Monday, February 27, 2012

How to Eat an Elephant

How to Eat an Elephant



Contrary to popular belief, my first love is not reading. My first love is putting pen to paper and telling stories to anyone interested. Before I ever taught myself how to read, I told stories to entertain myself. As an only child, you can probably imagine the worry I caused my parents when I would find strangers willing to listen to one of my crazy stories. (To me, the definition of ‘stranger’ has always been obscure.)

For my fifteenth birthday my parents bought me an HP desktop, which for the next several years I abused to no end, pounding away on the keys, forcing thoughts, characters, stories and worlds onto the blank page that we writers are all too familiar with; the cursor blinking, taunting and begging for that blank page to be filled. Thoughts filled with fear and doubt always steered me away from being able to finish a story. For a year, I would start a story and abandon it before ever reaching the rising action.

The Spring of ’06 I stumbled upon a handful of paperbacks, each one, in my opinion, better than the last. It started with Brian Keene’s The Rising, and ended with Tamara Pierce’s Bad Things. I blew through them in a matter of a few weeks, and, somewhere in between, Gary A. Braunbeck’s In Silent Graves sealed the deal for me. After putting it down, I knew my calling: to tell my stories to an audience that would pick up my stories of their own volition.

Since that spring day, I’ve managed to do all the right things without realizing it: I joined a writing group, started networking, and continued to write. Which brings me to now: my reading goals have been established for 2012, but I’ve realized my writing goals haven’t. Somewhere within the last month, I’ve realized that I don’t have a professional publishing credit to my name. It’s not a major, life-altering revelation, but it’s made me stop and think hard about what I want to do this year. So, I sat down and drew up my Writing Plan for ’12.

Have you ever heard the phrase that begins: “How do you eat an elephant?” It's probably not something you hear often, if at all, but recently I found myself asking that very question. If you know me, then you know that I'm an ambitious person. Even if I don't succeed, I set crazy goals that seem short of impossible. But I've found that's the only way I can attain my dreams. Even if I don't hit my mark, I've done more than what I would have done before.

Without realizing it, that's how I had approached my reading goals for this year. So, it only made sense that I followed that same format when setting my writing goals.

Here's what my writing goals for '12 look like:

Write four short stories, one for each quarter of the year.

Submit each story to different markets (two of the stories I have planned already have markets to submit to; the last two I have vague ideas for).

Continue work on the handful of novellas that I either have notes for or large chunks written (each novella stands on its own, but all of them are written in the same universe and tell a larger story). My goal is to be able to knit them together and create a novel-length piece by the end of the year.

So, what does that mean for my word count for the year? Well, something like this:

Short Story #1: 3,000 to 10,000 words

Short Story #2: 3,000 to 5,000 words

Short Story #3: 3,000 words

Short Story #4: 5,000 words

Novella #1: 25,000 words

Novella #2: 25,000 words

Novella #3: 35,000 to 40,000 words

Which means between 99,000 to 113,000 words will be written in 2012.

According to traditional publishers, a novel (and this is along the more literary mindset) begins at around 50,000 words. Conventional publishers – the small press and big six who publish speculative fiction – mostly agree on 80,000 (this doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t publish anything shorter, but 80k sells better than 60k).

Either way you slice it, 99,000 words is a lot. Which brings me back to that phrase: “How do you eat an elephant?” Well, that's simple: in small bites.

At the end of February, I’ll be left with 306 days to write 99,000 to 113,000 words. 324 – 370 daily, depending on which goal I need to reach, so let’s just say 370. That’s not too many pages when considering standard formatting: 12 point font, double spaced, Times New Roman or Courier New. Which breaks down to about 350 words per page, for a total of a page a day. Small bites.

A bite a day keeps the doctor away.

Let's see how I do!

~Rodney




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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Seventh Star Press Announces Four Book Deal With Paranormal Thriller Author R.J. Sullivan

For Immediate Release
February 23, 2012

Seventh Star Press Announces Four Book Deal With Paranormal Thriller Author R.J. Sullivan



Seventh Star Press proudly announces a four book deal with author R.J. Sullivan, making him the seventh author to come aboard the publisher's main roster.

The addition of R.J. Sullivan comes close after Seventh Star Press' strongest year yet, during which titles such as Jackie Gamber's Redheart and Michael West's Cinema of Shadows received excellent critical reception, and the artwork featured by the press also received increased recognition, as Matthew Perry recently won Top Cover Art in the 2011 Tor.com Readers Choice Awards for his cover art on Stephen Zimmer's The Seventh Throne.

