The Future of Artificial Intelligence: Should we be worried?

Yes, I have heard a lot of things when it comes to writers and the future of artificial intelligence (AI for short). The latest buzz has been writers worrying about the future between the real human writers out here who bust their you know what to write books on a daily basis either as a main source of income or as a secondary source of income vs. AI writers who uses the different AI software to write a book and to hopefully make a profit. Lately, the argument has been writers who are either against AI altogether or who fully embrace AI to take the place of being creative when it comes to their written work.

It has gotten so bad to a point where small publishers in the publishing world has shut down submissions due to the fear of the writer submitting their work through AI. While there are publishers and small presses shutting down the use of AI for future submissions, there are other companies like Amazon KDP, who doesn’t seem to fazed by it at all. So, what is my take on the situation?

I say we can exist in a world where we could embrace both as long as it doesn’t require people to cheat or copy other people’s work and use it as their own.

I am okay with using this type of technology when it comes to creating writing prompts whenever a writer gets stuck on an idea and needs some sort of inspiration to write. I think it would okay to do this considering how hard it can be to come up with ideas for novels. However, I am totally against using it if a writer wants to earn a quick buck by using AI to write the story for them. This is what seems to be happening right now and I must admit that this does not bring a warm and fuzzy feeling to me at all. But, I do believe that despite this massive wave of AI writers hitting the self-publishing platform that it will never replace human writers now or in the future.

Why? Because human writers know how to write based on human emotions. This is something I have realized when it comes to AI submissions. Even though it provides plenty of information when it comes to a range of topics, it will never capture the human emotions that only a human writer can do. Human writers write about love, sadness, death, and other emotions that AI fails to understand. Twilight became a success because of the human emotions of falling in love for the first time… with a vampire. The Vampire Diaries was a huge success because of the main character’s emotional struggle on having to choose between two brothers when she clearly loves them both in her own way.

The Stepsisters by Susan Mallery deals with a woman who is trying to move on with her life even though she feels as if it’s falling apart because of her husband and her relationship with her stepsister. All of these stories have to make the characters relatable so that the reader can feel something. Can AI do this? I don’t think so. Will they ever be able to in the future? Time will tell. For now, I am going to continue to write my books and hope that someday, I will be able to write enough books for readers to love.

That’s all for now. See you soon.

Dominique Gibson

New Deadlines for Courtney’s Redemption

Hi! I know it has been a busy week for me considering I am doing lesson plans and training at my daycare job (Not to mention I haven’t even got started on doing my taxes yet…gulp!). But I decided that I wanted to start the new year off by creating some new deadlines when it comes to finishing Courtney’s Redemption. I know that deep down, I had to be realistic about my writing deadlines when it came to completing the book. I am pretty sure that I would have fully completed it if I had just turned it into a full length novel already but I will not dwell on the past. Have to keep moving forward right?

Anyways, after thinking about this long and hard, I came up with at least five different deadlines to complete Courtney’s Redemption by the end of this year.

April 9th, 2023

June 18th, 2023

August 28th, 2023 (My Birthday!)

October 9th, 2023

November 10th, 2023

I am pretty sure I will be able to complete this book between June and August of this year. As of me writing this, I am currently on chapter eight of this book and have already established a range of ten to thirteen chapters for me to complete this book. Considering my books have a word count range of 60,000 to 65,000 words (240 to 260 pages), I have no doubt that I will be meeting my deadline very soon. For any of you who might be wondering if my book is on the short end, it is. Normally, the word count to my books would have to be closer to 80,000 to 90,000 words for a science fiction romance novel if I wanted to do a traditional book publishing deal.

But considering I am self-publishing, I can do what I want.

And it feels good.

That’s all for now.

