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Posted: Mar 10, 2012 10:00 PM   in response to: inkwalk2 in response to: inkwalk2
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A reminder - Spring Forward for the upcoming time change, so Mon morning you are on time for your day job. Over 30 years a writer and I still need my day job. That is the lifestyle folks.

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Posted: Mar 13, 2012 7:24 PM   in response to: inkwalk2 in response to: inkwalk2
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This FRIDAY, my Titanic 2013 - Curse of RMS TITANIC goes up FREE once again.

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Posted: Mar 15, 2012 5:57 AM   in response to: inkwalk2 in response to: inkwalk2
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Titanic data about ship and crew from Liverpool area

Captain Smith of Titanic was based on Merseyside for 40 years. He lived in Waterloo, near Liverpool, before moving to Southampton in 1908.

The eight heroic musicians in Titanic’s band were recruited by music agents CW and FN Black of 14 Castle Street, Liverpool.
Fred Clarke of 22 Tunstall Street, Smithdown Road, Liverpool, was bass violist with the ship's band, who famously kept playing while the Titanic sank.

Titanic’s huge kitchen ranges were made by Henry Wilson and Company, Cornhill Works, Liverpool.

The long passageway connecting crew quarters deep below on Titanic was called 'Scotland Road' by the crew, probably after the famous Liverpool thoroughfare of that name.

The Liverpool-based Cunard liner Carpathia rescued all 705 survivors of the Titanic disaster.
      • Source: Mercyside Martime Museum
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Posted: Mar 16, 2012 2:38 PM   in response to: privateerclause... in response to: privateerclause...
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For anyone doing Indie Publishing; this is in response to repeated 'attacks' on those fools among us who offer free and 99c titles:

The 99c book is nothing new. When Pocket Books came into being, they made paperbacks at 75c, but more recently low-low prices began with Amzon.com SHORTS program BEFORE there was any such device as the Kindle reader and no such thing as uploading your own work. With the Shorts program such greats as Ed Gorman published via electronically submitting work to EDITORS who worked for Amazon.com -- honestly. At the time an unknonwn fellow name of JA (Joe) Konrath went whole-hog in this program, writing short after short involving his main characters from his Whiskey Sour novels, Jacquelyn (Jackie) Daniels. Joe set the pace then as he did later via eReader novels once Amazon DROPPED the shorts program as obsolete, let all the editors go, and made it a simple pocess to upload your work on your own.

Joe dragged me into the Shorts program - years before Kindle - but as I had little to no interest at the tine in doing short stories, I convinced the editor - John Hart, was his name - to allow a Serialized version of my Flesh Wars novel. He went for it and each chapter was a separate short. I earned out next to nothiing yet I was one of the authors routinely at the top of the list. It gave me exposure alongside Gorman, any number of others like Lawrence Block, and many more. The shorts sold for something stupid like 33 cents a pop. Joe relentlessly put out short after short and grew himself a following, while he was criss-crossing the country in a borken-down Land Rover, dropping in on every bookstore he could find, and chronicling his entire cross-country gambit on his blog.

I had neither the time, money, nor inclination to leave my family alone for months to play shotgun to Joe's "crazy" cross-country gambit, but I sure was learning a helluva lot from watching him and I was dragged into the Kindle option kickkkkkin' and screammin it would not work for me, dragged in by Joe Konrath who has as big a heart as they come. I am not he only one he has inspired to go Kindle. His Newbie's Guide to Publishing blog has inspired hundreds if not thousands to write, write, write first, to hone the craft, and to place up as many titles both short and long on one's dashboard.

Just today, I got a note in response to my telling folks at KindleKorner of my Free titles up now. She wrote back that she not only took the freebies but while there, she picked up 3 of my Instinct Titles -- all three are 2.99. She did so as she is a huge fan of the M.E. serial killer chase down novels of Patricia Cornwell and my Instinct books are in the same vein....

My saintly dear old mom is 85 now and she understands that to give is to recieve. The limited time offers of FREE and 99c titles (I have 21 99c titles at the moment, any of which I can boost up at any time) --these 'giveaways' have netted after THREE years of putting up Kindle titles sales that have gone from paltry hundreds in dollars to now my last paycheck (which will go entirely to the IRS by the way) six thousand for my last six weeks sales.

Does it help to have a brand name? Sure it does, but I am by no means a Tess Gerritsen or a Stephen King or even an Ed Gorman in terms of name recognition and stature; however, I have worked diligently as has Joe Konrath to MAKE the name known. I even posted on Ben Afleck playing the part of Robert Walker in the film The Company Men on facebook just to get that fact out there and of course to raise awareness for this fine movie. No one knows what comes of making a connect with readers on Twitter, Facebook, KindleKorner, etc., etc. or HERE. Someone else sees Anonymous and you begin debating the relative merits of Edward DeVere as Shakespeare and how much truth and leaps of faith are in the film and viola, debate over, but your books have a new visitor to your Kindle Shelf.

I urge ye one and all to locate my now Enormous Thread at KDP Community Forums found on your kindle dashboard under Voice of the Author/Publisher - under which is "What Mioves Kindle Bks. off theShelf" - start with the first few pages. Ignore the fact that there are close on to 300,000 views there and something crazy like 300 pages over now Two Threads. Just open on the first pages and read up/study up!

With millions and millions of iPad and Kindle readers, there is room for any and all writers.

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Posted: Mar 20, 2012 9:07 AM   in response to: inkwalk2 in response to: inkwalk2
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Check out this article of interest to all Kindle authors and readers:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003HS5PI4/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_alp_RZhApb1AW30F2

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Posted: Mar 21, 2012 7:15 PM   in response to: inkwalk2 in response to: inkwalk2
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NATIONAL GEO doing a 100th year anniversary issue on Titanic and what really happened that night a hundred years ago April 14th....coming up soon, and the reason I penned my own version of what really happened that night, Titanic 2012 - Curse of RMS Titanic. One editor/friend said of it, "Only you, Rob, could have come up with this!"

