2018 Book Industry Predictions: Are Indie Authors Losing Their Independence?

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by Mark Coker at Smashwords 

Welcome to my annual publishing predictions post where I prognosticate about the future and share my views on the state of the indie nation.

Each year around this time I polish off my imaginary crystal ball and ask it what the heck is going to happen next.

My crystal ball was a bit surly this year. The first thing it told me was, “you don’t want to know.”  Less than helpful.

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Using Your Bad Ideas

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by Chloe-Anne Ross

Other than uploading on time (sorry!) my biggest problem continues to be planning my novels. I plan on writing a series and right now I only have act 1 of W.OT.G worked out but even still I plan on re-working my plan.

My idea for the opening scene didn’t go so well and I knew I had to change the landscape she was climbing, the beasts she was running from and the compass she carried with her and just her entire word! No biggie : -/  hmm…right?

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Start from the Middle: How One Single Idea Just Changed Everything

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by Matt Frick

I didn’t write ONE sentence of my current book project this week. Not a single word.

But man did I make some progress!

I told y’all how I like to outline the entire story in multiple levels of detail before I really get to writing a manuscript [Planning: The Importance of Outlining (for me, anyway)], so you probably don’t see anything wrong with that first-line declaration, given the fact that I’m still in the outlining phase. But that line is more attention grabbing than, “I didn’t add a single bullet point to the 30th scene of my outline this week.”

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How to beat Trump at his own game!

Trump told the Democrats how to beat him in the 2020 election, but was they listening? He stood up there at his last rally and told them how to win the next election no matter how much Russia tries to mess with it.

It is so easy; it is a wonder that no one has thought of it. I watched the Democrats shoot themselves in the foot time and time again in the last election, and groaned for eight months. First, the Democrats ignored their best hope to win big time with Bernie Sanders because he honestly said he is a Socialist. Big Deal! So what? They chose to back a strong candidate, but with a handicap that she could never overcome, and guys, we won’t be able to overcome it in our lifetime, unless there are some changes. I heard things like, “When they go low, we go high.” That’s nice, but it won’t win a dirty election. You have to fight fire with fire. When they are screaming lies, you had better start screaming truths along with proof! And you had better Scream at the Top of your Lungs and with thousands of voices because that is what the GOP did. Not the truth, but loud and with thousands of voices.

Trump showed us the true underbelly of this nation, and it is getting stronger. He lied his ass off! And everyone accepted it because, under the polite Christian demeanor, too many are downright racists! That is a fact! If we weren’t the Nazi and White Supremacists would not have such a big foothold to be able to have major rallies and place them on the ballot.

A few years ago the Christian Right would never stand up in public and give their wholehearted endorsement to a man accused of child rape, molesting women because of his power, embraces Russia as an ally, and had many extramarital affairs with no remorse for his actions. The self-righteous bigot Christians are crying publically that “Donald Trump is sent by GOD” to save our nation! When they know perfectly in their little heart of hearts, they only want this to be a White Christian Nation. All you Chrisitan women that LOVE him, if he succeeds he will come for your rights next.

So listen up! Here is how you beat him at his own game. He talks a good story and gets his people to chant along with him, remember, “Lock her up.” and “This country needs a successful businessman” and “I will make America Great Again” and “I admire soldiers that didn’t get captured.” You need to make your chants powerful, loud, and true!   Come on don’t make me do everything for you. Hire some great PR people!

You need to put up with your next candidate someone that everyone respects wholeheartedly, I mean everyone! Don’t even think of dredging Hillary up again. She cannot win! It isn’t that she isn’t a good candidate, and it isn’t the country is not ready for a Woman to be President, it is the White Male Establishment is NEVER going to be ready until you make them.   To make them ready, you must seize control from their hands, forcibly if you must, but you must break their iron grip on our economy. It will take brains as well as brawn. I suggest you start NOW! You need to get up off your hands shoved under your ass and FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE!

How to Advertise Your Book on a Budget

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As a writer, you want readers to find your stories, but you may not have a lot of money to put towards that goal. After all, writing is often a hobby or part-time job, and it doesn’t make any income until the books sell…but the books can’t sell until people know they’re out there. So how do you get readers to know about your book without spending a lot of money?

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Ridin’ the rails in Phoenix

Riding the rails in Phoenix, AZ is not only encouraged, it is subsidized.  No, I’m not talking about the railroad, I am talking about the Light Rail.  It runs almost from my front doorstep to downtown Mesa, and there is a rumor that it will expand further into downtown Phoenix.

The cost of riding is minimal.  It cost us (senior citizens) only $4.00 for the trip downtown and back.  There are day passes and monthly passes available.  It beat the heck out of driving and paying buckos for parking.

I have to admit I was a little nervous, this was my first time since it first opened and the rides were free for a week.

The security, and the people working at the stations and on the train were courteous, and helpful.  We had to wait a few minutes for the cars to be cleaned.  I was surprised at how clean they were, and there was a rack to hang a bicycle up off the floor, although many people chose to keep them at their side.

We met and saw many interesting people.  The seats could have been a little wider, but that isn’t any ones fault that they were snug but my own.

We got on at Dunlap Ave and 25th Ave, which I said was almost at my front door.  We only had to walk to the front of our complex and cross the road and voila, we were there. When we got to our stop we exited and walked two blocks to our “Meet and Greet meeting” at a Hotel in downtown Phoenix, and then walked the two blocks back and in 20 minutes we were back where we got on.

All the stations are well lit and are populated with workers, we will do it again.  We discovered that it also goes right by Il Vineo where a friend, Michael Powers plays guitar, this will be much more convenient than the hassle of driving.

Try it, you will like it!

 

 

AI, YI YI OH!

It is really funny that after my long rant about turning 70 and getting stupid, more interesting  things happened that turned out to also be stupid.

Checking my replies to my post, I received five from people that wanted me to purchase their “fool-proof” program that will make me rich without even trying, just remit $$$$$ to their paypal account and the money will start rolling in to my bank account.

Today while I was trying to catch up on my writing, I received at least three phone calls, from Mr. or Ms. Nobody, because when I answered, they hung up.  I hope the couple of callers weren’t upset when I screamed, “F%&#k You!

Then the best one or two were from an AI, that informed me that “she was calling to help me find a job” and she inquired what type of position was I looking for?  When I asked if this was a recording, there was a long pause, before the reply was, “Please give me your address, date of birth, and your legal name, or something like that.  At this point I stopped listening and hung up with the same salutation.

When the AI called again, it had learned that I thought it was a recording, so when I asked it again if it was a recording, it paused, and then said, “I guess I have said this so many times that I must sound like a recording.”  I asked several more quick questions, and it made her pause again, before getting right back on script.  I said pleasantly “F#$%K You again and hung up.

AI has invaded our society so thoroughly that it is replacing us faster than we realized.  Another fun fact, now when you apply and receive an “invitation” to an online interview , don’t get too excited, because the last one I did was an AI asking me 4 silly questions. One I remembered was, “What is you favorite movie?”

I spent some time trying to unsubscribe from all the virtual personnel agencies today to discover that there at some that you cannot unsubscribe from.  So I did the next best thing, created a rule that they be re-routed to my “Junk File” so take that AI!

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