Why I decided not to take Futurescapes after all

Hi! Dominique Gibson is back with another post. On September 30th, a deadline was made to submit my manuscript along with the first payment to the Futurescapes Workshop. I will admit that I was super excited about being admitted into the workshop and had every intention of going to the virtual workshop.

Unfortunately, it just wasn’t meant to be and here’s why:

The payment plan – After I signed up for the workshop, I got an email detailing how much the workshop was going to cost me: $2,090 dollars. A generous donor eliminated $500 dollars (I believe) to make up the difference. However, I was having too many financial issues when it came to this situation and I had no other choice but to back out of the deal.

My Goals – I also realized that writing science fiction/ fantasy novels is something I would want to self-publish more than go the traditional publishing route. Although both routes will take a long time to build an audience, I find that self-publishing is a faster alternative to gain more readers into reading the author’s work than waiting a year or more for their books to be on the shelves.

Harlequin: As I stated a few posts back, I have decided to follow my childhood dream of writing for Harlequin. So far, The line I wish to write for is still active and my plan is to take a little bit of break between my Truson S.E.T. Series books and write for one of their category romance lines. I will be sure to keep you posted.

Was I a little sad that I wasn’t going to be able to go to the workshop? Yes and no. I know that going to the workshop would give me the chance to be critiqued and judged by a literary agent but I kind of like doing things on my own. Even if I was alone when it came to running my business, I would enjoy every minute because I wouldn’t have to worry about going the traditional publishing route and try to self-publish things on my own.

Hope this post helped. See you soon.

Dominique Gibson

The Goal: To become a Full-Time Author

Hi! I’m back with another post. So, I have been thinking long and hard about this one. I have been thinking about this for a long time now on making my dreams of being a full-time author come true. I went searching on the internet on how other people have done it so I could take it into consideration on some ideas on how I could do it as well. I found one article that piqued my interest when it came to writing romance novels and how they are making six-to-seven figures writing romance novels.

In this article, DC Kalbach talks about how the money he has made to the point where he is comfortable with his lifestyle. I read more and found out that he has some novels he has specifically on Kindle Unlimited while he has others on other publishing platforms as well. He writes under a pen names and releases ONE BOOK A MONTH on KU. Yes, you read that right. ONE BOOK A MONTH. I think that’s called Rapid Release Publishing.

The truth is, I think I will be able to pull it off if I decided to write the first drafts of the following books:

Courtney’s Redemption

The Reinmans: The Female Bodyguard (Future project I am announcing right now on this blog)

A Phiman’s Betrayal (Coming out in 2023)

A Phiman’s Conquest (Coming out in 2023)

A Phiman’s Desire (Coming out in 2023)

Lex (Plan for 2023)

That would be a total of six books within one year. Writing the first draft is not really the hard part. The hard part would come in when it comes to finding an editor who is able to edit these books within a month’s time. Then I would have to find readers for the ARC’S, make sure everything fits together by buying ISBN’S, designing the book cover, etc.

This would be on top of working TWO jobs, which I have to admit is taking it’s toll on me. Not to mention working on my manuscript for another project (Which I will announce tomorrow). However, I will admit that the article was inspiring so I decided to share the link here if you wanted to take a look at it.

That’s it for now. See you soon.

Dominique Gibson

The Third Draft of Courtney’s Redemption -Book Form

Hi! Dominique Gibson is back with another post. I am super excited to announce that I am in the third draft of my novella Courtney’s Redemption with the added changes that were suggested by Karoline Rayne on Fiverr. There were some changes that I have already made based on her suggestions that were easy to do and then there were some that needed some major do-overs (Like the illness I had gave Evita in the book that didn’t apply to girls, only boys). I figured that the only way for me to address these changes was for me to have a physical copy of the third draft of the book (the same way as I did for the first one) so I can carry it with me whenever I am on the bus or the train to rewrite it into the fourth draft of the book without having to carry my laptop everywhere I go.

I will be sure to upload the changes that she suggested on a later post. Please be on the lookout for it real soon.

Have a great day!