The first title to be released by Seventh Star Press, Haunting Obsession, tells the story of Daryl Beasley. Daryl collects all things Maxine Marie, whose famous curves and fast lifestyle made her a Hollywood icon for decades after her tragic death. Daryl's girlfriend, Loretta Stevens, knew about his geeky lifestyle when they started dating, but she loves him, quirks and all.

Then one day Daryl chooses to buy a particularly tacky piece of memorabilia instead of Loretta's birthday present. Daryl ends up in the doghouse, not only with Loretta, but with Maxine Marie herself. The legendary blonde returns from the dead to give Daryl a piece of her mind—and a haunting obsession he'll never forget.

A member of the Indiana Horror Writers, R. J. Sullivan resides with his family in Heartland Crossing, Indiana. His first novel, Haunting Blue, is an edgy paranormal thriller about punk girl loner Fiona "Blue" Shaefer and her boyfriend Chip Farren.

R.J. is hard at work on the next chapter in Fiona's story, Virtual Blue, which will be released in 2013, followed by two more novels over the course of 2013 and 2014.

"I was with Michael West at several events last year, and I couldn't help but notice the slick marketing materials he was handing out," R.J. Sullivan commented as to why he wanted to bring his work to Seventh Star Press. "I saw how Seventh Star had a personal presence nearby to assist at the cons. I realized that having the publisher at those events changes the convention vibe, which can otherwise be an isolated experience. I love that they produce interior artwork as part of their product--it shows an understanding of the genre and its readers. It's clear Seventh Star understand the modern publishing world, and does everything they can to open up opportunities for the author to succeed."

Bonnie Wasson, whose cover art and illustrations are featured in Seventh Star Press titles such as D.A. Adams' The Brotherhood of Dwarves series, will be creating the artwork for the R.J. Sullivan novels.

Haunting Obsession will be released in limited hardcover, softcover (trade paperback), and several eBook editions, including versions for Kindle, Nook, the iBookstore, and Sony-compatible devices.

For further information on R.J. Sullivan and the upcoming releases, please visit www.seventhstarpress.com or the author's site at www.rjsullivanfiction.com




Contact: C.C. James
Public Relations, Seventh Star Press
ccjames@seventhstarpress.com


Seventh Star Press is a small press publisher of speculative fiction located in Lexington Kentucky

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Seventh Throne Lands Top Cover and Ties for 3rd Top Novel in 2011 Tor.com Readers Choice Awards!

2011 Tor.com Readers Choice Awards Announcement!



Major announcement! Tor.com announced the winners of the 2011 Reader's Choice Awards and we have great news to pass along!

The Seventh Throne (author Stephen Zimmer) lands First Place for Top Cover Art! Congratulations to Matthew Perry, the cover artist and illustrator for the Rising Dawn Saga titles!

The Seventh Throne ties for third for Top Novel with Brandon Sanderson's The Alloy of Law (following Patrick Rothfuss's The Wise Man's Fear (first) and Scott Sigler's The All-Pro (2nd)). Congratulations to author Stephen Zimmer!

Please follow the link below to read the full results and to see the scrutiny that Tor.com applied to the vote totals to ensure authenticity.

Thank you to all the readers who showed their support of The Seventh Throne. This could not

We thank Tor.com for giving small presses the opportunity to be considered in the Reader's Choice Awards poll. Tor is a true legend of the fantasy genre!

http://www.tor.com/blogs/2012/02/announcing-the-winners-of-the-2011-torcom-readers-choice-awards

The Process of Cover Creation

The Process of Cover Creation


by Ren Garcia

Now that the Temple Trilogy is out in the world, we continue forward with LoE Book VI: The Sands of the Solar Empire. This is always my favorite time as we knock heads and come up with the design of the book. The manuscript is totally done–finished it about a year and a half ago. Of course as I go through the edited copy I’ll, do doubt, make a few changes here and there, but that’s all minor stuff.

It’s time to get the cover of the book going. The Cover creation goes in a very orderly progression, first from my head, then to Carol Phillips, then to sketch and then to paint.

I thought I’d illustrate the process using Book II, The Hazards of the Old Ones as a template.

