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- Mar 15, 2018
Short-term it can work great. Long-term I don't really see an author building a solid international fan base if they only sell on one site. In general, business-wise it's a terrible move to have only one distributor. I know that it only applies to e-books (though most authors are also exclusive to ACX for audiobooks) but it's still a big limitation and a dangerous move long-term.
I'm now writing fiction and I don't plan to enroll in KU regardless of the genre I'm going to end up writing.
I agree with that.100%.
Which is the reason why I can't make non-fiction work anymore for me. A few years ago, you could hit it big without having a personal brand. Amazon helped promote books that you put on their radar through your initial efforts. These days, more marketing is needed and people want to know the author behind the book, want to see the author's blog, YouTube channel, Instagram profile, etc. I don't want to sell my life like that.
There are possibly some non-fiction niches where you could get away without doing this (or even without an author name) but I'm not sure if I still want to write non-fiction. I have one idea in mind but it's not something I'm extremely fired up about so writing a series of books might be a challenge.
That's one of the reasons why I'm learning how to write fiction. Very few people care who's behind a novel they enjoy. It's the fictional characters they care about.
I do sometimes question, however, where book publishing is heading. Will it go down the same route of subscriptions/mass consumption like Netflix has for TV/movies and Spotify for music or will there always be a market of buyers?
Who knows. I do think if they rope more reputable authors into the programme, the tide could sway that way.
For fiction book, do you already have, or plan to have, a dedicated website?
You talk about several books you sold in the past since 2006. Do you have build this business only with your main website think8020 or do you have a bunch of other websites you create only to market your new selfpublished books?
Slightly unrelated to the overall thread, but I’ve enjoyed your Website post @MTF
“Why You Need Slack in Your Life”Curious, could you see your think80/20 as a potential fastlane similar to fs ? Shane built it into a real business, with employees and all. I’m sure he’s fastlane now with helping buy companies etc.
Amit,We've worked really hard with Open AI to have our own safeguards in place here that don't limit fiction writers. When using the default safety filter we found the same thing you did: way too content was being erroneously tagged as sensitive/toxic.
Not yet. We may throw the doors open so people can sign up easily right away in the coming months, but the software will likely be 'beta' for a while. All that means is that it's likely to change a lot as we improve it.
The only obstacles we have stopping us from going completely open right now are:
1) We want the product to be better. We want the first-time experience to be easier.
2) We have some limits in place from OpenAI's side. As they gain trust in our filtering (see #1 above), those should be lifted.
3) Pricing/costs -- We've optimized entirely for the quality of output and stayed away from cost-cutting. Unfortunately, that means that while quality is high, it's quite expensive to run. We may create multiple pricing tiers or change pricing before throwing the doors open to make the numbers more tenable. (Will grandfather in existing subscribers as long as possible.)
We do some prompt engineering to prime GPT-3 to provide relevant twists based on genre. But mixing and matching works well. What genres would you like to see added?
Yes haha. It feels like science-fiction. When James and I started playing around with this tech last year we couldn't believe what I was capable of.
Yep! I think the best writing is going to be created not by humans alone or AIs alone, but by collaboration between the two. We want to sit at that intersection and enable humans to go further, faster.
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No I don't think you need that mindset.Do you think you need to share the "I need to tell the story" mindset to succeed on a big level? Or are they outliers among millions of writers who also had to "tell their stories" but never managed to make anything off them? Or are they saying it because it sounds nice but in reality their priority was also money, not art?
This is a business for you. It likely was a business for some world class writers too.
I do think you need the mindset that you're working on your craft. Whether you consider it art, or just telling a story, I think you need to be great at your craft. I think a reader can tell when you're mailing it in just to get a check.
@MTF Mi piacerebbe conoscere la tua opinione sul mio messaggio sopra.Vorrei seguire il punto di MJ sull'importanza chiave dell'editing, anche con Jarvis AI.
Ho chiesto a @Madame Peccato un feedback su Jarvis in italiano: ho condiviso l'argomento e il contesto da inserire nell'AI. Poi ho ricevuto un messaggio.
La mia prima impressione: sebbene sia utile per superare il blocco dello scrittore, sono d'accordo con @MJ DeMarco quando ha detto che l'editing diventa l'azione più importante, che richiede molto tempo.
Vedo che il tono di voce è piatto, senza personalità, quasi morto. Puoi ottenere idee da esso, ma è solo un piccolo suggerimento, una spinta al tuo cervello per andare avanti a scrivere.
Inoltre, tutte le informazioni che AI "butta fuori" per costruire le sue frasi devono essere controllate per verificare se le informazioni sono corrette o meno. E questa è, forse, l'operazione che fa perdere più tempo.
Sono sicuro che l'IA giocherà un ruolo di primo piano nell'industria della scrittura da diversi anni. Ma, per ora, vedo impossibile per un'intelligenza artificiale riprodurre la personalità umana e le sfumature delle lingue (soprattutto le più complesse come l'italiano o lo spagnolo che hanno molte regole grammaticali).
Sto lavorando alla costruzione di un dizionario digitale e interattivo (solo italiano per ora) che possa supportare gli scrittori con detti locali, metafore, figure retoriche per poter riscrivere frasi con un linguaggio figurato che possa essere più efficace per il cervello del lettore.
IMO può essere un utile strumento di supporto per tutti coloro che vogliono diventare copywriter e content writer. Devi saper scrivere bene. Scrivere bene sarà sempre più efficace di ogni singolo modello di copywriting che puoi acquistare da un cosiddetto guru (che si limita a copiare e incollare il lavoro di qualcun altro).
I see that the tone of voice is flat, without personality, almost dead. You can get ideas from it but it's only a little hint, a prodding to your brain to go ahead writing.
I was wondering about one thing...
In interviews, bestselling fiction writers usually say that they had to write their books because they needed to tell the story that was in their head.
I'm not wired like that. I write primarily to make money. If somebody told me I wouldn't be able to make money off writing, I wouldn't write anymore.
Do you think you need to share the "I need to tell the story" mindset to succeed on a big level? Or are they outliers among millions of writers who also had to "tell their stories" but never managed to make anything off them? Or are they saying it because it sounds nice but in reality their priority was also money, not art?
Who's this "one guy"?No, I don't believe you need this to succeed, but for the sake of longevity and avoiding burnout, I think it helps to have *some* level of desire to write/improve craft/etc.
That said, there is this one guy who turns over $40k+ per month** writing cozy mysteries (a female-dominated genre). He's ex-military, doesn't read fiction books, doesn't plot, doesn't write to market, and breaks nearly every genre trope going.
Yet, he is more successful than most who sneeze and fart purple prose.
Not because he's a talented writer (he's the first to admit he isn't). I believe it's because he treats writing like a business.
He writes fast and publishes quickly.
He engages with fans.
He markets his books.
He doesn't treat his stories like precious little darlings - they're products.
While I cannot speak of his "love" for the craft (he doesn't talk much about that in the FB group), his numbers are his numbers.
Is he an outlier? Maybe.
But I have a sneaky suspicion there are similar writers enjoying similar successes somewhere in the shadows.
(**He publishes exclusively through KU.)
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