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  • Kurt Brindley 5:23 pm on February 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Columbia Journalism School, Editor & Publisher, , Line, messaging apps, publishing, , , Viber, WeChat, WhatApp,   

    So, it looks like “The Industry” is finally beginning to figure out this Snapchat thing… 

    snapchat

    I began a quest a while back to understand how Indie Authors such as myself can leverage the seemingly incomprehensible (at least to an old dud like me) yet immensely popular messaging app called Snapchat.

    To be honest, I gave up any hope of me ever using the app as part of my publishing platform right after giving it a very brief whirl of a befuddling go during the time I wrote the first post it.

    However, I haven’t given up on trying to understand how it and other apps like it can help others promote their work, especially the younger Indie Authors who best fit the apps’ demographic. So, I’ve kept my eye open for anything relatively relative about it…

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    • acflory 5:33 pm on February 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      -sigh- Now I really do feel old. I’ve heard of Whatsapp and Snapchat, but as soon as I read that they were both mobile apps, I turned straight off. I do have a smartphone, but it isn’t surgically attached to either my ear or my hand, so it only gets used for those old fashioned things called phone /calls/. And not many of them either. I just don’t like phones or whatever you want to call mobile devices these days. I don’t want to be switched on and tuned in all the time. Anachronism, right? :D

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      • Kurt Brindley 8:59 am on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I have a love hate relationship with my phone – the best among its uses for me are the navigation app and camera.

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        • acflory 6:54 pm on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          Yes! Well, as far as the camera goes. :D I could never take a decent photo until I learned how to use the camera. Still a terrible photographer but at least now I’m better than I was.
          The other app I rely on is my EmergencyAus app. It notifies me of any incidents within a 5 km radius of my home…including bushfires. I’ve felt so much safer during the summer months since I’ve had it.

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  • Kurt Brindley 1:25 pm on December 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    So, about this Snapchat thing… Yeah, it really is a thing it seems 

    A while back I wrote a brief post asking if anyone was using Snapchat as part of their marketing platform. I got a few responses… I checked the app out… I didn’t get it at all… And then I forgot about it.

    Well, it appears the app is making it harder and harder for us to forget it according to this NYT article.

    • Snapchat is worth $30 B-b-b-billion dollars
    • It’s larger than Twitter
    • Facebook and others are desperately trying to emulate its appeal

    So, about this Snapchat thingy…

    Anyone have anything new to share about it re: social marketing platform?

     
    • colingarrow 1:46 pm on December 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting article. I’ve heard some good stuff about Snapchat, but haven’t got around to actually looking at it yet…

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    • Renard Moreau 1:51 pm on December 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      [ Smiles ] If you believe that you can gain the attention of an audience on Snapchat, you might as well give it a try.

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      • Kurt Brindley 2:08 pm on December 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Well, that’s what I am wondering… if anyone has been successful at marketing their ware through Snapchat. I spent a lot of time trying to build a following on twitter to limited success. I’m a bit wary about starting anew on a platform that doesn’t seem very appealing to marking.

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    • Peter's pondering 1:58 pm on December 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Beyond me! An age thing I think.

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    • C. J. Hartwell 2:10 pm on December 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      My two kids use it almost exclusively, but I’ve never ventured into it. The last time my family took a hike together, my daughter snap-chatted it and had about 20 extra followers by the end of it.

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    • kristianw84 4:31 pm on December 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I got it as a joke thing at work, we send each other snaps when we need a break or are trying to make one another laugh when things are tense or too quiet. I use it from time to time, but I don’t see how it would be good for marketing. Once you send a snap the receiver only sees it once, and then it’s gone.

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    • Brenda 6:38 pm on December 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      My youngest daughter uses it, but I have no real idea as to what is. :)

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    • pamelascanepa 7:11 pm on December 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah, I don’t get it either. I think it’s mostly for tweens and teens.

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    • Alli Farkas 7:21 am on December 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Have no idea how it works or who uses it, it just sounds like some sort of flash visual Twitter to me. Probably will stay far away, as I have from Twitter…wasting enough time on the ‘net as it is.

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    • Shana Gorian 1:40 pm on December 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It’s the younger generation who are on it (13-18 ish?). First it was Instagram, to get away from their parents who were on Facebook. Then too many adults got on Instagram, so now they’ve all moved to Snapchat. The teens seem to need a place of their own, which I guess is no surprise, Didn’t we all, at that time in our lives? I’m sure there’s a way a YA novelist could use it to market, but it would take some fine tuning…and I wouldn’t think any other genres would benefit greatly-but then again, I’m not on it. (My 13 year old is.)

