Earlier this year I posted about how I didn’t have the title for a certain WIP of mine. How I wondered how writers come up with their titles and so on. Well now the time is really upon me. My editor just handed me the last edits for my manuscript which is the third installation for my Jasper series. At this point there is still no title for it and to be honest I have not given it much thought. While people get stressed over this I am more wanting to get the story out from my brain and onto the paper. But now it is time to come up with the name for it. I guess it is now my turn to stress.
I been thinking of having a contest with this in mind. Though how someone can title a manuscript that they haven’t read could be interesting. I could give a short synopsis of the book and people can draw from that. I hadn’t expected this series to well turn into a series. And at the moment I have ideas for a fourth and fifth. May this help me to find titles for them or if nothing else not take so long to title it.
I have to date never done a contest when it has come to my writing. There are so many options out there. You can do one on your social platform which I have seen on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads just to name a few. Whoever comes up with the title I choose could either win a free book from the list of books I have written or I can write them in an upcoming book. What do you all think? Could this work? Or do I need to buckle down and figure this out on my own?
For starters I prefer a good book in my hands. I love feeling the pages, turning the actual pagers and inhaling it. When I am on vacation I will bring a couple of books and my tablet that has books on it. I do it for convenience. But that was back in the day when an ebook ranged from .99 to 4.99 max. Someone just now recommended I read the new book by Stephenie Meyer entitled “The Chemist” to which I happily went to Amazon to see how much it was. I’m a fan of hers.
To be honest my mouth dropped and stayed dropped for a few reasons. It is not out yet but I can preorder the print for a bit under 10 bucks. Cool. If I am the one who prefer to have it as an ebook I have to drop 14.99 and get this if I want the audio version I would have to drop a whopping 22 bucks to hear it.
I don’t care who you are, what you have written or how famous the author is, when your audio is 22 bucks there is something seriously wrong. I love Mrs. Meyers but just can’t no I won’t do it. And the thing is she is not alone. My favorite, Stephen King and by the way I am his number one fan, has ebooks that range in the teens. Needless to say I buy the print. Is this the price for convenience by making the price for an ebook more than the actual print?
A lot of people have told me that books will be a thing of the past soon with things going the digital route. I disagree there are still hard-core people who prefer a real book and with these prices I will be one for a long time. Especially when what they want for an ebook is the equivalence of a tank of gas.
Bad reviews comes from a few forms. One reason is it comes from a troll, two being someone who read it and just didn’t like it to three you read their book and you didn’t give them the review they wanted.
When my first book came out I did receive a bad review. Now I have read enough where it has been proven that having a bad review is a good thing. However this review came one day after the book was released and according to the site it had been a print book.
Last time I checked regular mail does not bring a book in one day. So I talked to Amazon and over the few following months they removed it, the person placed it again, Amazon removed it and so on. But finally it was taken care of.
But again having a bad review can be a good thing. How so? Well it is like a child being told they can’t do something and so they go about doing it around the parents back. When people seer a bad review or a low rating but yet all the other ratings are high it might make you take a chance on the book. I know that has worked for me anyway. Bottom line if nothing else it I a review which means it is getting noticed.
Look, I get it. A bad review is not fun to get but you know what every author deals with it even the authors who are well established. I have read a few books from best sellers to well know authors and they don’t always hit a home run.
And as a writer you must have a tough skin for not everyone is going to like what you write. It happens to the majority of writers if not all. The sooner you can accept it will happen the easier it will be. Spend your time and energy on your next novel.