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Writers' Cafe / CreateSpace / IngramSpark question
« on: February 11, 2018, 03:50:33 AM »
I haven't done paperbacks yet, but I'm getting ready to for the series I'm working in now. There have been a few paperback threads lately, but none covered this question, so I thought I'd make a new topic to help with searchability.

If I go to CreateSpace and IngramSpark and get the paperbacks ready to go and try out the proof copies to make sure everything is okay, am I then able to wait a month or two until the e-book series is ready to go? Or is there a ticking clock/time limit on how much time can pass between making the paperback book and making it available for sale?

I ask because I heard a few people mention that, while they were waiting for their proof copies to arrive, other people purchased their paperbacks.

Bonus question: I've heard a few authors mention that they make their paperbacks available up to two weeks before the e-book editions to give their ARC readers a place to leave reviews. I'd like to do Liliana Hart-style rapid-release for the e-books, but is there a reason I shouldn't do the paperback editions as I finish each book? (I'm not sure there's an advantage to it, but it's a question I'm curious about.)

I'm one step closer to self-publishing. Last night I was setting up an account on Amazon to self-publish. It asks for the publisher/business name, but I haven't started that paperwork yet. If I were to self-publish a book now, it would show up as published by "Amazon Digital Services LLC", right? Otherwise, the publisher would show up as something like "Vale Publishing" (or whatever I name my business)?

Is it possible to publish an e-book on Amazon, then change the publisher without running into problems?

And while I'm getting advice and looking my options, it sounds like S-Corp is the winner. Is that right? I've heard people say it's so easy it isn't worth paying someone to help you file the paperwork: Get your EIN, file the C-Corp paperwork, within a month of that file the S-Corp paperwork, file a Doing Business As form, set up a business bank account. Is that right? Did I miss anything? Despite the assurances of friends who own their own businesses, none of them are authors. Unless it's overwhelming easy, I'll probably go and talk to an accountant, but I thought getting feedback might help me ask the right questions.

Writers' Cafe / Anyone know any good fantasy cover artists re: gryphons?
« on: October 12, 2017, 11:49:09 AM »
Does anyone know of a good cover artist who excels at gryphons?

I've been finishing a 5-book series to launch with the Liliana Nirvana method and I ran into a problem: the cover artist who had a track record with gryphon covers has run into medical problems that keep her from doing any art. (Well, she can do some art, but it'd be months per cover to avoid any risk for further damage. She's understandably concerned for her own well-being.) As much as I like her as a person, that doesn't really work if I want to release a series quickly.

I look through the stock art (with commercial licenses) options every now and then and haven't seen much in the way of gryphonsódragons are much more plentiful. I've immersed myself in DeviantArt and made a list of all the artists who were producing cover-grade gryphon artwork. Reaching out to each of them is my backup plan. I need at least five covers made, but the more I write in this world the more I'm having fun and finding new books I want to write in it. It'd be good to have an artist who could help if the series ran longer than 5.

If anyone has any suggestions on other places to look for artists, that'd be just as helpful. When I started writing this series I thought "oh, I know a cover artist who already handles gryphons for traditional and self-published authors and does a great job. I can worry about learning everything else about self-publishing and ignore covers for later," so I'm playing catch-up on learning about cover art.


I've been spending time familiarizing myself with the various subcategories on Amazon while finishing up a series and this seems like one of the better fits for what I'm writing. The category is: Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Dragons & Mythical Creatures and I was wondering if anyone had any experiences or insights with it? R. A. Salvatore and Anne McCaffrey seem to be holding most of the spots with their older books. It also seems to be a little heavier on dragons than mythical creatures, as the category suggests.

If it helps, the series I'm writing has sentient gryphons as the characters and no humans. It takes place in a world that's grounded in realism: except for the gryphons, every other plant/animal is based on existing plants/animals and there's no magic. While the scope and feel would make it most comfortable in high fantasy, a "mythical creatures" subcategory seems like a solid secondary-category fit for a series that could be summed up as "armies of gryphons at war in interesting ecosystems."

I think I'm just having a new author problem. Depending on my mood I have bouts of "but... it's reality+1, that +1 is gryphons, but that's a close match to some people's definitions of magical realism" or "it's probably more low fantasy since there's no magic and the only fantasy race is gryphons" or "what if that makes it sword and sorcery, except there are no swords or sorceries..." or... well, you don't need to hear my whining =] I'd just appreciate any insights.

Good morning!

I was reading through the history of literary publishing and the occasional offhand anti-Amazon remarks led me to search out the history of self-publishing. Many of the heroes of the self-publishing movement have commented on kboards at some time or another, so after a few years worth of Passive Voice articles I switched over to get a feel for what life was like here. Getting lost while researching is a big part of who I am. Speaking of who I am:

I spent a decade as a programmer before going back to school to get a degree in creative writing. I planned to go on to get an MFA, but every few years like clockwork something nearly kills me and it takes me a year to recover. This time around, I've spent that year writing genre fiction and reading nonfiction about publishing. I may end up as a programmer or an editor once I recover, but by the time the year is out I should have five books up for sale.

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