EelKat Wendy C Allen - Dark Fantasy Author

UPDATE March 17, 2021: Another death. Waiting for a coffin to be delivered. Funeral the 21st. Unlikely to be streaming for a few weeks.


Update: March 27, 2021: It's not even been a week since the funeral, and now there is another death and another funeral.


UPDATE April 5, 2021: There are still no streams, as, we've now a another (a 3rd) funeral to prepare for.

And that is now 3 deaths in our family, in the past 2 weeks.

This 3rd death hits hard, because it was Pippi.

Our family has now had 13 deaths since March 2020.

April 10, 2015, 12 children were kidnapped.

May 15, 2015, the heads of 10 of them were nailed to my door.

August 24, 2020, one was found still alive. he was just 4 years old when she was kidnapped, but she remembered us, even though 5 years had passed.

August 25, 2020, Pippi came home, but her condition was not well. She had been tortured the entirety of the 5 years she had been held hostage. She was missing limbs and covered with scars, had broken bones many years not set, and suffered serious damage to many of her internal organs. That she was alive at all, in her condition, was a miracle. Doctors had little hope of her survival and she was sent home with Hospice care.

Pippi had cancer in her eye and needed surgery for it, which she was scheduled to have, shortly before she was kidnapped.

In the years they had her, not only did they torture her, but her cancer went untreated and spread to her brain.

By the time she was returned to us, her cancer had reached an inoperable state, so we knew she did not have much time left.

Had her cancer been treated, back when she was a toddler, she probably would have reach adulthood.

She died only 8 months after her return.

Another child, to cry out from the grave, for Etiole's vengeance upon her murderers. Another victim of evil men, who will stoop to no ends, to bury the crimes they committed 50 years ago.  Drug lords. Opium growers. Heroine dealers. Selling little girls 4 to 8 years old for sex to priests. They only care about money.

All hail the mighty tourist ass. Millions come to Old Orchard Beach every year, for one thing and one thing only: heroine. They sell their drugs to the tourists under the pier and off the balconies of that giant motel. Than drag little girls to the bedrooms of the condominiums on Smithwheel Road, behind the school. And any child who dares open their mouth and beg for help, gets tossed in the GooseFare Brooke Ravine.

Bastard drug lords. They've been doing this for 50 years, and the town hall and the police department, turn a blind eye to it, because they get paid $6million a year to not report it to the newspapers, when the body of another child washes down the ravine, into the gulley to be spit out in the ocean. No fewer than 5 bodies are found every summer, but how often does it get in the news?

The corruption of this fucking town needs to end.

Yet another dead at the hands of these criminals who run our town.

How long will the residents continue to turn a blind eye to what is happening in our town.

How many more children will you let them kill, before you stand up to them?

Another child is dead and no one in this town cares. So long as they get their money from the tourists. The blood of another murdered child screams from the graves, begging for justice. Tick tock, tick tock, so begins, yet another of Etiole's 7 year clocks.

This is why there were no/to few streams from May 2020 until now.

May 2020, after 4 years of not hearing from them at all, the FBI returned with a lead, which led to Pip's discovery a few weeks later in August.

Because of the nature of the situation, I could not talk about it, to tell you why streams had stopped.

The kidnappers, were enraged that we had recovered Pip, and that is when the attacks started up again on my home and family September 2020.

Pip's condition continued to grow worse, and she died April 5, 2021.

She was only 10 years old.

This is what it means, to not be white in America.

White men, won't even give a child the chance to grow up.

This is what white people do, to none white families like mine.

We are Gypsies with Jewish blood, for that alone we are hunted like animals.

What the men of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, did to my family, will never be forgotten or forgiven.

#If you have any information on the kidnappers or the murders...

#FBI Agent Andy Drewer out of the Portland, Maine FBI office is in charge of the of the April 10, 2015 kidnapping of my 12 children by 14 Ku Klux Klan men who invaded our home and the subsequent May 15, 2015 murder of 10 of the 12 whom had their heads nailed to my front door. If you have information about the case, give it to him not me. He can be reached @ +1-(207)-774-9322 

Have you forgot the extent of the damage these people did, all because, they wanted to dig up my land and removed bodies buried there, before my house builders found that barrel of bones?

Have you forgotten that 7 town hall workers, 5 public works men, a blond woman, her bald son, and her red haired sister Kendra, and 14 police officers, all lead by a man they referred to as "Mark who needs no last name" were the ones 

I name every one of them, except for the ring leaders: blond woman, her bald son, her sister Kendra, and her husband "Mark who needs no last name". I don't know who those 4 are. I'd never seen any of them, other than the Kendra woman before, and I only knew her fro her attacks beating me up at Panera in 2009, 2010, and 2013.

I can name every one of the others, because all I have to do is go to the Old Orchard Beach town hall and police department website, and their are their faces.

With the exception of blond woman, her bald son, her sister Kendra, and her husband "Mark who needs no last name", every one else involved was government official who works for the state of Maine vis the Old Orchard Beach Town Hall, the Old Orchard Beach Police Department, or the Old Orchard Beach Public Works.

And what exactly did they do?

August 8, 2013 they drove a backhoe over my house. That same backhoe drove over my previous house on the same land April 2007. That same backhoe drove over my poultry barn and horse stables July 2001. July 2001 was the first attack.

