Writing a book using the alternatives of technology

Saturday, April 15, 2006

I read "dr joe's printing blog" becasue he's a fellow alum.

http://drjoewebb.blogspot.com/2006/04/magazine-and-publishing-stuff-and-how.html

This iteration had an interesting lead to —

Author starts publishing her own books and e-books… will publishers be needed in the future?
http://onmilwaukee.com/ent/articles/dianalau.html?8449

Which tickled my secret desire to become the next James Paterson, also a fellow alum, very rich fellow alum, the fact that he had other successes and made time to exploit his talent, highlights that I haven't has such success, motivation, or talent, all those things aside, my jealousy led me to read the story.

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"The technology today is amazing. There is a growing market for e-books and they are very inexpensive and simple to produce if you know how," Lau says. "Meanwhile, the advent of print-on-demand publishing means you can produce 'New York publisher' quality print books in quantities as few as one at a time, which means low start-up cost."

However, Lau says that there are pros and cons on either side of the decision to publish via the Internet.

"The technology is all there to make it possible and affordable, but it isn't the answer for everyone. You need a certain skill set beyond writing ability, and you need to know the required software."

However, Lau says her experience, although daunting, was still fun. For those authors that aren't ready to undertake this kind of task, she has a bit of advice.

"I advise authors to let go of their traditional ideas of sending a manuscript to Random House and becoming the next Stephen King or Nora Roberts," Lau says. "Check out the opportunities available via the Internet and consider your options."

She says the course she has taken won't take her automatically to the New York Times Bestseller List, but she has gotten plenty of readers and recognition, which has given her the opportunity to appear at the Romantic Times' nation convention next month.

"That beats having a book sit for a couple years in some editor's slush pile only to be rejected. It's truly amazing what you can achieve nowadays with the technology available if you're determined, creative and willing to put in the effort."

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So, perhaps writing a book, is like writing a blog? There are blog 2 book publishers. Ugly and expensive. But maybe everything will be possible real soon now.
 


DIsarmed people in a forest is a recipe for disaster!

Saturday, April 15, 2006

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-04-14-bear-attack_x.htm

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The 350- to 400-pound bear attacked the family at a waterfall near a campground after several adult visitors tried to drive it off the trail, Hicks said.

The bear bit the boy's head, then went after the child's mother after she tried to fend off the attack with rocks and sticks, Hicks said. The animal picked up the woman with its mouth and dragged her off the trail.

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Stinnett, a county fire and rescue chief, said he approached and was about 25 feet away when the bear charged him on all fours. He said he fired at the bear twice with his .380-caliber pistol, scaring it off.

"I know I hit it," Stinnett said. "It reared up on its hind legs. It was as big as you and me."

Authorities said they didn't know whether it was wounded.

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Trying to drive off a crazed animal with sticks. Or even a 380? A nice 1911 on every Mom's hip would put a quick end to rogue bear, child molesters, and all sorts of other ne'er-do-wells. Lest the reader think Gun Fight At The OK Coral, I would refer to Florida's relaxed concealed carry law. Their experience shows that people are very reasonable.

Now envision this poor woman trying to defend her "cubs", she draws her 1911, operates the slide, thumbs the safety, and proceeds to put 9 rounds into said threatening bear. She then, as is taught in most self-defense classes, drops the clip, inserts a new one, and readies the weapon. She stands in her Weaver stance until she is certain that the threat as passed.

I don't care how crazed that bear was. Nine in the center of mass and it's not going anywhere. It's dead.

Now the woman may have a sore wrist, shoulder, or feel badly about the bear. But she and her "cubs" would be safe.

I don't understand people. Yup, guns are a dangerous TOOL. One should treat them with the care accorded any powerful tool like a car, a chainsaw, or a chipper. BUT, they are just that a "tool". Tromping about in the woods, you need the proper tools.


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