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What's Your Biggest Challenge with Your Book?

I'd be interested to learn what authors/publishers on this network think their biggest challenges are with their book. I wonder if there's any common, pervasive challenge we all face.

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That isn't that much of a challenge. 4-Lan loves good books.

Sorry, some how I missed the notification that a reply was posted in this discussion. I have a few other books lined up right now but if you want to get a hold of me on my page, I will give you my editor's email address to send the book to.

Thanks R. Casteel :-)

Oh and be sure to follow the link above and post your comment on my review of The Carnarvon Creeper


One of the biggest challenge is finishing the manuscript. If it's done, everything will follow.

How do you promote an e-book? While I have two previous books in print (CREED, Haze), my publisher decided to offer my latest book (Walking the Camino Sagrado) in only e-book format. Thus, I'm having difficulty marketing it. Any suggestions?

Writing for me is easy; publishing is not, as evidenced by my woeful lack of sales.

Oh well, it's a good thing that I don't have to write for a living.

The biggest challenge will be getting more people to know about your book. Here's a new way to get your book trailer seen for FREE!

Money is supposed to flow to the author, not from the author. Regardless of the free offer - money is wanted from the author after a period of time. I will never pay anyone to hawk my screeds; if they cannot stand on their own merit, then they shouldn't have been written anyway.

Troubles? Well, where to start?

First, since I'm an absolute maniac, I decided to write a fantasy book in English, even though I'm Portuguese, never travelled out of my country and my English, other the taught in high school, is self taught.

Second, I am pushing to become a writer against the wishes of my parents, who feed me, clothe me and shelter me, which made me write in secret and mostly wreck my academic education because I’m much too addicted in literature. That and I’m too stubborn to admit to my parents that I’m wrong and that I can’t become a writer.

Third, I think I write too much. My first book which I’m trying to publish with the help of Kickstart is roughly 160k words. The second and third books (yes, I’m trying to publish the first book, the other two are mostly done) are roughly 190k and 200k words. And yet, I read the damnable thing and think it’s just the right size!

Fourth, lack of support. I don’t have credible reviews. Most my personal friends aren’t proficient in English and those who are don’t like to read. I only have my opinion to guide me. And that’s a bit tricky, because perspective is very important in plotting a story. Self-doubt sort of festers if unattended. Plus, it’s a bit lonely. =(

I suppose this is the part where I start singing “All by myself”

I'll say one thing - your English is damn good. I pound out lengthy screeds myself - then I edit the hell out of them. The first draft of Dark Resurrection was over 250,000 words long - so I split it and edited it into two books. One is on Amazon, wasting time and space, the other is languishing on a CD ROM somewhere.

I'm sorry, I had to laugh at the "wasting time and space". I'm very happy that you find me proficient in English. Incurring the possibility that this may change your mind regarding the quality of my speech, check out the first pages of my book. I'm currently promoting it on kickstart, but since it's likely that it will fail I'll have to add it to Amazon, to contribute to the "time and space" wastage.

Amazon certainly seems to be a waste of time, at least for me; it's a good thing that I don't have to write for a living. I've moved a grand total of two copies of my book since 2012.

I perused a few pages of your book, the English and grammar are acceptable. I would recommend some editing/rewrite with regard to dialogue between characters; in English, the word "said" is often the best word to employ, especially in anything longer than a short story. I learned that lesson the hard way on forums years ago while writing Dark Resurrection. Some of the people were not only critical of my work, which I definitely needed and appreciated, but downright rude, one individual resorting to puerile name calling. There is a big difference between constructive criticism and critique laced with ad hominem insult.

That said, I am still impressed by your command of the English language.


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