Posts Tagged ‘publishing’

Author ship

November 3, 2012

Some of my friends are telling me I should have published with another company rather than “Martian Publishing” since their main focus is supposedly science fiction.

Hey, it’s not like I had a lot of choice, you know.

And one friend even said I should have put a picture of myself on the back with a little blurb about me. Really? You’re kiddin’ me! I want to drive some sales, not drive the readers away.

And though the sales have not been “tops” for my first venture, If the World’s a Village, I’m It’s Idiot, I have been inspired to pen yet another collection of “brilliant” observations – by some rather bizarre standard, I am sure – in my next book called Who Let Out the Greenhouse Gases? which may not be suitable for human consumption.

Actually, I had started this blog to do a book of the same title (“For What It’s Worth” in case you did not notice) but the focus on that volume stutter-stepped and went wide of the mark. My next option, Nocturnal Breeding Habits of the southern varieties of Drosophilae burritoana in Postmodern Homophobic Societies did not garner enough interest for me to even finish telling people the title, much less showing them the outline.

So, For What It’s Worth will probably wait for awhile as I finish the one on greenhouse gases and the whole Global Warning thing.

After that, since the publisher has such a science-fictiony name, I thought I would write something like “How to Housebreak a Martian” or something really useful like that.

But I will have to wait for responses from my “loyal fan base”.



<sound of crickets>




April 15th… What a Day it Was!

April 16, 2012

Another April 15th has come and gone and this one was a bit bolder than usual because it just happened to be to 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic… the ship, not the film.

The film has done quite well in its re-release in 3D and pushed it over the $2 Billion mark, a feat shared by only one other film, also by James Cameron, “Avatar”. You remember, the film with all the blue people who lived inside a tree.

April 15th is also famous in America for being the IRS Tax Deadline since 1955, though since it falls on a Sunday this year, the deadline has been extended to the 17th. And you can be sure a LOT of people will take advantage of the extension to put off their filing “to the last minute”. Which they would do even if the deadline was extended to September 1st.

Another interesting anniversary happened on the 15th although not many people mentioned it. The date was seven score and seven years since the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Something most people today seem to have forgotten although it seemed to be a really big deal in the nineteenth century.

I suppose everyone is waiting for the sesquicentennial of the event, three years from now, or 150 years afterward, to commemorate the event that will live in infamy…

Or was that the bombing of Pearl Harbor (the event, not the film) that was supposed to live in infamy?

Well, maybe they can share the same cell in infamy.

But, thankfully, the 15th has passed and we all survived.

At least a little better than Lincoln, or the Titanic, or a lot of unhappy taxpayers.

Oh, and another little thing that happened on the 15th… I finally got published!

Yes, I had been working on a volume called “For What It’s Worth” – hey, isn’t that the name of this blog!? – but it never seemed to get very far since I got distracted by so many other book ideas.

But I finally finished one called If the World’s a Village, I’m Its Idiot. It is available on kindle if you’d like to check it out.

For myself, at least, I have something else to remember about April 15th. Perhaps you have something as well.

Anything has to be better than that other stuff.