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Sep 24, 2011 05:42AM

33008 Okay -


Romantic suspense - I like writing about people in bad situtations.

women's fiction - I like to tell good stories. Something I want to read and can't find.

Paranormal Romance - It's fun to tell a scary story, within a romance frame.

B. Distopian/Sci Fi - Again, it is about telling stories.

D. Some college - creative and technical writing. My degree is in IT, because it paid better.

E. Did techincial writing and Desktop publishing. Had a newspaper column in the 80's.

F. Http://jordanscroft.blogspot.com

G. Was given a great deal of encouragement as a kid and teen.
Sep 19, 2011 08:01AM

33008 Ah - this is where I disagree with you.

You are looking at all the historical nuances - and leaving out all the modern ones.

I'm looking at it purely from the practical application of the word.

When I was working with computers, I was a technician.

Now I write novels, therefore I am a novelist.

It is understandable to be caught up in a romantic attachment to the past: Tradition, high Art, Culture and Literature.

But Pop-culture is something entirely different. It's messy, cheap, available, and disposable. Just as e-books are messy, cheap, available and disposable.

What LASTS becomes a form of Art - as the old Pulp Fiction is a form of Art. Many Pulp Fiction writers went on to write classics: Issac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Joesph Campbell - et all.

In his day Shakespeare was Pop-Culture.
Sep 19, 2011 06:43AM

33008 I like the term 'Novelist.'
Sep 13, 2011 01:30PM

33008 Sure will.

Wish you every success with it.
Sep 13, 2011 12:16PM

33008 I've seen you before, and have checked out your site a couple of times. (Havent' been there lately.)

Wish you well on this.

May I suggest a book just coming out? Andre McCoy wrote 'The Meyersco Helix' which has ARC available. Check out the 'Robust' group here on Goodreads.
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Aug 31, 2011 07:02PM

33008 At this point in time - with the economy in the tank but e-readers growing like mushrooms - its' best to go in with some kind of a plan.

Since the learning curve is so steep with e-publshing, it's better to start small and build.

I didn't do that - I jumped in a year ago. And a lot has changed since then. Which is really pretty cool. Things in this industry needed to change. Can't wait to see what happens this XMas season.
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Aug 30, 2011 10:30AM

33008 I was talking the 'Indie or Trade' issue over with someone the other day.

We decided that a 'best course of action' would be to Indie publish a few shorter (novella, novelete) works, to learn the ropes. Then write a big 120k book in the same genre and market it to the 'Trade.'

Then while you are marketing that book - use one short story as a "freebie" that advertises the novellas. Write some short stories for e-mags and DT-mags to build your platform.

I'm going to have her try it.

I just jumped in with both feet - which was all I knew to to do.
Aug 29, 2011 02:24PM

33008 It never hurts to make suggestions.
Aug 28, 2011 09:57PM

33008 Larry - Yes I do. I've been on Authonomy since it was Beta. The majority of the people I friended on Facebook and here are people I know from Authonomy. It ends up being a hundred or so.

Many of them are on Kindleboards as well. "Remix" by Lexi Revellian was the first Authonomy book I ever read. I joined so I could back it. Now Lexi sells a couple thousand books a month.

There is a snowflakes chance in hell of being picked up by Harper Collins or anyone else, until the book reaches the top 300.

The top 300 books are trolled by agents and publishers alike. There have been a dozen books picked up that way, though only a few were by HC.

It's Harper Collins Slushpile AND it is a community of writers - and some fabulous people who will gladly help you polish a manuscript if requested.

I've not had a manuscript break 1k yet - but I've have the Authonomy Team reply to some of my more scathing posts.

I polished "Let's Do Lunch" on another great Critique Site - Forward Motion or www.fmwriters.com has 'private rooms' for critique groups to meet, post and comment.

I also used Forward Motion to kick around 'Swallow the Moon' right off the first draft.

