On Demand Publishing
I just visited the worst blogger site in the whole world. The site has an eight hour window, five days a week to list or post. I can not but wonder how the people who set up the site can think all those people around the world who might want to make a comment are going to be up at two o'clock in the morning to post a comment. Talk about killing your reader response!
I must make a comment about the picture the blogger posted on that site. It was bad for the type of site and the data the blogger was trying to express. Not what one would expect of someone who was trying to promote what the editor wanted to promote.
When you blog keep in mind your target audience. Keep in mind your product (ideas are a product) you are trying to promote. Talking to the neighbor over the fence in your grundgies is different from talking to the world on your blog site. Unless you are a latent hippy or flower child and wanting to get in on the revolution your parents made and you missed, forget the grundge look.
Spring has been hot here in western Oklahoma this year. I can always count on the blue wild flowers spread across the farm to brighten things up in March and they did. They have lasted until this month but are getting ragged now.
The wind is a constant for us in this part of the world. Seems like it has been stronger than usual for longer than usual. Days on end of fifteen to twenty mile an hour winds shape the trees during the growing season. Our trees all lean over to the north because of the constant hard south winds. We had five days of winds blowing night and day thirty to fifty mile per hour. That was a grind even for those of us who are use to the wind.
Rains always come in the spring and they have to pretty well carry us through the year until snow flys in the winter as showers get few and far in between in the summer. This spring has been dry which is a repeat of the past three years. As a child I watched the dust storms sweep across the land moving in from the north bringing black dust. The day would turn dark as the dust blocked most of the light from the sun. Of course the dust storms weren't always from the north. Some of them blew in from Texas.
Farming has changed along with the farmers. They have bigger equipment and can plow deeper to hold down the land when it's dry. We also don't try and make the ground a perfectly smooth landscape like they use to. We leave the clods and vegetation on top the ground to hold it against the heat, wind, and lack of moisture. If we didn't I would be looking at more of those dust storms like I use to see as a little girl.
I'm changing the subject to ignorance and hate. It's easy to hate something when we don't know who or what it is we are hating. Ignorance always helps when one hates someone or some thing. Hate doesn't hurt the one it is directed at but it slowly eats the person who is carrying it. I had a real strong dose of hate directed at me the other day as someone I didn't know, assumed I was lesbian. The key words here are assumed and ignorance. Although I am not what the person assumed it was ignorance on their part to even think such a thing.
The two things that made it easy to hate me were ignorance and watching too much junk television. My advice to everyone is to give the benefit of the doubt before you know the situation and start assuming. Don't let television and magazines be your guide to life. Those mediums are there for one purpose, to make money. The more radical or glib they are then the more viewers the attract or the more readers they draw in to purchase their wares.
You want fiction? Buy a book for entertainment value. Hopefully you will know where to seperate fiction from fact there.
New writers need not despare if they can't find a publisher to buy or option their manuscript. With the Print on Demand equipment making the scene in may shops now, an aspiring writer can be a published writer without the backing of the multi million dollar publishing houses. Use the Google search engine and look for "print on demand" for book publishers who can print one or ten thousand books. Print only the number of books you have sold to keep your overhead and inventory from eating up your budget.
It looks like more writers are coming on the scene now they don't have to wait for the publishing houses to groom them for their place as the next annointed author. On Demand Publishing allows anyone with a story to publish and distribute it to the public.
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