March 2015 was the the massive attack, with an entire fleet of trucks, and drove over the Church of the Holy Rhinstone, a church that stood on my land, my garage which is why I no longer have a garage to put my car in, my 2 sheds both of which had my tractors and other garden/crop machinery in them at the time. And of course the razing of the land, the cutting down of the apple orchard - the VERY apple orchard planted in 1530 that this town was named after... he actual "old orchard" of Old Orchard Beach... the very original trees - huge massive apple trees over 400 years old. The grape vineyards, the cherry trees, the pears trees. 

April 10, 2015, they returned, 4 police officer held me a gun point, while 10 other police officers held my children down with long poles with metal wire strangle loops on the end, and beat their faces in with cinder block bricks, knocking out every one of their teeth, breaking their jaws... POLICE OFFICERS DID THAT... while men they referred to as "Mark who needs no last name" and "Dan" stood there and told the police officers what to do, how to beat them, while "Mark who needs no last name" boldly bragged that he paid the Old Orchard Beach police $6million dollars to do this.

May 15, 2015... the heads, hands, feet, and intestines of my children were nailed to my door. Later that same day police officer W. W. came to my home begging for forgiveness and claimed that men he referred to only as "Mark and Dan" were holding his beloved mother-in-law hostage and torturing her, and he helped in the April 10, 2015 attack, only to save her life and get her back. He claimed he had no prior knowledge of what was going to happen, claiming that he'd been told they were only going to "scare" us. He said he had not expected anyone to get hurt, he had not known my children would be tortured and kidnapped, he had not known they were going to be murdered. He said he was scared for his life and lives of his family. And he said: "They form a small army, our department doesn't have enough man power to stop them, and every one in this town is too scared to fight back. You don't know what's going on. And I think they mixed you up with someone else. They didn't know you were the owner of this land. They didn't know that was your motorhome. They thought someone else owned this place. It wasn't even your family they were after. You were the wrong target. You don't know who these people are. What they've done to our families. This is the actual Mafia. The real deal. I'm so sorry. This is the address they sent us to. But they had a different name as the owner. This wasn't supposed to happen. They were after someone else. I'm so sorry. I couldn't let my family died. And now yours is dead instead. This wasn't supposed to happen."

June 19, 2016... I did a very specific livestream. You see... A., D., B., and T. in the 1970s and 1980s, were in the habit of dragging big black trash bags into the forest, crossing my land to do it, and dumping those bags into the Goosefare Brook Ravine. In 1983, 3 snuck into Etiole's swamp and planted 3 acres of Marijuana. Someone found it and called the police, I don't know who... it was Maine's largest drug raid for decades. Many, many millions in plants where dug up and removed from Etiole's swamp. A few weeks later A, & D,s 10 year old daughter ran into my yard, touched my car on a dare from other children - the 1964 Dodge 330 former Old Orchard Beach police car, known by Stephen King fans as the REAL Christine, The World's Most Haunted Car... than jumped her bike, and sped down the road, as fast as she could, head on into a car coming the other way. She died instantly, he brain shattered all over the end of my driveway, and her mother A responded by the Battle of 458 - the biggest mass shooting ever in Maine history, that ended up with 3 Gypsy clans and 2 police departments, in a shoot out between 70+ adults all armed with guns. One of my cousins, an 8 year old boy, standing 3 feet from me, had his eye shot out by one of the bullets. While A ran around the street screaming: "FOUR! FIVE! EIGHT!" than shot another child. 

"FOUR! FIVE! EIGHT!" than shoot another child. 

"FOUR! FIVE! EIGHT!" than shoot another child. 

THOSE are the 31 children, whose bones were sawed up and tossed into the GooseFare Brook Ravine... yes, that DOES mean, police officers KNEW those children were there and covered it up.  And I witnessed that entire event.

And THAT is WHY... when police officers murdered my family in 2015, I did a livestream, walking to the ravine, to show the world, where those bones were... because I'm sick and tired of the police corruption in this fucking town, and those sawed up bones of 31 children are PROOF of what this town government is like.... as are the heads of my children that were nailed to my door.

At the end of The Battle of 4-5-8... A. took 2 gas cans and poured them all over the big dome house, than set a match to it, and no one knew, why when she did her brother B., started running, jumped in his robin egg blue truck and backed down the driveway, hit Portland Ave doing 70 and didn't stop driving until the high speed chase caught him in CT... oh but we knew before he was out of sight, why he started running... the dome house went up like Hiroshima into a mushroom cloud that could be seen across the entire state... turns out there was a Meth lab in that house.

June 19, 2016... the livestream of the bones went viral, it's what made my YouTube channel suddenly explode overnight... and police officer W.W. upset, by the fact that, the livestream included the entire police call and response, and that response was to laugh and do nothing... fed up with the corruption in his department, he forwarded that livestream VOD to the FBI, and the FBI arrived in Old Orchard Beach, to dig up the Reclaim Blueberry Plains, and all hell broke lose in this town, as most of the police officers suddenly found themselves arrested. An entire new police force from out of state was brought in to replace the long time officers who had proven they could be trusted to uphold the law. Many town hall officials and public works employees also found themselves arrested by the FBI.

