Book Release: “The Adventures of the Gween Gwob: There’s No Place Like Home”


The Adventures of the Gween Gwob: There’s No Place Like Home is now available on Amazon and Createspace! Buy the paperback and/or eBook now!

If you’d like to see how I published this children’s book, I’ll put my short how-to clip here:



So you’re no longer confused, and to prevent editor-to-author miscommunication, I’m here to explain the different types of edits: line, copy, and proof.


First, you want a line edit, the most important in my opinion. Whenever a friend reads a section from your book and gives you feedback, this is considered a very minor form of line editing. A line editor’s job is to tell you where there are plot holes and offer ideas on how to fix them. They’re most likely to tell you that eight of your chapters are unnecessary and that you should discard them. In other words, if you find a good line editor, they’ll get your plot in shape so no reader will want to put your book down. For good results, a moderate to intense line edit is needed while your book is in its early draft state.


Second, you want a copy edit. Once your plot is the best it can be, you’ll want someone to check your sentence structures, a.k.a. your syntax, your grammar, spelling, etc., which is a copy editor’s job. There’s no minor, moderate, or intense form of copy editing, unless you count the instances where an editor points out a problem, such as the way you use the word there, once and never again. They’ll say something like, “I see that you use ‘there’ incorrectly many times in this chapter. Since there are so many, I wanted to make sure you were aware, but I don’t want to point all of them out.” This might be a moderate to minor copy edit if they do this for a lot of mistakes.


Lastly, you want a proofread. Sometimes referred to as a proof editor, a proofreader reads the final stage of your draft to make sure everything sounds right. They are not expected to do hard editing of any kind. They’re basically beta readers, so don’t spend a ton of money on them when you can get fans or friends to read your manuscript for free.

Thanks for reading. I’ve wanted to make this kind of post for so long, but I never really knew the differences myself until recently.

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Record Your Own Audiobook!

First off, I made this post to celebrate my audiobook for Remedy for Memory, coming soon to ACX, Audible, and iTunes!

The general things we’re going to go over here: how I record and edit, with a few helpful tips thrown in.

First step: PLANNING

You want to make two different types of schedules before you start your audiobook. The first is more like an agenda for each chapter you record. For example, my agenda looks like this: record, adjust spacings and repeated phrases, convert, remove noise, sound effects, convert, finalize. By doing this, you create a checklist for yourself so each chapter comes out the same.

The second is probably the most important, which is a recording schedule. You have to figure out how many pages you have to get through each day to finish it on time. Don’t stress if you’re falling behind, though, because that can backfire!

  • Tip: If this is your book and you just finished it, leave it alone for a bit before recording. You know how some people say, “Before editing, give your book some space?” The same goes for recording.

If your average per day is supposed to be 34 pages, but the chapters don’t fit exactly, choose one less or one more chapter to be as close as possible. You want to record full chapters at a time. Stop in the middle of a line and continuing the next day is counterproductive.

  • Tip: I’d record more than one chapter a day because 1. the audiobook gets done faster, and 2. your voice is not the same each day. It’d be ideal to record the whole audiobook in one day, but no one has time for that nonsense.

Second step: RECORDING

You can use whatever you want to record. Typically people use mics to create the most professional sound. I personally use my camera because I think it has a pretty good microphone installed in it. Of course, I might be doing more converting than the alternative.

  • Tip: Make sure the card you’re recording on is big enough to hold hours of footage. I use 4 gigabytes.
  • Tip: Make sure your camera or mic has enough power to run for a long period of time.
  • Tip: Place camera or microphone in the same location each time you record. Also, make sure you are in the same place every time.
  • Tip: Turn off fans, speakers that hum, close windows, put animals out, etc. Minimize extra noise in the room as much as possible. Maybe even sound proof the room, if you can.
  • Tip: Stop the recording after every chapter so that each chapter is its own file. Don’t record multiple chapters in one giant recording because that can be dislocating and strenuous during editing.
  • Tip: Repeat sentences. Say them in different ways so that you can choose your favorite during editing.
  • Tip: Use hand motions while recording to add umph to you acting abilities. (I know they won’t see it, but it helps, I swear!)

Third step: EDITING

Use as many programs to edit your sound files that you want. I personally use Adobe Premiere for the first edit, because I’m familiar with it. I eventually take it over to Audacity for sound removal. Audacity in general is a great editing tool and could possibly be the only thing you need.

Editing is essentially adjusting pauses between phrases and deleting repeated phrases or mistakes. Noise removal is also important (YouTube search “noise removal” if you’re not sure how), because it gets rid of any white noise that doesn’t need to be in the file. That doesn’t mean it will get rid of all clicks. Remove those manually!

