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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

"Fake" news is the message, and it's all bad ...

So, stating the obvious again ... 

when the media, left or right, speaks with outrage or worship about the president of the US, they help to normalize him. 

When "reporters" editorialize, they are no longer journalists, they have become shills for whatever "news" outlet they represent. 

All media should be talking about impeachment. The media should be demanding Pence's resignation. The media should be demanding fair elections. 

The news is not "fake," it is bought by corporations, which is the only message. Stop normalizing Trump. 2018 is pivotal. 

Will Americans vote to save the planet? To save themselves?

Saturday, 21 October 2017

$1 a day buys you a brand in the publishing market. Is it worth it?


Be smart with your money and your desire to publish ... and I bet this publisher truly believed he was offering me a wonderful deal ...

So, the tricky world of book publishing - here's why you don't pay to have your work published - let's do the math ... 

I just received a quote from a "reputable" firm involved with IngramSpark. 

The firm in question offered to publish my latest 2 novels on their website for a mere $8,400 US dollars, a "really good deal" he told me. 

When I declined their (editorial & design) services, I received a rude email, followed up by several more rude emails, all from the CEO of the company in question (I had already seen the writing on the wall and blocked any emails but the man was persistent). 

Now, more math, in his reply to my polite and professional declining of his offer (there were 4 or 5 other emails from this CEO I did not read), he said he did not need me to tell him about marketing (11% of the overall quote and no specifics or metrics included) because he paid out $8,000 in royalties last month. He boasts 250 authors on his site. 

That means each author earned $32 last month (avg), which is a dollar a day, $1 a day avg. 

That really means that by the time 8,400 days pass, I would see my investment returned in avg royalties -- 23 years from today (yes, those years are in American time)-- if I'd signed that contract. Sure, either could have been a best-seller, but the bulk of those royalties would have gone to the publisher, not me - that's a long time to lock up any novel for that return after paying for the service. 

Best to invest in blue chip stocks and find a quality agent ... 

BTW, he made a point of saying I would enjoy their branding ... yeah, one tattoo I don't need. 

For the record, here's my email declining his services: 

We’re probably not a good fit – I’m looking for a strong marketing team driven to sales, not editors, a design team, and web-site, though I’m sure you are all good at what you do. I’ll continue my search. Thank you for your time. Al Cool

Friday, 18 August 2017

9 things you can do USA: answer the Charlottesville Horror & White House links to KKK

Have we had enough of this yet?

Petition the administration at the University of Virginia to publicly denounce white supremacist alumni Richard Spencer and Jason Kessler, revoke their diplomas, and commit to ejecting them from UVA grounds if they ever show their faces there again

9 things you can do to fight back ...