An excellent post!
“I want to thank all of you who are doing these things, and especially those who are taking time to encourage authors not just by buying their books but by telling them how much those books meant to you. It makes a huge difference!”
It’s a dilemma that many in my circles are puzzling over: in today’s world, authors have nearly limitless creativity and research sources and opportunities to get their stories out to a wider audience…but fewer people are willing to pay for them.
I’m an administrator for a few dozen authors’ Facebook pages, and from time to time I glimpse notifications of another message with the same question, phrased in a few different ways: “Why is your book (or ebook) so expensive?”
If you’ve ever wondered that yourself—and I don’t blame you, because I did too before I started working in publishing—here are a few thoughts that authors probably want to say but feel they can’t, because it seems a little too direct, a little too self-serving (even though it really isn’t).
It’s the same reason restaurant owners can’t give you a free dinner: because that’s how they make a living. Sure…
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Patrick Hutchins is a Bequia photographer who owns the business Cloud Island Media. He’s been producing some great videos of Bequia lately and just posted this new one of Princess Margaret Beach …
And our house is in there – Twice!
Here’s the link to Cloud Island’s YouTube channel. Check out some of the other great videos posted here, and maybe even subscribe, if you like what you see! That way, you’ll receive a notice whenever Patrick posts a new video.
And you’ll be able to see for yourself this little island I’ve been writing about in my novels!
Today, the new print edition of One Woman’s Island, my latest Bequia Perspectives novel, is being promoted in Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore by Sally Cronin!
The first author with news Susan M. Toy and her book One Woman’s Island which is now in print. I can personally recommend One Woman’s Island as I enjoyed and reviewed last year.
Running away from Canada, Mariana hopes to forget a failed marriage and the death of her husband by embarking on a whole new life. She moves lock, stock, and two cats to the small Caribbean island of Bequia. But the move brings more than she could have imagined. New friends ask her to help solve a recent murder in the expat community. And then there’s the problem of her neighbours, a young woman and her children. Seemingly abandoned by family and friends, Mariana believes they need her help! By becoming involved, Mariana is carried along from wanting to simply “live with the locals” to being overwhelmed by their culture, one so vastly different to…
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I second that emotion, Kind Sir! For all the many reasons you’ve mentioned in this blog post, I agree, and am also happy to live with that stigma, because ultimately we are being true to ourselves. Thanks to Seumas Gallacher for this inspiring post, and congratulations as well on 10 years very well spent!
…it has been ten years, almost to the day, when this ol’ Scots Jurassic decided it was just ‘time to write that novel we all have in us’… what started as a personal ‘bucket list’ item evolved into an amazing scribbler’s journey, which sustains its magic for me to this day… I trudged the newbie author’s familiar road to literary destiny as so many, many others before me… letters to prospective agents and publishing houses… rejections by the sheaf-load… the first novel tentatively prodded onto Auntie Amazon Kindle… followed by the second, the third, and now #6 is Work-in-Progress… the realisation that the SOSYAL NETWURKS held the key to reaching out to a potential global readership… the building of a blog following… the learning curves (plural!) of proofreading, cover art, editing, pricing mechanisms… discovering various distribution channels… add in the continual scourge of piracy that criminally robs we…
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