. The time to do your research is before you sign a contract.
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Old 01-18-2011, 07:12 AM
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Isn't Publish America a self publishing platform? I've heard some horror stories about them advertising themselves as standard publishers and that thats how people get sucked in and end up disappointed. Because they sign up thinking they're getting the full deal.

But if people treat them the same as Createspace or Lulu, maybe there wouldnt be so many unhappy authors out there.

Seconded about doing your homework first. And if the company advertised honestly, everyone would be happy.

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What the fuck's with my sentences today? I cant think my way through one logically right now to save my life.
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Well it is as it is. I thought I understood the contract. I'll just have to act as if I did self publishing and promote my book myself. I've been doing quite a bit now.

My book has only been out for a week and a half. I do not know how many copies i've sold. I do know that I have about thirty friends from school who are interested in reading it. I'm sure they will like it and spread the word. I feel that even though i've not chosen the best publisher, everything will go just fine, as long as I do some promoting. I just need to find some new ways to promote.
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In college I wrote for the college paper and ten tears ago, for three years I wrote, part time, for a large city newspaper. I thought the ultimate recognition would be getting a book out there. I finally got a book offer and I met the publishing agent for lunch. As I sat down and looked across from her, just after the hello's were exchanged, I realized that just having somebody interested was recognition enough. I listened to her offer, but really wasn't interested. I even lost interest in the characters I was writing about.

It was just about that time that I was feature writer for a now defunct website. I had a marvelous three years there and I met some wonderful people. One of them help me set up a site at ASSTR. Today, six years later, I have a small, but dedicated fan club. It's all the recognition that I intrinsically need, although....

In late 2008, I very nearly sold two movie scripts. I now hunger to get several of my stories made into a movie. I'm probably going to have to win the megabucks to make it happen as I want complete creative and casting control.
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Thats really cool. I would love to have my story made into a movie. I hope that one day it will happen. Why did you just forget about your characters and your story?
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