Intro

My name is Nick.  I am an aspiring writer and not much else more.  It has come to my attention that it would be a good idea to start a blog, so I am going to do just that.  Here goes:

I’m not entirely certain what I’m supposed to talk about here, but I suppose it could be just about anything.  Hobbies or interests, movies, games, books…whatever.  I choose to start with a tale.

On January 7th, I self-published a short story on Amazon Kindle entitled “From the Hollow.”  I don’t know how good it is; I’ve yet to get a review on it.  I’ve been whoring myself out on Facebook (much to my chagrin, I might add) in a vain attempt to get friends and family to cough up a dollar for my efforts.  So far, these posts have generated a whopping 16 sales, of which I get 35 cents per unit sold.  Ergo, I have made $5.60.  Not bad, I suppose, unless you take into consideration the fact that Amazon doesn’t pay out unless you reach a  minimum of $10 in royalties, which really means I have made a profit of exactly zero dollars.  Discouraging, yes, but it has only been a week, so a glimmer of hope remains.  I just have to find that hope and reinvigorate it.

My main project has been a book, for which I’ve yet to generate a title.  It takes place in a semi-post-apocalyptic world in which zombies have taken over a vast majority of the human race, but most of the uprising has been quelled, resulting in very few survivors and even fewer zombies.  To date there are only four of the creatures featured in my story, and I have no intention of adding more (though one idea of mine involves there being many more; perhaps some day you’ll see).  Instead of revolving around zombies and physical struggle, it has much more to do with human beings and how they react in extraordinary situations.  I often find myself asking “What would I do in this predicament?” or “How far would I go to protect the ones I love?”  As a result, the main character often asks himself the latter question many times throughout the story, consequentially pushing him beyond his past self-imposed limitations.  It is easier to make hasty decisions without worrying what society thinks, after all.  In a world without a stable society, what are consequences?  Do they even exist anymore?  These are questions I am attempting to answer.  Struggling, as the case may be at times.

I reiterate: perhaps, some day, you’ll see.

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3 thoughts on “Intro

  1. Hi 🙂

    Selling a book is a monumental task and from what I have read and seen, ‘selling’ your short story for free may be the way to go. Have you tried using Smashwords? That will help you get your book out to more people because they publish through many sites. Also, twitter and other sites where you can ‘promote’ yourself would be a great idea. I’m an aspiring author too so I feel your pain – publishing and everything that goes with it is something I’m not sure I’m looking forward to dealing with! Good luck!

    • Not bothering posting this one on Smashwords. Besides, I enrolled into KDP Select, so Amazon reserves the exclusive rights to the digital format of the short for a period of 90 days. It’ll be a lot more work releasing my current project, but that’s a long ways away.
      The short’s actually going to be free for the next two days; I’ll probably throw a link on here tomorrow.

      • Ah, I read about KDP and was definitely considering that in the future so I understand exactly what you are talking about. 🙂 And if you post the link, I will definitely take a look at the short story and comment on it for you. I looked it up on Amazon just a few moments ago and it sounds interesting. 🙂 I hope you get lots of writing done…I need to focus myself but I’m having too much fun setting up my blog, lol.

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