1)–Concept
First I come up with an idea. I usually have several floating around in my head. I then give them to Carol and I let her pick out the ones she’s most interested in painting (you’ve got to keep your artist empowered and excited). In the case of the Hazards, I took a photo of my favorite idea. My wife standing there represents Lt. Kilos, Tweety is Carahil and my house represents the mountains. Usually my ideas are pretty simple and uncluttered–I leave it to Carol to fill up the composition. Note how I imagined the painting from directly behind the characters.

2)–Sketch
Carol then comes up with a series of simple sketches which get progressively more detailed until we come up with a final sketch. I give Carol a fair amount of freedom and her final product is almost always much more elaborate than what I had initially dreamed up. Note how Carol has tilted Lt. Kilos and Carahil so that you can see their faces, she also sketched the Mountains much differently than I had envisioned them. That’s part of the creative process–things never quite turn out exactly as you originally thought they would.

At this stage of the process being small comes into its own. We don’t have a legal department or a Board of Executives or a line of editors waiting to throw their two-cents in–we do what feels right without having to get it past a committee. What you eventually see, for good or ill, is exactly how we intended it to be.

3)–Painting.
This is by far the longest part of the process. Carol Phillips usually takes about two and a half months to complete a cover from end to end. I try to leave her alone during this grueling part of the game, but it’s unbearable sometimes–like waiting for Christmas to roll around. Fortunately, Carol has a lot of patience with me. Note: we always choose to make use of a Wrap Cover, one that goes all the we around from the front, across the spine to the back.

4–Nixies
We almost always come up with a few extras that we hadn’t thought of at the outset. I sit there and dream something up, pitch it to Carol and then she adds it in. Often times these Nixies don’t jive with the continuity of the story, but we toss them in anyway because we think they look cool. In this example you can see the reflection of Mabs the Cat Goddess in Carahil’s shiny body. That was a late add-in.

Building the cover is always a labor of love, but the end result is always worth it.

Bowl Naked
RG
(images in this post copyright 2012, Ren Garcia and Carol Phillips)



Win some Ren Garcia Books!

Ren wants to give some books away. This graphic is a puzzle that will be appearing in Book VI: The Sands of the Solar Empire.

Here's his message: "To anybody who can correctly solve the puzzle, I'll send, totally free, the Temple Trilogy: The Dead Held hands, The Machine, and the Temple of the Exploding Head."

Here's the image:



First one to comment with the correct answer wins! Leave an email address in your comment for Ren to contact you:





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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Illustrations and Limited Hardcover/eBook Pre-Order Offer Unveiled for Michael West's Urban Fantasy Novel Poseidon's Children



Take a Look at the Pre-order options today!


For Immediate Release
February 15, 2012

Illustrations and Limited Hardcover/eBook Pre-Order Offer Unveiled for Michael West's Urban Fantasy Novel Poseidon's Children.

Seventh Star Press is proud to unveil 2 new Matthew Perry illustrations and the start of pre-orders for Michael West's urban fantasy novel Poseidon's Children, Book One of the Legacy of the Gods series.



The new urban fantasy series is Michael's second with Seventh Star Press, following the extremely successful release of Cinema of Shadows, his latest Harmony Indiana novel, in 2011. The Legacy of the Gods series is set to build rapidly upon Michael's horror readership, introducing his well-crafted storytelling to urban fantasy audiences everywhere.

Increasingly recognized for the high quality of its limited hardcover editions, Seventh Star Press is making available a new pre-order offer that allows readers and collectors to secure both a collectible, signed hardcover of Poseidon's Children (out of a run of just 75 copies), as well as an eBook version suited for their particular eReaders (Kindle or Nook editions will be "gifted" by Seventh Star Press on the day of release).



The bundle of a hardcover and eBook edition is accompanied by a sharp set of glossy 5X7 art cards, featuring the interior illustrations found in Poseidon's Children, as well as bookmarks from the novel and a set of thee collectible magnets. The price for the hardcover/eBook bundle and exrras is one readers will find very attractive at just $32.95. The hardcovers (and pre-ordered softcovers) will be signed and numbered by Michael on Saturday, March 17 and shipped out on the 19th.

The illustrations for Poseidon's Children were created by highly acclaimed fantasy/horror artist Matthew Perry, who also does the artwork for Michael's Harmony Indiana Novels with Seventh Star Press. The Poseidon's Children project also reunited Michael with his Cinema of Shadows editor, Amanda DeBord.

