IndieView with E.A. Barker, author of Ms Creatn: The Wrong Doers!: Life with Women: The Long Awaited Instruction Manual

The lessons taken away from the book will serve to help readers make better choices, become more aware, grow and change—at any stage of life. I sent what I thought was a pretty good manuscript off to a professional editor and later, while sifting through the thousands of errors, I thought up yet another new ending that I really liked. The book gives a young reader a glimpse of the future, with a recommended timeline for key life events. I am quite sure I have been influenced by other writers, but I really cannot say who, how, or to what extent. A little of both; I took the photo, created a mockup, and had my publisher produce the cover I wanted. I’m just a boy―standing in front of a bookstore―asking them to love me. Where did you get the idea from? Does this belong here or would it be better somewhere else? (Obsessive COMPLETION Disorder) I wanted to complete what I had begun and there are days where I question my decision. It was at this point that I just wanted to publish it as an eight chapter e-book and call it a day, but it was not to be. They are friends, fans or relations who will say you are as good as Hemmingway without ever having read his work.    ?
About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? Does this thought need to be fleshed out? I always struggle to answer this question because Ms. (Still more evidence of my naiveté.)
Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? E-mail campaigns give you a much better return on investment. This left me to do the best I could with what I had and plunged me into the low yield on-line book marketing arena. 3) YOU MUST NOT HAVE ANY ILLUSIONS about success being about the work. Others will only review books in print. 11) If you publish using AN AMAZONIAN COMPANY to produce your POD books, it is doubtful you will ever make a sale in a brick and mortar bookstore. E.A. One stop self-publishing companies, editors, formatters, cover designers, PA’s, publicists, book fair promoters, twitter marketers, web developers, pay to review sites, pen and coffee cup peddlers, pay for awards sites, and associations looking for membership fees will inundate your in-boxes. She was an emotional mess, but instead of learning about herself, she used her vulnerability to wreak havoc on the local male population. 7) INTERNET MARKETING does have value. “… I suppose it is a gradual process. They encourage us but we must not allow our egos to be blown up by anything less than a real review in a mainstream publication. Did you hire a professional editor? Get your copy of   Ms Creatn: The Wrong Doers!: Life with Women: The Long Awaited Instruction Manual from Amazon US or Amazon UK. They don’t.   ?
What are you working on now? I had no chance. To their credit, it was their idea to reverse the photo to create the back cover. everybody will be after yours once word gets out that there is a new fish in the pond. This is a tough business and there is little about it I would miss. Barker – 29 July 2017
The Back Flap
This book was created for everyone from young adults to seniors. I began researching and making notes in 2009. Creant twenty times prior to sending it to my editor, but what came back shook my confidence. There are some great people you would never have known were it not for this crazy adventure. It seems a shame to shelve your hard work and, in my case at least, your ego kicks in and says, I’LL SHOW THEM! Then the research was added, but I did not want the book to read like a textbook so I began adding all the politically incorrect humor to lighten things up a bit. Without creating any spoilers, I had found some peace when a smart woman came along who just could not see how her behavior was completely driven by what Freud called id―her base urges. About the book
What is the book about? You hear there is a new one and you begin to rock back and forth sitting in the corner clutching your knees as someone reads it to you. 6) SOCIAL MEDIA is a horrible investment of your time. Don’t waste your time, envelopes or stamps on them. 4) DO NOT EXPECT TO BE A BREAKOUT AUTHOR; the odds are literally one in a million. Creant is a guide to the things we are not taught but need to know. Some mainstream publications will not review foreign releases. Words just pour out of me onto the page, so much so at times that I need to keep a pad nearby so I can keep up. I’ll have them all begging at my doorstep, and I won’t return their calls, just like J.K. I begged two bookstores to order a friend’s book for me but they refused. I can now put AUTHOR on my resume and venture out into the world to see where that title takes me. The short answer is two years spread over a seven year span―one year of research and one year of writing―omitting the seven months it took to produce and distribute the book. Creant 24 popped into my life and she also encouraged me to make the book everything it could be. 5) SPEAKING OF MONEY… It was written from a male’s point of view, speaking to men who are endlessly struggling to understand the opposite sex. A. I believe she did a great job of keeping me from looking like a moron. No. I have O.C.D. (Proposed new question:) Would you do it again? Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? It is a book about our journey through life and how we must seek awareness or be doomed by repetitive behavioral patterns. The author based these stories of women behaving badly on his real life experiences, spanning four decades of his search for an ideal partner. It is centered on relationships as there is no better place to learn about ourselves than through our interactions with others. Sometimes you need fresh eyes to make a piece better so I write first and sort it the next day. RUN AWAY! The best business advice I ever received was: “Leave your ego at home.”