I get my twisted imagination form my heroes - Robert Bloch (known best for Psycho but one helluva short story writer, who did several other fine books other than Psycho), and Richard Mathiesen, author of I am Legend, Stir of Echoes, What Dreams May Come and many, many more. Of course I grew up with Rod Serling in my face and my ear. Sometimes I read over a passage I have read, and I hear these guys I have learned so much from....

At any rate, I placed up cover art for the Nat'l Geo mag on my facebook wall. Find me there on facebook; should be EASY. I also place it on my two fan pages, one of them listed under Titanic.

Rob
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Posted: Mar 24, 2012 5:24 AM   in response to: inkwalk2 in response to: inkwalk2
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http://www.amazon.com/The-Sinking-Titanic-ebook/dp/B006OJMDLK
[b]FREE TODAY[/b] is the granddaddy of all Titanic books, The Sinking of the Titanic.
Bruce M. Caplan took this original Logan Marshall book and researched it for years, abridged and edited it, included new information not known at the time of the first book and published it in 1996, one of the first self-published authors. He has sold over 100,000 books since and only in recent months has put his book in Kindle where it now is breaking the top 100 free on Kindle Best Seller List at Amazon!

Make sure you get both Rob Walker's book
http://www.amazon.com/Titanic-2012-Curse-RMS-ebook/dp/B0049U4CCE
and also try out mine: [b]FOLLOW TITANIC[/b] which is a modern thriller of cruise ship making a 100th commemorative trip and then all hell breaks loose.
http://www.amazon.com/Follow-Titanic-Marsha-Thriller-ebook/dp/B006PR7S02
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Posted: Mar 26, 2012 6:22 PM   in response to: privateerclause... in response to: privateerclause...
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I have been reading about James Cameron's dive to the deepest part of the Pacific in a specially designed mini-sub. He is like an astronaut exploring inner space, taking samples and specimens and bringing them to the surface. Quite something. Most people who make movies stick to filmmaking, and most who make the kind of bucks he does don't risk their lives. Really an amazing guy; reminds me a lot of Bob Ballard, the man who discovered where Titanic and then Bismarck sat on the vast ocean floor.

Just finished a final, final rewrite of my BISMARCK 2013 - Hitler's Curse.

Bismarck is going up FREE this Friday and Saturday for 48 hrs.

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Posted: Mar 26, 2012 6:47 PM   in response to: inkwalk2 in response to: inkwalk2
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Will this Titanic Happening ever sink?
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Posted: Mar 26, 2012 7:18 PM   in response to: inyun in response to: inyun
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Will this Titanic Happening ever sink?

PERHAPS on April 14th around Midnight, yes. That marks one hundred years of Titanic. Titanic Panic, I'd say.

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Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:34 PM   in response to: inkwalk2 in response to: inkwalk2
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Well there is always 2112.
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Posted: Mar 27, 2012 5:27 AM   in response to: inyun in response to: inyun
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Aside from warfare, traveling by ship is the safest way to move about the earth. The Concordia tragedy took 32 lives, which showed a ninety-nine percent survival rate, compared to the survival rate of about one-third for the Titanic.

Here is one ship that sank that never got much publicity. It made the mistake of going hard aground on the rocks off of Canada the day after the Titanic sank. The Earl Grey, which is famous for being a tea, at least in my house, had 200 people on board. The only report I have found thus far simply noted it gave out a wireless distress signal and a second one that it was sinking. "Need assistance, sinking".
An update said it had gone down.
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Posted: Mar 27, 2012 4:18 PM   in response to: privateerclause... in response to: privateerclause...
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Yes have heard of the EARL GREY. There've been many a famous shipwreck. I just may have to place a creature on board another ship some day....write yet another seagoing adventure. Not just ocean going vessels but Great Lakes vessels as well. Frankly, a writer could go from shipwreck to shipwreck to do story after story. I've done the two best known doomed ships, Titanic, of course, and Bismarck...following in the footsteps of Dr. Robert Ballard who discovered where each ship rests on the floor of the enormous North Atlantic. Both ships declared hallowed ground, cemeteries by Ballard.

I recently did a short story with me female medical examiner who dives a shipwrecked Spanish Galleon way off its beaten course in the Pacific near Hawaii. It is fun doing ghost ships.

Rob Walker
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Posted: Mar 28, 2012 6:35 AM   in response to: inkwalk2 in response to: inkwalk2
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After a long night of tussling with the Mobicreator, I finally got the file up for my new OLD book, Titanic 1912, which looks at the original news reporting that took place in the hours and days following the disaster of the RMS Titanic.
The early reporting was seriously flawed as the news spread across the planet by wireless that ALL SAVED and that the great ship was actually under tow to Halifax. The truth, was that the ship was in the undertow to the bottom of the sea, 2.5 miles deep under the icy water.
The first news reports were quickly corrected and soon the actual story began to appear. Interviews with survivors began two days after the Titanic sank and a U. S. Senate hearing convened in New York in a shockingly fast three days after the ship went down. Reporting at the time, given the communications capabilities was more complete and reliable than today.
Try this new book to get the real flavor and facts of the original story. There are a few tidbits from modern reporting on the Titanic as well along with some comments by modern readers which were published by U. S. News & World Report, which ought to make you fear for future.
The new book should be live today.
Titanic 1912
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Posted: Mar 31, 2012 2:20 PM   in response to: privateerclause... in response to: privateerclause...
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A Titanic happenig for Amazon? Check this out: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/why-wal-mart-is-worried-about-amazon.html

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