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Unconventional Sales

This is one of the lessons that I think propelled my career in the first place. Without the lessons I learned from other self-publishers, I doubt I would be in Barnes and Noble today. You must create unconventional sales if you want to make a living selling books.

This lesson is actually one that I took from my street life, which I think gives me a slight edge over today’s market. I have my license to sell or should I say hustle my books legally in NYC. This is a very humbling experience because people actually judge your book, your character, and your approach. These people are shopping and traveling, most of them not even readers and may never read the book, but they usually will support the hustle in you and purchase the book when you show passion. This is great because you not only keep 100%…

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The Struggle

Posted: July 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

The Struggle.

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Literary Agents

I think this is the biggest pitfall or set back that most self-published authors run into in their publishing process. That is why the first thing that I would say is to submit unfinished works to agents. That way you are not waisting time with a finished novel that could be self-published and bringing in a income as well as notoriety. Not to mention, once you do meet an agent, it will be easier to sell yourself if you are already selling without their help. Most agents will want to make the title that your working on with them your debut novel if you self-published before. This means no matter how many books you self-published, unless they became bestsellers off of merits, you will be new to the publishing world all over again. This means you may or may not want to consider using a pen name, and your agent may recommend using one.

We are all in the same barn,” James Lee Burke bestselling author of “Wayfaring Stranger” explains in his interview with “Poets & Writers” (July/August 2014).

In the end: the same bookstore, the same ebook platform, the same customers will see your book with or without an agent. Thats why I don’t think it’s important for the self-published to waist time looking for literary agents on completed manuscripts, but feel that writers write and shouldn’t focus all their energy on one title. Keep writing and query your stories as soon as you come up with enough to sell it, because after 70,000 words has been typed up, in my opinion, its time to get to the money.

Rumor has it that the Twilight Saga sold to an agent for $750,000 before she type half of the first draft. Just a thought!

I am looking for some feed back from some people who has dealt with agents, or some good/bad experiences submitting to agents. Do you think self-published authors should look for literary agents? What are some of the pros/cons self-published authors should be looking forward to embracing? I personally haven’t tried and would like to know if its worth adding to the slush piles?

Terrence LeRoy Baker 7-16-2014

 

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Even when I’m in pain,

Tears running from my eyes;

Tired of the world,

All of its wicked highs;

 

I’m terrified of everyone,

Every last thing;

When I’m tired of trying to control,

Whatever my future might bring;

 

I know that when the sun shines,

In on my face so bright;

That my angel will be holding me,

Holding on to me just right;

 

So that I feel the love he has,

Leaving his heart for me;

Lost in each others eyes,

Wondering how this love came to be;

 

I’ve never thought of a guy,

I don’t think you understand;

So much, all the time more,

Then you could stand;

 

Never has anyone,

Walked into my life;

Told me her belonged to me,

And that he divorced his wife;

 

Because he believes that a lifetime with me,

Is more that a dream;

Its reality.

 

Rachel A. Morrow

5/19/2014

 

 

 

 

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Marketing, Publicity, Promotion

20140418-105055.jpgMarketing, publicity, and promotion, is as vital to your books success as editing, and just like editing, there is a three step process and all steps are important to the whole completion of the novel. I haven’t covered editing in my lessons yet, and I will, but mostly because most writers learn early these stages: copy editing (grammatical), content editing (consistency), and book doctoring (beginning, middle, ending).

▪ Marketing is just that, putting your book on the market. Today the social media is the best most inexpensive way to market your book via word of mouth, and the social media alone has created some of today’s most successful artist and writers. When I first published “The Son of the Streets” in 2008, when there was no Face Book or Twitter presence. There was MySpace, Authors Den, and Goodreads. Thats it! Now you have tons of great social…

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  • I write on a Mac Book Air 11.
  • I usually carry my laptop with me everywhere I go, so having a small light weight Mac is ideal for me.
  • I play music usually on head phones off of my head; however, I frequently put them on when a song I like plays.
  • I am reading: Mastery by: Robert Greene; Another Country by: James Baldwin.
  • I read a little everyday, and my word goal is 2000 words a day when I am writing.
  • I keep a vision board and copies of my titles laying around for inspiration.

 

New York City

Posted: June 19, 2014 in Uncategorized
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ImageAs I walk these same streets I ask myself how am I going to make it in this jungle? Everyone looks at me like a homeless or none the less, not here. I wonder where these people sleep? What do they call home? How much a night do they pay to never own a piece of this never ending story? Then the question that haunts my dreams is will be able to earn my keep? Will I be strong enough to weather this storm? Will I figure this out? Yes!

Strolling through the mall and looks like “The Son of the Streets” is restocked! Come get one today!

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Howard did his thing #BBQCHICKEN #THESONOFTHESTREETS #alookinthemirror

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