  • Tip: Some companies, like ACX (the distributer that I’m going to use), have certain file requirements. For example: at the end and start of each chapter, there needs to be a two to five second pause. Check the requirements before uploading!

In some cases, you might have to rerecord phrases because you missed a word or you said it in an awkward way. These rerecordings are sometimes very hard to match up to the original recordings, so do your best to set yourself and the mic/camera up the same way you did the first time!

I love having creative freedom with my audiobook. As a personal touch, I put royalty free music and sound effects into my chapters. I make sure at least two are in each. It’s so fun to listen to, so I don’t know why it’s not common among audiobooks!

Fourth step: FINALIZE

Only after I’m completely satisfied with the sound file will I finalize/export it. Again, make sure you’re converting the file to the correct format that the distributer requires.

  • Tip: Listen to the file with headphones and on a computer speaker before uploading. Readers use both to listen to an audiobook.


A solid ten page chapter could take 20 minutes to an hour to record. I recorded an eleven page chapter in an hour and 20 minutes the other day!

Editing usually takes three times as long, so a ten page chapter could take three hours to edit, bringing your total to about four hours. If you’re recording more than one chapter a day, be prepared to do nothing else that day.

Update your progress! Find a social media site, like Goodreads or Twitter, to update your followers on how far you are! They’ll really appreciate it if you do.

Thanks so much for reading, guys. Hope it helped.


Pen Names: What Are They and How To Use Them

This blog was written by me, but inspired by my fans’ comments on my YouTube video, NaNoWriMo Publishing Edition: Day 24.

So what is a pen name? If you’re curious what a pen name is, or sometimes referred to as a pseudonym, they’re names on works that hide identities, organize works into groups, used as a marketing strategy – they’re used for all sorts of things!

Maybe your genre doesn’t match with what name you’re writing under. Rainbow Rowell wouldn’t be found on a horror novel. Maybe R. Rowell would be preferred. This is a marketing strategy. The author still wants to put their books under the same name, but they switch around how they spell out or initial their name on the cover to better fit the genre.

Some people want privacy. Maybe Rainbow Rowell isn’t her name at all. Maybe she’s writing horrors and romances under this fake name so her family doesn’t know her secret fascination with fictional characters. This is still a nice strategy, even when matching names with genres – because you can still change from using initials to full names. It’s just not your real name.

There’s something about being unable to sign your real name on the book cover that is so heartbreaking for some. But deciding on your name is something I would consider at the beginning of your career, before you release anything. Once you start on a path, like using your real name, it’s hard to use anything else. You can, but it’s like starting over, because you’re basically being labeled as a new author.

One of my published fans told me he wrote in pen names. He used totally different names for different genres and got less revenue from that because fans didn’t know the books were written by the same person, so there was a marketing rift.

One fan said she could never use her real name, afraid her family might find out. But from what I can gather, she is still publishing under that name and has made a decent amount of success from it. She was consistent in using the same name, even if it wasn’t her real one.

A few other reasons you might want to use a pen name is because your name is too long, or your name is hard to pronounce, or it reads wrong in translation. I met a waiter once who called himself Erin, because people couldn’t pronounce his real name, Eran with a squiggle over the “a.”

So consider your situation, what you’re writing, and what you’re comfortable with. You never have to use your real name. You don’t have to use your real name or always use your fake name. But you can if that is what you’d rather do. You can use abbreviations or initials.

What I can gather from the comments is that “your name is your brand,” and to build your brand, you should try to keep your name(s) as consistent as possible. The route I’m going to take with my books is to use my real name and mess around with initials when I write a completely different genre. Mainly, I’m going to look at the cover and ask, “Will they take my book seriously with that name on there?” If I think it’s fine, I’ll leave it. It all comes down to the cover for me.

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Making an Audiobook! (ACX)

ACX is a great way to get an audiobook out for your book! Although there are negative aspects to it, it offers more than any other company. They’re planning to catch up with their other platforms soon so that the author can make even more money.


ACX will distribute your audiobook through Audible, Amazon, and iTunes, which are the leading providers for audio! Not convinced yet? Let me keep going.

ACX also allows you to distribute through other platforms besides the ones I listed above. You will, however, no longer be “exclusive” with ACX if you distribute through other platforms besides Audible, Amazon, and iTunes, and will get a smaller royalty payout. Exclusive receives 40% of their royalties, whereas nonexclusive gets 25%. My advice is if you are confident enough in other platforms besides the top distributors, then definitely go nonexclusive!