June 26, 2016... barely a week later... the blond woman and the red haired Kendra woman showed up at my workplace, Scarborough WalMart, and tried to kill me, yet again... these are the same 2 woman who attacked me with golf clubs at Southern Maine Community College November 14, 2013... they left dead in 2013, I was paralized for 5 months. It took me 18 months to relearn to walk. I was out of the wheel chair, and I was without a walker, I was without a cane. I had almost fully covered from their November 14, 2013 attack with golf clubs... June 26, 2016, this time they attacked with shopping carts, and I'm now crippled for the rest of my life. They shattered 3 vertebra this time and it can't be operated on. I had to relearn to walk a second time, and I'm not yet recovered now in 2021. In 2013 they drove away in the 4 door white pickup truck. In 2016 they drove away in a gold Volvo SUV station wagon.

That blond woman and her red haired Kendra sister, they are wanted by the FBI for attempted murder of me and they are also wanted in questioning for being suspected of also being the murderers of my children.

I don't know who these 2 women are.

The blond woman shows up my driveway frequently, screaming and yelling, sometime accompanied by a small child, about 5 years old, that she pulls behind her in a red radio flyer wagon. She looks to be about 60 or 70. She often wears a denim button down shirt and jeans. She's prone to yelling at passing cars, while pointing up my driveway, and saying: "There's EelKat, she tried to kill my husband."

I've never tried to kill anyone, so accusation is baffling at best.

She seems to think I know who she is, and has made the claim, that "I was that brat in school"... the red haired Kendra woman, sometimes with her, claims to be her sister, also appears to be 60 to 70 and also seems to think I know who she is, and frequently says: "You bullied me in school, but no more, I'm Kendra SilverMander it's my turn to shine."

They BOTH make the claim they went to school with me, and yet, I never went to school, a well documented fact... because I'm the child the FBI rescued what the news media called "Maine's House of Horrors". I was locked in a cage when I was 8 years old. I was let out on Sundays, to go to church, and not allowed to speak or make eye contact with anyone, and this was only done infrequently, whenever church goers asked what happened to that girl you had". I was 31 years old when the FBI arrived, because of Heaven's Gate having killed 39 people, and my uncle being one of the members and self proclaiming himself as the leader of Heaven's Gate after Applewhite's death. The FBI was investigating the murder of 39 people in California, and had no idea they'd find children in cages in Maine as a result.

So you see, when the blond woman and her Kendra sister, make the claim they went to school with me and I was the class bully who beat them up, this is easily proven false, because the time period when I should have been in school, I was locked in a cage, being tortured by my sadistic uncle Bruce.

Also, they are in their late 60s to mid 70s... making them older than my parents, so how could I have been in school with them, even if I had gone to school? At best I would have been starting pre-school the year they would have been graduating high school.

These things they say about school, only further agrees with what police officer W. W. said May 15, 2015, when he made the claim, they had gotten me mixed up with someone else.

July 2016, a month after the shopping cart attack... yet another Old Orchard Beach police officer arrived, this one accompanied by 2 Biddeford officers, who had been former OOB officers... these 3 officers, had a vastly eye opening story to tell me.

They had been called to Old Orchard Beach, to my farm, to arrest me, a call made to them, by a man named Mark, whom one of these officers, claimed was his brother in law. This Biddeford officer, said he requested to transfer ot of Old Orchard Beach department years ago, because his sister (whom he claimed he suspected, but could not prove was the blond woman whom had attacked me at WalMart) was quote "trying to control the town" he said "treats Old Orchard Beach like a dynasty, thinks she's a duchess, has severe mental disorders, and thought she could buy the police department". He went on to say, she got in with the real Mafia years ago and went to her head, and now she thinks she IS the Mafia and most of Old Orchard Beach's business owners, especially the motel owners are scared shitless of her, because they believe her claim to be Mafia. He went on to say, she's not Mafia, but she's good at convincing people she is and stated "I wouldn't murder beyond her. She'd do it just to prove she is Mafia." He said he transferred out of OOB department to Biddeford department because he was fed up with how easy it was for her to get every officer to do anything she asked. He said "the corruption in that department runs deep; don't cross her or any officer she controls; they WILL kill you and every around you. You don't know who her husband is. He doesn't just control that town, he controls half the state."

What he was telling me was bizarre on extremes, but even more bizarre was the live feed radio call, that he had me listen too, as it was happening, on my farm in Old Orchard, while I was at my dad's house in Biddeford.

He said: "The Old Orchard Department called me, asked me to come over here. Buddy Will wanted to prove you were not in Old Orchard and that Mark has you mixed up with someone else. That fucking bastard is crying wolf and trying to frame you, we can prove it right now. We are fucking fed up WolfBoy."

He turned on his radio, so I could hear. A what I heard... a man whose voice I do not recognize, yelling at a Officer W.W. and saying: 

"That is Wendy, arrest her now! That is EelKat. She tried to kill me."

While officer W.W. and another officer, told the man: "his isn't Wendy. We have officers with her right now. Who tried to kill you? Wendy? Or THIS woman right here?"

"This woman right here! This is EelKat I tell you! Arrest her! What do you think I pay you for! You aren't allow to defy me! I own this town! You are my slaves. I command you to arrest her!"

W.W.: "This isn't EelKat. This isn't Wendy. I've known her for years. And right now, she's on the other side of the state. With 3 officers, listening to you right now. You are NOT the law. We've had it with you. You don't own me. And you've mixed her up with someone else. You've been harassing the wrong damned person. You dare call us about Wendy ever again, and I will personally arrest you for false reports, than I'll tell them everything. You'll never see the outside a prison for the rest of your life when I get done with you. You fucking leave this woman alone. You destroyed her life, because you couldn't tell her apart from someone else."