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      • Kurt Brindley 2:19 pm on December 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, the article says it uses a tradition TV advertising model. I guess advertising youth specific genres probably is about the use for it. I can’t imagine trying to market a book directly from it a la twitter or facebook.

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    • KatieComeBack 10:57 pm on December 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I use it because the kiddos do. Never used it for the blog, though….I think it would take quite a bit of that precious commodity Time that I chronically seem to be out of….

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  • Kurt Brindley 3:00 pm on October 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Scout…and doubt 

    I am learning so much from the wonderful members of WRITE EDIT WRITE, our private facebook group for writers and readers. For example, this fantastic post by Author Kathy Cecala I am reblogging for your convenience and possible instruction here.

    Are any of you participating in or even aware of this KINDLE SCOUT thingy? If so, what are your thoughts, I wonder.

    Let me know. And please check out Kathy’s article and then go visit her Scout page and nominate her book!

    Please. :)

     

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    Kathy Cecala: The Persistent Writer

    So in the midst of this especially trying election season,  I’m announcing that I’m officially a candidate…for Kindle Scout. My newest novel is Wives of the Saints. Find my electioneering page here https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/2FG91Y0LS2F58  and visit at your own risk:    I know I should be cheerfully bombarding everyone for “nomination” clicks, but I won’t: I only invite you to look at the page and decide for yourself. And if you haven’t guessed already by the tone of this post, I’m not completely onboard with the whole thing, which is basically marketing and bothering people in the disguise of a writing competition. It is, however, a relatively painless and gentle way to roll out the new novel, which, if you haven’t guessed yet, is simply a funny and bittersweet book about a pair of longtime marriages. The folks at Scout  encourage you to compare it to some other work, which I…

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    • kathycecala 6:13 pm on October 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks so much Kurt–taking time out in the midst of YOUR big week! I will continue to update my progress on my blog so check in often!

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  • Kurt Brindley 12:28 pm on September 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    George Saunders On Story 

    I haven’t read any Saunders yet; been meaning to…more so after watching this:
     


     


    I discovered this video at Saunders’ site.

    I watched it first at The Atlantic.

    You can see it in its original production at the beautiful site of Redglass Pictures.

    If there are any Saunders fans or nonfans out there, what are your thoughts about his writing. . .

    I wonder.

     
     

     
    • Nic Schuck 3:12 pm on September 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Civil War Land in Bad Decline is so good. As is Braindead Megaphone. Highly recommend George Saunders.

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    • christinenbarba 12:07 am on October 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I second that ^^^! The Braindead Megaphone is great.

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:30 am on October 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Awesome. I’ll be on the lookout for it. Unfortunately it isn’t available through my Overdrive app, but I am on the list for his newest collection. Thank you, christinenbarba :)

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  • Kurt Brindley 11:13 am on September 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Don’t judge my book… 

    Kathy Cecala, an Indie Author and an active and valuable member of our private Facebook group for writers and readers, has some interesting and useful thoughts on the dark art of choosing and creating book covers. I strongly encourage you to check it and all the many other intriguing and compelling writing she has shared for us to read for free on her website.

    KATHYCECALA.COM

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    Kathy Cecala: The Persistent Writer

    Yes, I’m on a writing break, but it doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about the cover for my next. As we all know, you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover. But we all do, it seems.  Supposed experts in publishing tell us the cover is your most important marketing tool, though my own informal survey of readers begs to differ. Some readers will choose a book solely on its cover, but others could care less, using reviews or information on the product page to make their decision.

    Truth be told, I’m in the latter group. Half the time I don’t even look at the cover of a book, even when I’ve finished reading it. And this probably explains why I tend to give short shrift to my own covers as an author. But this time I’m trying to take it seriously, mainly because I don’t feel the…

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    • Restless Mind 11:40 am on September 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Reading her post, I never realized how discriminatory I am when choosing books based on what’s shown on the cover…oops!

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      • Kurt Brindley 11:49 am on September 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        For all the good and bad of it, it’s in our nature to be discriminating in our tastes, I suppose.

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    • Jay 12:16 pm on September 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It’s about time people just accept that we absolutely judge on covers, so make them most of them.

