How do Compilations Fare in Publishing?

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I want to self-publish a compilation of probably either short stories or poetry I have written.

However, I know the difficulty of having sufficient materials to publish. To create completely new works for compilation and publishing would take a lot of time. Frankly, I don’t have a lot of time, nor do I have a lot of written works in my closet. I need to get the work done, and get it out as soon as possible, so I can get to work on the next project. The path of a professional writer is a harsh one, I have learned.

Most publishers favor previously unpublished work. And why wouldn’t they? People definitely would prefer reading something new over something familiar, wouldn’t they? I have seen some websites post higher rates for unpublished works, and a significantly lower rate for a republishing.

Which leads me to my question… How do compilations fare in the publishing world?

A compilation of a hundred new poems from a relatively unknown author, versus a compilation of a fifty (or more) previously published works from an unknown author in the publishing world… Which would fare better?

What I am trying to get at is that I am thinking of probably compiling most of the literary works I have done on this blog, publish it in a compilation, and probably sprinkle in a few new works. I really don’t know what this would amount to… But hey, I need to give it a shot.

However, I know this – it has to have something of interest to the buyers, or else the compilation will have no value. This is something I have yet to figure out.

In any case, NANOWRIMO is coming up, and I have yet to start penning my outline, but real-life work is getting at me, and real-life issues eating at me from my core. It can get hard to get in an inspirational mood to write. But write I must.

I hope you have a nice day!

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You Got To Work It

Hello everyone. How are you all doing?

In the past few days I have been seriously looking into potentially publishing a collection of my short stories as an ebook over in Amazon.

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However, I have realized that I do not have that many short stories available!

Hmmm… This is a problem.

Here is what I have so far:

  1. Since it is a collection of short stories, I need to have a theme for the entire book. A hodgepodge of randomly packed stories would be a terrible idea. Perhaps something along the lines of fantasy, mystery and science fiction – things that I like, and have dabbled into actually writing?
  2. Do I publish it myself? Or find a publisher? This is probably one of the big things I have to make a decision on. If I will have to publish it myself, there are a lot of work I have to do. Formatting, cover design, the blurb – that’s just for the book itself. Then, there’s the marketing aspect – finding a way to get my book in my reader’s face so they would at least think about buying it. Should I opt to find a publisher, well, that’s another batch of questions and researching that I must do, and both involves different pros and cons.
  3. I need more stories. Yeah, I mentioned it already. Frankly, I was disappointed in myself. And I dare call myself a writer? I barely have any completed story under my belt. Hahaha…
  4. Do I have what it takes? This is probably that nagging question in my head that is either trying to pull me down or push me onward. It is making me question both my skill as a writer, and my general worth as a person. I mean, I don’t know… I’m a nobody who’s typing away on a computer somewhere. Why would people want t

Obviously, I have a lot of work to do. However, having a goal in mind somehow made all the work that I will be doing, and all the writing that I have to do seem to be worth the effort.

I have found that having an end goal in mind, an achievement to reach, these things help with the grind and work that one must do.

Aside from the writing that I must be doing, I have also been enlisted by my wife to be her producer for her vlog. She seemed more determined to succeed, therefore I have more work! Hahaha… So far I am the cameraman, the scriptwriter, the director, the sound director, the editor, and have also found myself to be helping with the marketing. My wife is inexperienced with using various platforms of social media to help promote her work. On the bright side, there has been an improvement. We gained two new subscribers in the span of two weeks! That seems significant for us, so.. yay!

Anway, back to being a professional writer…

What are your experiences (if any), with regards to getting your work published? Was it a good, or a terrible experience?

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