I used to aqua jog, mountain climb, horseback riding, and I hiked 13 miles a day. And in the blink of an eye, that lifestyle was taken away, and every day was struggle, just to sit up and breath, with no hope of ever walking again. I defied doctors. It's been 8 years and I can move around the house by holding on to things and I now can walk again, at the moment only short distances outside with a cane, and the hope is to continue to improve. I still have a long road of recovery ahead. But I'm walking again, something that 8 years ago, doctors said would never happen. 

My farm was razed.

My family was murdered.

I was 5 months paralysed, and had to relearn to walk. It was 8 years ago and I'm not yet fully recovered due to 3 inoperable vertebrae and hip dysplasia. November 14, 2013, 10PM, at WalMart, while putting bags of groceries in the back seat of my car, I was attacked by 3 rapists armed with metal golf clubs, who left me parallelized, in a wheel chair, broken spine, broken hip, broken pelvis, broken knees, serve nerve damage to my left side limiting the use of my left hand, my bladder incontinent from nerve damage, they left me for dead, and I had doctors telling me I would never walk again.

There's more that has happened. A lot more. The thousands of gallons of sewage they pumped into my motorhome in 2015. The cats. the Ptarmagin cats. World famous groups of cats. You remember them. If so, you remember what these people did to those cats. Poisoned. All dead the same day. 12 cats. Dead to what the vet described as: "enough poison to kill a great dane". My horse, she had her head beat in with a rock. My bantam roosters... 70 pet roosters, hung by their necks in rope nooses in my rose bushes.

All because this man, this mystery Mark, whose last name seems to be known to the police but is still unknown to me and man whom I've never seen or met - he keeps his face covered whenever he shows up... mistook me for someone else... and police officers and town hall workers and public work employees.

Welcome to Old Orchard Beach... this is NOT the way life should be, you know it.

What these people did to me, should never have happened, and according to the police, it's been happening for 50+ years to hundreds of people, hundreds of families, in this town, and every one is too scare to talk about it or fight back to stop it. That NEEDS to change.

The corruption in our town, needs to stop... but it won't end, until every last person who is being harassed by these people stand up, put their foot down, and say enough is enough, we ain't gonna take this any more.

We the people of Old Orchard Beach need to take back our town.

NOTE: Chat is set to emote only on my Twitch channel and my personal contact information has been removed from my website and every place else, due to the HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of false reports of "information", along with vile hateful memes about the murder of my family being sent to me by trolls who think mocking the murder of my family is funny.

FBI Agent Andy Drewer out of the Portland, Maine FBI office is in charge of the of the April 10, 2015 kidnapping of my 12 children by 14 Ku Klux Klan men who invaded our home and the subsequent May 15, 2015 murder of 10 of the 12 whom had their heads nailed to my front door. If you have information about the case, give it to him not me. He can be reached @ +1-(207)-774-9322 

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Risk self-publishing vs. Waiting to be published

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Risk self-publishing vs. Waiting to be published

Risk self-publishing vs. Waiting to be published

>>Would it be more worth it to self-publish a book and build a fanbase manually,

Not unless you are independently wealthy.

People are always asking how I live the extreme lifestyle I live being a self pubbed author. They think I live off my book sales. No. It's call be married to a millionaire.

I succeed in book marketing because I've got a husband who thinks nothing of buying my a $5,000 30TB computer, spending $2,000 just on the wig for my CosPlay, spending $8,000 to buy 2.5million marbles for me to glue to my car, or paying $14,000 to buy advertising for my book. If I wasn't a YouTube gamer, an art car builder, and a CosPlayer known for my insanely over the top costumes, and taking my art cars and costumes to gammer cons... do you really think I'd have the sales or the fan base I have? And I wouldn't have the gamer and cosplaying ca supplies without a husband who can afford to buy that stuff.

Far too many people look at successful self publishers and think they started out with nothing.

Ergone was written by a 14 year old boy who had $20,000 in pocket change to buy a 1 day add in New York Times.

Wool was written by a man who had enough money to give away 1 million copies of his book.

John Locke took $24,000 and bought $24,000 worth of his own books to boost sales rank.

There is no such thing as a successful self publisher, who didn't already have the money to buy their way to the top.

Look at all the top selling self-published authors. Every one of them has a large financial backing to start out with, and used that money for some form of marketing.

And I'm not talking buying $100 FB ad and a $200 BookBub ad. I'm talking tens of thousands of dollars for massive large scale offline marketing.

>>or to try one's luck in being published and have the book rise from there?

No book ever rose on it's own. Not even in trade.

Do you know how a book gets on the New York Times Bestselling list? By a big house publisher buying 1 million copies of the book the first day, then tossing them in a shredder. That's how they get the big mega sized sales started. The first million sales never went to a reader.

A lot of authors and readers are shocked when they find out the Big 5 book publishers do that. But that's how they stay the Big 5.

It's called marketing. And most marketing is just like those million books shredded to get on the NYT list or John Locke buying his own books. It's underhanded, it's dirty, but it works, and in book publishing... it's he with the most money who gets to the top, not he who writes the best book. Sad, but that's the way it's been for a very long time.