You can give 25 promo codes away for free to anyone who wants your audiobook!

Professional narrators will make your story sound crisp and follow the necessary guidelines to sell on ACX. You can choose your payment plan with them at the start of the project. If you decide to split the royalty rate with your narrator, you have to go exclusive so both of you get at least 20%. But if you want to keep all 40%, just do it yourself!


ACX does NOT provide CD distributions. (If you go nonexclusive, you can find someone else who will make the CDs!)

ACX does NOT distribute to libraries or schools, not even digital copies (again, you can go nonexclusive for this option).

ACX controls the price of your product. Below is the chart they use to price your audiobook:

  •  under 1 hour: under $7
  •  1 – 3 hours: $7 – $10
  •  3 – 5 hours: $10 – $20
  • 5 – 10 hours: $15 – $25
  • 10 – 20 hours: $20 – $30
  • over 20 hours: $25 – 35

I’ve personally found more benefits behind going non-exclusive. You’d still be part of the biggest distributors and have easy access to narrators. Since I’m voicing my own, I have to make the decision of choosing between going through the leading distributors without libraries, CDs, or schools, or go through leading distributors along with other distributers with CDs, libraries, and school, but lose 15% royalties from all leading platforms.

If my audiobook ends up being ten hours long, selling at $20 on leading sites, 15% can make a difference of $3. So I have to be confident that the schools, libraries, CD sales, and other smaller distributors will match the difference. Which it could be possible.

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KindleScout for the win!

For most of you who already know my self-publishing situation, you already know just about how much I’ve made this week from my debut novel, Remedy for Memory.

For those of you who do not, here’s the lowdown:

I have around 600 subscribers on YouTube and 50 followers on my blog. People are still buying my eBooks and paperbacks, but for the first week since it’s been out, I’ve sold 8 eBooks and 7 paperbacks. All together, I’ve made about $50.

So of course it’s natural to think ahead to my future career as an author. I plan to have over a thousand subscribers by the end of the year after I partner with NaNoWriMo next month part-time. If I release a new book within the next year, and I have double the amount of followers, looking at my current results, in the first week of publishing, I’ll make over $100 on my second book. WOO!

THIS IS GREAT! Because I want to try something called KindleScout. If you think you’d be making more than $1000 from your book in the first week, I wouldn’t consider it. However, I’m still small, AND I’m driven by my fans. SO I want to discuss what I’m doing for my next book.

KindleScout is “reader powered publishing!” Without fans, it’d be almost impossible to use. Online readers preview the first 30 pages or so, nominate, or upvote, their three favorites, and at the end of a 30 day trial, the winners get traditionally published through Kindle Press.

Here’s the bonus – if you get all your fans to vote for you and you win, they all get free eBook copies of your book and you get a $1500 advance. You get your 70% royalties on paperbacks, but there is a catch: you get 50% of eBook royalties from sales thereafter, unlike the regular 70%. It’s still better than normal traditional routes! If you decided that you can make more money from it without the publisher after 5 years, you can drop out of Kindle Press. I assume I’d be really big by that point, so I might do that.

From other books published through Kindle Press, I see they authors already had a large following, and they had very successful results after KindleScout. I wouldn’t miss an opportunity to repay my die-hard fans with a free eBook and also make more money than what I would have! Sadly, if your fans want a paperback, your followers would still have to buy it, but I think they still would’ve in the end – they’re just getting a free eBook on top of it! And you know how loving I am toward Kindle Matchbook.

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Another Traditional VS Self-Publishing Blog

There’s a blog I recently read of an author’s (I’ll link it right here). Back in 2009, this author tracked his eBooks, both self-published and traditionally published, on Kindle. He compared his pricings over a six month period and here’s what his statistics showed.

Traditional Published

Sell eBook at $4, sell 550 copies, get $340

Sell eBook at $6, sell 200 copies, get $600

Sell eBook at $8, sell 150-180 copies, get $340-380

The author was paid per eBook from his publisher, who was paid by Amazon. Amazon made a profit, so his publisher got a fraction, and the author got a fraction of that fraction, ranging from 3 cents to $3 per book. No real promise there.


The author sold his eBooks at $2 and got anywhere from $630 to $3600 for each book. That beats every category of traditional publishing. It’s because Amazon promised 35% royalty for self-published eBooks. He states that he would’ve made $15,000 more if he had his other books under his self-published name during that six-month period. That’s incredible.

