As I’ve written here before, we stopped eating most meat several months ago. I eat seafood occasionally, chicken very rarely, and pork and red meat almost never. We started cutting back on meat for three reasons: 1. to lower our cholesterol; 2. to avoid the chemicals and hormones they pump into livestock now and 3. because I read the book Skinny Bitch and my eyes were opened to the horrible things that go on in slaughter houses (not just animal abuse, but also meat contamination). Every time I’ve ever had food poisoning, I’ve been able to trace it to some form of meat.
Sometime last April, I started getting this weird heat sensation on the outside of my left calf…
Sometimes I read stuff online that makes my blood boil. I’m serious. My face gets red and my heart starts pounding because I get SO MAD!
I just read your article about the blogger, Nina Amir, who wants you to write on her blog for free. I could be mistaken, but at a cursory glance of her blog, it seems she’s already used large chunks, if not whole articles from your newsletter to beef up her blog for the month of April.
“I once had an impromptu book signing in a hospital waiting room and sold 18 books.” said author Nancy Robinson Masters.
I need a book publicist. Is there one you can recommend?
In 2004, I wrote The Second Great Depression. No major publisher or book agent was interested, despite my having published two earlier books with a major publisher. The reason they gave was that I was not an economist and I was predicting something radical. So I investigated POD publishing, choosing BookLocker because of their positive reputation and because they were selective in what they published.
Before moving to Massachusetts for a year, and ending up in Maine, we lived in Shoreacres, Texas. While we lived there, our house flooded once during a tropical storm. We only had a few inches of water in the house but the damage was extensive – new floors, new sheetrock, new insulation, new paint…the works! Sadly, during Hurricane Ike, the water from Galveston Bay was over the slab of 100% of the homes there. Officials estimate 39% were heavily flooded and almost 10% were completely destroyed. The city has done a great job of keeping residents informed HERE.
While I see lots of “employment” ads each week asking writers to write for free, I can count on one hand how many people have approached me directly, asking ME to write for free over the past decade…because most people know how I feel about writing for free.
Last week, I ran a link to a video showing Harlan Ellison talking about how insulting it is to ask a writer to write for free. So, I was shocked when the owner of a writing blog wrote to me this week, asking me to write for her…for free. I’m going to share our exchange with you below but I’ll paraphrase her emails since she refused to give me permission to publish them.
Angela, thank you so much for that wonderful list of online catalogs you had in the latest edition of WritersWeekly! What a great resource for gift giving and our own supplies, too. You always come up with incredibly useful tools, and I thank you.
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REMOTE CONTROL by Cynthia Polansky (2008 Echelon Press):
Judith McBride is dead and never looked better…but giving up the ghost, so to speak, proves harder than she thought.
It’s funny that this week in your newsletter you should mention shopping anywhere else besides Amazon. Years before Amazon tried to strongarm you and other publishers, a friend and I kicked around the idea of an alternative – a bookselling site with the readers’, authors’ and publishers’ best interests at heart. A site not designed to make money for its owners, but instead a site to offer readers great deals while allowing authors and publishers to make some money of their own for a change.
After the underhanded tactics employed by Amazon, my silent partner and I got serious. We think we’ve hit on the beginnings of a solution:
45 Caliber Books
Our fees to list a book for sale are and will stay ultra low, 1.00 per book per year for the basic listing, a fee which we’re waiving at least until January 1, 2009 as a first step toward building this site into a viable alternative to Amazon. Our sales fees are just ten cents a sale, on the honor system no less, because we’re dead serious on providing authors and publishers the financial ability to offer discounts and free shipping to the readers and still make money. We ourselves, as you can see, are not in this for any reason remotely related to greed or money, rather more like leaving this world a bit better than we found it.
We invite you to take a look at our site and our sample book pages–see all the options we offer to listing authors and publishers, our listing TOS is located on the drop down menu under the member’s button–and if you like what you see, please share our site with your authors and readers.
Angela, you may remember me, a staunch supporter of yours–Mari Bushman, Editor-Jigsaw Press, and now Webmaster-45 Caliber Books.
Thanks in advance!
The Implausible Hero by M.L. Bushman, in hardcover and eBook
Miracle, the novel by M.L. Bushman–eBook and paperback
Threads, a Blaine Horney Mystery by Kris Karrel–eBook and paperback
The Nightwing’s Quest by Stirling Davenport–fantasy at its epic finest…in hardcover
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45 Caliber Books–connecting readers with authors and publishers
I have been avoiding Amazon for over ten years – I don’t shop at online stores that ship with Amazon (such as Target online), and I usually immediately close links that lead to the Amazon site. Sometimes this is difficult with hard-to-find items, especially if I’m using a shopping link that lists vendors – half the time, all the links lead to Amazon. The reason? Well, many years ago, I think about 12 or more, Amazon decided that they would take legal action against a small bookstore called Amazon, one that had been in operation for several decades. Their so-called reason for doing this was brand infringement, even though the small store had been using the name for many years. The small bookstore owners were members of some of the online communities that I frequented at the time, and they circulated copies of the actual letters Amazon sent them.
I wanted to tell you about another shop online I use, http://www.lillianvernon.com, and also about http://www.orientaltrading.com. Both stores have many lower-priced items, although the focus is different.
Lillian Vernon used to do business only by catalog and I’ve used those catalogs for many years, mostly for toys. Their online presence has toys on the Lilly’s Kids link at the upper right of the home page. One of the things I like about this site is that they will personalize EVERYTHING, for free. I got a Christmas ornament for my family last year, and they not only put the family name on, they put a kid’s or parent’s name on each of the characters on the ornament. Some of their ornaments are really nice, and I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the ornament I got.
Oriental Trading is, of course, an awesome party supply store, as they were through their catalog for many years. I get stuff for Trick-or-Treaters there, as I just hate handing out candy, so I usually get a supply of little rings, or something like that, to put in the baskets/buckets/pillowcases.
I know these stores are not the high-end kinds of stores you’ve listed, but for people on a fixed or lower income, they are a really great deal.
PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Starr is right! I’ve placed orders at Oriental Trading many times in the past. They have some pretty cheap stuff, but if you need fun goodies/prizes for a party or carnival for children, it’s definitely the place to shop! I’ve never shopped at Lillan Vernon but I logged onto their website and ordered their free catalog.