- Mesa State University, Grand Junction ColoradoEnglish
- Pittsburg State UniversityEnglish
- State University of New York at New PaltzBiology
- Flying Island PressEditor, present
- Flying Island Press - Pirate's CoveManaging Editor, 2012
I will even smile while I sign it for you.
NOTE: E-book card gets you a copy of the book in the e-format of your choice and is good for all readers.
Everyone over at Evil Alter Ego Press is excited about the recent publication of the new anthology Dimensional Abscesses. If you’ve been following my blog, you know this is also very exciting for me, because one of my stories is featured in it. But maybe…
It was supposed to be reorder today and Available on Friday but well Amazon.
But this is different. It's for authors and independent (small) publishers. And it will be free. But I need your help. I'll just get that out front.
It's going to be an eBook about how to produce an eBook. How to produce your eBook. So it looks good and works everywhere. Because just like you get shabby when books have typos or use the wrong “you're“ in them, I cringe when I see an almost unformatted book, or worse yet, one that the formatting/style detracts or distracts from the story.
I've found some examples and have my own pet peeves, but here's where I need your help. And I'll make it worth your while. I need to know your pet peeves, your needs, your questions,and your examples of ebooks needing a makeover. Even a book that you are working on that you want a little pizzazz added.
I'm not asking for the keys to your kingdom like the source documents of your masterwork. I'll be reaching out to a few of you authors and publishers directly about possible using portions (usually the first page of one chapter or a table of contents or similar examples. If used, I'm perfectly content to be effusive in my gratitude and praise of your work and provide links and a bibliography section or similar.
The book will include instructions, pitfalls, and most importantly, code and templates for several basic styles of eBooks.
I am not a graphic artist, but if you are, and want to provide example covers and/or interior art that I can use in examples or if you want to make them available for the free templates, I'll give you the same treatment as the authors, with praise, thanks, and links.
I'll also need reviewers. Not just editors, but some people of varying experience willing to test my instructions and give feedback. If you want to work with me and we use you as a test case, even better!.
So with all I'm asking for help with, it almost feels like I'm not doing much, but you know how much work writing a book is. And this is part training and part Coffee Table book of beautiful books.
So if you're published and your book is so gorgeous that people weep upon sight of it, or you published through a meat grinder and wished your book looked like you envisioned, or you illustrate books or you want to illustrate books or you've read a book that you felt needed help, or you make ebooks and want to show off, contact me!
And if you know someone else that fits and may be interested, please share this with them.
There is a picture floating around about the violence perpetrated by ISIS. I am not going to share this picture because it is just sick. Truth be told I thought about sharing it but I could not even bring myself to go look for it. The idea of it being out there attached to my name and my profile in some way, makes me sick. Physically ill. And I will explain why. But if i describe it I am sure you can look it up and find it yourself.
[description of the picture don't read if you have a queasy stomach] Two people holding gun barrels near a young child's face as the child looks up into the camera in the last moments of it's life. Yeah, like I said sick.
This picture is being passed around by Christians as a demonstration of the violence against them. (and yes I am a Christian, a Catholic to be exact) but this is picture is not about that. Well, It is and it isn't. in the case though I am going more for isn't. Instead it is about people being vile, disgusting, horrible, repugnant... (I could go on but you get the point.)
* Before I go any further, let me make this perfectly clear. This is NOT about religion, mine or anyone else's. this is NOT about government mine or anyone else's. This is NOT a political statement. This IS a statement about humanity.*
Who does something like this? Who takes a child who does not understand what is coming, points their guns at them and then stops to take a picture of the innocent face of a child before they murder them.
Who takes an innocent life like that and thinks that the moment before it's death would be a good picture?
(sorry if I am not being eloquent here, but my hands are literally shaking in rage.)
Who thinks that this kind of thing is acceptable?
Who thinks that this kind of violence is ever ok?
Notice that I didn't say for a cause or for one group against another. NO! This is not about one group against another or some cause. This kind of disgusting behavior is never, ever acceptable.
Christian or not, religious group or not, these are people, being monsters. It does not matter who the violence is against. All that matters is that it is happening. And while this picture shows the dregs of humanity in one case, it is not the only case not by a long shot. There so many of them around the world right now.
And the media is covering very few of them. And the nations around the world are doing very little to intervene. That leaves it up to us. You and me.
I am not saying go out and be a vigilante. I am saying stop it anyway that you can. Let people know about this disgusting behavior and how much it bothers you.
Let everyone know.
Tell your leaders that it has to stop.
Tell the Media to start talking about it.
Tell everyone you know about it and get them to do whatever they can to stop these monstrous acts.
We live in an age where, everyone has a voice and thousands and millions of voices have been proven capable of making change.
So Please, Tell the world that this kind of thing has got to stop.
Please Tell them that we has human beings are better than this.
Please, Tell them that what they are doing is wrong no matter their race creed color or whatever other differences they have. This is not allowed. It cannot be allowed to go on.
Children being used as cannon fodder. *Has to Stop!*
Innocent families being driven from their homes and homelands, torn apart and killed because of what they believe. Has to Stop!
Whole Schools full of children being taken away and probably sold into slavery (sexual or otherwise) if not just killed. *HAS TO STOP!*
If you think that doing this kind of thing is going to further your cause, you are sick. You are sick and you need to seek help now. Seek help and lock yourself away from human contact until that help arrives.
And weather you like it or not I am praying for you. Praying that you find it in your heart to stop what you are doing before you hurt one more person.
Thank you for your attention.
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