But I wanted to revamp this blog for it’s almost a decade old, and I’d like to point out an even better advantage to using Kindle Self-Publishing. They now offer 70% royalties with some drawbacks; you have to restrain from selling your eBook over $9.99 (if you sell under the usual 35% royalty, this doesn’t apply; you can go up to $200) and no less than $1.99 (if you sell under the 35% you can sell it under that). Also, if you want to sell your hardcover copy, it must be 20% greater than the price of the eBook, at least.

If this author had 70% royalty back in 2009 (through traditional publishing, we knew the sweet spot was $6 per eBook for him anyway) he could’ve sold each of his eBooks at $6, sold his hardbacks for $7.50, and would’ve been losing a lot more than $15,000. Just saying.

What do you guys think? Thanks for reading! I have to get back to my little writing sprints now.


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Kindle Worlds: A Way To Finally Pay FanFic Writers

I wanted to wait a bit before talking about Kindle Worlds. It was introduced to Amazon on May 22, 2013, and today’s date is September 22, 2014, meaning it’s been exactly four months. But I’m glad I did so to prove a point. Here’s my opinion on the matter.


Or is it? I thought the idea of making a profitable fanfic site was outstanding, since this is the first one that pays their authors for writing. If you have ever come across a fan fiction on the internet, know they’re no profitable (until now) royalties involved. Fanfics are based off someone else’s story.

A 35% royalty rate is what Amazon Worlds is offing now, which I think is completely fair! I’ll stand beside that. Most complaints gear toward “not having enough worlds,” or “not having enough royalties.” Woh! Remember, Amazon Worlds has the highest paying royalties for fanfics, because everything else is free! Outside of Amazon Worlds, Amazon Self Publishing is still one of the highest, with 70% royalties! But this will be important down below.

So, you still aren’t with me on the 35% royalties? Let’s say you publish your fan fiction using new names and settings so it looks different and can be sold as an original piece. Guess what? 70% is coming your way, but where’s the audience? Hope you have one. And for those of you who are using the site to get big, is that really the best decision? Fan fiction? WE WILL KNOW, STOP USING THE SYSTEM!!

Within the last four months, I’ve seen the site grow; only having three or four fandoms at first, Amazon Worlds broadened into a nice twenty or so to date. They started with Vampire Diaries and are building to worlds like Kurt Vonnegut’s. You know what else I’ve seen grow? The size of readers! Yes! Four months later, we are seeing amazing results from readership (true fans, so expect hard criticism where fakers lurk).

Readers, that’s right, there are people writing the actual ending of your favorite fandom that you wanted all along. But wait. Your fandom is not up yet? Maybe if Amazon Worlds had more money …they could get contracts with Disney and J.K. Rowling. …Maybe that’s why the royalties are so low for fan writers! They need investments to get the readers and fanfic writers what they want!

It’s 40% less royalties than if one published under the regular Amazon publishing, but that’s probably because 1. One can’t take ALL the credit for someone else’s work! It’s someone else’s work! And 2. Some of that missing 40% has to go toward building the site to becoming a better fandom site.

I am all aboard for Amazon Worlds. I can’t wait to write my own fan fic (my first actually). I’m just waiting for the right fandom to come along.

Those of you authors that are writing stories just to broaden your audience without knowledge of the fandom, shame on you. It’s a good idea, because I totally see this site taking off in the next few months and traffic is going to gear toward stories that were on longer with more views, but still. Genuine fans only. Stop trying to be something you’re not. Lying’s bad. And we’ll know, trust me. The moment you slip up on your facts, we’ll know.

Thank’s for reading!

P.S. And before you ask, to make your work a world on Amazon, you already have to have a HUGE audience. Not the other way around. Cheers!


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Cover Design for Self Published Books

Drive is what you need to spend money on something. Quality is what sorts the bad from the good, and ultimately your readership when it comes to books.

Think hard about what you need for your book cover before you even begin to make your sketches. Consult any professional with ideas for a cover so they can tell you if you’re on the right track, genre-driven-wise (You don’t need characters on the cover smooching if the book’s sci-fi). Once confident in your knowledge of cover branding by genre, jump into your creative mind and pull out a few cover designs. Get them out on paper. Quality is not yet a factor.

Personal Tip: I’d take each of your ideas as far as revision. Each design has vast potential, and what that means is you shouldn’t sketch out harder lines and details on one design while leaving the others in their rough form. That’s biasing the other covers. If one’s generally colored, they all should be.

Take your ideas to an editor. If you’re the editor, you’ve skipped ahead. If not, finding an editor to do wonders with your drafts can be a very simple task. If signed up with a self-publishing agency already, you can buy a cover artist from them at their set price. I could say go to places like or another freelance site to shop, but I’d rather direct you to the place where artists live and breath: DeviantArt.

