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The Trials and Tribulations of Independent Publishing

At the urging of friends, I finally decided to get off my butt and publish the novel I had written for my MA in Jewish Studies. It is already up on Kindle (http://www.amazon.com/War-on-the-Margins/dp/B00137LZ4O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=digital-text&qid=1207923139&sr=1-1), and I am in the shaky position of publishing with BookSurge at a time when it is receiving more criticism than (fill in the name of a disgraced or inept politician here). I already tore some hair out last night when going over the phase three proofs; they had only corrected half of the errors I had pointed out in Phase 2, and inserted some of their own. What with their monopolistic ambitions to take over all POD, I feel as if I am working for Wal-Mart. I am also hearing about quality issues with their printing that are reminiscent of Wal-Mart as well. I'll keep you posted.

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Working for Wal-Mart

When I was in high school, I stumbled upon a great short novel written by a hydraulics MS student called First Intimate Encounter. The writer wrote and posted the novel section by section on his school BBS. It’s a love story set with a humorous underlining tone. It was an immediate hit among young adults and high schoolers who are desperately exploring the world of Internet. As the story progressed, the female lead was diagnosed with terminal disease and the story become grimmer and grimmer. Before the last chapter, the writer received over 90000 emails and messages in a day begging him to turn it into a happy ending.

But he didn’t. Because it was his story.

Renjie Wang      redroom.com

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What a great story!

In an earlier version of my book, I killed off the character who was based on my husband, because I knew that you have to be ruthless when you are creating a narrative and it turned out to be necessary to the story. My husband was pissed; we still laugh about it. A friend then gave me the ruthless (and correct) criticism that I couldn't handle a 20th Century story with a 21st Century frame story, so out went the latter.

 

Libby Cone aka reademwritem 

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BookSurge can't publish every POD; they can't even expedite mine

I am going nuts with BookSurge. I signed up to enter my book in the Jewish Book Network's Meet the Author Program as soon as I found out about it. Now they need 100 copies by May 1, and BookSurge is telling me that it isn't "realistic." They seem to have no flexibility in their production process. How are they going to print all the POD's in the world? Does anyone have any experience with BookSurge, and getting the lead out?

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That is indeed very funny

I guess that's one of the things a guy can never get away with. If I did that, I would probably still be in the dog house when I'm 80. :)

 Renjie Wang redroom.com

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I made it up to him

I can stop his ribbing me about it anytime by saying he is the sexual powerhouse character in later chapters; that shuts him right up!

 

Libby

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My paperback edition is out!

Whoopee! My paperback edition is out! Of course, they listed my graphic designer as a co-author, the cover image is blurry, and the ISBN on the book doesn't match the one on Amazon, but I was in heaven Friday night. My husband and friends took me out to a BYOB for dinner; we brought a bottle of champagne.

 

Tomorrow, Monday, I'll do battle with Customer Service...

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Fascinating Review of your book

Libby, I found a review of your book at Rainbow Reviews. I applaud your theme. Frankly, it's difficult to get any book relating to "non-traditional" Jewish characters published unless it's considered "mainstream". Good luck with your story. BTW, have you considered submitting the ms to a NY publisher or agent?

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submission to publisher or agent

Been there, done that. I got about twenty rejections, so I went the self-publishing route.

Are you planning on reading the book? If you have a Kindle, I just finished completely re-editing it.

 

Libby