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Offline Madonkadonk

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Help a fellow writer...
« on: August 31, 2009, 11:28:52 PM »
I Think Everyone here should support a fellow RiffTrax watcher and buy my new book. I promise you'll like it.


Please.


Pretty Please...

It would be especially awesome if you, Mike, Bill, and Kevin were to buy it.

Ok here's the link:
http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/my-random-mind/7571096


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Re: Help a fellow writer...
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2009, 05:43:09 PM »
Congrats on your book.  As a writer I applaud you for having the balls to publish it yourself (or in this case through Lulu).  Just a couple of minor things, First, you might want to go back and rewrite your book description.  There were some punctuation problems and it didn't flow well.  Your description needs to draw in a reader and with these issues a potential customer may decide to skip your book thinking it isn't well-written.

I'm sure you had an editor or someone who is well versed in grammer and semantics look over your book before submitting it for publication but be aware that if your description appears amateurish than people will assume the book is as well.
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Re: Help a fellow writer...
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2009, 05:45:35 PM »
I do agree.  Typos, and obvious ones at that, would make me not buy the book, especially knowing it was self published on Lulu.  There's nothing wrong with Lulu, but out of every 100 books on Lulu only 1 is worth buying.  Everyone and their brother has written a Lulu book about their thoughts.  You really need to sell what makes yours the 1 in 100 that is worth it.

Reading your description, I would assume that this is something you copied/pasted straight from your blog (common on Lulu).  It not necessarily a bad thing to go from blog to book (novels of essays are more or less that), but a book needs more structure.  A book needs more review.  It really needs to be presented differently than a blog.
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Re: Help a fellow writer...
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2009, 04:13:14 PM »
Thank you for the advice, but, if you read the edited book description, the errors are apart of the book. I purposely didn't edit the thing because I believe the first draft will show you my mind the best. That's how I think and I didn't want to ruin it for myself or the reader. Plus it makes it that much more fun!


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Re: Help a fellow writer...
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2009, 02:23:50 PM »
My question, as one writer, reader, to another, is

Why?

Why should I read this book? Why would it be more insightful, more engaging, more rewarding, to see your text unedited, and get a glimpse into the unfiltered contents of your mind?

Honestly, I've got lots of things in my mind. Not all of them make for good reading, and many of them are things I would not like to see the light of day.

There are some people who have put things out with grammar and spelling mistakes, but most of those people are
1. Deliberately making said mistakes after editing out all the naturally occurring mistakes, and adding ones in for stylistic effect
2. Already widely published and praised by critics
3. Tedious pretentious gits, whose work only gets read so that people can feel smarter than others or because it's assigned in english classes.


There's a lot of people on this forum. Most of them I do not know or care about. Some of them I may actively dislike. Being a fellow poster is not reason enough for me to pay money to read your book. The book must sell itself.
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Re: Help a fellow writer...
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2009, 02:18:15 PM »
I don't read books.  Seriously.  There's like 90 billion books out there, and almost all of them suck.

I like newspapers myself.  They're short, informative, and g SEE BOOKS PAGE E9


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Re: Help a fellow writer...
« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2009, 02:20:35 PM »
*props up a cardboard cutout of himself with a mechanical arm and a recorder saying "buy my book"*


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Re: Help a fellow writer...
« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2009, 02:27:08 PM »
I Think Everyone here should support a fellow RiffTrax watcher and buy my new book. I promise you'll like it.

See the thing it if it was one of these people

Congrats on your book.  As a writer I applaud you for having the balls to publish it yourself (or in this case through Lulu).  Just a couple of minor things, First, you might want to go back and rewrite your book description.  There were some punctuation problems and it didn't flow well.  Your description needs to draw in a reader and with these issues a potential customer may decide to skip your book thinking it isn't well-written.

I'm sure you had an editor or someone who is well versed in grammer and semantics look over your book before submitting it for publication but be aware that if your description appears amateurish than people will assume the book is as well.

I do agree.  Typos, and obvious ones at that, would make me not buy the book, especially knowing it was self published on Lulu.  There's nothing wrong with Lulu, but out of every 100 books on Lulu only 1 is worth buying.  Everyone and their brother has written a Lulu book about their thoughts.  You really need to sell what makes yours the 1 in 100 that is worth it.

Reading your description, I would assume that this is something you copied/pasted straight from your blog (common on Lulu).  It not necessarily a bad thing to go from blog to book (novels of essays are more or less that), but a book needs more structure.  A book needs more review.  It really needs to be presented differently than a blog.

My question, as one writer, reader, to another, is

Why?

Why should I read this book? Why would it be more insightful, more engaging, more rewarding, to see your text unedited, and get a glimpse into the unfiltered contents of your mind?

Honestly, I've got lots of things in my mind. Not all of them make for good reading, and many of them are things I would not like to see the light of day.

There are some people who have put things out with grammar and spelling mistakes, but most of those people are
1. Deliberately making said mistakes after editing out all the naturally occurring mistakes, and adding ones in for stylistic effect
2. Already widely published and praised by critics
3. Tedious pretentious gits, whose work only gets read so that people can feel smarter than others or because it's assigned in english classes.


There's a lot of people on this forum. Most of them I do not know or care about. Some of them I may actively dislike. Being a fellow poster is not reason enough for me to pay money to read your book. The book must sell itself.

*props up a cardboard cutout of himself with a mechanical arm and a recorder saying "buy my book"*

I'd be more inclined, but lots of people watch rifftrax, few of them am I familiar with.


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Re: Help a fellow writer...
« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2009, 05:31:17 PM »
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Re: Help a fellow writer...
« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2009, 06:09:18 PM »
I wonder if I could sell a pamphlet of the things I've written...? ;)


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Re: Help a fellow writer...
« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2009, 08:26:39 PM »
well i'd check on that one. congratulations on your book by the way. :)