One of the traits I value most about myself is my ability to change my mind about something as more data becomes available.
Well, the data is in. And I’m reversing one of my long-held beliefs about writing.
For many years, I said DO NOT SELF-PUBLISH.
I had many good reasons to support this belief.
1. Self-publishing was expensive
2. The final product was over priced and inferior
3. Self-pubbed were impossible to distribute
4. Most self-pubbed books weren’t returnable
5. Chances were, the reason you had to self pub was because your writing wasn’t good enough
6. Most POD houses were scams
I had ample evidence to support my opinion. Writer Beware and Preditors & Editors and Absolute Write all had detailed tales of authors being screwed. I’d done enough local signings with self-pubbed authors to see how epic their failures were. I was a judge for several self-pub contests for Writer’s Digest, and saw firsthand the dreck being released.
Yep, I was pretty confident that traditional publishing was the only game in town.
Amazon.com locked woman out of Kindle purchases for a month
E-books are fun to use away from home but you don’t own the books, as a woman recently found out.
In a story reported on The Consumerist, the woman purchased a book, was locked out and then told by Amazon.com to merely purchase it again. She did but was still locked out, despite numerous emails.
“I am having major amazon issues. A month ago I bought a kindle and was really excited to use it on vacation. I bought a few books and when I was done, I bought another. Then they froze my account, so I called in and logged a case.
Within 48 hours I got a call back, saying it was an error on their side and they’d unfreeze it for me, but I’d just need to re-order the book. I thought no problem, thanks for the help. So I bought the book a second time and it automatically freezes me out again. I call in and log another case, but get no phone call back as promised from an account specialist.”
Along with producing other musicians, Lanois has had a long career of personal performance and a loyal, if somewhat smaller than U2, fan base. His CDs have a mystical quality that fans cherish. His performances are simply awesome as he displays great control over the music and layering of his sound.
Lanois top CDs are Shine which presents a mellow, gentle side and the earlier Acadie with its exploration of his French Canadian roots. Acadie contains the popular Jolie Louise and Under A Stormy Sky. Continue reading →
Censorship will not go away from puritanical leadership at Apple
Battles won long ago for freedom of expression are still challenged regularly at Apple. The New York Times reports Apple will allow James Joyce’s Ulysses to be sold at the Apple App Store.
Isn’t that wonderful. Apple is going to allow one of the classics of modern literature to be read by it’s tens of millions of enslaved customers. Will they also be allowed to read Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Tom Jones, or Grapes of Wrath?
The creepy, corporate culture of Apple Corp. is contrary to freedom of speech and our culture. They are not banning extreme forms of porn that would be offensive to almost everyone. Apple is censoring classic literature, political cartoons and political opinion. Continue reading →
Information doesn’t deserve to be free -Jaron Lanier
Perhaps it is the irony of programmers making money from “rain” in Second Life but something tells me Web 2.0 philosophy is self-serving rhetoric meant to strip wealth from one group in society and give it to another. Second Life’s virtual money can become real-life cash
The architects of Web 2.0 are computer geeks. The insistence that information – as in books, music, graphics, the things created by people – are worthless and should be free is a double standard.
The Lord of the Internet Cloud, as Internet pioneer Jaron Lanier calls them, don’t do anything for free. Thirty years ago I paid nothing for TV, $25 a month for the telephone. Now I have a cell phone at $75 a month (there are 4 in this house), $180 to Eastlink for cable, phone and internet. I pay Microsoft $165 for the operating system on each computer I own, Intel $300 for a processor inside a computer that sells for $700. Google, who pay not a cent for the information they display, made $23 billion in revenues last year and netted $6.5 billion. Continue reading →
By Frommers.com What is it about islands that makes them so intriguing?
Whether it’s a tropical speck in the midst of a vast ocean, or a tree-shrouded hummock in the river of a great city, it’s still somehow set apart, unique, proud, lonely, even mysterious. The waters around it ineffably define it, in a way that no plot of mainland can be defined.
And because effort is required to get there — whether it’s simply driving across a bridge or chartering a private plane — once you’ve reached its shores, you know you’re somewhere different. Our new book 500 Extraordinary Islands began to take shape as a sort of life list — how many islands have you been to, and which have you always dreamed of seeing?
“Oh, yeah, I did the online dating thing,” Julie said, laughing. “I did Nerve, I did Match. On Nerve there was this one guy who, when I asked him what he did for a living, said he ‘used to be in a band.’ I was like, ‘that is not an occupation.’”
“Julie continued, “It is soul crushing; there’s no question about it. But life, as I say in the high school chapter, is all about the sense of humor you have while it’s happening to you.”
“That sums up most of Julie’s book, a memoir divided into five chronological parts. Her sense of humor never fades during sometimes painful dates with crib-ster musician dads, old flames from the Internet, and fat perverts. This is due, of course, to the fact that she is a funny lady herself. If you’ve never seen her comedy, go to her blog (julieklausner.com) and watch “Cat News.” You’ll get the idea. Naturally, some of her book involves dating in what has always been considered a “boy’s club.” Continue reading →
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