Ken - fascinating story about the raid on the newstands...I was expecting it to have happened in my birth state of Mississippi or where I grew up, Chicago, where such things have been known to happen. Watched all episodes of BOSS on Starz....politics is a dirty business and your book clearly shines a light on this high incidence of dirty tactics and how you took the bad guys to the mat.
I would suggest that your book's font set in italics is harder on the eye than is New Times Roman; at same time, very cool that you were able to get illustrations in throughout the book.
Five FIVE star reviews has gotta be making you feel great about the book's future. Thanks for sharing here!
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Thanks for your feedback. The italics in the formatting just appeared when I resubmitted the version with all the illustrations. I don't know how but it must be the ghosts at work, will fix and resubmit. There are many cases of italics used for publication names that I dread this project. Do you know of a simple fix?
I will gift you a copy through your website. I have caught up on Boss as well, it is very well done and in fact, probably makes politics look better than it really is!
Afraid I do not know of a quick fix for italics problems in a kindle html text. Perhaps there is none....if there is a secret and anyone knows of it, please drop us a line here.
PERSERVERANCE is this: You write a novel when a college student and it is your dissertation for your Masters of Science in Education. Then you realize later how horrible it is as it is a 600 pg. first person narrative. Rewritten over a period of 30 years off and on between other novels. Sticking with it after it is turned down by every agent and editor who ever gazed upon it. Then it goes up for sale at 3.99, all 150,000 words of it in 3 vols. NOT in first person but 3rd person multiple viewpoint. Wow....and it gets great reviews!
For anyone else who may find themselves with a formating problem during the process of taking your book file from DOC to Mobicreator: I figured out what I did was choose web filtered instead of simply "web page". So I simply deleted the file which had converted itself to all italics and simply resaved my DOC file to web page, uploaded to the mobipocket creator and replaced the first file. While I was at it I added some front matter and made a content correction.
Therefore, beware of selecting "web filtered" as it may change your format.
Good luck and great selling to everyone.
I am sure this is going to be helpful to one and all. Placed up articles on The Greatest Secrets of Successful Commercial Authors and Transforming Your Grammar (eliminating problems) on amazon.com kindle. Hopefully they are still Free right now but not for long.
JUST THINK, the lady who wrote Gone with the Wind was convinced it was crap that should not see the light of day; she buried it in a desk drawer. It ook a friend to get it to an editor.
Talk about overcoming a huge sense of failure...recall the last god awful review that attacked your book? I do.
Ever get such a horrible wretched simplistic stupid 1-star review on Amazon.com or a NO star review that trashes hell out of your book to the point it is downright evil or even funny as hell? IF so you are not alone....You are in the company of such greats as Dickens, Tolstoy, Twain, Dumas, and even Kurt Vonngut and Magaret Mitchell and Harper Lee - correct, To Kill a Mockingbird is MOCKED.
To get a real LAUGH out loud perspective on stupids who review books, people who you wonder how they can even read, check this out:
This is worth repeating...most successes are a success because they never gave up; an author is a writer who never gave up. This BAD assed reviews I put up lat time as in
To Kill a Mockingbird being MOCKED by some idgit that didn't get it...they bear repeating in case you missed it. http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2012/01/20/eds-casual-f
By the way my "What Mioves Kindle Bks. off the Shelf" thread #2 has just broken 80,000 views, 1448 comments and 97 pgs. WOW
"(BTW, there are 3 Friday the 13ths in 2012 and they
are 13 weeks apart! How's that for the
13 is my lucky number. So this year is going to be a
real success for me! Yeah!
I also have 13 letters in the name on the cover of my books with Robert W. Walker...ha! I did use the first Friday 13th for kdp select program Freebies and it was a skyrocket weekend for the books. I should have planned to put some titles up for the next 13th and the one after that...Hmmmmm.
No superstition here, eh? They say ball players and race horse gamblers are superstitious....What about the gambler known as the fiction author?
Rob - FREE now is CUBA BLUE! found at a Kindle Store near you.
