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Om Krishna uprety

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What differentiate newbie author from the expert number of copy sold or quality of the book?
Diana Persaud

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Posted: Feb 17, 2017 7:02 AM   in response to: Om Krishna uprety in response to: Om Krishna uprety
 
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Om Krishna uprety wrote:
What differentiate newbie author from the expert number of copy sold or quality of the book?

Newbie means new to the field. When it comes to self publishing, unfortunately, Newbie is sometimes synonymous with clueless. But it doesn't have to be that way. As publisher, the onus is on the newbie to educate themselves about the business they will be running.

There's no reason why a newbie can't put out a product that sells, especially with the KU program.

It takes effort and a willingness to set ego aside and LEARN. Those who can do that will be more successful than those who are not.

Many authors strive to write a grammatically perfect novel and neglect the story. Readers care more about a compelling storyline than they do grammar. Readers are willing to forgive a few errors here and there (even trad published books aren't error free). But the more errors you have, with grammar and formatting, the less likely you are to convert a reader into a fan.
Ralph E Vaughan

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Om Krishna uprety wrote:
What differentiate newbie author from the expert number of copy sold or quality of the book?

Strictly speaking, a "newbie" is someone just starting out, though it's often used here as an excuse or a crutch. I've never called people that, but I see people calling themselves that all the time. Often, they are the same people asking a question easily solved by a cursory look at the help pages, who ask questions that betray a complete ignorance of the writer's craft, or post links to books that should never have been published. By doing so, they redefine the word and create the connotation that "newbie" is synonymous with "hack," "amateur" or "untalented." In that case, what differentiates the "newbie" from anyone else involved with self-publishing is a professionalism evidenced by good writing, good marketing and a zeal for learning, whether through self-education or asking intelligent questions. Some people will never be anything but "newbies" .. your word, not mine.

Of course, others may see things differently.

grandmaster

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Posted: Feb 19, 2017 6:24 AM   in response to: Ralph E Vaughan in response to: Ralph E Vaughan
 
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Ralph E Vaughan wrote:
Om Krishna uprety wrote:
What differentiate newbie author from the expert number of copy sold or quality of the book?

Strictly speaking, a "newbie" is someone just starting out, though it's often used here as an excuse or a crutch. I've never called people that, but I see people calling themselves that all the time. Often, they are the same people asking a question easily solved by a cursory look at the help pages, who ask questions that betray a complete ignorance of the writer's craft, or post links to books that should never have been published. By doing so, they redefine the word and create the connotation that "newbie" is synonymous with "hack," "amateur" or "untalented." In that case, what differentiates the "newbie" from anyone else involved with self-publishing is a professionalism evidenced by good writing, good marketing and a zeal for learning, whether through self-education or asking intelligent questions. Some people will never be anything but "newbies" .. your word, not mine.

Of course, others may see things differently.


I'm with you, Ralph. People get all upset over how many books are published through KDP, but I don't. I've looked at a lot of them over the years (my recommendations from Amazon are so messed up, they'll never suggest anything to me even remotely accurate), and most vanish from searches after 30 days. They are no competition. The main reason they vanish? Because the "author" didn't bother to learn to write, and then didn't learn to publish properly. And since the vast majority have no concept of marketing and promoting their work, there's no hope of them coming anywhere near being an expert.

This is a business. Like any business, there's a steep and unforgiving learning curve. It's not a get rich quick scheme, it's a demanding job that takes talent, effort and a small measure of luck.
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