In Poseidon's Children, man no longer worships the old gods; forgotten and forsaken, they have become nothing more than myth and legend. But all that is about to change. After the ruins of a vast, ancient civilization are discovered on the ocean floor, Coast Guard officers find a series of derelict ships drifting in the current--high-priced yachts and leaking fishing boats, all ransacked, splattered in blood, their crews missing and presumed dead.

And that's just the beginning.

Vacationing artist Larry Neuhaus has just witnessed a gruesome shark attack, a young couple torn apart right before his eyes ... at least, he thinks it was a shark. And when one of these victims turns out to be the only son of Roger Hays, the most powerful man in the country, things go from bad to worse. Now, to stop the carnage,Larry and his new-found friends must work together to unravel a mystery as old as time, and face an enemy as dark as the ocean depths.

Michael West is fresh from a great reception of his first Seventh Star Press release, the Harmony Indiana novel Cinema of Shadows. His other works include novels such as The Wide Game (Graveside Tales) and a single author collection, Skull Full of Kisses (Graveside Tales). He also has an array of short fiction published, spanning many magazines and anthologies, including appearances in Shroud Magazine, and the Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest.

Poseidon's Children will be released in limited hardcover, trade paperback, and several eBook formats, such Kindle, iPad, the Nook, and Sony/Sony compatible eBook reading devices. The second novel in the series is slated for the spring of 2013, with other two planned titles to follow on an annual basis.

Updates and additional information can be obtained at the official site for Seventh Star Press, at www.seventhstarpress.com, or at the author's site, www.bymichaelwest.com

Contact: C.C. James
Public Relations, Seventh Star Press
ccjames@seventhstarpress.com

Seventh Star Press is a small press publisher of speculative fiction located in Lexington Kentucky.

Emperor Palpatine Reads George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones!

Editor's Note: Today we introduce the talents of Jeff Yonosick, a fine fellow and writer who makes his Seventh Star Press blog debut with his Emperor Palpatine Reads feature! In this first one, Emperor Palpatine Reads: A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin. For readers short on time, these features will help you cut to the chase!


Emperor Palpatine Reads


by Jeff Yonosick


Here on Valentine's Day is George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones, as if it were read by Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars:

"Something...Something....Something Winter is Coming! Something....something....something...Dire Wolves! Something....Something....Something BASTARDS! Something...Something....Something INCEST! something...something...something WHORES!!!! Something...something..something Everyone you care about is DEAD!!! Good Read YES!!!!"



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Friday, February 10, 2012

The Decade (More or Less) of the Geek

The Decade (More or Less) of the Geek
By R.J. Sullivan



I recall sitting in the theater with my comic book/sci-fi buddies in the month of May in the year 2000, waiting in anticipation to lay our collective eyes on the first X-MEN film. There was something in the air, a general sense that the success of this film could lead to "good things." Sure, Superman had scored big back in 1978, but movies of that scale were too expensive and too time consuming for viable franchises to grow from them. Not so with the X-MEN. Finally, the technology existed to launch a viable, good-looking superhero film at a middling budget.

We’ve come a long, long way since then! It’s amazing to me, to review back on how much that first X-men movie seemed to be the lit fuse that led to a"geek-slosion." Starting with the X-men, and rapidly after, geeks quickly saw much of their cult status underground "vocabulary" break through into the mainstream. Let's review.

Spider-man

He was Marvel Comics’ superstar superhero, known to millions of devoted comic book readers, but until 2001, previous media attempts to bring this comic book icon to the general public had been decidedly less than stellar. Sure, he had plenty of cartoons, including the truly horrible one with that stupid-catchy theme, a live action attempt in the 70s that defines "mediocre", and a few better animated attempts in the 90s. Although he seemed the natural answer to the success of Superman back in 1978, the truth is, although Spider-man is less powerful than Superman, it’s far easier to make you believe a man can fly than it is to make you believe he can shoot webs from his wrists and swing between buildings like an urban Tarzan.

Whatever you may think of the details (as a Spider-man purist I have MANY problems with the 2001 origin and Green Goblin story) the movie succeeded in finally bringing forward, front and center, the prime reason why geeks resonated with Spider-man all these years. The murder of his Uncle Ben, and the guilt that followed from that event, so important in shaping the man Parker becomes, was finally properly told. Before 2001, millions of people knew Spider-man on TV, but only geeks could recite “with great power comes great responsibility.” After 2001, that was no longer true.

