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Hardcover? It's as Gone as Gutenberg!!
The Ebook Revolution is ringing the death knell of traditional publishing. Amazon reports ebooks outselling
hardcovers by an increasing monthly margin. Hard cover books will be obsolete in our lifetimes. It's happening as we watch.
The traditional literary agent will give way to the epublicist. The Ivory Tower Publishing House is quickly vanishing.
All Aleister Smiley needs is his Thumb Drive and an internet access.
All Angus Williamson needs is an IPad, a Nook or a Kindle. But, of course, Johnny Lewis still needs his Anna and perhaps,
that gift of the gods.
Kindle (Amazon Books), Nook (Barnes and Noble) and Ipad are offering new writers an opportunity for exposure - free.
At first glance, I didn't like the idea of the E-book. I like holding a book in my hands, being able to skim through it and then putting it on one of my bookshelves for later reference, if I want it. Kindle was enticing enough that I placed some of my books there to see what would happen and how I liked that method of publication. I then bought a Kindle reader. I like my Kindle. I can have up to 3,500 books in it, which is more than my present library. E-books cost much less to buy and the royalties are much higher. Return to Masada, (Print-On-Demand) for example pays me a royalty of $1.25 with a 'for sale price' of around $18.95. StrathNaver Legends, for sale now on Kindle, sells for $7.99 and pays me a $5.59 royalty. If it sells, it doesn't have to sell much to beat the more conventional publication for personal income.
The downside, if it can be considered as that, is the writer must do his or her own promotion. If the book is on Kindle, or Nook or Ipad, and no one knows it's there, no one will BUY it. When you post your books as ebooks, the ball is in your court for promotion - just like print-on-demand. My print on demand publisher promised Return to Masada would be in brick and mortar book stores, that it would be distributed by Ingraham, that it would never go out of print. The book has never been available in brick and mortar stores, it was never distributed by anyone much less Ingraham and now the publisher expects me to pay an annual fee to keep it in print. The author discount is so shallow that I can't even buy it in quantity and distribute it, myself, profitably. NOTHING I was promised by my print of demand publisher was true. So far, Kindle has treated me honorably. I recommend it as a reasonable alternative to conventional or print-on-demand publishing.
Smashwords.com is a major event in the publication and distribution of ebooks. One corrctly formatted submission to Smashwords.com will be distributed to nearly all the major ebook dealers, including Kindle, Sony ebook Reader, Ipad, Ipod,Iphone and Nook, and a host of others. This is well worth a look..
by Robert G. Makin
I used to look down my nose at self publishing. Paying thousands of dollars for a company to make books that I then store in my garage never sounded very smart to me. That’s what they did. The editorial services were cursory if they existed at all. Editorial advice was a comic afterthought. It was and still can be a major rip-off, in my opinion.
I am pretty sure, everyone reading this has done as I have, spent thousands of dollars, over a period of years, in printing and postage to send copies of my work to publishers and literary agents. Unless your name has celebrity value, the material is rejected as fast as Aleister Smiley rejected material sent to Ronald Flaass. I had one publisher send it back so fast that he failed to notice the $6.00 worth of postage I had on the envelope to be used as a mailing label. He returned that envelope bearing $6.00 in postage, containing a note that he couldn’t find the postage. So he discarded my manuscript. Another claimed to review everything carefully for up to four months. He returned my submission the same day.
You’re probably thinking the stuff must be classic trash. Maybe it is and maybe it isn’t. For what it’s worth, it’s selling on Kindle and in several other ebook formats. I’m getting glowing feedback. People love the stuff and I’m getting nice royalties.
My first book (that was published) is still, at this writing, in the hands of Dandelion Books, a print on demand publisher. When I first approached Dandelion Books, Carol Adler, the owner was trying to do something like conventional publishing using the print on demand concept. Nothing she promised me has come to pass other than hard copy of the book being available. On her behalf, I believe that she believed what she promised me to be true and possible to fulfill. We learned together that her expectations were unrealistic. Nevertheless, Return to Masada is still available as a print on demand book from Dandelion Books. When Return to Masada was published in 2,000, Dandelion Books was NOT a subsidy publisher. Even that has gone away.
New developments in ebook publishing are getting my full attention. The opportunity there, in my opinion is vast. There is also danger. The danger is that we authors don’t effectively edit our own stuff as well as an objective other person can do it. When I make a mistake, then proof read it, my eye makes the same mistake every time and I don’t see it. If we send out too many manuscripts like that, and then get placed in Kindle and other reading lists, we look like fools. I, for one, am not content with that. Get someone to proof and edit your stuff before you publish it. My StrathNaver Legends, published on Kindle and Smashwords has two typos. I found them after it went out. For the present, I’m going to have to live with that. In time, I’ll fix them. I’m still searching Faces of Inanna for more typos but I think I got that one pretty well cleaned up.
