The Greatest Story Ever Told

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I love writing! So much so that I feel like I haven’t spent enough time writing! But what should I work on now? I need a break from The Lost Elf, and I am working on Princess Tom. However, I feel like there is something even bigger that I could be working on. Something that people would really, really want to read about. Then it hit me, Scott David Brown.com!

Thus, I am officially announcing my new project, The World of SDB. Yes you heard it right folks! Everything you ever wanted to know about me in one large volume, 1,000 pages, every little detail you never knew you needed. I’ll start with my early years as a baby. Several chapters of what I imagine my life was like before I was able to store events in my mind. Did I roll over too much? Maybe! Did I gargle or make cute baby sounds? Probably! What was my first word? Who knows! But, I’ll make something up.

The 100% non-fiction work, The World of SDB, will be an epic story about all the things I went through as a kid up until this very moment. Actually, I’ll probably have to keep adding to it until publishing day. It will cost a million trees, but I don’t care, I make it up by driving an electric car. Or, if you really want to be a jerk about it, you can buy the e-book. Want to find out why I am the way I am? This is the perfect book for you! Want to learn about all my dark fantasies and my sexual fetishes? Read this book! Are you a sexy lady? Or any kind of lady? Or a woman? Or wish you were a woman? By this book!

The writing process will take me some time, probably several years, and I’m sure the anticipation will be epic. That is why I am doing a 50 part video blog series centered on this project. I will document all of my thoughts about this book as I write it. Think of it like a public video journal. Except that it will cost $14.99 a month to watch it. I anticipate one video a month, based on my schedule, and the time I spend on World of Warcraft.

Finally, once the video series is finished, and I have the book published, I’ll be hosting my own TED talks at a local university campus near you! Dates and times will be released once the book is finished. Come hear me talk about the process of writing this book, and how you can write your very own copy of The World of SDB. That’s right! Why buy a copy in print or an ebook when YOU can write your very own copy, on paper, in your own handwriting, based on a copy of my book! Just imagine having the opportunity to write 1,000 pages of my own work. Think of how much more you will appreciate The World of SDB when it is written in your own voice (exact, word-for-word, copying required, no ad-libbing allowed).

Terry Mary says, “I can’t wait to spend the several months and years it will take me to read this book!”

Kitty Kitty Meow-meows says, “Meow meow!”

Jake Smith says, “Just like reading a bill written by congress!”

Mark Mushakian says, “Ah, don’t quote me on your blog, ok?”

In only a few short years, you can own your very own copy of, The World of SDB. Visit scottdavidbrown.com everyday, hour, and minute, looking for new updates on the project. I’m sure there will be new news soon. That’s right, new news. Don’t forget to visit this site on February 30th, when a major unrelated announcement will be made! OMG! Scott David Brown!

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Self-publish or go Traditional?

I’ve been thinking about what to do with my future novels: should I continue with self-publishing or go back to sending queries to agencies. The downside to self-publishing is that it takes a lot of time and effort. The hardest part of self-publishing is marketing. Most of us do not have the kind of wealth needed to buy advertising on TV or the radio. Even using the internet to advertise, like with Google ad-words, can be expensive over the long hall and it’s questionable how effective online campaigns are. Still, for the self-publisher, getting the word out is key.

With getting an agent, the marketing aspect is out of your hands. That’s nice since you don’t have to deal with the stress or financial commitment that you need with self-publishing. However, it’s much more difficult to get published by a major book publisher. In the past, I have tried both, with limited success. Still, if one wants to be a writer, than one must write! Even if it means I won’t be the next James Patterson, I find that I enjoy writing enough that it doesn’t have to become a career.

Since I’ve been doing well in my graduate classes so far, all A’s after four classes, I’m becoming more confident that psychology is a good path for me. I think I could find myself with a job in psychology that I at least can be content with, if not excited about. I think that’s really important. It’s one thing to work in retail, it’s easy enough to keep and pays something, but it’s another to find a career that pays well and is enjoyable. That’s the tough part. Most of these kind of jobs require a long stent in academia, which might be too hard or boring for some.

Whatever the case, I won’t give up my dream of becoming a successful novelist. Thankfully, this won’t be an expensive dream! That is, unless I decide to invest a lot of money in it. For now, my self-publishing exploits have required a very small investment. I’m looking forward to having my second book in print, instead of strictly e-books. My latest goal is to try and finish my third novel in time for the next Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. I have till the end of January to finish my first draft, though I hope to finish the second draft by then. I’d like to submit it instead of resubmitting Fallen Raven.

In my expereince, self-publishing is fun and I would recommend it to those who want more control over their work. It’s also a good way to get your work out there for others to read, even though you aren’t likely to make much money off of it. Going the more taditional route is probably best, and most affordable, but it does mean you’re counting on a lot of luck. That is why I have done both and will likely try to get an agent for my third novel. I’ve got a good feeling about this one!