Lord of the Rings

For decades, prior to 2001, hardcore Tolkien fans identified themselves at conventions with key phrases. “One ring to rule them.” “I wants it, me precious,” not to mention references to Frodo, Strider, Sam Gamgee, and Gandalf, the original blue-capped wizard. I still remember some time around 2002, walking through the halls of the corporate office where I worked at the time, and hearing these key phrases repeated from cubicle to cubicle. Mundanes name-dropping Gollum? Remember the day all the "trendy" people carrying around their three-in-one volumes of Lord of the Rings? How messed up was that?

Doctor Who

The term "reimagined" is overused these days, but all other transformations pale in comparison to Doctor Who's transformation from—let's be honest—a fairly dorky cult program to the coolest man in the room! Seriously, how did that happen? The 2000s marked the time when Doctor Who became cool, and that's a statement taken so much for granted these days that a lot of younger people won't even know what I'm talking about. Back in the 80s, Doctor Who was the geek show too geeky for most other geeks. With its given ultra-low budget and outrageous look, you had to meet it halfway and pay close attention to appreciate it (A talent I fear is becoming a lost art to the modern viewer) Here in Indiana, Trekkies mocked “Whoosiers” as a way to make themselves feel better. Until it broke into the mainstream, there was nothing about Doctor Who that indicated it had any chance of breaking into the mainstream.

Star Trek and Star Wars

While I was glad to see the mainstream love shown both franchises, I have little good to say about the actual films from both franchises since 1999. (Yes, I'm one of those people.)

Thor and Green Lantern and Captain America, oh, my!

It seems like for the past few years you can't have a summer movie season without a few new superhero movies sprinkled in. How ironic, that I now live in a world I'd hoped to see for decades, and yet as the quantity of super-films pile up around me, I grow numb to the repeated theme of one more common shlep getting hit with the super-origin and learning life's lessons while forced to save humanity, or whatever. Odd that I find myself wishing that the trend would reverse itself and create fewer of them.

It seems to me that with the "cranking out" mentality of Hollywood, the superhero genre has films on par with other genres: dramas, comedies, chick flicks, etc, and now fall into their buckets of the good, the "meh," and the bad. For every awesome Iron Man we also get the dreadful sequel. We've watched a franchise like the X-Men take a significant dip in quality, then come back up into the "okay" category over 5 films. For every Watchman and Dark Knight, we get a helping of The Spirit or Ghost Rider, and even "event" films like Green Lantern and Superman Returns and Spiderman 3 (HOW did those fail so spectacularly?) can fall short of expectations due to the demand to rush product out to the masses.

I'm hopeful the forthcoming Avengers film coming out this summer might mark the "cap" to Marvel's churning out of mid-level pictures in favor of fewer event films. (Though I hope DC gets their act together and puts out a decent Wonder Woman before this trend comes to a halt).

Or maybe I should stop complaining and ride this wave of nerd-dom; this time where the geeks have inherited the Earth and pulled the wool over the mundanes. Yeah, Fantasy Football players, I'm talking to you.


~RJ Sullivan




To find out more about RJ Sullivan and his literary works, please visit:
www.rjsullivanfiction.com

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

All 3 Brotherhood of Dwarves Titles Now Available on Kindle and Nook

We wanted to let everyone know that the first three titles in D.A. Adams' fantastic series, The Brotherhood of Dwarves, are now available on the Kindle and the Nook.

ALL titles, Kindle or Nook, are just $2.99

Kindle







Nook

This link will take you to a page that has all three books linked off of it:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/The-Brotherhood-of-Dwarves?store=ALLPRODUCTS&keyword=The+Brotherhood+of+Dwarves

Monday, February 6, 2012

Pick of the Week: First Cause, by Paul West

Pick of the Week (#14): First Cause, by Paul West
(Self-Published)
-Selection made by Rodney Carlstrom


The Book:The world is in chaos from a two-day battery of explosions in many of its major cities. A week after the explosions, journalist Adam Grey wakes up in the hospital. He pieces together the events leading to his injury, involving a woman named Angela. Senator Cyrus Reardon has been appointed the new President of the United States' decimated government. A politician who isn't generally fond of his peers, he's faced with leading a discordant provisional Cabinet, addressing the nation's growing panic, and trying to separate fact from fiction. Confronted with the truth behind the attacks, they--along with the world at large--are forced to reconsider conventional assumptions about human nature and possibility. Everything we know is until we find out otherwise...