2) AGENTS AND MAJOR PUBLISHERS are part of a small tight-knit traditional publishing community that only bet on sure things, and they have installed a great many roadblocks to keep indie books out of their playground. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? DON’T DO IT! 8) Do not send out unprotected digital ADVANCE READER COPIES or you will one day wake up to find your book on a pirate site. 12) DO NOT BELIEVE UNQUALIFIED ALPHA READERS! Chapter eleven represented the third and final time I would write The End. My alpha reader said she wanted more. I naively chased some fifty agents and publishers with a less than perfect pitch from a first time author lacking credentials and a writing platform. Some reviewers will only look at books that are less than six months old. I struggled with my inability to see my own mistakes. At most you have one year to get a mainstream review. They would rather pass on a sale than support the entity that is crushing them. She came highly recommended, but I could only afford a single pass so all the final revisions were on the shoulders of my proofreader. In the early going, I did produce a VERY flexible outline mostly so I could begin to associate my narrative with the research and the related stories (case studies). How long did it take you to write it?    ?
About You
What would you like readers to know about you? Ms. I pulled some related ideas from the early chapters and wrote two more chapters to fully develop those thoughts. Barker visit his website, follow him on Twitter or like his Facebook page. Not unless the costs, measured in both time and money, are recouped. I’ll self-publish and sell a million copies. All kidding aside, here is my TOP 12 THINGS I WISH I KNEW before going on this ride:
1) YOU ARE IN BUSINESS. There was to be advertising in magazines in support of the book’s launch, promotional items, and books submitted to legitimate awards competitions, but everything hinged on a budget that did not materialize. You reach a point where you are getting nowhere with traditional publishing, yet you are heavily invested in terms of your time. Is this redundant? I hired a proofreader once I had completed all the revisions and she found things I was incapable of seeing. If you always wanted to publish a book, you have the money to put out a quality product, with still more money to market it effectively, then you have a chance to recoup your costs and buy a pizza or two when all is said and done. Creant is a controversial, entertaining, yet informative look at everything which influences human behaviour including: relationships, life, health, biology, philosophy, sociology, theology, politics, genetics—even physics. 10) Most MAINSTREAM LITERARY AWARDS will not consider indie releases because they did not go through an editorial selection process. You will make some friends and garner the attention of some bloggers and reviewers which will help you to rationalize why you do it, but only 1% of social media followers become book buyers. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors?   of mice and men.”
Oh, there was a plan―a real world comprehensive marketing strategy that would have put 100 copies of the book in the hands of mainstream media reviewers around the globe. Ms. I try to edit as I go, but my editor, who I picture in my head as Ilsa of the SS, probably would not believe it. I tried very hard to write a book for every mature guy on the planet as well as all the open-minded women of the world who are not easily offended. When did you start writing the book? When I speak of sorting, I am talking about content editing where we ask questions like: Is this necessary? Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? I had found some peace when a smart woman came along who just could not see how her behavior was completely driven by what Freud called id―her base urges. I need quiet to hear the voices in my head. It was a way of filing which ultimately led to the creation of chapters. I must have read Ms. Businesses have costs whether measured in time, money or productivity. It began as a simple memoir to benefit my coming of age nephews. Do you have a target reader? SAVE YOURSELVES! The hostility level is that high. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? I am one of the fortunate ones; I do not suffer from writer’s block. It mystifies me how I cannot see a missing word or period in my own work. We all know how important it is for writers to read. Reviews are really a highlight. BE REALLY CAREFUL and research these people thoroughly. For women, this is a fascinating journey inside the male psyche. If so, do you do so extensively or just write chapter headings and a couple of sentences? I do tend to write first and then proofread the section I wrote. 9) Many REVIEWERS want an ARC or galley three months prior to the release of the book. My statistics show a 10% return to be typical, and this interview resulted from an e-mail campaign. Barker shares twenty-four “inappropriate” stories of life with women. I’m trying desperately to maintain some semblance of sanity for another four months until I reach the finish line. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? What came easily? Is this tangential? Do a little but don’t get sucked into believing that ads or campaigns will sell more books. Ms. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? Creant kept evolving. Most of the so-called “industry experts” (consultants) are failed authors who have taken what they have learned and made a career of helping newbies fail as they did. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? Rowling. I was told by a publishing industry veteran that no one would publish War and Peace in today’s market. Truth is sometimes a hard pill to swallow. Many mainstream publications will not review indie releases. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Yes. (Proposed new question:) What are the positives? Do you listen to music while you write?    ?
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For more from E.A. E. I definitely borrowed. Do you outline? If so can you please describe it? What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? I write with the idea that everything needs a beginning, a middle and an ending; whether it is a sentence, a paragraph (blurb), a chapter (blog) or a book. Mature readers, who have already experienced much of what is discussed in the book, should come away with a new found understanding and perhaps even closure.