There is too much truth in the starving artist stereotype. Whether it be painting, sculpture, dance, singing, opera, or artistic vandalistic impressionism, the arts have rarely led to the road paved with gold. Writing, of course, is one of the easiest ways you can join this brigade of hopeful fools and dreamers. Yes, we all know of the rich and famous who have been so talented or so lucky usually, that they have made their way to the top of the pile and can afford an Iranian caviar and Russian Vodka diet. But for the remaining millions of hopefuls, we eat, well, what we can, when we can. This though has
What is a portmanteau in grammar? When I formed my publishing company (Portmanteau Press LLC), I was shocked and appalled that I received the following question from numerous people (my CPA, the lady at the bank, my mother!): what is a portmanteau? Now, I feel the need to educate people about this wonderful language device. Being that Derek’s blog is called “Vandalism of Words,” I felt this was an appropriate forum. A portmanteau, in short, is when you take two words and squish them together to form a new word. For example, you have a meal that is halfway between breakfast and lunch? Brunch. You have an eating utensil that is
Book marketing is not an easy process During the last few years, frenzied Kindle ebook marketing has become rampant, as anyone who can spell their own name is jumping on the self-publishing bandwagon in search of the rich rewards this new pot of gold promises. I think I have read more ‘Make Money Fast Kindle Marketing Schemes’ than I’ve had hot dinners and can only think that most who go in search of fast money from publishing on Kindle will become disappointed quite quickly. The truth of the matter is that there is no fast money to be made from writing and publishing a book, and there never has been.
We all know there is a publishing and ebook war going on and as in any war there will be winners and losers as well as casualties along the way. But as an independent author, I don’t want any part of it. I just want to write and hopefully sell some books. Not die on a corporate battlefield. While I have been experimenting with Kindle’s new KDP Select and trying to determine if it is worthwhile or not I stumbled on a disturbing situation that has changed the way I plan to distribute my ebooks. I’m going to move all of my books to Kindle exclusively. There are a number