Moriah Jovan: Print Has A Future

April 20, 2009

Um, no. It’ll be the fuel source for cooking the squirrel.


"Small Places" Catch Up On This Twitter Novel

April 20, 2009

Writer Nick Belardes has published all the tweets that so far comprise his ongoing Twitter novel, Small Places.

Twitter Novel In The Twitterverse: Read The First 358 Tweets Of ‘Small Places’

I’m beginning to think that a Twitter novel is a new animal. I don’t mean the brevity (Ken Bruen has haiku-like writing in most of his books!). It’s the streaming delivery.

There I was enjoying several Small Places tweets. The character Milt was about to write something important on the whiteboard. I was all worked up to see what this revelation was going to be. And then the next tweet cut away from that to other characters! I’ve never experienced that sort of movie-like suspense with novels. Novels are more like a continual experience, whereas a Twitter novel is like a movie: cut-cut-cut.

Right now, the gold standard of Twitter novels is Small Places.

This is your chance to get up to speed. Go read!


J.G. Ballard Interview

April 20, 2009

To truly appreciate the intellectual depth of this man, see this interview.

This was done in 2006. Well before anyone really had any hints of the impending financial crisis we are mired in. Yet look at these quotes:

‘The danger is that consumerism will need something close to fascism in order to keep growing.’

Aren’t we headed there? Yes.

And:

Because consumerism makes inherent demands, it has inherent needs, which can only be satisfied by pressing the accelerator down a little harder, moving a little faster, upping all the antes, and this could, you know… In order to keep spending and keep believing, we need to move into the area of the psychopathic. That’s the fear.

Have you ever seen such thinking from an economist? From any pundit on CNBC? Yet after Ballard states it, there’s an Aha! moment.


Free Audiobook Podcast: Mop Men

April 20, 2009

Writer Alan Emmins emailed me:

The Mop Men podcast will publish a new audio chapter each week. The first two chapters are already available.

Two ways of doing this:

1) Click above link then Podcasts there. That will open a pop-up player.

2) Go to the iTunes Store and search for “Mop Men”. (I won’t put an iTunes link because that screws up things for people sometimes.)


What POD Really Means

April 20, 2009

Apex Book Company did a post about POD. I tweeted the link to Karen Sayed of Echelon Press. She had something to say!

Okay, this is one of my pet peeves. There is such a HUGE disconnect in terminology where this topic is concerned. You are mixing apples and oranges.

POD is PRINT on Demand. It is a form of printing NOT publishing. The venue in question with regard to self-publishing is vanity or subsidy publishing. That is where an author goes to someone else and has them do the bulk of the work for a fee. Ipublish, publish America, etc.

When you SELF publish you go to a PRINT on Demand company, it is NOT a publisher, it is a PRINT house. LULU is NOT a publisher, they are a PRINTER. Publish America is a Vanity company.

This becomes an issue for those of us who use the PRINT technology to run traditional publishing houses. People who don’t use the terminology correctly have polluted the industry waters with confusion that has seeped into the rest of the industry making PRINT on Demand books undesirable when in fact they are in most cases superior in quality!

If those in the industry, authors, publishers, printers, would stop feeding misinformation to the general public there would be a lot less confusion and questions.

AS for the topic, self-publishing is a viable option for anyone as long as they take it seriously and do it responsibly and properly.

Also see what writer Adam Christopher did with POD.