Here are the highlights about DeviantArt. There are all types of creators that come to this site, whether your looking for sculptures, air-brush, watercolors, makeup, photography, etcetera, they have them. Once you have an idea for your cover, let’s say dragons, type the keyword into the search bar and see what shows up. Maybe you wanted your cover as 3D as possible without looking too real. I bet you’ll find at least three styles close to what you desire. Click on the artists’ profiles and see their other artworks. If one specializes in dragons, you’ve found a winner. With your special design in mind, contact the artist with a goal price and maybe they could work something out with you. If you like one of the prints they have already, buy it from them and see if you may use it as your book cover. (I’m not completely sure how that works, but if it bothers you, you might ask that they make the print unavailable to anyone else, and pay a high price for it.)

Bottom line: DeviantArt equals easier access to exactly what you see in your head, but could be costly if they’re an experienced, well-known artist. (You’d be better off asking them for a new piece of work for a cheaper price than buying what they already have on their page.) Freelance sites only offer the artists they have and limit your style choices. (I see mainly a lot of kids’ books illustrators most of the time.)

Now that you’re ready to move on from your first draft to a final draft, whether through an artist, friend, or yourself, you’ll need computer programs. Nothing today can be completely done by hand. You’ll need a photo editor, which I use the line of Adobe Photoshop programs. They’re expensive, but do their job. (You’re artist probably has a trusted program on their computer.) You may either edit all of your designs or pick a favorite and run with it. Don’t root yourself on the spot; experiment. Change color and shadow angles as well as the contrast and sharpness levels on your designs. Don’t approve until it’s exactly what you want. Just remember, everyone has limitations, including your editor. You might have to make a compromise with them if they can not create exactly what you’re seeing.

Next step is to find the perfect text font, which is much easier than designing the graphics. Go through a free list of fonts using your software, and if you still can’t find what you want, you can buy new templates from the programs’ websites or from other sites. They can range from cents to dollars, but nothing that’s going to drain your pockets. It’s worth it, in my opinion, to spend a hand-full of dollar bills on a font that’ll put your book on the winning side. (Not saying it’ll become a best-seller from the best cover; that’s all luck.)

Just remember, shop around! Use your time wisely and trust people! We’re all in this together in the publishing industry!

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Timeline of Book Writing

1-5 years before: Writing your manuscript
It doesn’t matter how long it takes, as long as it’s to your liking.

1-5 years before: Building your following
Post on Twitter, Tumbler, or even Facebook. If you don’t have any of those, now is the best time to make one. People will follow you based on their curiosity and interest in what you do. Just remember to always be updating them and always be true to yourself.


One month before: Find an editor
Now that your manuscript is finished, you want to find an editor. It’s pretty simple if you know what you’re doing and takes about a day. Look for a wide variety of editors by searching the web. But never go for the cheapest your final draft (you get what you paid for). For more tips on finding an editor, here’s a link.

 One month before: Coming soon trailer
You want to have people dying to read your book before it’s out. A coming soon trailer will show minor details of the book, but not spoil the entire thing. The trailer can be anything you want it to be; it can show quotes from your book over pictures or you can narrate a small part to the audience. Here are more tips on how to make a book trailer. The best time to work on a book trailer is when your manuscript is being checked over by an editor.

One month before: Making your book cover
Just like your trailer, you’ll want to spend the time away from your manuscript making a book cover. You’ll want a nice cover that appeals to the target audience. If you don’t have artistic talents, don’t worry; have a friend do it or hire a professional.

After your book cover is finished, see if your distributor will advertise your books release date for pre-orders.

When you get your manuscript back from the editor, make your final touches.


Here is where you need to do the most work, in my opinion.

Depending on how much money you want to put into distribution, take the following as seriously as you like.

Visit your distributor’s site and see if there are any programs you can sign up for to get pre-reviews before releasing. These are free reviews of your book that will show up in your reviews where readers can find your book. Best of all, you can make changes right before publishing.

Maybe have an early release date for hard-core fans, or give away 50 free copies depending if you have a rather big audience.

1-3 days before: Make your Out-Now book trailer
Change your previous trailer a tad bit, change the Coming Soon to Available Now, and presto chango, you have yourself a new trailer. You can release this the moment you have your book out if you like.

Go tell your followers and promote your book now!

1-2 years after: Traditional Publishing
If you want to go beyond self publishing, you’ll want to find a traditional publisher who might find your success profitable. Keep sending your book to different publishers until one accepts you. You’ll get it – I know you can!

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