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Archive for March 2011

Best of Both Worlds

March 28, 2011

  “Revision is where you earn your money – and if you haven’t made any money yet, revision is where you pay your dues.”  Sara Zarr This is especially good advice for anyone entering the self-publishing field with their first publication. In fact, no matter how many times you have gone you over your manuscript, […]

Book Deals

March 25, 2011

News about book deals are all over the internet today, especially a four-book offer St. Martin’s made to one of the ebook success stories, Amanda Hocking. Actually, the young lady from Minnesota made the post yesterday on her blog. It’s a very much needed in-depth discussion of why she chose to go with a mainstream […]

How To Turn Down A half A Million?

March 24, 2011

The easiest way to turn down a 1/2 million dollars is just say no. Even Nancy Reagan knows that. However, in order to turn down this much money, it is necessary to be offered such an amount. Unfortunately or perhaps fortunately, few of us are ever faced with such a dilemma. However, for anyone that […]

The New Kindle Millionaires

March 22, 2011

  2011 sales figures from Amazon and other Ebook retailers are definitely on the rise. So much so that the term “Kindle Millionaires” is now a reality. ( many thanks to N. Bransford for that phrase) And within that realm, there are two names that keep popping up. And they are Amanda Hocking and J.A.Konrath […]

500 Minutes

March 21, 2011

500 minutes! That’s how long it took me to upload my last short story to Smashwords. On the onset of my submission, I was #1396 in the queue. Finally, some eight hours and twenty minutes later my story was uploaded. Folks this is quite a change from the way things were only three or four […]

E-book Agents

March 18, 2011

It had to happen sooner or later. Ebook agents that is. And according to a recent post at Guide To Literary Agents, at least one NY literary agency has now taken on an agent, who exclusively works with representation for ebooks – those nefarious new creations that can be purchased and downloaded on a variety […]

Aid To Japan

March 16, 2011

As Japan shifts from survival to recovery, many of those living in other parts of the world might be interested in donating to international aid organizations that are participating in the relief effort. A good overview of the process can be viewed at Matador Change, a website devoted to New Age travel. Much information is […]

Evrybody’s Talkin’ ‘Bout Dose E-books

March 9, 2011

This Sunday night. I had a chance to watch 60 Minutes and listen to Christopher Hitchens philosophize about life and general and his desperate fight with cancer. I even stayed tuned until Andy Rooney came on a screen, which is something I don’t always do. And guess what; he was talking about e-books. Here’s a […]

The Importance of Readers

March 7, 2011

So far my online literary world consists mostly of writers. The great emphasis here is about the how-to side of writing, but still it is important not to lose sight of the fact, that every writer needs readers. In fact, this is not a one-on-one relationship, for to survive a writer needs more than one […]

At The Bird Feeder

March 6, 2011

This winter saw two snowstorms arrive here in the Palmetto State. The first was in December and the second occurred during the month of January. The first one stayed just a day, but the January storm dumped eight inches and the snow stayed on the ground for almost a week. During that time the small […]

Agreed To Read Conroy

March 4, 2011

This week I agreed to attend an adult reading group that meets once a month, all the while keeping my e-book self-publishing venture all to myself. This month’s read was a 100 page novel (some might call it a novella), titled “Dawn”. It was written by the noted Transylvanian writer, (no it’s not a vampire […]

Why I Like Borders

March 2, 2011

  Today I received an e-mail from Borders notifying me that Judith Orloff, a M.D. is giving a talk at the Columbus Circle Borders in NYC. Since, I am currently in South Carolina and will not return to my home in Maine until the spring, chances are pretty slim that I will not attend the […]