I was kept thinking about “Fern Hill” so much lately I had to listen to it again and to the poet himself recite it.
“Now as I was young and easy under the apple boughs
About the lilting house and happy as the grass was green,
The night above the dingle starry,
Time let me hail and climb
Golden in the heydays of his eyes,”
Robert Zimmerman took “Dylan” as his stage name in 1959 when he arrived in Dinkytown in Minneapolis. It was not accidental. Continue reading →
The book promised first person narrative from Jonathan Taplin who now teaches at USC. He was Bob Dylan`s tour manager.
Outlaw Blues is a searing tale of the rock and roll and film revolutions of the 1960s and 1970s told by an insider who worked with Bob Dylan and The Band, George Harrison and Martin Scorsese to change the cultural landscape of America. Continue reading →
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.”