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THWT Question for 06 NOV 2018

Here is the US Election Day Two Hundred Word Tuesday question:


Do you write full or part time and what are your plans for your future writing career?


And remember to GET OUT AND VOTE!

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Melodee’s Rules for Authors — Number One

Since we are starting over on a new website and blog, I decided to reset my Rules for Authors back to the beginning so as to keep things straight.

Please feel free to comment…I may or may not answer, but I do read every comment. I more or less have to since most are held for moderation to keep the spam level down to something manageable.

So, here we go!


Number One

Money Flows TO The Author


While most of the Rules for Authors are not in any particular order, this is number one for a reason: It is THE most important Rule and actually summarizes many of the other Rules into one easy to understand concept.

So, what does it mean?

Simply stated, the author should always be paid for their work and should never pay in order to create their work. See Rules Two, Three, and Four in particular.

As stated in Rule Number Four, if an author pays a “publisher” for editing, cover art, or anything else, you don’t have a publisher at all…you have a printer.

Think about it…

If you need some business cards, you go to a printer. They will, if you desire, create the artwork, layout, and other technical details for you, and then they will print, cut, and package your cards and ship them to you. You pay the printer for these services, and the printer deserves to be paid for these services. The only place they make any money is by providing those services to you.

A publisher makes their money by selling books. Editing (from acquisitions, to line, to content, and every other stage) is simply getting that product ready for market. The cover art is just marketing. These things are a normal part of the costs of doing business—just like the electric bill—for the publisher.

In other words, these costs are NOT the direct responsibility of the author.

Yes, I know…

The higher the costs of the publisher, the less they can afford to pay the author in terms of royalties, but this is another problem most writers have in their thought processes…an editor (or artist) working for a publisher can process more books for less money than can an independent contractor.

They also do a better job.

If you hire an editor to work on your book, they have a vested interest in saying everything is perfect. Why? Because you are paying them. The more you like them and the more they stroke your ego, the more likely you are to bring them more work in the future.

The publisher’s editors get paid no matter if you like them or not. They keep their job by editing books into something that will sell for the publisher, so they don’t care about your feelings.

And never lose sight of the fact that this is a business. We are all—authors, publishers, editors, artists, etc.—here to make money.

Oh, don’t give me that crap that you write for the joy of writing or that you want to change the world.

You’re going to starve to death with that attitude. Get over it.

Finally, changes in the industry have created a flood of “self published” works. In these cases, the author and the publisher may be the same person. That doesn’t change anything…when you are writing, you wear your author’s hat. When you are publishing, you put on the publisher’s hat. There are a ton of reasons to keep the roles separate, mostly financial…but a few will protect your sanity.

Remember that writing is a lot like sex…

At first you do it for a few close friends.

Then you do it because it’s fun.

But if you’re any good at all, you end up doing it for money.

Keep Loving!

THWT Question for 30 OCT 2018

Here is the Two Hundred Word Tuesday question for this week, and the first question on the new blog/website:

How soon after finishing one book/story do you start seriously working on the next?

Remember to try to answer in less than 200 words!

A New Website

Welcome to my new and (hopefully!) improved website!

The old site was a bit dated and had a few other issues, so as we were ditching Yahoo! (more on this a little later) as our hosting service it seemed like a good time to give the site a face lift.

The menu at the top of each page will let you easily navigate around the site. Simply use the pull-downs to get around.

Some old links in Twitter posts and emails may now be broken, but the full URL of http://www.melodeeaaron.com will always get you to the site. You can use the menus or even do a search of the site from there.

Not everything is done as of this writing…there are more Free Reads to be added (though there are 3 full novels there now) as well as a few other little things. It will also likely be next week before I get back to posting the THWT questions (on Tuesdays) and my Rules for Authors (on Fridays), so please be patient.

Also please note that even if you had an account on my old site, you will need to create a new account in order to post comments to my blog. Once you have created an account, you will be able to post comments, however, your first comment will be held for moderation. Once approved, you will be able to enter comments that will go live immediately.

To create your account, select USERS and then REGISTER from the menu. Other tabs under USERS can be used to manage your account.

Now, I promised you a little more about the split with Yahoo!

In a nutshell, Yahoo! is no longer a very good value. They charge more than twice as much for web hosting than most other providers, their software is typically 3-4 versions out of date (and so a HUGE security risk), and their customer service is all but non-existent. After careful review (we had been with Yahoo! for more than a decade) the decision was made to pull all of the nearly 5,000 web sites we had on Yahoo! hosts and move to a different provider. We will also be pulling almost 10,000 paid email accounts from Yahoo! as well. You might want to sell that stock now.

Sadly, this is a purely business decision based on costs, risks, and other such mundane factors. No matter what, it’s hard to just walk away from a relationship spanning that many years.

And in case you’re wondering, we are now using three different hosts for the varied websites. This particular site is being hosted by siteground.com and we are, so far, very pleased with the service and support.

So, there you have it!

Please check back often as the site is finalized. You may need to refresh your browser (CTRL+F5 on most systems) to get the latest version.

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