Would it be more worth it to self-publish a book and build a fanbase manually, or to try one's luck in being published and have the book rise from there?

The real question is, how many tens of thousands of dollars do you have laying around? If you can afford to toss $20k-$30k out the window, go with self-publishing. If not, aim at trade publishing and let them toss the twenty grand out the door for you.

>>I think self-publishing is a great idea, but plagiarism is a huge concern.


You know... whenever I hear someone say they are scared of being robbed by thieves, my first response is also to assume they themselves are a thief and ask: "So who have you robbed?" An honest, none thief person, doesn't spend their time worrying about thieves, because honest people naturally assume others to be honest as well. In my experience, the only people who ever worry about being robbed are the very people who are going to rob you blind, thus why they think everyone around them is a thief, because they naturally assume everyone  would do what they would do.

That's something to think about.

In my experience the average person is honest and wouldn't even consider stealing something, and also likewise has trouble comprehending why others would steal, given that they themselves would never think to steal something.

So, maybe the question is... WHY do you think people will steal your work? What have you stolen, that causes you to think, other people are naturally thieves?

If you are terrified of people stealing your book, you might want to do some deep soul searching to find out WHY you have that fear, because unless you are JKRowlings or Stephen King, pirates aren't interested in your book. They only go after books they can make money off of.

>>if a self-published book were to become popular, would they stand a similar chance as any other book in being traditionally published once noticed?

Again... how much money are you going to spend to make it popular? It ain't gonna happen on it's own.

As a general rule, you won't see trade pubs begging for your book until after it sells a million copies, and newsflash, there have been exactly THREE (3) self published authors who sold a million copies of a book: Amanda Hocking, John Locke, and Hugh Howey.

Three and only three.

And 2 of those three bought their own damned books!

John Locke bought the books and just kept them. Hugh Howey bought the books and gave them away for free. BOTH of the authors who sold a million copies, did so, by buying their own books!

READERS did NOT buy those first million copies sold!

And THAT happens all the time.

It's not uncommon for a self published author to put up their own money to buy 10,000, 20,000, or more copies of their own book.

Why do you think Amazon changed their system in July 2015? They ever said that's why they did it. Amazon said they found over 8million FAKE accounts, that were owned by some of the biggest names in Kindle publishing. The books being digital, the authors didn't have to worry about where to store the books after they bought them.

There was a HUGE boom in self publishers supposedly selling millions of copies of their books, almost instantly, throughout 2013 until July 2015 when Amazon cut off their ability to do so.

Have you noticed that SINCE July 2015, you are no longer seeing self publishers getting 100K+ books sales every month? It was a damned scam and any one who watched the news reports knows that.

Amazon took some 17,000 self published authors to court over it, Sued their asses off, deleted their author accounts.

The whole "Kindle Millionaire" hype going on in 2013 and 2014 was nothing but a massive scam of wealthy authors buying their own books to boost sales rank.

That's the reality of the Kindle Millionaire and that's also why Amazon released their tax records to the public, complete with all the names of every single self published author and how many books they REALLY sold and how much money they made.

And those numbers were alarming.

According to Amazon's tax records, there are ONLY 3 self published authors to EVER sell a million copies of their books, and 17,000 frauds who lied about their sales.

According to Amazon's tax records, the next highest amount of sales for a self pubbed book was 300,000 copies. Not even half a million.

Also according the Amazon's tax records 83% of all authors published on Kindle have earned under $5,000, most of them earning under $100 per year, meaning that 83% of self published authors are selling fewer then 50 books a year. MILLIONS of authors, have YET to sell 100 copies of their books.

And when you consider that and then you look at the amount of work authors like me put into marketing and to get sales. I mean think about it... I have 170+ novels, novellas, and short stories on Kindle right now, across my 15 pennames, and only one of those books has ever reached 7,000 copies. Three of them ,made it to 3,000, a few made it to a thousand. All of them have reached at least 200 sales, and many are at 500... AND I'm considered one of top selling self publishers in terms of how many books I've sold across all titles. I think all together I've not yet reached 20,000 total sales from all titles combined. It's not easy, and it takes a lot of money put into travel to cons and buying business cards and making CosPlays....I've spent more then I've made and like I said, if I didn't have a husband who was paying for all this, I dought I'd have the sales I do.

>>How do publishing houses deal with work that has been self-published/around on the internet before?

In the case of Eragon, Scholastic Books knew they could get a movie deal and market the book through their Weekly Reader Program that sells several hundred million copies of children's books at classroom book fairs.

In the case of Harry Potter, once again, Scholastic Books knew they could get a movie deal and market the book through their Weekly Reader Program that sells several hundred million copies of children's books at classroom book fairs.

In the case of Hunger Games, oh there they are again, Scholastic Books knew they could get a movie deal and market the book through their Weekly Reader Program that sells several hundred million copies of children's books at classroom book fairs.

Do you see a pattern here?

A trade publisher is only going to pick up a self pubbed book that they think they can get a movie deal out of, so that they can use the movie as a marketing tool to sell insane amount of millions of books after the movie's release.

It's very, very, very difficult for a self pubbed book to get picked up by a trade publisher

>>If you want to write a lot and publish a lot and market a lot, self publishing might be for you. There won't be "the" book. You'll want to put out a lot of books. It sucks because you have to do everything yourself.