Dominique Gibson

Helpful Tips for Authors: All About Book Marketing

Hi! Dominique Gibson is back with another post. So, I took the opportunity to catch up on some videos on self-publishing and happened to come across a video that talks about the one thing that we all suffer from as authors: marketing. Although I am pretty sure that traditionally published authors suffer from it as well, my focus for today is all about different strategies and different ways on how indie authors can market their books. I will admit that this video came out a month ago but I still think that it’s a great video to go back and take a look at to figure out what works for different indie authors out there when it comes to marketing their books and their brand.

I just watched this video as these two wonderful ladies talk about book marketing and what strategies might work for one indie author and not another. Sara also gives out pretty good tips about tropes, genre trends and more (I especially like when she says how it’s important to write what you love instead of following what other people are doing). If you would like to check it out, feel free to click on the link above. The video is long (about and hour and twenty-eight minutes) but it’s worth watching.

Until next time

Dominique Gibson

The Self-Publishing School Debate – The Results

Hi! Dominique Gibson is back with another post. Now, I don’t know if any of you were paying attention or missed any of my last posts I mentioned when it came to landing my dream job at the Self-Publishing School as an Author Success Coach (If you are interested in learning more, you can find out that info my clicking down below on my latest posts between me and the Self-Publishing School).

Author Success Coach Job

Why I’m Upset with the Self-Publishing School – My Rant

Why I’m Upset with the Self-Publishing School – My Second (and possibly final) rant

Well, I’m back. Only this time, it’s just to share my results of my overall experience when it came to this issue. So yesterday (which was Friday, September 9th, 2022), I received this email from the self-publishing school about their position on the issue:

Good Morning Dominique,

We understand your frustration and are disappointed to hear about your experience. However, you booked two time slots—one of which you booked the wrong time. with over 200 applicants, attention to detail is one of the key characteristics of the job.

Although you feel shortchanged, imagine how another applicant feels as they could also could have had the opportunity to interview and were unable to. We can agree that the communication should and will improve and we will address that internally.

We sincerely hope you consider SPS in the future as we would love to consider you in the future for other opportunities.

The SPS Team

Here was my response to their email:

Good morning,

As you stated in your earlier email, “Attention to detail is one of the key characteristics of the job”

Shouldn’t that rule also apply to your talent management as well? It shouldn’t just be with this particular job but with all jobs in general.

I can only imagine if someone else was in the same position I was in and automatically got kicked out because they switched time slots even though the calendar system you created didn’t cross it out or say it wasn’t available for that particular time at that moment.

Then on top of that decided to give the 1:15 time slot to a brand new applicant instead of taking the time to ask the simple question of if I still wanted to attend the 1:15 PM time slot that was originally given to me at first.

I see that you are are trying to cover yourselves up when it comes to this situation but it’s fine. My statement will go as follows:

“It’s always better to work for yourself than to work for other people. Why? Because you have no one to answer to but yourself.”

Good luck with all of your future endeavors. Send my best wishes to the candidate you hire in the future.

Dominique Gibson

My Overall thoughts on this situation:

  1. I think I did a really good job when it comes to defending myself in this situation. I felt as if it was a little unfair about what went down between me and them and I was glad that I made the effort to talk about it instead of ignoring it. If I did, then they wouldn’t be able to see the error of their ways to fix the problem in the future.
  2. “If you don’t speak up, change will never come.” I am pretty sure that is a famous quote from somewhere (Or not I don’t know) but that quote sums up what I did in this situation. I spoke up on what was wrong and even give out some hints right here on my website on what they could have done instead.
  3. “It’s always better to work for yourself than to work for other people. Why? Because you have no one to answer to but yourself.” I believe in this quote because after this experience, I think that me working for myself vs. working under people works a lot better for me. I am seriously thinking about becoming my own book coach and helping writers on my own vs working under someone else and following their rules. This situation makes me more determined than ever to do so.
  4. Despite the constant emails back and forth, I will give them credit for mentioning their scheduling system and saying that they need to improve their system in the future. However, I have ran into people who say this all the time but doesn’t do anything about it. I am hoping that this is not the case here.

As far as this situation goes, I am done with it. I have said my peace already and it’s over from my end. Whatever they have to say after this won’t matter anymore. I will continue to focus on other things besides what I am writing about right now (unless it’s really urgent to where I can’t help myself but to write about it here). I am in the process of rewriting my latest book, Courtney’s Redemption and finishing up other passion projects that I will share here on my website really soon.

I will see you soon. Please be sure to check back here for future posts.

Dominique Gibson

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