The Dream Job: Author Success Coach

Self Publishing School

Hi! Dominique Gibson is back with another post. So, I just so happened to look through my email today and jumped for joy when I saw that the self-publishing school was hiring for a position that I consider to be my dream Job! The position? Author Success Coach. From the job description they have posted on their website, it is similar to another program that I am doing right now: Author Accelerator Book Coaching program (Which I really want to finish up by the end of this year). In the program, it gives you all the tools a coach needs to support the writer through their publishing endeavors (whether they go the traditional publishing route or the self-publishing route).

It’s different with the self-publishing school however. This is a business who help authors succeed in writing and publishing their own books through self-publishing. They have been doing this type of business for years. The CEO of the company, Chandler Bolt, even has a book called Published, which is included in the author bundle on their website once you sign up for their services. For more information about their services, you can click here

For the job I applied for, The author success coach is a full-time job that would require you to do the following:

-Help authors get published

-Work 45+ hours working from home

-One year of sales experience

-Has published a book on Amazon

-and more!

This would be the perfect job for me considering I have had a little experience when it comes to coaching clients on their self-published books and a ton of experience when it comes to self-publishing my own books. I had to apply for this job. Now I am sharing the information with anyone else who might be interested in this opportunity. Click on the link down below for more information.

Self-Publishing School Careers

That’s it for now. See you soon.

Dominique Gibson

Update on my overall process: Futurescapes

Hi! Dominique Gibson is back with another post. I have decided to do a quick update on the process on the application process on the Futurescapes Writing workshop. In my last post, I stated that I had sent an application to participate in this 200-page workshop that supports speculative fiction, including paranormal romance, fantasy, and science fiction in both the adult and the young adult genres.

So, I submitted my application for this wonderful workshop which gives me the opportunity to get feedback on my work. For this go round, I decided to send the first few pages of a new novella I am working on at the moment just to put my feet in the water so to speak. Recently, I got an email yesterday that said this:

Hello Applicant,

We have received a large number of applications for the remaining seats in the workshop. It’s proving difficult to make decisions. We’ll need to ask your patience a little longer, but you should have news on your admission status by this Friday at the latest.


FutureScapes Writing Workshop

Then, I got another email today saying this today:

As I mentioned a couple of days ago, we have been inundated with applications for our 200-page workshop. We’re truly impressed with the caliber of the writing seen, but it makes the process of admissions difficult.  
Unfortunately, I cannot offer you admission at this time. However, I do invite you to revise and resubmit an application on or before September 1, 2022.
If you have questions about how to improve your submission, please let me know.

FutureScapes Writing Workshop

Hmm, I will admit that when I saw this, it was very interesting to me. Having the opportunity to revise and resubmit the application before the deadline makes me think that I am on to something here. Could it be possible that I could have the opportunity for a second chance at this? A real opportunity to have a publishing contract while self-publishing my own work all at the same time? Do I really want to pass this up?

Final decision: No.

I think I owe it to myself to at least give this another shot. Although I still am working on a project for my self-published series, I do have another project in mind that I think would work a lot better for the traditional publishing market than the self-publishing market at the moment. I think that I should give it a try and submit it again.

Why? Because if I don’t try, I will never know right?

That’s it for now. See you soon.

Dominique Gibson

By the way, if you are curious about my last post, you can click here for more info.

A new contest for sci-fi/fantasy writers: Futurescapes writers’ workshop

Hi! Dominique Gibson is back with another post. I decided to give you an update on what’s going on considering I am not able to do any YouTube videos at this time to talk about what’s going on at the moment. I am pretty sure I will be able to do it sometime soon but I can’t do it at the moment (Which I am really sad about). So, I decided to do the next best thing and write a blog post about it.