So few newbie author believe this even after dozens of long time self-pubbed authors tell them this too. They have to learn the hard way. They they boo-hoo "Why did no one tell me I had to publish a new novel every single month for 3 years in a row before I'd start selling books?" We did. You didn't listen.

Self pubbing is not an easy road. People think it's easy, because, yeah, it's easy to slap any old book up on Amazon. Sure. But try making a sale. With out the determination, dedication, and motivation to be pumping out books every few weeks, you ain't gonna make it very far in self publishing.

It takes a certain type of personality to stick with it and succeed and, let's face it, not many authors have what it takes. Most authors want to write a book and let someone else do the work. You can't do that in self publishing. You either gotta be damned good at editing or hire a good editor, you got to be damned good at art or hire a good cover artist. Then you gotta know how to market and sell that book. I was a door to door salesmen for 16 years. I know EXACTLY what it takes to get my foot in the door and make a sale. I dare the average author to make it even 16 days in a door-to-door sales job. And you know what, if you can't succeed as a door to door salesman, you'll never make it as a self-publisher, because you need the exact same people and retail skills to do both.

>>There is no stigma. There are self pub authors on Amazon calling themselves "published" despite no trad contract. No one calls them on it as far as I know. Why would they? It doesn't matter. If people are enjoying the work, who is anyone to judge?

probably because self publishing has existed for 2,000 years, while trade publishing and contracts was invented in 1952 :P

You know, self-publishing didn't have a stigma until the 1980s, and that was largly due to the vanity press boom, scamming authors at the time. Now that people have started to realize vanity press is a scam, the self-pubbing stigma is fading again.

>>Self-publishing is rarely a good route into trade publishing. That's because, like you, most writers underestimate what it will take to built a fanbase manually. Most self-published books sell less than 100 copies

^ THIS ^

I get THOUSANDS of emails from self-pubbed authors, ALWAYS asking the exact same question:

"How are you selling thousands of books? I published my book 6 months ago and I've barely sold 10 copies. What am I doing wrong?"

I ask them: "How are you marketing it?"

They'll say: "Well I put a link on my FB..."

Honey, if you want to sell thousands of copies like I do, then you gotta market like I do. That means getting off ya ass and being at every single convention, every single carnival, every single festival, every single weekend. It means getting a booth and signing up to give lectures. It means writing a curriculum and teaching workshops. It means printing up thousands of business cards and handing them out to total strangers on the beach.

Yes, my self-pubbed books sell thousands of copies, while most struggle to reach 100.... but it's because I work my ass off every damned day, doing massive amounts of offline, personal, face to face marketing.

I have a fanbase of 300,000 email subscribers, and took me 20 years to build that list. I have 7,000 fans that I can rely on to be there day one of a new book publication to buy it in rabid frenzy, and they didn't get find me by browsing Amazon or FaceBook... they found me, from the convention circuit.

A lot of people who buy my books, do so because: "Hey, I remember her, that's that author who gave that class I went to at the comic book convention. She was CosPlaying as ___. We took selfie together. She signed my con program. I'm gonna buy her book."

>>most writers underestimate what it will take to built a fanbase manually.

Years of grueling hard work.

>>Most self-published books sell less than 100 copies

Without insanely levels of offline marketing, extreme motivation and determination... self-pubbed books rarely even reach 100 copies sold total in their lifetime and they make take 10 or 12 years just to do that.

You look at the self-pubbers who are selling lots of copies, they are doing the same thing I am. No self-pubber ever reached thousands of books sold without getting off their ass and doing hella extreme marketing offline, where they can meet readers face to face.

You want to sell books, you literally have to be where the fans are, shaking their hands, in person. That means buying a motorhome and hitting the road.

>>Getting to that level often means self-pubbing a heap of books - not just one. It could take you years and many releases to build that kind of audience, if at all.

Yep. I've been self-publishing since the 1970s. There's 40 years of work, gone into it. And not one book either... I've self published 130+ novels, 2,000+ short stories, 30+ nonfiction books, and a few dozen stage plays.

Far too many newbies look at my books sales, and think they can slap a book on Kindle and be set for life. They forget to look at how many years I've been doing this, how many books I've published, and what kind of offline marketing goes into it.

And you know what? The most any of my books has ever sold was 7,000 copies. I'm considered a top seller in the self-publishing field, and my sales aren't even close to the sales a trade pubbed book will see. And that there is something to REALLY think about.

7,000 books ain't a lot of books, when you stop and really think about it, a trade pubbed book will sell that many copies it's first week, without the author working their ass off for the sales, but in comparison to the average self-pebber, 7,000 copies of one title sold is a HUGE amount.

I love the lifestyle that comes with self-publishing. I thrive on being at conventions and hugging fans and talking with people... but a lot of authors don't have that personality and don't want a life on the road lifestyle.

People are always asking me, why, if I self publish, and I love it so much, why am I always telling people NOT to self publish?

I tell newbie writers to not self publish, because 90% of the time they are not cut out for the lifestyle. Not many authors have wjat it takes to make a sale. 90% of authors have no clue what is involved in succeeding in the self-publishing scene, and even when they find out they say: "It won't be that way for me. I'll be successful without all the work these other guys do." No, no you won't. You'll fail miserably, never reach 100 copies sold, and then be crying in my inbox "Oh boo hoo, why is my book not selling like yours are, I write better then you, and I can't get any sales."