The Author: Paul West was born and raised in New York City; he currently resides in Harlem, where he has lived for much of his life. After graduating from NYU with a B.A. in History, he worked in the education and nonprofit world for many years before switching lanes and working in advertising and then fashion.

First Cause was conceived as a screenplay idea in the early 1990s, when West was still an undergraduate; he shelved the project for nearly a decade, and began work again in 1999.

Paul West is a sports enthusiast, student of people, lover of music, voracious reader and fervent believer in human possibility.


The Publisher: Self-Published


My Comments: First Cause is a complex web of a story.

With his debut novel, Paul West has managed to find a way to subtly weave a tale about the human condition and human possibilities into a rich tapestry. As much a social commentary as it is a sucker punch to the gut, First Cause is the ideal gift for unsuspecting readers.

Let that not dissuade, however, for West has succeeded in his mission: entertain the reader first, then deliver with a left hook. Yes, it will undoubtedly hurt at first, but the pain will be a welcome relief to the numb, dumbed down zombie that sat reading the book before. Once that first blow has been delivered it then becomes much easier for the reader to look further into the woven web and deeper into the philosophy that West has presented. Upon first reading, the subtlety of it might pass the readers eyes, but on second look what is presented to the reader is something that should be ingrained into every fiber of the human being, encoded into DNA and allowed to find its way into the world, to multiply and come to fruition.

Although West has managed to do all of this and more, the vehicle with which he has decided to do it will, to some readers, come off a bit clunky in spots. First Cause begins with the reader thrust into the middle of the action, unsure and as confused as the characters in the first handful of pages. From there the story begins to build and unfold with the help of multiple flashbacks; fragments of memory that read as though they were pieced together hastily. Something that might make it hard to follow for most readers.

Overall, First Cause might not be every readers cup of tea. This is a thinking man's book, and something that should not be ignored. If readers enjoy intellegent writing that will make them think, then there should not be any hesitancy in acquiring a copy of Paul West's thought provoking debut. Any future titles by West should not be ignored; knowledge that readers who finish First Cause will be rewarded with.

-Rodney


So make First Cause, by Paul West, the SSP Blog Pick of the Week!

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

The War Has Begun: Amazon vs. B&N

The War Has Begun
by Frank Hall

The War has begun!

Barnes and Noble drew a line in the sand, and an all-out war came into being. They decided that they would not carry Amazon's publishing house titles. This proclamation was felt at the headquarters of Amazon.com.

The building shook with the power of this decision.......actually it was just the people on the top floor falling out of their chairs and laughing their collective asses off at the stupidity of Barnes and Noble and the other Independent stores that followed their lead.

This is how I see it.

Amazon: We have a publishing house. We are going to not only sell books, but make them too.
B&N: WHAT!!!!! You can't do that! We wont stand for that!
Amazon: .....
B&N: We will not carry your books from your press in our store. If any of our customers want that book, they will need to get it from you.
Amazon: ....OK!

Seriously, does B&N not realize that by refusing to stock books from them they are only going to make their customers go to Amazon.com to buy the book? And hey, while they are there, why not just buy that other book they were wanting? Heck, who needs to go to B&N anyway, especially since they are not going to have the book I want?

And what is up with these small independent bookstores following along this line of stupidity. They are always complaining about losing customers, and here they are REFUSING to carry books.

Hell that is what they are there for. TO CARRY BOOKS!!!!!!

You can damn well believe that if I owned an independent bookstore and my competition said they would not be carrying a line of books, i would have all sorts of advertizing going.

Hey, come here! We have the books that you are looking for...unlike them -->

Hey wait! I DO own an independent bookstore. I also own a small press. So does that mean that B&N is not going to stock my books. Oh..wait...I am a small press that uses a POD to print my titles. I am just starting out, and have only a few titles out. They are not going to stock my books anyway. Yet on Amazon, several of them have several 5 star reviews....and ONLY 5 star reviews. Amazon sells my books. They have no problem with me owning a bookstore also.

This "WAR" that B&N is trying to create is only going to hurt them and strengthen Amazon.

~Frank Hall


Owner of That Book Place and Hydra Publications

Visit the sites for That Book Place and Hydra Publications:

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