Dominique Gibson

New Logo: The Gibson Newsletter

Hi! Dominique Gibson is back with another post. As I am working on the latest edition of The Gibson Newsletter, I decided to make this announcement on my blog considering I am going to be so busy working on my newsletter and the latest draft of ‘Courtney Redemption’ and a few other things that need my attention. Anyways, considering how much of a struggle it has been for me to keep doing newsletters every month due to my conflicting schedule with my full-time job, I have decided to do the newsletters six times a year (Every two months). Here is how the schedule will go.

January/February 2023

March/ April 2023

May/June 2023

July/August 2023

September/October 2023

November/December 2023

I think this schedule will work a lot better for me considering it will give me more time to think about the content I want to present to you coming from the author’s perspective. The topic for the January/February issue is a really good topic that authors and readers should explore. If you want a copy of it, please feel free to sign up for my email list down below.

As you can see, I have introduced a new logo that you will be seeing in the new Gibson newsletter for the new year. I think it’s looks pretty neat. One final change I wanted to mention is that my newsletters will start becoming shorter from now on. Instead of the extra content I have been doing for the last three years, I will be posting articles about some of the things that I am passionate about or which grabs my attention at the moment. I will be posting some things that are related to my own work as well but I will also post some things that are happening in the publishing world in addition to what readers are reading now a days, the latest trends, etc.

I hope you will enjoy my newsletter this month and for the coming months afterwards. See you soon.

Dominique Gibson

I did it again: Submitting to Romance Includes You Mentorship

I did it again. I signed up and entered in the Romance Includes You Mentorship program this year. I will never forget when I did this back in 2019. I had prepared my submission to be entered into the ‘Romance Includes You’ Mentorship. It was for writers in the United States and Canada who dreamed of becoming a Harlequin author. The winner was going to receive a $5,000 dollars to sign a contract with Harlequin and to be mentored by someone on the Harlequin team for an entire year. Within that year, the winner will be able to publish a category romance with Harlequin. The contest was open to unpublished and self-published authors who are not represented by a commercial publisher or agent.

I wanted the opportunity to be published with Harlequin so I submitted the story to them. Then, that’s when I got the disappointing news: I didn’t win. I wasn’t offered the contract or mentorship I wanted. I was devastated. But I was happy for the winner. Since then, I waited for the opportunity to come around again. If you check out my prior posts on my website, you will see I mostly reviewed books by Harlequin authors. I can’t help it, I love being a romance reader and writer and Harlequin did that for me back when I was little.

Now fast forward to 2023 where the opportunity to become a Harlequin author has presented itself once again. Despite the fact that I have three self-published books out into the world…and despite the fact that I love writing the Truson S.E.T. Series with all of my heart, I still have that burning desire I cannot shake no matter what I do.

To become a hybrid author. To continue to self-publish and write for Harlequin at the same time.

I know what you are probably thinking: But wait a minute Dominique, you can achieve a lot more success, money, and freedom when it comes to you self-publishing. All you have to do is give it a couple of years and I’m pretty sure you will achieve what you mostly desire.

Or: Dominique, you are giving self-publishing a bad name when you do this. Don’t you know that there are authors like you who have achieved thousands and even millions of dollars just by self-publishing?

Yes. I am aware of all of this. I could easily continue to self-publish my work and not even consider traditional publishing because of the low royalties I would get or the rights the publishing company would take away from me once I sign on the dotted line and give my book away. Yes, I am aware of this but guess what?

I don’t care.

For me, I don’t do writing because of the money. I have heard about publishing companies paying authors very little money for the hard work and dedication they put into their work. I m aware of it and it sucks. But, the reason why I decided to try again with this mentorship is because I love reading their novels and hoped to one day write for them. I have a full time job that pays the bills right now so I am not too worried about my writing on the money side. No, for me, I want to enjoy my life writing stories that I love to read and write about without having to worry about money in the process.

Isn’t that what it’s supposed to be about at the end of the day? I don’t know, you tell me.

That’s it. That’s all I have for now. Just wanted to rant for a little bit before I go back to writing my next masterpiece. See ya soon.

Dominique Gibson

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