The Self-Publishing Business Model

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In this post, I will discuss the self-publishing business model in general, and the different methods commonly seen in the process of publishing a book.  These steps can be described as being from the very simple and easy all the way up to the very advanced and troublesome, depending on the route that the publisher decides to go throughout the process.

I must also apologize for the infrequency of my posting of late.  Even more than a month out from The ...

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Review from Clandestine Sanctuary

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I have received another review, this time from Greyz Grismalt of the Clandestine Sanctuary.  You can find this review and others under the Novels tab or The Dying Times homepage, or read the newest one here:

Review by Greyz Grimalt from Clandestine Sanctuary.  Reviewer didn’t provide a star rating.

“The Dying Times: Nadene’s Story is the first book in The Survivor Chronicles series by Brian Kittrell, and I am super lucky ...

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The Dying Times – Press Release Issued for Free

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I wanted to spend a few moments talking about a website that I was told about called 24-7pressrelease.com.  I have issued my first press release (for free).  They have other paid options, but I won’t be getting into that until much closer to the time the book comes out.  Right now, just a little stir is plenty.  If I over-publicize right now, I run the risk of both burning myself out and the momentum ...

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First Two Sample Chapters from Book 2

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I have posted the first two sample chapters from The War of the Dead: Andy’s Story, the second book in The Survivor Chronicles series.  It can be found linked on the book’s official home page here.

I’ve had the distinct pleasure of reaching 250 pages so far on the second book.  Hopefully, it is as well received as the first book or even better!

The second book takes place beginning before the events in the first one, carries through those ...

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The Dying Times Cover Finalized

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This is an older article. Please refer to the newer stuff!

The Dying Times: Nadene’s Story has received its final cover design.  The only thing that will change at this point is if any further reviews come in that need to be added to the back cover.  I have included a 60%-size preview of the cover below.

It has been a long time in the making, but, finally, Nadene’s story shall be told to the world!  I am very pleased that ...

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Another Review in for The Dying Times

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This review is from Nickie Hopkins, an independent reviewer.  She said,
Unlike Stephen King or even Jack London, “Dying Times” was easier to follow, and yet at the same time, just as interesting. An excellent read.  If this book was a movie, I would be the first one in line to buy my ticket.
– Nickie Hopkins, Reviewer
Thanks, Nickie!  Glad to have positive reviews coming in!
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Indie Author, Self-Pub Group on Facebook

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This post is more or less to get the ball rolling and to further explain what this group is for, what the people in this group do, and why it might be of interest to others to look into it.  In this post, I do a little bit of Q&A about the general idea behind independent authorship and self-publishing.

– What is Independent Authorship and Self Publishing?

For anything to be considered and understood, it must first be ...

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Working on The Dying Times Cover

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Getting some work done on The Dying Times: Nadene’s Story‘s cover.  I’m thinking it’s not looking too bad.  It took a little bit of editing to get it whipped into shape.  All in all, I’m liking it.

This is, of course, a lower resolution version of the final cover.  Posting the actual one up on the website would burn way too much bandwidth.  Besides, the fine detail can be saved for the print version.

From left to right, back row:  John, Wayne, ...

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Late Nite Books paired with Lightning Source

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Late Nite Books is finally and officially a publisher, thanks to a partnership with Lightning Source, Inc., which is a part of the Ingram Content Group.

Ingram is revolutionizing the way content reaches its destination.  By being paired with Lightning Source, Late Nite Books titles appear in Books-in-Print from R.R. Bowker, the U.S. ISBN agency, and 30,000+ brick-and-mortar bookstores worldwide.

What does this mean, exactly?  I’m glad you asked…

In addition to being able ...

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Review from Author at Lighthouse Dreams

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Though certainly not the same genre of book, there are plenty of positive things said and a couple of things for me to work on before the final release in November.  Here are the reviewer’s words:

“This book shows definite potential to be a great novel.  It held my interest although it needs further development of the characters and dialogue.  Despite it’s flaws, it has good flow though it does suffer from some continuity problems.  I do appreciate the chance to ...

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The Dying Times receives 5 Star Review!

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My first novel, The Dying Times: Nadene’s Story, has received a five-star review from a professional reviewer.  This is great news!  The novel is due to be out by the last week in November, 2010.  The review should be placed in the October issue of the Midwest Book Review, and also posted on the reviewer’s blog, Whispering Winds Book Reviews.  Now, I’m just waiting on the cover art to be completed, and we’re in ...

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d10 Core – Second Edition, Sample of Chapter 2

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I have decided to upload the draft copy of Chapter 2 of the the d10 Core Roleplaying Game System Second Edition to the website in order to get some feedback.  I have had one brave soul give me some tips at RPG.net, but, alas, aid is not forthcoming.

This is in response to the weaker mechanics found in the first edition of the rule set, amongst other concerns, ...

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Minify – A great plugin

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I have been struggling for a week or two with how sluggish WordPress was running, so I started looking around the internet for solutions.  I went through everything – or so I thought.  I even started looking at other web hosts, thinking that iPage was the problem.  Well, I found a plugin called Minify that seems to be the answer to all of my prayers.

Let me start off by saying that ...

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SmartRoller Dice Probability Calculator (Free)

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I found a piece of software that is amazing and very useful for any aspiring roleplaying game designer or anyone checking out dice mechanics in existing roleplaying games (or in any dice system, for that matter).  That software is SmartRoller.  In this article, I will discuss briefly its features.  It’s also free to download, free to use, which is an even bigger, added bonus.

Since I am planning the redesign of the d10 Core Roleplaying Game System for ...

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