**spoiler alert** Ahh, the "Prestige Wars" have again risen and charged into the fray. It's unfortunate that academians and other researchers are so i**spoiler alert** Ahh, the "Prestige Wars" have again risen and charged into the fray. It's unfortunate that academians and other researchers are so intent on building and maintaining their reputations. When anyone has different findings the result could be likened to a coven of contentious witches.
Why the fights?
Sometimes it's for legitimate disagreement with the results or an error in the data. However, it frequently is simply a battle to keep their jobs in an ever-increasing pool of qualified college instructors. Let's face it, often an instructor rises to be a leading professor in his department's specialty based on early career work. Later, with no significant new research by that professor, his/her magnificent educated guess begins to crumble.
A prime example is the Beringia Land Bridge "Theory" As I wrote in a recent paper presented at the Pennsylvania Society for Archeology, The Beringia claims should more properly be called a "myth" that appears to have been created by a religious order for political gains. I discovered that although the "theory" was allegedly promulgated about 1590, it predates the actual exploration of the Bering Strait by Vitus Bering by some 138 years.
As the author was seeking Indian converts in South America for 15 years just before publication of his work in which he allegedly wrote about his theory, research by him would have been impossible.
Today, the major contention revolved around that theory. When it first came to prominence, the deduction was that Asians crossed to Alaska 10,000 years ago. As other contradictory data has been developed, A segment of otherwise distinguished researchers have tenaciously clung to the Beringia assertion, changing the migration dates to fit the emerging evidence. It became more than a little absurd, then the Shakespeare-like farce set in. The latest claim is that the migration halted somewhere in barren Beringia and waited 10,000 years for the massive North America ice sheets to melt. Of course, there appears to be a total lack of information as to how a party of any size KNEW the ice would melt and a passage develop, nor is there any data on how a party of any size could have survived the intense cold for 10 millenia without food, water and substantial shelters. Absurd? Of course, yet it's happened more than once as scientists fought to retain, possibly undeserved reputations they garnered decades ago. My previous career was as an newspaper editor and investigative journalist (with numerous awards) rather than in the ivory towers of education, but it seems, to me, that there's a flaw somewhere in a peer review system that allows such practices to continue. Just my personal observations for whatever they're worth.
Far from King's best. As a big fan of his earlier books, this is about 300 pages too long, with no explanation of cause of the time shift or any sortFar from King's best. As a big fan of his earlier books, this is about 300 pages too long, with no explanation of cause of the time shift or any sort of technological details. He just used the hackneyed (in my opinion as a writer) ploy of Shazzam, stepping through a door and suddenly the protagonist was transported back in time. After a while, I had the impression he tried to pad the writing until it was a "big" book rather than one that went 400 pages. Just my views after decades as a writer and editor....more
A chronicle of what might be in the cold war era. Regarded as Nevil Shute's best. A powerful movie with (if memory serves) Anthony Perkins, Ava GardneA chronicle of what might be in the cold war era. Regarded as Nevil Shute's best. A powerful movie with (if memory serves) Anthony Perkins, Ava Gardner and Fred Astaire. Also had a terrific soundtrack album. The movie was in black and white which intensified the dramatic affect. A dark but superb story about a nuclear holocaust and the death of civilization. Rarely on television. If it comes to a classic movie channel or local station you should try to catch it. One of the best. ...more
In responding to Marise Ghorayeb's request for reviews, we agreed that any review would be an honest one. In keeping with my perception of ethics on tIn responding to Marise Ghorayeb's request for reviews, we agreed that any review would be an honest one. In keeping with my perception of ethics on the issue, this is advance disclosure that she provided me with a free Kindle copy of her book: History of the Timelaws, for review purposes.
I regret having made the commitment because this review gives me no pleasure. Author Stephen King and numerous others have said any aspiring writer must become a voracious reader in order to be successful. I must reluctantly conclude the author still has much to learn about writing and much more writing practice is needed.
She advised that reading the preface was essential to grasping the plotline of the book. Reading the preface left me confused. By the end of Chapter One I was mentally exhausted. Like many inexperienced writers, she chose to construct her book using First Person Point of View (POV). Her second mistake was to write the book as a stream of consciousness. Stream-of-consciousness (SOC) writing involves large sections of monologue with accompanying leaps in syntax and punctuation that can make the prose difficult to follow, according to one encyclopedia definition. I was bombarded in the preface by an overwhelming onslaught of disconnected thoughts from the protagonist. There were changes of scene with no warning and one impending calamity after another in such quick succession my head was spinning. And through it all was the ever-present "I" as the opening word of sentence after sentence. A limited omniscient point of view and written in third person would have been a far wiser choice. Compounding the problem of unfortunate first person POV were vast stretches of text with no dialogue. When dialogue did take place it often consisted of just a few lines, then back to "I."
