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Now considering using Book Publishers Network as a possible means to publish Young Falcon. They're not a traditional, mainstream publishing group, but neither are they a self-publishing company. They're a half-breed! Ahaha :) But anyway, here's a list of pros and cons about using self-publishing versus traditonal publishing, according to Book Publishers Network:

Disadvantages of Traditional Publishing:

  • You will have to produce a professional book proposal to submit to agents prior to finding a publisher to print it.
  • Most mainstream publishers no longer have an editorial staff , so you will be expected to have your manuscript professionally edited before they will publish it.
  • You will have little or no control over your book’s layout, title, cover design, and number of copies printed.
  • It will take at least two years to see your book in a bookstore, and unless marketing, promotion, and distribution are done well, it may end up in the bargain section before it has a chance to shine.
  • You can’t know in advance how long it will take to sell enough books to pay back your advance and start receiving royalty fees.
  • The marketing and public relations (PR) efforts by your publisher are traditionally focused on the first ninty days of your release.  Promotion after that is up to you.

Advantages of Traditional Publishing:

  • Perhaps the most compelling advantage to having your book published by a mainstream publisher is your lack of financial investment.
  • Although it will cost you money to shop for an agent, once you have one who has found a publisher interested in your book, you will receive some type of advance prior to publication and royalties once enough copies have been sold to repay your advance

 Advantages of Self-Publishing

  • Total control over content, layout, and cover design.
  • A choice as to how many books are run the first time and subsequently, as demand for your book grows.
  • A distribution channel that is formulated on your target market to insure greater interest and greater sales.
  • Help with editing, copywriting, and proofing to produce a well-written and well-told story whether fiction or non-fiction.
  • Internal and external resources for promotion, public relations, and marketing to maximize how long your book stays in the public eye and on book shelves, not the clearance table.
  • Quick turnaround that gets your book, when ready, printed in approximately ninty days.
  • All profits from sales after your costs directly going to you because there is no advance to pay back.

And a promotional quote from Book Publishers Network on why you should publish with them:

      "Book Publishers Network is really a hybrid in the publishing world.  We help you produce the best possible product, assist you with solid distribution, and provide you with methods, tools, and resources to publicize your book.  Your book is published under the Book Publishers Network imprint, and since our books have won numerous awards, we are not perceived in the book world as being a self-publisher.
       By aligning yourself with our imprint, you won’t be associated with self-publishing in the traditional sense.  Most important, our authors are satisfied clients who know first-hand that we are committed to going the extra mile to help them become the successful authors they always dreamed of being.  Just read some of the testimonials on our Web site and you’ll hear first-hand why they enjoy working with us."

Visit Book Publishers Network at http://www.bookpublishersnetwork.com/ !

Visit Lulu Self-Publishing at http://www.lulu.com/index.php !

Lights! Camera! ACTION!

Off to school to film a project with N.G. and H.H.! We did one of these last November for our Romeo and Juliet project, and it was SO AWESOME!!! We even got these really cool costumes from our theatre department to use, and even though it took me 5 hours to edit 5 minutes of video (and no, it was not because it took me so long to figure out how to do stuff, it was because of everything I had to do!) and so I'm not really looking forward to having to spend so much time editing again, but this one shouldn't be as long as the R & J one, so that'll be good. This is a book-to-screen adaption for Chapter 4 of a book we're reading right now, so that should be funnn!! :)

Self-Publishing?

I'm seriously considering self-publishing right now...My friend G.C.'s dad used LuLu Self-Publishing for his book, and his book's now available on Amazon and he's gotten a pretty good profit...AND I'D GET TO DECIDE MY OWN COVER!!!!!!! That would be AWESOME. A dream come true :) My friend M.M. wants to be on the cover, and my friend A.B.'s mom is a professional photographer. And I'm pretty proficient with Picnik and Adobe Photoshop....Hehehe I get so excited just thinking about it!! :D Also...I'm not really sure I want my book to be read by many others besides my friends and family. I'm not really sure I want to share my characters with a bunch of strangers, if you know what I mean. Meh, I don't know. Self-publishing's just sounding incredibly appealing to me right now. 
            But God'll show me which way He wants to go, so I ain't worried about it right now :)

And Here We Go...

Ok, so....I have a crush on this guy. Shocker, right? ;) We'll call him Polka Dot (just for fun, and because I DON'T WANT ANYONE KNOWING WHO IT IS, ok?) :)
     So yeah. He's all I can think about. But the weird thing is, I don't like him. I admire him, because he's a really strong Christian and he's just darn cool, but....I don't know. It's weird. When I like guys, I don't actually 'like' them, so don't get confused. o.O And the thing with me is, I don't like someone just to be liking a guy; I like a guy because I'm genuinely interested in him as a prospective husband. 
            Yeah, I know.I'm 15. What the heck am I doing thinking about getting married at this age? But hey, IT'S ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS THAT'S EVER GONNA HAPPEN TO ME!! I wanna know what kind of guys I like. 'Cause after all, God says 'Enjoy life with the wife (or husband) whom you love and all the days of your life that He has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life.'- Ecclesiastes 9:9. So......that's what I intend to do. And I mean, I'm not really too young to be thinking about what kind of guy I want to marry; it's good to know what you're looking for. And as long as my husband-to-be is a very strong Christian, that's kind of all that matters to me.
      I just read back over this and realised that I must sound very strange indeed. But it's not like anyone reads my posts, anyway, so..... :)
        SO. To sum all of that up = life as a Christian, teenage Elizabeth Anne McKinney is very, very interesting! :)

