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This is a strange post, so you have to read it with an open mind.
I came to the realization recently that I have accidentally stumbled into a publisher.
I can hear the confusion already. “This is the third pressing of your book. What do you mean you JUST realized that you have publishers?”
I should note at this point that I am happy with my short stint with Friessen. They were fantastic, and very cognizant of the fact that I had little idea of what I was doing.
Olympia is different.
They told me that, as soon as the book was pressed, it is hands off from me until they need me for unforeseen events. They want me to sit back and work on my next book, and not worry actively about additional distribution. They claimed that they will look for publicity in the forms of interviews and reviews, and they have already contacted several stores, both online and off, about carrying my book.
For the sake of comparison, at this point, Friessen had pressed my book. By their metrics, their mission was done. I do not fault them: I had signed that contract for production, and they were a temporary storage facility for distributors to collect copies of the book when time needs.
A simpler way to explain it: Friessen was a producer, Olympia is a partener.
Some, if not most readers of this blog, are screaming “NO SHIT” at their screens. I do not think that it is unreasonable to feel that way.
Counterpoint: I was not aware what I was in for. I am far from offended, and I am trying my best to be prepared. I do have my next book over 70% done. It’s just strange to think that this is actually kind of happening! I am more that certain that someone will feel as if I am wrong on parts of my mindset.
Hell: I will probably come across this post in a few months and think “…you fucking pleb…” and then resist an urge to delete it to pretend that there is no record of my ignorance.
To be completely blunt: I am kind of writing this post BECAUSE I am in such disbelief right now. As I stated, I made this realization rather suddenly just the other day. I am still kind of reeling.
No, this is not a thinly veiled brag. Honestly, this is me coming to terms with what is going on.
Seriously: it would mean the world if you looked into my book. If you have a copy, there is no obligation to get a new copy. I mean, the cover is beautiful, and the grammar and spelling is cleaned up. It’s a bit more streamlined, and some of the ideas are given greater weight. If you have the old version, either old version, thank you. If you want to see what has changed, get yours today!
OH! I should mention that I am looking for “sponsors” on my vlog! I have started a “Buy Me a Coffee” and a small donation of $10 is enough for 1 min of ad read! The only other stipulation is you have to give me an ad to read. I am happy to say that I am working with a friend of mine, once he gets me a script.
HEAR THAT, CORY? I NEED THAT FUCKING SCRIPT!
A couple of days ago, I canceled (I hope I did it right) my Patreon.
I ran it for a while, but I have noticed myself falling short on immediate production of content, and I felt like it was unfair to be supported by the few people still on that list.
I have started a “Buy Me a Coffee” account, instead. It is more tip based. You can donate a dollar once, and never have to worry about being charge again!
I am still getting used to the new format. I ask for your patience as I figure out all of the in’s-&-out’s over the next bit. I think the layout I have right now is interesting, and it is very barebones right now. I plan on doing proper updates once I have everything sorted.
In the meantime, give it a gander! Tell me if you feel I should consider something that I haven’t set up yet, and tell me what you would like to see!
If you ARE one of the few who still support me on Patreon: I read that you may be charged for August, but if it happens after that, please let me know!
I set up a new donation thing at Buy Me a Coffee! It’s a bit more user friendly than Patreon, but I will still keep that one active for those who prefer that.
As I have mentioned before in a blog post I cannot be fucked to find so I can link to it, this site does have (minimal) upkeep costs. Plus, it is my primary source of income right now, other than government money, since I cannot work.
Please, consider donating. No, there is no obligation. My animals do like eating, though.
The one thing I will promise through Buy Me a Coffee is a monthly conversation. I am spending some time looking for a way to set that up right now. I will have everything figured out by February at the latest.