Friday, August 24, 2012

Some Thoughts on Self-Publishing from Ashley S. Morgan Author of Torn

I invited Ashley S. Morgan to I Blog, You Read today because she made me curious about self-published authors. When I received her request for review she included a PDF of her book. When clicked to read it I couldn’t put the book down. I stayed up until three in the morning reading because it was entertaining. I had to find out why Tristan, one of her leads was in Isadora’s life. I was so into reading I forgot to respond to Ashley to let her know that I would review her book. Torn is an entertaining read that I think any YA reader could get into. So Ashley is ever so kindly going to give one Kindle version of Torn to a lucky reader.

Lets see what Ashley’s thoughts are on Self-publishing and don’t forget to enter giveaway below.

Some Thoughts on Self-Publishing
Traditional publishing is dead. In-house acquisitions editors, art departments, and marketing teams, all those mean-spirited and short-sighted cultural gatekeepers, have been ousted. The people’s choice once again reigns supreme.
This is what a lot of self-published authors will have you believe. Well, I’m not buying it. I’m by no means against self-publishing. In fact, I just self-published an ebook, Torn, in the Kindle store this past February. I didn’t even think about querying agents or sending this work to languish in the slush piles of major publishing houses. Why? Because I didn’t consider Torn to be the right kind of product for traditional publishing. Torn was written quickly. I set aside 6 hours a day for 32 days, and used those daily 6 hour chunks to pump out 2000 words. Some days I hit the magic word count number in two hours. Other days, it took the whole six hours. For me, Torn was not about creating a masterpiece. I took a lot of shortcuts. For instance, I would at times stop the narrative dead for a chunk of character description. And my characters, though somewhat fresh, were sketched in pretty broad strokes. Still, a couple of hundred people bought my work, and many of those people found Torn entertaining. I’ve had several bloggers review my work, and a lot of the response has been enthusiastic. Basically, the pluses of self-publishing have been getting direct and immediate reader response, and learning about cover design and self-promotion. I’ve also been able to get away with a trial-and-error approach that would not be open to me with a traditional publisher, and I’ve been able to go through this process without any major cost to my reputation or wallet.
So, those are the pluses. But anyone who tells you that self-publishing does away with the cultural gatekeepers doesn’t know what they’re talking about. Self-publishing, if anything, involves an even more rigid hierarchical structure than traditional publishing, and this hierarchy is not based on merit. There are a number of authors and bloggers who established a name for themselves right at the start of the self-publishing boom, and they now consider themselves the new gatekeepers. Also, the self-publishing chat rooms are ridiculous. There are people who see themselves as authorities and gatekeepers and feel they have a right to bully newcomers simply because they have been around longer. I’m sorry, but longevity doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with expertise. Also, when I set up my author Facebook page, I sent out a number of Friend requests, some to people who were just friends of friends. A few of these people, mostly authors and bloggers, were so jealous of their contacts that they actually reported me to Facebook for sending friend requests to people I didn’t know.
 As for quality, sure, there are some self-published works that are quite entertaining, but even the best of these products are comparably unpolished. I know a lot of people complain about the price of traditionally published works, but there’s a reason for that hefty price tag. Once manuscripts are acquired by a major publishing house, they go through a structural edit, a stylistic edit, a copyedit, and, sometimes, three rounds of proofreading. These works also get professionally typeset and the covers are designed by professional graphic artists. You can’t expect this kind of polish for a mere $2.99.
 So, my advice is this: if you want to put a light, entertaining piece of work out quickly, get an immediate response, and do everything yourself, self-publish your work. But if you’re going to spend three years writing a masterpiece, give it the respect it deserves, give yourself the respect you deserve, and send it to reputable agents. If it gets repeatedly rejected and you still think it’s an amazing piece of work, the self-publishing option is always there. But in that case, get ready to pay a hefty price for highly skilled editors and graphic designers, and be sure to attach a professional price to your professional product.
 That, anyway, is my two cents.

Isadora Rivers feels trapped. Her small town high school is suffocating her. Another day of wannabe gangsters, dumb jocks, and Barbie clones, and she'll just lose it. Her keen emotional sensitivity is to blame. She sees through all of the poser behavior to the pain and insecurity simmering just below the surface, and it's overwhelming. She feels like she's literally drowning in other people's emotions.

This same sensitivity, however, makes her a great actress. Suffocating or not, her high school is one of the top arts schools in the country. Acting is not only her passion, but it also looks like her way out. If she can just score the lead role in the school play, she might get herself noticed by a Hollywood agent. But she's got a strong reckless streak, and it keeps getting her in trouble and jeopardizing her chances.

Riding her bike at top speed, she swerves in front of a car and nearly gets hit. The driver, Tristan Blake, turns out to be the mysterious new boy at school. He's rebellious, broody, and wise beyond his years. He's also devastatingly gorgeous. From the moment their eyes meet, Isadora is irresistibly drawn to him. But as soon as he enters her life, things go horribly wrong. She begins having disturbing visions full of unimaginable glamour and unbearable darkness. He knows things about her he shouldn't. And he's somehow so familiar. As he at turns pulls her close, and then pushes her away, Isadora feels like her heart is being twisted and torn.

She soon discovers that her whole future is in jeopardy, and her only hope is to stay away from Tristan. But how can she turn away from the only boy she has ever loved? As a harrowing event looms closer, one that threatens to rip apart her psyche, Isadora must reach deep inside herself and find the strength to change her own destiny. But is she strong enough to do it?

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  • 13 years or older
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  2. I am currently reading Something Strange and Deadly, although It's slowly coming along. I like the story and the concept but it sometimes moves slowly. It could just be that im distracted though. :/


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