Is there a Bookrix member you admire…..or not? Now is your chance to write a fictional story about a prominent member in under 2000 words. Make him or her the protagonist of your story – naming names if you wish – but keeping your story kind, funny and imaginative. Any mean-spirited, hurtful or defamatory stories will be immediately eliminated. HAVE FUN WITH IT!
Enter your story on June 4, 2012 and be eligible to win a $100 Amazon gift card. There will only be one winner.
* You must be a member of THE COFFEE SHOP to enter the contest.
* You must be at least a “Penman” to enter
* You can submit only ONE entry
* Your entry must be NEW (created after April 1, 2012) and not a story that you have created previously on BookRix
* Your entry should be a complete finished story
* Your entry must be a maximum of 2000 words, not including title or cover.
* The book MUST have a cover
* Submit your story any time between June 4 – June 11, 2012. Contest submissions will be taken for only one week
* Any entry that does not adhere to these guidelines will be removed from the contest without warning.
There will be one winner, decided by three anonymous judges who are NOT members of Bookrix. This will ensure impartiality and fairness.
How to Enter the Contest
Link your story in the FAMOUS FOR A PAGE thread, which will be opened on June 4, 2012 in The Coffee Shop
Happy writing! We look forward to reading your entries.
The BookRix Team
In the last quarter of 2011, Kindle put up a mean fight and took names with their sales numbers. What happened between then and now is anybody’s guess. Apple has been flexing their iPad muscles for awhile now in an effort to dominate the tablet market. As a result, the iPad accounts for 68% of the tablet market, according to market-research performed by IDC. What’s the deal?
I read quite a few articles and blogs with similar sentiment: Apple beat out the Kindle Fire by a long shot. But then I saw this article by Jeff Bertolucci from PC World that offered a different perspective on Kindle’s sales numbers this quarter. Jeff says these numbers are “misleading” and that “many tech bloggers and journalists don’t understand the difference between “shipments” and “sales” of a product.” After reading his article and digging a little further, it makes more sense.
What are your thoughts?
Myth #10: Self publishing is for writers unable to get published through a traditional publishing house.
Truth: In earlier times, publishing houses had to compete against affluent, wealthy men who didn’t need the assistance of traditional publishers to to execute their work. In modern times, an unofficial policy has emerged. Most publishing houses refuse to take on a new author unless they have a large online presence (25k fans minimum). In the past, midlist criteria sales ranged between 10k – 20k. But these numbers are frowned upon by today’s big publishing houses. For this reason, many new self published authors are emerging.
Myth #9: Readers do not like to read self published books.
Truth: Readers like to read, plain and simple. But they expect quality work for what they pay for. Who can blame them? Whether you’re a fan of her work, or not, the success of self published authorAmanda Hocking is no laughing matter. Bottom line: If it’s well written and marketed properly, people will want to read your work.
Myth #8: Due to low production standards, readers can tell when a book is self published.
Truth: Unless you’re an expert in binding and laminating, readers will be none the wiser. Stick to covers and text that bear a resemblance to other books in your writing genre. Untrained eyes will never know (or care about) the difference.
Myth #7: Self Publishing is too expensive! Authors have to buy their books in bulk while paying upfront for publishing services.
Truth: A self published book should look good. By formatting your own work and designing your cover art (Photoshop and Illustrator are both helpful) writers can cut down on costs. An ISBN, EAN, Library of Congress number and bar code are all needed. These services are available through publishing companies for a fee. Instead of ordering books upfront, self publishing authors can opt to use Print on Demand and save! Some companies offer this service free with their publishing packages making it even more affordable.
Myth #6: Self Published books don’t get reviewed
Truth: Contrary to public opinion, self published books do get reviewed. Mostly, their reviews are via radio, local media, regional magazines, and on the internet.
Myth #5: Self-Publishing is expensive because you have to pay large setup fees
Truth: Some companies offer packages that include formatting, ISBN, EAN, LOC#, bar code, book cover, and distribution. Be aware of companies who offer a small set up fee that doesn’t include any real services.
Myth #4: The success of a self published author is dependent on their ability to self promote
Truth: Whether you publish through a traditional publishing house or opt for the independent route, promotion is required and it’s a lot of work. Unless you’re a celebrity with an existing fan base, you’ll need to work for it regardless of how you’ve published your work. Large publishing houses refuse to take on new writers unless they’re willing to promote themselves via book tours, media interviews, etc.
Myth #3: Self published authors have a disadvantage because there isn’t a quality control system in place
Truth: Yes, most self published authors are unknown. There are a few self publishing companies who insist on quality in editorial as well as production values. It is strongly encouraged that authors hold themselves to a higher standard in quality in order for potential readers to trust independent work.
Myth #2: Most self published authors are unable to sell their work at large chair bookstores, yet this is required to be successful.
Truth: In the past, book stores were essential. However the internet has changed the way consumers buy books. Recent polls have confirmed that 43% of consumers purchase their books online, yet only 32% of consumers shop at chain bookstores. The remaining 25% is scattered between independent bookstores, drug stores, specialty shops, etc. Online book purchasing has taken over.
Myth #1: Self publishing is for people who don’t want a career in writing
Truth: Authors published through a traditional publishing house face the same dilemma as any self published author. You’re only as good as your last book. If your work has not earned back its advance, chances are your publisher will chose not to publish your next book. Only 1-2% of all books published become bestsellers. Money normally comes in over time, rather than all at once up front. Self published authors can be successful if they continue to write quality work and promote themselves. Only the author can determine whether writing is a career for them. You’re in control of what you write, and when you stop writing.
For some of us, writing comes naturally. For others, it requires a bit more effort. Regardless of where you fall in this category, there is always room for improvement, right? Whether you should focus on grammar or character development, improve dialogue or strengthen your plot, the people in our Better Writers group want to help.
Check out 1st page critiques. In this thread, users can post the first page of the book they’re working on and receive quality feedback. Wendy aka, WritingMum, and Stacey Doss are the moderators for Better Writers and she, along with other group members, encourage BookRix members to share their work, ask questions, and participate in fun writing contests. So what are you waiting for? Check out Better Writers on BookRix and Facebook today!