The opportunity lies in the money. At the present time, Kindle, Smashwords and others are offering authors the chance to upload their manuscript in pre-formatted condition –FREE- and they will add it to their online inventory for sale. Kindle offers a royalty of 70% - and that’s what they actually pay me when I get sales. How that reads out is like this. Two months ago I got two checks. One was from Kindle and one was from Dandelion Books. Both companies sold the same number of my books. The check from Kindle was five times the one I got from Dandelion. Where is the better place to publish is a no-brainer.
My experience leads me to believe that conventional publishing is all but a thing of the past. Ebooks range in price from free to half what conventional versions cost. Ebook readers have become handy and easy to use. They’re getting cheaper to buy. They can store thousands of books. That’s an improvement over my library at home that takes up two rooms. My Kindle will even read to me, out loud. It can surf the web, do other interesting tricks.
If your books are not available to the ebook world, maybe putting them there is something worth considering.
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Drey Shepperd and Barry Manilow pointed out, “we dreamers have our ways of facing rainy days, but somehow we survive.”
Walt Disney’s widow reportedly visited Disney World in Florida with some friends just after it opened. Walt died some time before. One of Mrs. Disney’s companions remarked, “It’s too bad Walt didn’t get to see this.”
Mrs. Disney replied, “Oh, but he did see it. That’s why it’s here.”
So. Does existence precede essence or does essence precede existence? Which ever is true, it has been my experience that nothing has ever happened to me that someone didn’t think of first, usually me. Walt Disney had the fantastic ability to manifest his dreams. The Magic Kingdom, before it existed was a glimmer in its father’s eye, a spark of excitement in the heart of the child who still lived inside Walt Disney.
Everyone has a child living deep down inside, the child that we all used to be. Some of us stifle the dreams of that child, telling it that its dreams are impossible. Others get branded as childish dreamers. I learned recently that nearly all “great” scientists made their “greatest” discoveries as very young men. That is to say they made their discoveries before they were taught all the things that are impossible. Einstein was under thirty when he developed his Theory of Relativity. He was too young to know that e=mc2 was impossible. He still believed in his dreams. The TRUTH?? The TRUTH is the whole world is a Magic Kingdom.
Believe in your dreams and they will believe in you.
Never give up. Never lose the faith you had in yourself as a YOUNG DREAMER.
Never. And you will make it through the rain.
Robert G. Makin
(Neglected by our Main Stream Media)
(It seems easier to read the article, THEN go back and check the links documenting the questions.)
#1. Mr. President, Barack Hussein Obama, According to Dr. Paul Kengor’s book, Dupes, and well
documented there-in, your mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, who you say in your auto-biographies, shaped
your world views and helped you form your thinking, is listed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a
member of the Communist Party United States (CPUSA), which, by the way endorsed you for president in
both your election contests, saying this time, “It is absolutely essential that Barack Obama be reelected.”
Frank Marshall Davis is also well known to have been the editor of two Communist newspapers, one in
Hawaii and one in San Francisco. This Frank Marshall Davis whose praises you so broadly sing, was a
well known Communist. Are you a Communist, member of the CPUSA or an ideological supporter of the
Communist agenda of world take over and the formulation of the United States into a Communist
dictatorship? Yes? No? If no, then how do you defend your comments to the effect that he shaped your
world views and helped you form your thinking? In what respects?
#2. Mr. President, Barack Hussein Obama: If you are not interested in forming a Communist dictatorship,
United States Constitution and why do you assume the authority to overrule laws and portions of laws
powers, are they not? These acts on your part, seem to be consistent with the development of a
#3. Mr. President, Barack Hussein Obama: It is a widely held belief that Frank Marshall Davis was a
abuse, as a child, by this pervert? A subsequent and lessor question deriving from the above is this: Is the
accusation that you were a member of an elite, gay spa in Chicago, true?
4. Mr. President, Barack Hussein Obama: It is regularly accepted everywhere, that when a man applies
for a job in a high level executive position that his college transcripts and records be released for the
review of his prospective employer. We, the people of the United States have hired you as a “pig in a
conjecture is that you went to your various colleges as a foreign exchange student on a foreign exchange
scholarship and that if your college records were released, they would reveal that you are not legally
entitled to be President of the United States, yet here you are , about to begin your second term in office
and still never thoroughly vetted.