ADVICE on Crafting great Fiction - this comes from working with a client one-on-one -- advice that anyone who aspires to write really should take:
OK....about the wind whipping about ghostlike.... Look up metaphor and simile....in any grammar text. This is the nifty writers' tool for saying such as "My father was like a tree, tall and straight and beautiful."
LIKE is the KEY...you get to this kind of metaphor via LIKE and the word AS used in the "double AS" sense... Example: When I was a kid, my dad was as tall as a tree, and just as straight and beautiful. THIS all GETS DEEPER still.
Like and AS - your keys to how disparate things are alike....creating a connection between truly unconnected things. A man is not a tree...but we can imagine he is LIKE a tall Oak. Or Mother was as hard and callous as stone (logically impossible but metaphorically possible).
Take it a step farther and often it is cool if you can turn the metaphor or simile - how things are kinda sorta alike to say they are equals, THE SAME. This is an absolute statement. Absolutes take you to a higher level of IMAGERY (which this is all about...pictures in your readers' minds). Look up Absolutes - words that are absolute...EXAMPLE... The fog is a veil. It is not LIKE a veil or as thick as a veil....it g'damn sure IS a veil...IS acts as an EQUAL (=) SIGN.
'Nother example. The man is a walking watch. The man is a walking encyclopedia. More flowery might be: The thick jungle became a carpet of blackness by nightfall. A camel is a horse created by committee. lots of jokes rely on metaphor, simile, and absolutes.
It is also an absolute to say simply this: The fog lifted from the carpeted cemetery.
THINK about that sentence. The fog did not SEEM to be lifting...did not perhaps or maybe begin to make a move toward lifting (Qualifiers - BAD for sentences, weakens them). No, the fog "ABSOLUTELY" lifted, NO doubt about it. AND the cemetery is absolutely carpeted....ever been to Arlington???
This is the magic secret surrounding that kind of thinking. My wife wrote a nove, The Well Meaning Killer. She had me edit it, of course, and there was a scene where her heroine goes out for a jog in the city of Baltimore and all along her route are trash bags for delivery pick up in her neighborhood, and being a cop, her first thought is of the street is littered with body bags.
I suggested the body bags. She liked it, added it.
Of course, if you like the ghost image I added, and it sounds as if you do, by all means it is YOURS for the taking. Hey even Shakespeare learned from authors that came before him...like Plutarch from who he stole much.
Do look up Qualifiters in a grammar book to know what to avoid; sometimes, as in the use of sometimes in this sentence, a qualifier like some, very, maybe, perhaps, etc. is 'absoluetely' needed but most way overuse a word like VERY, maybe, perhaps, and the phrases 'I think' and 'in my opinion' and 'to me'....when it is totally NOT needed and only undercuts your strong sentence, weakenng it.
Look up Absolutes, words that are opposite in nature to Qualifiers. No wishy-washy with these words and using them MOST of the time, working toward all the time (all is absolute, most is qualifier) makes your fiction STRONG in voice so the reader BELIEVES you and is so willing to follow you because you are not 'hedging' like a politician (in my opinion).
This coupled with metaphor and simile gives readers a strong visual image deposited in their minds. One reviewer once said of my book of the time, "Mr. Walker quite literally snatches the reader's mind for the duration of the book!" -- Midwest Book Review, it was. Love that as that is my goal...my watchword stamped in my mind's eye is MAKE it COMPELLING - and do not forget to bring in your POV character in each scene via his five senses, his eyes, brain, hands, nose, smeller, taster, ears.
Hey....I think I just got my Friday Blog out of this.
As to your Friday blog posting, good tips all. I have downloaded the Grammarly.com and their services are really effective to put in a chapter at a time. The program challenges your writing on a variety of platforms to help you choose better words and its especially helpful to me.
After a review of my second book, I hired an editor who does a great job and have been using her since. Your great review on Titanic 2012 makes me want to read your book so I will, I have already bought it.
My book, Follow Titanic is FREE today, hope you get a chance to download it.