In self-publishing, it's NOT the best written books that sell the best... it's the most dedicated authors who are willing to put their nose to the grindstone that sell the best.

I've done both. Self publishing and trade. And you know what? Trade's easier. It's a lot easier. But trade also bored the hell out of me. I LIKE the high stress of working con circuits, I like CosPlaying, I like signing up as a featured guest, if you want to succeed at self publishing you have to like those things and get used to writing a curriculum, getting over phobias of speaking in public (I had those), getting used to the grueling schedule of packing, unpacking, setting up, dodging fans, signing books, posing for pictures, never getting to a bathroom because there are 2,000 people between you and the bathroom and they ALL want a hug and a selfie, carrying anything you can find to eat with you all day long, because you'll never have a free second to have a meal, dealing with crazy fans (bad fans, not good fans) which often requires police involvement and happens more often then most cons would like to admit, (a church group somehow got into one Con, and stormed into the Yaoi workshop chanting we were going to Hell, one year) ... it's a fast paced, hectic life on the road (you'll need to buy a motorhome and get used to RV lifestyle and paint your name and books covers on the side). I also appear at car shows, autism events, festivals, fairs, carnivals, pretty much anything that let's me set up a booth, you are gonna see me at.

I left trade publishing, because the lifestyle bored me. I returned to self publishing, because it's lifestyle I like.

But MOST authors are self-absorbed, shy, quiet, people who like to hole themselves up and never meet a fan face to face. And if you are that type of person, then self-publishing is not for you.

Far too many people think they can slap up a book and be done with it. Once you've published that book, the easy part is over, the hard part has yet to start, and you've only just begun.

>>Unless you're Hugh Howey or Andy Weir, it just isn't going to happen.

I actually know Hugh Howey, knew him before he was famous... and I know for a fact, he didn't just get lucky. He worked his ass off to get those sales.

There's a man with an astounding level of dedication to marketing his book on levels most self pubbers can't even begin to imagine. He wasn't an overnight success. It took him years of dedication to marketing a book that never made one penny on. He gave it away for free. He spent his life savings to give away a million free copies of Wool.

It was not by accident he made it to the top and it certainly wasn't luck.

>>Has anyone here had success with self publishing?

I think it depends on how you define success.

I've had some self-pubbers tell me I'm a failure because I haven't reached whatever level they were at yet, and others say they could only dream of reaching my level of success. I think most would say I'm somewhere in the middle... just successful enough to be seen as successful by some, while not successful enough to be seen as a success by others. :P

My top 3 selling self-pubbed books in order are:

The Night of the Screaming Unicorn


Into the Swamp of Death

Each of these volumes, were reprints of older, previously published books, that had a large already there, fan following. Each of these books had fans who had previously read them years ago, waiting to read them again. Thus, when their re-release was announced, each of these 3 books, sold:

1,000+ copies the first day of publication, with-in the first hour of going live.

Each of these books got a few hundred more copies the following day.

Each got a few hundred more copies the following week.

After the first month, MOST of the fans had bought copies, and sales dried up near completely within 60 days of the release date.

For the first 6 months of publication, each title continued to see 10 or 12 sales a week.

After that each title saw fewer than 10 sales per month.

Now 3 years after the publication date, each title receives 1 to 4 sales per month.

Though 1 of these books ranks as the #1 bestseller for one of it's categories, each of these 3 titles has a sales rank of the low millions. It was around 2 million when I last checked and it's probably around 3 million by now.

Of all my self pubbed books none has sold more then 7,000 copies, a few reached 3,000 copies, some reach 1,000, most have not yet reaches 1,000 but are slowly getting there at a rate of 10 or 12 copies a month, some fizzled out at 100 copies.

In all I've 170+ novels, novellas, and short stories on Amazon spread across 15 different pennames.

So how does this translate into income?

Novels (150,000 to 300,000 words): The ebooks editions sell for $7.99, the paperback editions sell for $14.99.

After Amazon takes their cut, I make $3+/- per copy sold (for both print and ebook editions).

3,000x$3 means that my top selling titles will bring in a grand total of no more then $9,000 in their lifetme

1,000x$3 means that MOST of my titles have yet to reach bringing in a lifetime total of $3,000

10x$3 means that MOST of my titles will earn me around $30 income per month.

Short Stories: ebook editions .99c (1,000 words), $1.99 (7,000 words), or $2.99 (30,000 wods); Print editions are collections of 10 or more stories and are $14.99... so earnings from shorts varies from .35c to $3 per copy sold)

Most months the Quaraun series brings in less then $200 a month income.

Meaning that my yearly income from sales of the Quaraun series comes to around $2,000 per year (my yearly income from Monster Porn sales is less income then a WalMart cashier earns each MONTH. If you are looking to earn money fast, get a job a WalMart, it less work, for more pay, for fewer hours worked. :P )

But that's my numbers. If that translates to success or not I'll leave for others to decide.

My books are self-pubbed via Amazon Kindle and Amazon Kindle Paperbacks(Beta).

On a side note... each of my books goes through 7 to 12 edits and revisions before publication, and the book covers are professionally made, averaging $150 to $300 for each cover (I have hired actual Fantasy art painters to do many of my covers, so they REALLY stand out and are not what most people expect to see on self-pubbed books) . I have to sell a few hundred copies before I reach a break even point.