5. Mr. President, Barack Hussein Obama: The question of how you paid for your college education
at Occidental, Columbia and Harvard keeps popping up. It is abundantly evident that you had no source of
income or financing, yet these schools seem satisfied that they have been paid. It is also said that today,
your net worth is in excess of ten million dollars, yet you have never had a job to speak of, owned a
business or presented any means of acquiring meaningful income. Where did all this money come from?
6. Mr. President, Barack Hussein Obama: Over the first three years of your presidency, there were
numerous litigations attempting to force you to produce a legitimate birth certificate. In those years, it is
well known that you spent more than a million dollars in legal fees to block these litigations. In your third
year in office (or was it the fourth?), Donald Trump shamed you into doing something about that.
Guffawing broadly, you produced a document that many are still insisting is a forgery. Why have you
blocked Hawaii from releasing your records, even to this day (11/09/2012)?
7. Mr. President, Barack Hussein Obama: The Libya question is still pending. The day after our
ambassador was murdered in Benghazi, foreign newspapers were reporting that the attack was an
organized attack by Al Quaida, in two waves and that it was in response to Steven’s attempt at intervention
in an arms deal going to the Al Quaida. It was two weeks before your administration started recalcitrantly
admitting that the attack may have been a result of more than an anti-Muslim video. Even now, the full
story as reported in the foreign newspapers is being repressed in American Media. What’s the point?
Don’t you know that anyone with Internet access can read any newspaper in the world instantly? Why
have you done this? (Duh?)
8. Mr. President, Barack Hussein Obama: Anyone with an ounce of sense knows that commodities
prices are a function of supply and demand and you have limited supply of our fossil fuel resources by
prices? Fuel prices have doubled since you have been in office. Your allegation that prices were low when
you came into office because of a poor economy is ludicrous. The economy is far worse now. Why aren’t
fuel prices lower than when you came into office, if fuel prices drop in a bad economy? (Duh!)
9. Mr. President, Barack Hussein Obama: America posted a job opening for a high level executive
position requiring complex management decisions, planning and oversight. A man with a spectacular
resume of doing just that, applied for the job. His consistent and spectacular success ranged through
business administration, government and major international events. A second man, you, applied for the
job with a record of dismal failure in everything he tackled, except bullshitting the public. You don’t have a
single notable achievement, even to the extent of showing up for work in the Senate in Illinois and the U.S.
Senate. You are so ashamed of yourself that you won’t even reveal your school records to your potential
employer, yet that potential employer hired you over the credentialed guy. This election was a no brainer
yet you pulled it off against all logic. How did you do that? Affirmative Action?
10. Mr. President, Barack Hussein Obama: The American Main Stream Media has historically done
an incredibly thorough job of ferretting out facts and reporting them to the American Public, yet when it
comes to you, they have ignored your foibles, lies, deceit, Communist background, your spurious choice of
cabinet members, czars and associates including the terrorist Bill Ayers and his murderous wife originator
of the four finger solute of the Weather Underground. It seems that someone is pulling the media’s strings
and yours. You are now president elect. Nothing much could take that away from you. You have nothing
to lose by coming clean. Tell us, the American People, who is your puppeteer and that of the media. Tell
us and we will deal with them for you. You will be a hero. Think of it. The ills you have done us would be
redeemed and you would be free to do a good job for us, within, that is, the parameters of your limited
ability. Tell us, Mr. President, who is your puppeteer? CPUSA?
Inquiring minds want to know.
Kingstown Vs. Rhode Island
So. I was in Rhode Island last
week, promoting middlefingerparty
.com’s free Ad program. I instructed
my GPS to find me a BP gasoline
station. After searching, it told me
there was one a few miles away.
I said, Let’s go. When we got there,
it turned out to be a Gulf Station –
whatever – I needed to use the facilities.
Inside, on the bathroom marked,
“men,” a sign on the door said,
“No Public Restrooms.” I went
to the clerk, a pleasant gentleman
with gray hair and a kind demeanor
. I didn’t feel kind just then. I asked,
“Do you not have public restrooms?”
He said, “No.”
I said, “If you don’t let me pee,
I will not buy gasoline.”
As he unlocked the bathroom
door, he explained, saying that Kingstown has no sewer system. The state’s Health Department has been bringing pressure to bear against the city to install a sewer system.
As part of that effort, the state has mandated that certain public
facilities that have public restrooms, including gas stations, convenience stores and certain fast food restaurants would either lock their restrooms or be closed by the power of the STATE.
I searched for news of this on Google and found essentially – nothing. I did find a document alluding to the “Rhode Island Cess Pool Act of 2007”
a huge Pissing Contest. I wonder
which will go the distance?