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Worldbuilding — Introduction

I will soon start writing a fantasy series and started trying to picture the world where my story takes place, but was having difficulty. I decided that I would try to draw it out, but I lacked the ability to draw and even if I try to fake it, I didn’t know how to make my land appear organic and nearly random. While there are many tools out there to help out with that, most of them cost money.

Money is a funny thing for us writers. Generally our primary focus when it comes to spending money is on professional editing, cover design, and any tools that help us release a book. So making a map of our world and designing further elements that may not be in our initial story is frivolous. It is nice to have a map, but not crucial. But wouldn’t you like one anyways?

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Traditional Publishing or Not to Self-Publish

While I should be writing or reviewing other people stories, I got off on a tangent of the marketability of self-publishing versus traditional publishing.  In the past, I felt that it was important to self-publishing because of the fear that a traditional publisher would try to force me to market my book for the sake of making money.

But, a recent report suggests that writers who do both self-publishing and traditional publishing have greater success.  This has got me to rethink my marketing strategy.  While the concern I have of changing my story for marketability for traditional publishing, I think I should be open to the possibility of still doing it if I want a long term career.

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