My uncle did the same thing. He wrote 5 books, and ended up $200,000 in debt, because of a vanity press he got hooked up with. In the end he only sold about 12 copies of 1 book, and I don't think he sold any of the rest at all. This was back in the 1980s, before the rise of ebooks too, so he had 10s of 1,000s of his books in storage units because he couldn't fit them in his house.

>>The kboards (Kindle forum) Writer's Café

Be careful there... a LOT of predators stalk that place. In 2013, 73 authors, myself included, had our accounts hijacked by a raving lunatic who used our accounts to start attacking other authors and writing wild crazy shit.

On my own account, the guy posted THOUSANDS of wild posts in a matter of hours, then erased all my actual posts and replaced them with this freaked out stuff (really bad stuff)

Then he went offline and started attacking the authors at their homes. 3 authors (myself included) were crippled (I was paralyzed for 5 months and had to relearn to walk) 2 authors got killed (one by having her face stabbed with a broken bottle)... all because of an anthology we did. Of the 101 authors in the Kboards anthology, 73 of us got attacked by this madman, and all 101 of us left Kboards because of it, because when we contacted the admins for help, they just ignored the situation... people are DEAD.... and the owners, admins, and mods ignored it.

The FBI got involved, they are still trying to find out who did it.

Nears as any one could tell it was a Kb member who was mad because they didn't get published in the anthology, given the way they attacked only members who were in the anthology.

It was a nightmare.

Turns out... the KB forum, is hosted on an insecure server (does not have the green https padlock) and because of that, it was easy for the hacker to get into their system and just take full control over dozens of accounts.

I've never trusted any website without the green padlock https in their url since.

The FBI agent in charge is in constant monthly update with those of us who got attacked and he hasn't caught the guy who did it yet, so be careful over there. Somewhere on KB there is a member wanted for 2 counts of murder, 3 attempted murders, and a lot of identity theft.

Yep. What crowqueen said.

>>The problem is that experimental work, with a smaller market

If you want to succeed in a small market with self-publishing, you got be CONSTANTLY marketing OFFLINE at conventions, book signings, giving lectures, anime cons, gamer cons, comic cons.... You really have to have the ability to be right where your readers are and selling to them in person, or at least handing out lots and lots of business cards.

I write/self publish Dark Fantasy Yaoi and if I just slapped my books on Kindle and waited for sales, I'd wouldn't have sales. I have to be constantly on the road, setting up booths and lectures at any con open to having a Yaoi author as a guest. That kind of hard work is a MUST if you have a small market genre and you want to self publish it and be successful at it.

>>I actually went with for my third book but the process was exhausting and cost $$$

Oh my! Have they changed something? It's been about 2 years since I last published a book with them, and back then it was free and they have never tried to sell me anything.

I did see someone post on FB a while back though saying they were taking their stuff off Lulu because of changes to the company. Perhaps that's what they were referring to?

>>I know the chance of me writing a book and getting it published and selling extremely well is low enough, and the chance is even lower for someone at my age,

Publishers do not ask your age. Plenty of children and teens get published all the time.

Eragon by Christopher Paolini is a good example. He wrote it when he was 12, published it at 14. Was a millionaire from the movie and toy franchise of his book by the time he was 16. And that was a NaNoWriMo book that he self-published.

>>I'd like to start somewhere else while I work on getting published.

If you are really serious about a career in publishing, don't put it aside for later. As soon as you do that, it'll snowball, and before you know you'll be like millions of other 40 year olds looking back and wondering why you never found time to write that book. Don't wait. Write it now. You're never too young to start.

As I said in my response to another comment on this thread...

>>Fucking hell. 15? When I was fifteen I didn't know which end of a sentence got the period.

When I was 15, I already had 3 books, 100+ short stories and 5 stage plays published. I published my first book when I was 8. Of course at 9 years old I was removed from public school because I was too far ahead of the rest and too young to attend high school. So I enrolled in college. I got my first college degree at 16.

Age has nothing to do with it.

If you are driven to do something, you will do it regardless.

>>This all depends on what type of writing you are doing, and where you are located. I'm from the US, and if you are as well, I can say with almost 98% certainty, if you wanted to freelance write for people, that would be a no-go because freelancing is all about contracts, and legally, a minor cannot sign a contract.

The parents can act as the child's representatives and sign for them. Mine did.

>>from what I've read from authors who have been through both traditional and self publication, self pub nets you a much larger percentage of each sale (70% vs 5-15% depending on your deal)


4% is pretty standard royalty for most first time authors in trade publishing

Kindle publishing pays 70%, unless you are selling to countries that have added fees (India and Japan for example), then it's 35%

So, I was over on Reddit, you like I often am, and found this question. And answered it, like I do. However, the answer I initially gave was a simple generic answer. If you want to read my original answer unaltered, simply click on Reddit's embed feature links which Reddit provides for webmasters to be able to post their answers on their websites, while linking back to the original thread on Reddit (if you didn't know Reddit offered and encouraged the use of this feature, look for it in the "share" features underneath every post, comment, and reply on Reddit).

I am answering random questions today about world building, over on Reddit and decided to take my answers from there and expand upon them even further over here. So that's what this page is. Me rambling on about various aspects of world building techniques I use when writing the Quaraun series. The questions I am answering are embedded here. Clicking the link in the embedded question will take you to the original Reddit page where you can see the original answer along with other people's answers. If you wish to comment, you can do so on the Reddit page where a place to do so is provided.

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