The plot construction was vague as it was difficult to grasp because of the POV and SOC. There were numerous run-on sentences containing different thoughts. When combined with run-on paragraphs the reading became extremely difficult for this reviewer to follow. Critical elements were introduced with no warning "Shields, Shields, Shields. Faster to modify a shield..." left me wondering if the author were referring to a physical shield from the Middle Ages or a Star Trek-like force field. Add in the style problems, including spacing, and trekking through the book involved staggering from one boulder-strewn page to another in hopes of a smooth patch to regain my footing. There were also other rather odd juxtapositions such as characters shape shifting into birds who are then able to tunnel through stone walls. I'm still unable to accurately define the plot or its climax.
Perhaps two of the most unusual descriptions were "uni-species" and "periwinkle-skinned. I was unsure if the uni-species meant a creature who could change gender at will and had periwinkled skin. Did that mean the purple colored skin like the periwinkle flower or the hard shell of the periwinkle sea snail. Try as I might, I was unable to conjure up a satisfying image in my mind. Prior to writing this review, I queried the author as to whether she had engaged someone with editorial experience to review the manuscript for publication. She replied that she had not: "In answer to your question, no I didn't use a professional editor. I would like to, but I can't justify the cost without knowing if I will sell that many copies. If publishing via kindle does actually prove to be profitable then I will use some of the money to hire a professional editor. I also had a friend proof read for me... Without being willing to spend hundreds of dollars, I felt this was the best I could do."
As a writer and reader, I find that unacceptable. It's putting the cart before the horse and reversing proper publishing procedure. To publish less than one's best writing effort and accept payment for it is shameful. Readers trust that a book will at least have a degree of competency. To put forward anything less is insulting to purchasers and unfair to author colleagues who struggle to provide their best work possible. ...more
Jack Quick on BookBitch.com gave this book five stars and said: "SELF PROMOTION FOR AUTHORS by Larry Moniz: Subtitled A Step by Step Guide to a ProfesJack Quick on BookBitch.com gave this book five stars and said: "SELF PROMOTION FOR AUTHORS by Larry Moniz: Subtitled A Step by Step Guide to a Professional Style Publicity Campaign, this short e-book (117 pages) contains a lot of good information, which can be helpful to those inexperienced with media and marketing.
While readily admitting that "you get what you pay for" and a do-it-yourself campaign is unlikely to produce the results of a $250,000 promotion plan, Moniz also recognizes the reality that few authors have access to the funds for such a campaign. With that caveat and the fact that it's an easy one-sitting read, I would recommend this to any beginning author or author wannabe as a good starting point in building your "brand", and getting those pesky books to move off the shelves at a more gratifying rate. If you learn nothing else from the book, take note that the "brand" is you, not the book. If you can achieve name recognition, book sales will follow. Just ask J. K. Rowling."
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to publicize your book on a beggar's budget, March 15, 2008 Book Review by Maryanne Raphael, Writers World who rated it Five Stars.
Self Promotion for Authors shows us how to run a professional style publicity campaign on a beggar's budget. Moniz promises that if we follow his detailed instructions and work as hard at publicity as we do on our book writing we will be successful. He reminds us we have to overcome the reticence many writers have about speaking in public and learn to promote our writing because no one else will.
Moniz was a professional publicist for nearly two decades and worked in product publicity for some top US agencies so he knows what he is writing about. Using his vast knowledge and experience he shows us how to make our promotional efforts cost effective. He says promoting our name is even more important than promoting the title of our book and he shows us how. He explains the most effective timing and how to make all our media releases hard news so they have a good chance of being published. He tells what to send to editors and offers samples of successful promotions.
This is a valuable book for every writer and any salesperson will find it useful.
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Product Description "Self-Promotion for Authors," a step-by-step guide to promoting your next book in a professional manner. Learn how book publishing professionals maximize their time and efforts to reach prospective purchasers. Written by Larry Moniz, an award-winning national publicist whose clients included Coleco's Cabbage Patch Kids (for which the agency won a Silver Anvil Award, the highest accolade in public relations) Harlequin Romances, Shorewood Fine Art Books and several authors. ...more
This is not a book easily shoehorned into one genre. It's a combination of police procedural, mystery, espionage, political coverup and murder. The caThis is not a book easily shoehorned into one genre. It's a combination of police procedural, mystery, espionage, political coverup and murder. The case revolves around a young serviceman found dead in the New Jersey Pinelands under suspicious circumstances. It is, in fact, based on an incident from my early days as a crime reporter. ...more
Perhaps the best post-apocalypse novel ever written. It deals with how an isolated community and one extended family copes with a Soviet cold war thatPerhaps the best post-apocalypse novel ever written. It deals with how an isolated community and one extended family copes with a Soviet cold war that suddenly gets hot as the world learns the true meaning of global thermonuclear war. Written by Pat Frank who, if memory serves, was a trained nuclear emergency preparedness instructor. It not only rings true, but gives some basic guidelines on survivability techniques for major disaster. Won't say I like the book, but I've read it at least half a dozen times. ...more