So, I did something that I thought I wasn’t going to do this week but I decided to do it anyway just to see if I would actually be accepted into the workshop. I recently found this workshop on my Instagram page and decided that it was tempting enough to at lest give it a shot to see if I would get accepted into the workshop or not. The workshop is called the Futurescapes workshop and is pacifically for writers who write paranormal romance, fantasy, horror and sci-fi fiction. The reason why I was so attempted to do it was because of what it offered for two thousand to three thousand dollars. This workshop required the following:

  1. According to their website, it gives writers an “Unparalleled chance to work with top literary agents and authors in speculative fiction (Science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal).” They have stated on their website that it’s been five years since they have done the last workshop and are excited to do it once more.
  2. This workshop states that the writer is going to be critiqued on a 200-page novel with detailed feedback and hours of mentorship with some of the best award winning writers in speculative fiction. Some of these writers are Hugo, Edgar, and world-fantasy authors and agents that will mentor these writers on their work.
  3. Has a 5:1 attendee ratio.

Unfortunately, in order for you to get this wonderful opportunity, you are going to have to pay between two thousand and three thousand dollars for the workshop and that’s only if you get accepted into the program. You have to send in the application first along with a writing sample of 1,500 words before the September 21st deadline. If you are interested in learning more about it, you can click here to their website for more information.

I have entered into this contest by submitting a sample from a self-published project I am doing now even though that is not going to be the story I workshop in the program. I do have a project that I am going to workshop if they decide to accept my application. If not, then I could always self-publish.

That’s it for now. See you soon.

Dominique Gibson

Getting Closer to the finish line on the second draft – Courtney’s Redemption

Hi! It’s me. I’m back with another post. Just wanted to give you a quick update on what’s going on when it comes to my latest project, Courtney’s Redemption.

I am about a chapter and a half away from finishing the second draft of this novella. My hope is that I will be able to finish the self-editing process by the end of August so that by September, I will be passing the third draft to beta readers, developmental editors, etc. My hope is that I will be able to finish the entire editing process by the end of that month so that in October, I will be able to finally publish it on Amazon and other online retailers just in time for Halloween. Although I don’t know how that would fit in when it comes to passing out an ARC to my email subscribers and receiving feedback on them (I would have to send out a special email for that one), I really want to publish this novella out as soon as possible considering I made a promise in the third book of the Truson S.E.T. Series, An Orman’s Allegiance, that I would release this novella in 2022.

And that is what I am planning to do.

As for publishing A Phiman’s Betrayal in 2022, I will try but I highly doubt it will happen by the end of 2022 considering I am trying my best to push out Courtney’s Redemption for 2022 but we shall see.

That’s it for now. I will hopefully be back with another post real soon.

Dominique Gibson

My Final Decision to Traditional Publishing

Logo to Harlequin Romance

I want to desperately say no but I can’t.

Hello, Dominique Gibson is back with a new post. I know it’s been a while since I lasted posted something but I have been extremely busy lately and also been having trouble with the internet. Anyways, I will try to see if I can post this today without any issues.

So, If you can remember correctly, I did TWO videos on why I didn’t want to go the traditional publishing route on my YouTube Channel (If you are interested in learning more, you can click here to access my YouTube channel). I made valid reasons as to why I didn’t want to go this route because of what was going on in the publishing industry. However, I would be lying if I didn’t say I haven’t went back to the Harlequin website just to see if I still had that desire to publish with them.

Come to find out, I sill do.

Despite the horror stories I heard about contracts, royalties, foreign rights, etc. I still want to write for them. For years, I bought the Harlequin Desire books, hoping that my voice would be suited for Harlequin Desire. However, after checking in on their latest website online about open submissions in the Harlequin Romance series, I somehow made the decision to go in a different route and start reading Harlequin Romance to see if it’s the right line for me to write in.

Which is why I bought a book from that line to start reading and get a feel for what they are looking for in a Harlequin Romance…

So go ahead, say that I am a fraud and a fake for saying one thing and doing something else. I am expecting it. I did make those videos about traditional publishing, only to take those words back whenever I thought about Harlequin. But don’t worry, I will still continue writing for the Truson S.E.T. Series as a self-published author while writing for Harlequin at the same time.

So, I will be a hybrid author.

Go me!

Now, if you will excuse me, I have to go start reading some Harlequin Romance novels so that I will be able to see if this line is for me. See you soon.

If you are interested, here is the link to the Harlequin website and their call for submissions:

Write for Harlequin

Dominique Gibson

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