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Going Wide, Part II – File Types

Part IPart II ~ Part III – Part IV

Starting now in Part II, I’ll talk directly to you the author about the mechanics of going wide. (Don’t ask many how many parts there will be… I’m a pantster). It’s a pretty broad topic, but I think I can boil it down to a few base topics. I’ll start with the really exciting stuff… file types!

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Going Wide, Part I – Wide vs… Narrow?

Part IPart II ~ Part III – Part IV

There are roughly fifteen “I don’t mean this” jokes about going wide. None of mine are that funny, so I’ll jump right into the author-speak version of what going wide means: the distribution of an ebook across multiple retailers.

First things first. Why is this a question? Why would an author (and I’m focusing particularly on indie authors who have to make lots of decisions like this) go “narrow”, if going wide is an option? Why would an author purposefully choose to limit ebook sales to a single marketplace, when potential readers are distributed across many different retailers?

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A Land Sun-Kissed

Being a writer, struggling to find words for stories only to discover the real struggle is to find an audience, has its frustrations. In some ways, it winds up acting as a metaphor for all of life.

Here’s poem I wrote on the topic. It started as a vent. Where’s my audience? Where’s my success? As though I were owed these things. I’d like to think it became something a little more.

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A science fantasy early chapter book fairy tale?

Gentle reader, if you are familiar with my works to date (middle grade fantasy novels), what you will find below will make no sense. If you aren’t familiar with my novels, it still won’t make any sense.

Behold, the opening lines of A Boy Like You, a most unusual story I’ve been contemplating, but have only just started, and may never finish. Continue reading “A science fantasy early chapter book fairy tale?”