Of late, I've been scheming. Plotting.
I posted about this on my other blog, but in essence, I want (very badly) to go to the 2012 OYAN Summer Workshop, which I went to this past year. Problem is, plane tickets cost mucho money, eh?
So...I had an idea.
It was midnight.
I was staring at the ceiling. Again.
And then I had the brilliant idea to publish The War Horn as an eBook and make thousands of dollars and be rich and have enough to go to the Workshop.
So I started on my quest - I went to CreateSpace and looked into their Kindle Publishing options. If I would publish The War Horn, it would be self-publishing. It's such a weird little book that no one would even touch it. At 25,000 words, it's a short little novella, and the genre is very hard to define. It's supposed to be somewhat historical, but, as I've said before, it fails in that respect. It does, however, have fairly good writing quality (by my standards) and one of my greatest endings. (I only have a half-dozen endings to choose from, anyhow. ^_^)
Turns out, Amazon has this thing called Kindle Direct Publishing. It's really straightforward: upload your book, upload a cover, select a few options and set a price, and BOOM! you're published! And they have a fantastic 70% royalty rate. That's seventy cents out of every dollar. $700,000 out of every million.
Problem is, they have an 18+ age rule.
However, I'm fairly certain that I could use my parents account to publish without violating their rule, since I would have parental permission and an account for payment methods. I emailed them about it, but the only reply I've gotten so far basically said, "We're busy right now, we'll email you later." Except, much longer and more diplomatic.
So, what do you think? Good idea, bad idea?
Also, I may - just maybe - be looking for people to pre-read the novel. And critiquers. Not before my family, of course ;) they'll read it as soon as I'm done with my own edits.
Oh, and one more thing. If I published the War Horn as an eBook, would you buy it? Speak truthfully. The price would be somewhere below four dollars. I'm setting up a poll on the sidebar - take a look and vote, and/or comment below.
Until we meet again,