Get Published Episode 157 – Chris Hite and Dimensional Abscesses

 

Here we are. The final episode before summer hiatus. Today’s show will be different from every show before in that the interview is solely conducted by my publishing partner and Get Published associate producer, Jeffrey Hite. Jeff talks to his son, Chris Hite, who was one of the contributors to the Dimensional Abscesses anthology.

They talk about why Chris wrote what he wrote and how. It’s an interesting, albeit short conversation that I think you will enjoy.

I also wanted to thank you all for continuing to listen to Get Published. There have been those dark moments in the middle of the night when I wonder if continuing Get Published is the right thing to do. But then I remember all of you who have faithfully listened for years now and I know it is. Thank you again for listening. I appreciate you all.

That being said, I want to give you a show that provides you with the information you want and need. I truly don’t know if I am at this point because it is rare that I get any comments or feedback. I completely understand why there is a lack of this; it takes time and effort to send feedback. Time few of us have to spare. I had hoped that by making the shows shorter in the past year they would be more accessible but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

If you are happy with what you are getting from the show already, please let me know. A single sentence to that affect will do. If you would like something else or more of what’s already there, it would really help if I hear that too. Either way, please spare me a couple minutes of your time to email me (feedback@getpublishedpodcast.com), send me a message via Facebook or Twitter. Your feedback will determine the future direction of the show.

And before we begin the show, I would like to remind you that if you have any questions or comments, you can send them to podcast@michellplested.com. If I don’t know the answer to your question, I will find the person best suited to answer it and play it on the show.

Show Notes

00:00 — Opening – Get Published Episode 157 – Chris Hite and Dimensional Abscesses

Everything has to start somewhere and this is the start of “Get Published”

00:14 — Introduction – Get Published Episode 157 – Chris Hite and Dimensional Abscesses (continued)

Welcome to the show.

02:19 – Promo – Mighty Marvel Geeks

02:52 Get Published Episode 157 – Chris Hite and Dimensional Abscesses (continued)

15:41 – Promo – The Neverland Podcast

16:24 — Closing

Thank you for listening.

Websites mentioned in this episode:

Evil Alter Ego Press – https://evilalteregopress.wordpress.com

Mighty Marvel Geeks – http://webegeekspc.com/

The Neverland Podcast – http://neverlandpodcast.com/

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eBook Cards Re-evaluated

It has been almost two years since I received my first ebook card to sell. I remember how eager I was then to have the cards and get out to conventions to sell them.

A lot has changed since then. Mostly, my eyes have been opened to how ebook cards are viewed by the purchasing public.

Unfortunately, my early optimism has not panned out as I expected. That isn’t for lack of effort on my part, however.

The problem is, most people who own an eReader of one kind or another are not terribly technical. They like going onto Kobobooks.com or Amazon Kindle and pushing a button to have the book ordered, paid for and automatically delivered to their device.

Add in the complexity of going to a special URL, typing in a code, downloading the format of choice and then loading it onto the device? It just isn’t happening.

It takes a while to explain so people get it and, even once a card sells (yes, I have sold a few), rarely is it ever activated. I think only those people who are already using services like Smashwords have the level of comfort needed to use them effectively.

It has been a worthy experiment so far. One I haven’t yet given up on. Perhaps when I have a few more on my display will people start paying more attention.

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Getting Published is an Emotional Roller-coaster

There are times when I completely understand why some writers quit after their first book. They sweat and fret and stress over the book until it is perfect. They are excited about sharing their book or short story or whatever and wait anxiously for the publishing date to arrive. They talk it up and on that glorious day…nothing happens.

Maybe their mom and a few others who know the writer pick up a copy (pity purchase?) but beyond that the book sits unwanted. Dreams of glory and riches are crushed and the writer throws down (writing instrument of choice) and proclaims they will never write again.

Dreams can build you up and they can tear you down.

The thing is, getting your work published is rarely about instant gratification. Writing and getting your work out there is a long-term sort of exercise. Yes, there are those occasional situations where the stars align and a person hits the jackpot the first time, but those are few and far between.

I remember when Mik Murdoch, Boy Superhero first came out. My publisher loved (and still does, I think) the book. I talked about it to everyone I knew. Then it was available for pre-order and…you guessed it, nothing happened. I watched the Amazon rankings and the book did virtually nothing.

Discouraging would be an understatement.

But I have had enough people read the book and love it that I know I have something special. That helps…a little.

The second book, Mik Murdock: The Power Within did better. Pre-orders this time and better sales. Still far from stellar. I had people asking for the third one before it had been out 48 hours.

My third book, co-written with JR Murdock is doing better still. Exact numbers are still unknown but they are trending better. I’m still a long way from quitting my day job.

But the fact is, things continue to improve. I am becoming better known as a writer (hopefully as a writer of quality stories) and people are starting to read more of my books. I now have three series (partially) in print and lots of projects on the horizon. I expect that one day I will be able to pay a major monthly bill with my royalties.

That day will only happen if I persevere. The minute I throw away my (writing instrument of choice) and declare I’m done with writing is the day the dream ends. And perhaps dream is even the wrong word to use now. It isn’t a dream any more. It is a reality that I am building up to.

So my advice to all you fledgling writers out there? Have a plan. Stick to it. Don’t get off the roller-coaster voluntarily. Make your dreams a reality.

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