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text 2017-03-05 05:00
To be an indie author now - is to be a joke

This is my canned interview (you ask the questions and you answer them) on Smashwords, one of the self-publishing sites where my books are available https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/raglin


Anyway, I finally updated it and thought you might want to take a look at it. It begins with this question:


What motivated you to become an indie author?


I became an indie author because I couldn't get traditional publishers to publish my work.


That probably is the reason most writers became indie authors.


I published my first novel, Saving Spirit Bear in 2010 with an E-publisher after my attempts with traditional publishing houses had failed. At that time E-Book publishers were on the rise, hungry for content and they were eager for at least two more books from me.


Over the next two years they published Loving the Terrorist and Mad Maggie and the Mystery of the Ancients to complete my ECO-WARRIOR series.


Environmental fiction (Eco-fi) proved not to be a big seller with them, their catalogue being geared more to erotica, werewolves, vampires, and erotic werewolves and vampires. My stories were contemporary romances with a subplots that addressed an important environmental issue.


Since sales were not exactly stellar with my E-publisher and my contract with them was restrictive as to how I could promote these books I decided to investigate self-publishing for my next novel, The Big Picture - A Camera, A Young Woman, An Uncompromising Ethic if my attempts at acquiring a traditional publisher failed.


They did, and so I became an indie author.


Since then I have self-published three more novels: Forest - Love, Loss, Legend, Abandoned Dreams and The Local Rag and two plays: Harry's Truth and End of the Rope. When my contract ended with my E-publisher I yanked my first three novels and re-released them as self-published works.


Have they done better? No, but they haven't done worse and it's been more fun.



Glad you asked. I can offer promotions, sales, giveaways - I have total control over marketing my work. No sales, but still total control. And I like the creative aspect of publishing - the page design, the cover design, choosing fonts, all that stuff.



There are now too many of us and unfortunately most of us don't write well, and that's putting it mildly. So for you, the reader, it's almost impossible to tell if an indie author is worth reading or just a waste of $3.99 (the price of my e-books).


I know this because I make a point of reviewing the work of indie authors (see my YouTube channel Not Your Friend, Not Your Family Book Reviews)



This is frustrating not only for you but for me and it's only going to get worse. With no gatekeepers and so many sites making it easy for anyone to publish anything, self-published, indie authors have lost all credibility.


To be an indie author now is to be a joke.


This state of affairs has made me rethink my role as an author - indie or otherwise.


I love to write, I love the research that goes into developing my characters, plots and settings, but I also want to connect to readers. The likelihood of this happening, of making this connection with readers in any significant way for an indie author is virtually nil.


After seven years, and seven novels and two plays I'm going back to the old fashion way. I submitted my last manuscript, East Van Saturday Night - Four short stories and a Novella to a traditional publisher and am now waiting for a response. If I get rejected, and I likely will, I'll send it to another one, and another one and so on.


I don't need to self publish to enjoy the writing and the research and this method of getting my work out there is not fulfilling my other need - connecting to you, the reader, in a meaningful way.


So it's back to the future for this author.


Stay calm, be brave, watch for the signs.



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review 2016-05-04 13:39
Fortunately, the Milk
Fortunately, the Milk - Neil Gaiman,Skottie Young

**Children's Sci-Fi/Fantasy**

After I finished reading this with my son before bed last night, he declared it was the best book he's ever read. He's a bit of a bookworm (like his mother) so this was a fairly weighty statement. I too was impressed with this sci-fi children's fantasy. It begins with the mother going away to a work conference and leaving the father to take care of the children alone for a few days. They run out of milk and the father runs out to buy some more. However, he takes longer than the children expect, and upon his return tells them of his wild adventures on his way back. I laughed out loud in several places. The drawings were a great addition.

One of my favorite exchanges:
"I think that there should have been some nice wumpires," said my sister, wistfully. "Nice, handsome, misunderstood wumpires."

"There were not," said my father.


~Five Stars~

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review 2016-03-30 00:00
Back to the Future: Untold Tales and Alternate Timelines
Back to the Future: Untold Tales and Alt... Back to the Future: Untold Tales and Alternate Timelines - Bob Gale,John Barber,Erik Burnham,Brent Schoonover,David Witt,Kelly Fitzpatrick,Luis Antonio Delgado This graphic novel is mostly focused on Doc but it also has Marty, Clara, Biff and many others from the movies. It's a collection of scenes that weren't in the movies. Some are an alternate or add in and others feel like explanations or behind the scenes extras. The reader gets to see Marty and Doc's first meeting, Doc's younger days and new adventures in time travel. Many of the stories are relayed by Doc to his and Clara's children Jules and Verne.

Back to the Future fans are sure to love these tales. It's also family-friendly, great for all ages.

***Copy given in exchange for an honest review***

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review 2012-10-16 00:00
Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now--Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything - David Sirota I grew up in the 80s and have fond memories of my childhood, which was mostly very decent:Sirota paints a fascinating picture of this decade. He shows how Reagan and pro-military, anti-government entertainment have paved the way for a strange future (today's present):"If, in the 1980s, you said that at some point in the future hundreds of thousands of for-profit contractors would be fighting our foreign wars, that a large portion of America's prisons would be run by corprorations, that muc hof our municipal infrastructure would be owned by private companies, and that the government would even outsource parts of its disaster relief services, few would have believed you." "Propoganda is most effective when it is least noticeable" - Nancy Snow, public relations expert.This book will irk you if you are a conservative Republican, or if you love Glenn Beck (the author describes him as "the itchy, pus-bloated pimple on a butt rash of cynicism", so there you go). I myself don't fall in these categories, so I enjoyed the book and was stunned (but not altogether surprised) to see certain things laid out, such as:- the military offering assistance to movies only if they think the movie will help to recruit young people into enlisting- famous black men (i.e. Michael Jordan and President Obama) being described in the press as "transcendent", people even forgetting that they are, in fact, African-American (as if that were a compliment or favor)- how politicians used media to make hippies into cartoonish idiots yearning for a peace that will never come- the encouragement of greed and prizing possessions over offering aid to those in needIt's really amazing to look over the things we see every day and realize it came from somewhere, and Sirota does a convincing job of establishing that that somewhere is the 1980s. Overall, well worth the read.Bonus: The author gives probably the best description on how we are influenced by outside sources ever:"The human mind is not a vapid DOS prompt waiting to be programmed by pop culture. It is more like a boulder in the middle of a river, anchored but also slowly sculpted over time by a persistent current."
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review 2011-08-01 00:00
Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now--Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything
Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now--Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything - David Sirota Very thought-provoking.
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