23 September 2014

About Books, the Short Course

At the recent Stopover Dinner and Auction, I was pleased to have the opportunity to speak to Tim Harmon and Brian Duff, both authors, and both taking different paths.
Tim Harmon writes and then publishes books. You folks remember what a book is, right? No?
It's a group of paper pages held together by a binding source and generally covered in cardboard or hard cover.
Brian Duff writes on e-book outlets.
Both had differing views on the good and bad side of each...the most prevalent being that new authors may have a better time getting "printed" in e-book form. It is less expensive and is becoming popular by leaps and bounds.
Hard books, on the other hand, offer something a reader can hold, and read at leisure without additional equipment. It is giftable and libraries love them (as well as authors) because of their presence, and after borrowing the book at a library, it has advertised itself as a gift for friend, neighbor, relative, or even for oneself.

Both also mentioned another fact I had neglected...
Unless a book, either e-book or hard book, is read by someone with producing capabilities...
the climb upwards is possibly a long and hard journey. Maybe with an unseen ending.

10 September 2014

Getting Past the Toos

OK, so, it seems I have to get by the "toos"....
What are the "toos"? you ask...
Those places we find to hide behind. You know... I'm too tall, I'm too short, I'm too skinny, I'm too fat, I'm too poor, I'm too rich (?), I'm too lost, I'm too scared...
I recognize this place...
I have always wondered about publishing, but, never actually made the jump. Probably why so many of my writing ideas are half finished, and for that, half-assed as well.
I need to sit down and concentrate on what I want to say, I have my vehicles --science fiction for the most part-- and just start writing.
The fear leaves quickly as the words flow, but, rarely have I ever set my mind to perform such a task for such an important thing. Even if I can feed very few, it is a good idea...
Why haven't I started?
Too busy dealing with hospital stuff, too scared of being broke, too alone, too this, too that, too the other.

Just have to close my eyes, I reckon, and get at it...busy or not.