Both manuscipts were thoroughly picked apart on both sights. Which is why I'm so pround of them - the sites and the people on them are great places to learn what criticism really feels like.
Aug 28, 2011 06:33PM

33008 Ron - one of the best places to get help polishing a manuscript is Authonomy.com.
Aug 28, 2011 07:56AM

33008 The Age of Dinosaurs!

I made a lot of money one year selling Tandy CoCo's (Color Computers.)
Aug 28, 2011 05:34AM

33008 I worked at Radio Shack - the whole store was run off a 5 Meg hard drive the size of a suitcase.

The Tandy 2000 I owned was advertised to 'have all the memory you will ever need.' LOL - 256k! and 2, 720k floppies!

I wrote my first published stories on it - I wrote for a weekly newspaper. The column was 'Kat Tracks.' I wrote about politics, theatre and the local bands. Used to get phone calls from musicians and actors about this band or that show. Some bands would get me in the door, seat me at a table or with the wives and girlfriends, buy my first drink and hang out during breaks.

My girlfriends LOVED going out with me.

Since this was a VERY small town it was more innocent than it sounds. Not a groupie situtation like it would be in a big city. These were guys I went to school with.
Aug 27, 2011 07:22PM

33008 Hehe - Larry - Main Street at Dawn with guns loaded?

Okay - I'll take that bet.

The newspaper I worked for had a Kaypro with CPM.

(Draws and fires)

My first PC was a TRS-80, with 256k of Ram and 2 floppies. It ran TANDY-DOS, had a green screen monitor and a Daisy Wheel Letter Quality Printer - that may have been more expensive than the TRS-80.

AND it had a 300 baud modem!

My 88 year old mother still has the 286 I built for her, with DOS 6.22 and Windows 1.1

(exhales on the gun.)
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Aug 27, 2011 07:10PM

33008 Hi Jason - welcome to the Wild and Wooley World of Pub 2.2 - Open Choices.
Aug 27, 2011 04:56PM

33008 Thanks - I think that's the way to go. Announce it - give them the choice to participate or not - and leave it at that.

Spam belongs in cans.
Aug 27, 2011 04:54PM

33008 My husband is Cherokee - that's all he knows. He was adopted in the 50's. I think the Cherokee call them the 'lost birds' - children adopted out of the Native American culture. His adopted father was full-Cherokee.

And that's it. His adopted parents are dead - there are no relatives to talk to.

I don't know any of my family history except that my Grandmother's parents were born in Hungary, and my father's father was born in Ireland. But I have relatives I know by name and by sight.

I can't imagine knowing that my culture was wiped out by another culture invading our homeland.

Well, the English starved the Irish in the Potato Famine - but that was (sorry) small potatoes compared to what happened to the Native Americans.

I can't change History, but I don't have to like it.
Aug 27, 2011 04:41PM

33008 Red - that was very helpful. It gives me a look into the culture. Tells me what NOT to do, which is a huge step forward.

There are Amazon UK forums - so it stands to reason there is a German forum too.

Okay - I think I can start now.

Thank you!
Aug 27, 2011 04:30PM

33008 I was kidding - you know how writers are full of BS.

I have a professional attitude. Hard work & determinaion will beat 'natural talent' & sloth any day.

But I do have an IT background that goes back to DOS and J-NET - I know enough to get by on.

And I'll have an office next week.
Aug 27, 2011 08:04AM

33008 I have been an IT professional since 1988.

I am currently building an E-publishing business as part of my IT startup. Which includes publishing my own work.

Yeah, I'm a hobbist.

I think I have 5 years to make a profit before I have to shut the business down.

September 1st I hang out my shingle.
Aug 27, 2011 05:57AM

33008 I used an Event as a launch. Asked my friends to click a 'like' on one of the 3 major e-vendor pages.

No one complained and I got 30 some clicks out of it.

Also I used an 'event' for #FreebieFriday and got some good results, and so far no scolding.
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