One Down

Well, one agent down. Who-knows-how-many to go! Mary decided she didn't care for my book, but I'm actually kinda happy about that, because now I can send a query letter to the agent I really liked - Molly. Yay! God has a funny but awesome way of orchestrating things, doesn't He? 
    So today, Mum and I are working on a new query letter to send to Molly ('cause she wanted some different things than Mary) and we should be sending it fairly soon, I think. Pray for us, guys! :)

Track Meet Aftermath

I. Am. Exhausted. Utterly and completely exhausted. o.O So as you know, I had a track meet yesterday. We got on the buses after 3rd period, drove for 45 minutes, stopped at Subway, and then drove for another 45 minutes to the school.  Once there, A.S., M.D., and I headed off to the discus ring so A.S. and M.D. could warm up. A.S. really doesn't like discus, but Mrs. Berry made her do it anyway. She actually did really good, though; she threw 72 feet! M.D. threw 87 feet and got 6th place overall in varsity girls' discus. 
    Then we headed to our camp under the bleachers and tried to find P.G., which took a really long time, but we eventually found her at pole vault. And she did awesome!! She got 1st place after she cleared 8'6". She very nearly cleared 9 feet, but couldn't quite clear it.We watched M.M. and a few of the other boys run races and then K.T., M.D., and I did shot put, which was a fail of epic proportions - we got last. But the other 15 girls were HUGE - they were big, black girls who were really strong, so we kinda didn't have much chance. But it was fun anyway :)
      So A.S. and I chilled out for a while, watched all the races, tried to do our homework but didn't, cheered for P.G. in hurdles (she got 2nd) and I cheered for A.S.  and M.V. when they did triple jump. 
      After 9, we watched the relays (we came in last in all of them :( )  and cheered on M.O., K.H., W.M., and M.M. as they ran. They did really good, I thought, even though they came in last. The girls did good too :) 
      So it was really awesome. But we got back to P.G.'s at 12:30, then we had to shower and do homework - math - which was kinda impossible, because our brains were fried. o.O  Ahhh, fun stuff :)
      

Meeting on the Track! ;)

Track meet tomorrow!! We get to leave at 3rd period and pile into the buses and drive out to the track. The actual meet starts at like 3, and finals start at 5. We're gonna be getting back to the school at around 11 PM. o.O Fun stuff. So, since I live an hour away, I'm spending the night with my good friends P.G. and N.G. and going to school with them the next morning. How awesome is that??
    Tomorrow's gonna be awesome!!! Can't wait! :D

Erg

Just found an agent I like even better than the one I already sent my query letter to. -.- Grr. And this new agent only takes two weeks to reply! Oh well...I guess I'll wait to see what Mary K.  says before I send anything to Molly, because I didn't know about Molly when I sent it, so if I sent a query to Molly now, that might be bad, because I didn't let Mary K. know it was a multiple submission. I couldn't technically have let her know, but....Well, it's in God's hands; I'll get the agent He thinks is best for me, anyway. So it's all good...just mildly frustrating. o.O

Wow!

On Thursday, I went to my friend H.K.'s 16th birthday party. H.K. is from Korea, and she's only been at my school for aboout 3 weeks, so I was kinda surprised I got invited, but happy, too. Her b-day party was at her guardians' home at 5:30 on Thursday, and I was the first one there, which was a teensy bit awkward, but it was ok. About twenty minutes later, her friend Clare got there, so that made it a little better. About twenty minutes after that, my best friend M.M. got there, which made it A LOT better!! M.M. is such a goofball. She entertained us all while we ate and waited for J.J., A.S., and T.H. to get there, but out of the 3 of them, only J.J. showed up. (A.S. and T.H. ended up not being able to come, for reasons still unknown o.O) After we ate, we watched Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (which is an AMAZING movie, by the way!!) on this big-screen projector that H.K.'s 'dad' had set up. It was really big and awesome!! But M.M. spent most of the movie trying to shove chips in my mouth, which was kinda...weird. o.O
   But it was an awesommmmme birthday party! They even had two cats! Maine Coon cats, which are big and FLUFFY. Ziggy and Zeba were their names. J.J. is obsessed with cats, so she had a blast. :)
   But the really cool thing was, after we left, Mum told me that H.K.'s 'dad', Clint, works as a track coach at my best friend's school! (For all of you who aren't sure who J.R. is, he's an eighth grader who used to go to my school, who was my best friend for a long time, my boyfriend for almost a year, and is no longer going to my school) Now...J.R.'s been having some problems at his new school, and I've been concerned about him. Mum told Clint about J.R. and that we were concerned about him, and Clint says, "I'm on it!" He said that he'll find some time to sit down and talk as a friend to J.R. and maybe help him find his way through all the stuff he's been dealing with. Wow!!! God is so good!! I had been praying very earnestly in the days prior to Thursday for God to send J.R. someone to help him, and bam! God sends someone!! I mean, what are the odds that Clint and his wife have known H.K. from the time she was 10, happened to be able to be her guardians when she came to the U.S., sent her to my school, invited me to the party, and works at J.R.'s school? If that isn't an answered prayer, then I'm a turnip. (I hate turnips, by the way)
   God is truly working in all our lives, friends! He's got it all under control. :)

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