Gonna try and hit at some feedback. Not sure where you all ARE in your progression in this. If you're not comfortable talking about stuff like this in a forum, feel free to talk to me in PM. Okay?
I've been interested in writing for a while but haven't been working at it lately. Been studying the music industry online, lately, which is, pretty much the same thing. How to get eyeballs for your work. How to get paid.
Lately, i've just been living my life. But if I can come up with something, I'll pass it on.
I feel ebooks are making it a whole lot easier for anyone to get exposure for their work. Bricks and mortar are fine, if daddy owns the building, but I tell ya, honey, MY daddy's dead. And there's just me and a whole lotta rum runners out there ready to play on my anxiety about 'getting exposure'.
The only money you should spend is money you can afford to kiss goodbye. And, if anything, you use it for promotion. Cos you've already got the product. And you don't need any help on this.
Wanna know why AuthorStand caught my eye? He was letting you 'sell' books for free. Which, I think, is a good starting point. And personally, what you might consider doing is PROMOTING AUTHORSTAND. Least til you see a better situation. An anthology of stories, each of you offering your best and someone deciding which ones to use, would be a good 'off-world' approach too, if you're not able to do it on other websites, like amazon, yourself.
But reading some notjohn's posts on Amazon KDP, I sense there's little more than 'notepad' required to put your stuff on Amazon. I'm still looking into the money situation. Amazon has to be making money on me somehow. I imagine, ME providing content to their 'ads' is probably one way. Just like the Metro newspaper, being 'sold' for free, here in Winnipeg.
Go check that the next time you're on Amazon. Is there a 'paid' ad on everything you see? I wonder.
You wanna be Stephen King and be rich and famous? Nothing wrong with that. But you'll have to take the brix and mortr route--a very narrow doorway to access--to get there. OR find a youtube approach and go viral like Justin Bieber did. Understand my point here, this person got famous doing something on youtube and, figuratively speaking--if you are that good--you could do to.
You don't need X-factor. Matt Cardle can tell you that. But the exposure ON an X-factor, obviously, doesn't hurt.
I believe there's another way to do this. I do. And I'm gonna keep digging til I find it.
Cos in MY view? A lot a good writers never get read. And the bestseller lists are awash with mediocre writing. Just my view. Always feel free to tell me yours.
The thing about ANY process that starts with the idea that someone ELSE gets paid before you do, defeats the purpose of writing for a living in my view. Try this: Is a plumber out there working for, I'll be silly, FIVE YEARS, paying people to 'be allowed' to fix their sinks?
I was even wondering why places like Amazon--or even this website--can manage 'storing' your content without payback. Now, think about this for a minute; I'm not just talking you and your one story; imagine several hundred stories taking up real estate on some website and SOMEONE has to pay for the utilities or bandwidth or whatever...you know?
You see anything, let me know.