Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Missing Lulu Revenue Solved

I wrote a blog entry earlier regarding the fact that I wasn't paid for more than half of the books that I sold on Lulu.com. Understandably, I was miffed that I wasn't receiving my revenue. So, I finally contacted Lulu Support, and they gave me a swift reply. And... it turns out it was my fault that I didn't get paid.

According to Lulu, I wasn't paid for 6 out of 10 sales because I bought them myself. And when you purchase your own book, you receive zero creator revenue. I'm pretty certain that I overlooked that fact, since I sure as heck don't remember every single little detail that I read in rules, terms, and guidelines. So, I'm not going to throw a fit and demand my money. Since I'm new to this publishing thing, I'll be learning as I go along. And so long as I can write and have it published and copyrighted, I'm content.

On a side note, I'd like to show some admiration and gratitude for the helpfulness of Lulu.com and what they've done to allow me to publish my own stories. I intend to build up quite a collection if my inspiration and hands won't give out on me.

So, we all learned a valuable lesson today children: Make sure you read things more carefully, especially when you're money is involved.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Inspiration = Renewed!

It's amazing. A little encouragement can go a long way.

Out of curiosity, I decided to type my name and the title of my book, Tarkington Wolf, in the search engine. I didn't expect anything to pop up, since I'm hardly putting enough effort into promoting my writing. But, at the top of the search popped up a fellow Blog called POD People. I'm convinced that there exists in this Blog the only existing review ever written on my writing. (That wasn't written by a family member... *cough* Thanks Mom...)

I was honestly surprised to find it, but my surprise blew my head off my shoulders when I realized that the review wasn't a terrible one. They gave me an unexpected 8.5/10. I'm flattered to the point of jumping up and down like a giddy 5-year-old, but the uber-serious writer in me keeps my feet planted firmly on the ground to attempt some degree of professionalism. (I hopped around and squealed when no one was looking...)

What made me the most proud was that the reviewer, Emily Veinglory, understood everything that I intended in the story. That it was written with the flavor of a 19th century novel, and that the protoganist Ben is an emo little whiny baby. Okay, I shouldn't make fun of my own hero but.. well, he was. Intentionally.

I'm very grateful for the review, and it has inspired me to get back to writing, since I haven't touched any of my incomplete stories in well over a month. Because of Emily's great review, I know I'm not doing too much wrong, but also that I still have a lot to learn. But that's the fun of writing, isn't it?

Here's the review by Emily Veinglory for my book, Tarkington Wolf