COVER: I’m the best. Without me, they wouldn’t even check the book out.
STORY: Cover, you’re just the good looks. I’m the brains.
BLURB: Nobody will see your brains until I convince them to look inside.
PRICE: They won’t see how the story turns out until I show them what a great value the book is.
FORMATTING: My excellent design is what makes it such a great value.
CHARACTERIZATION: The memorable characters generate future sales through reviews, recommendations, and referrals. I draw out the reader’s emotions.
EDITING: Those would be bad reviews if not for me!
MARKETING: I created the buzz for this book, and I generated sales and reviews.
COPYRIGHT: You’re all wrong. I’m best.
BLURB: How the deuce are you best? Nobody even reads the stinkin’ copyright page.
Everyone but Copyright laughs.
COPYRIGHT: If not for my copyright statement, everyone would be getting this book for free. And if not for my fictional works disclaimer, we’d be getting our rear ends sued. That’s how!
STORY and CHARACTERIZATION: Get rid of us, and nobody would want the book for free. You wouldn’t be able to pay people to take the book.
CHARACTERIZATION: Besides, there isn’t anyone – living or not – fantastic enough to be confused with a character in this book.
EDITING: You weren’t so fantastic in the first draft.
COVER: I could have sold that first draft.
MARKETING: No, I could have sold it.
STORY: Only because the story is so amazing.
COVER: Who’s going to read the story if nobody checks out the book? Huh? Answer me that.
MARKETING: Not to worry. I have it covered.
COVER: Really? What if I were the ugliest cover anyone ever laid eyes on? Or what if I looked like a perfect cover for a completely different genre? Would you still sell me then? Huh?
STORY: Readers would rather have a great story than a great cover.
COVER: But they will judge how good the story will be based on how great I look. The truth hurts, doesn’t it?
BLURB: Even if the cover is amazing, they won’t check out the book until I capture their interest.
FORMATTING and EDITING: And they would shut the book quickly if not for us.
STORY: Or if I didn’t engage the reader right off the bat. Look, Cover and Blurb, you only have to engage the reader’s interest for a few seconds. I have to entertain the reader for several hours straight.
VOICE: I have you all beat.
PRICE: Who are you?
AUTHOR PAGE: I’m the about the author section.
Everybody but Author Page laughs.
STORY: Nobody even gets to the about the author section until the book is finished. How can you be the best?
AUTHOR PAGE: Because without the author, this book wouldn’t even exist in the first place.
FORMATTING: You’re not the author. You’re just a page about the author.
AUTHOR PAGE: I also generate future sales by sending fans to the blog, social media pages, and fan page.
MARKETING: You can thank yours truly for those pages.
COVER: Much of that marketing features a picture of me. My image makes the book marketable. I’m the brand.
CLIMAX: Excuse me.
CLIMAX: I’m what every reader wants. They yearn for me. They read hundreds of pages just to get me. The closer they get, the more they want it. I give them everything their hearts desire. Any reader will tell you that I’m the best part of the book.
STORY: You!? You’re not even a whole page. They read me for several hours, and you just for a few seconds. Why, if not for me, they would never reach the climax.
ENDING: It’s not the climax they’re after. It’s the ending. They want happiness. They want all the loose ends to be tied. I make the readers happy. I make them come back for more in the sequel. I make them recommend the book to others.
COVER: Look! Someone’s coming.
BLURB: Places, everyone!
INTRODUCTION: It’s so nice to meet you.
Chris McMullen, author of A Detailed Guide to Self-Publishing with Amazon and Other Online Booksellers, Vol. 1 (formatting/publishing) and Vol. 2 (packaging/marketing)
What a brilliant piece of work! Luv it!
Thank you. I had a lot of fun with it. 🙂
It is outstanding! I’ve no idea how you feel about having your work reblogged; but I’d love to, to introduce my friends to you, if you’ve not met as yet.
I welcome reblogs. They’re the best. 🙂 You can never have too many friends.
I agree. I really enjoyed it and look forward to sharing!
Chris, this is too cool. I want your help to write my screenplay.
Thank you. 🙂 If your screenplay involves real people, that might be a problem. But if the actors and actresses are parts of books, I’m highly interested.
This. Is. The. Best. Thing. Ever.
That. Is. The. Best. Comment. Ever. Thank. You. 🙂
I’m. Glad. You. Think. So. 😉 😀
Reblogged this on Busy Mind Thinking and commented:
Have you met this talented gentleman? I suggest a washroom break before reading – too funny!
Thank you for the reblog and kind comments. I shall roll out the red carpet for your friends. 🙂
They are amazing people, you’ll love them. 🙂
The worst part of a really good book is, of course, the ending~
That is very true. 🙂
Reblogged this on nwharrisbooks and commented:
Read this for a good laugh!
Thank you for sharing. I hope it provides some laughter. 🙂
Reblogged this on My Blog.
Thank you. I’m sure it will enjoy being on your blog just as much as it has on mine. 🙂
im sure i was gigging like crazy:)
HaHa, So funny!!
Glad you think so. 🙂
Hilarious, and so true!
The truth can be stranger than fiction. Perhaps funnier, too… 🙂
I was going to say, “Ain’t that the truth.”
. . . . .
I guess I still did. 😀
Thank you. 🙂
You have a good sense of humor, Chris. 🙂
I’m glad you think so. Thank you. 🙂
brilliant and captivating 🙂
Thank you for the kind words. 🙂
LOL Uh….do you go around talking to yourself? Creative, Chris.
Would you let me know if you got the pingback? If not, I’ll know Support is right. We don’t get pingbacks when someone links to our home page.
What’s wrong with talking to oneself? Don’t all writers do this? 🙂
I think you’re right. We seem to get notifications for pingbacks to specific posts and pages, but not to the homepage.
Support explained it’s bc a pingback is technically a comment, and you can’t put up a comment on a homepage. Anyways, I told ya I’d credit you when I used it. 😉