Sunday, June 8, 2014

Out in the Garage First & Second Editions...And More!

At some point over the last few days it occurred to me that I might as well keep the first edition of Out in the Garage for sale.  While I could easily just keep it to myself and make sure that it never sees the light of day again, I am opting to keep it on sale along side the second edition.  The first edition is $5.99 in print at Create Space and 99 cents at Smashwords.  The second edition will be available July 4, 2014 and will be $6.99 for the print version and $1.99 for the eBook version, which, all around, I think are decent prices.

I have all these different versions of the same damn book anyways, so I might as well try to make it an asset rather than a fault (If you want to change other peoples perspectives, you first need to change your own perspective).  I don't plan on doing it with every book that I write, just this one, since I have already essentially done it, anyways.

I believe the cult fiction/underground fiction/fringe fiction audience that I am marketing towards will be fine with me having more than one edition of the same book--as the editions are quite different from one another.  Since I don't write genre fiction and I need to market to a specific audience, in order to build an audience, I feel that this is the best route for me to go.  People who tend to like fiction, music, movies, etc. that are not mainstream tend to be more open-minded and open to experimentation, and also tend to want to engage in media that makes them think in a deeper way.  I believe my works meet these criteria (especially since I tend to like things that aren't popular anyways--I know, I am a dirty hipster,whatever).

My main focus, of course, will be the second edition, but if someone would be so inclined as to read both versions for comparison sake, it will be possible.  In fact, in keeping with the spirit of having more than one version of the same novel, there is a third version with the title Escapes that is actually based more closely on the original version of the novel (the version that I wrote and gave to friends to read before I went back to school and went crazy with the changes-making), so I might eventually put that out as well, as I don't really have to do anything to it but proofread it.

When it comes down to it, it is all the same story, it is just three different ways of reading it.

It might be interesting to see how they each compare with one another.  It might make a good essay, anyways, to sit down and analyze what I have done.  In fact, an essay might be an appropriate way to cap off this whole project.  That way it can be more appropriately labeled "experiment" and the literati won't make me disappear--I mean, it hasn't happened yet, so it's *probably* not going to happen.  I guess they are a pretty passive bunch, anyways.

This is a hobby for me--albeit one that I enjoy, am really passion about, and would love to do for a living--but I am realistic enough to know that I am probably not going to do it for a living.  That is no reason to give up, to not keep trying new things, or to not keep trying to improve, that just means I have to find another career, which is fine with me, to be honest (I am doing that right now anyways).  The best material comes from going out into the world and interacting with people, and I always find the time to work on this stuff, no matter how busy I am with something else.

In the next few weeks I am going to finish proofreading the manuscript of the second edition, upload it to Create Space, get a proof made and proofread it again, and then release it for sale.  Then I will start promoting it, order a bunch of copies to give away, and hopefully, get some good reviews, which should help me begin to build an audience.

Anyways, I have a lot to think about and a lot to do, so I should probably get started.  It's time to get organized!

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