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  • Kurt Brindley 10:44 am on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Write Edit Write: A Private Facebook Group for Writers and Readers 

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    So, I’m creating a private Facebook group for writers and readers who are interested in the discussion of all things related to the process and business of writing.

    This will be somewhat an extension of what I do with the Newsletter Love subscribers, but on a much more intimate and informal level. The newsletter process is a bit too formal and segmented and involving to really achieve what I would like to achieve, which is: to network, make connections, and improve our abilities and chances for success as writers.

    As much as I hate to admit it, Facebook provides a much better environment to achieve this objective.

    Like we’ve done with the newsletter, we can do poetry and flash fiction challenges there as well, with the goal of getting the best of the group’s writing onto my blog and out via the newsletter (is there irony to be found there?)

    I am willing to moderate this members only group, provided the members are willing to receive free copies of all my published work and are willing to consider writing reviews for them. In addition to my present work, I would provide all future work for free to these members and ask for them to be both beta readers and to post early reviews of the work once published to help with future sales.

    As some of you may know, I am producing a short film called LEAVE that is based upon a screenplay adapted from my short story of the same name. I will provide first and sometimes exclusive insight to the movie making process to this group as I learn it. I will also post photos and videos there that I’ll take when on set. We currently are scheduled to shoot the film in LA in mid-October of this year. If you become of member of this group, you will hear any news about the film first.

    Who knows how this group will evolve but the early members will be the ones who help me build the foundation for its future.

    Some current projects I’m working on that I hope to finish soon with the group’s help are:

    • a short story collection, which includes the short story LEAVE.
    • part two of Hercules Gone Mad (I’ve been hoping to finish the story collection and part two for a long time now, which is why I will look to this group to help motivate me to bring them to completion)
    • a feature film length script for LEAVE (we already have distributors interested in the movie but they need to see a completed full-length script first)

    But the group wouldn’t be just about me. My hope is that all within the group could forge relationships where each could seek similar help from others for her or his own writing efforts.

    So, there is a lot we can discuss and accomplish there. If you are interested, you can either let me know publicly in the comment section and I will email you the link; or, you can email me through the contact page and I will reply to you with the link.

    I used to call this blog WRITE EDIT WRITE a while back so that’s what I will call the group for now. We’ll see how things evolve and change its name if needed. Let me know when you’re a member if you have a better name. :)

    But I can’t create the group until I have at least one member so please let me know if you’re in.

    Right on?

    Oh yeah… let’s do this, my friends.

    Write on!


    NOTE: When requesting an invite, please include the email address your facebook account is associated with either in a comment request or via a request through the contact page.


     
     

     
    • frenchc1955 2:32 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      yes, I am interested.

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      • Kurt Brindley 2:40 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Awesome! With your support I can now create the page and I will send you an invite via its automated form. Thanks so much, frenchc1955 – I’ll see you soon inside our new forum!

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    • kkbrew 2:45 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’m in for the FB group.

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    • mkvecchitto 3:01 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’d love to join.

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      • Kurt Brindley 3:06 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you very much, mkvecchitto! Your invite has been sent and I look forward to seeing you on the inside! :)

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:13 pm on August 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hi there. I see you haven’t accepted the invite yet. I wonder if it’s because you use a different email address for facebook. If so, and if you’re still interested in joining the group, please let me know the email address either here or via an email to me through the contact page and I’ll send out a new invite to it. Thanks, mkvecchitto!

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    • leebalanarts 4:47 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      OK – I want to join the Facebook group. Sounds mighty interesting and useful. thanks

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    • Elizabeth Anne Mitchell 6:08 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’d like to be included in the group.

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    • joliesattic 6:35 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I would give it a go.

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    • hotmessmemoir 9:41 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I am interested. Trying to figure out the best route for the 2 books I’ve created.

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    • kathycecala 9:53 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      This sounds like the kind of group I’ve been looking for! Would definitely be interested in joining

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    • shalini 10:23 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hi! I am interested ! And all the best for your endeavours!

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    • mjennings 11:36 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’m in! What do I need to do?

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    • coty3 1:33 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds interesting. I would also like to be a part of it. I am M. Coty Myers on facebook.

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:46 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Awesome. I just sent an invite to your email address via facebook. Thanks for the interest and I’ll see you on the inside!

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:16 pm on August 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hi there. I see you haven’t accepted the invite yet. I wonder if it’s because you use a different email address for facebook. If so, and if you’re still interested in joining the group, please let me know the email address either here or via an email to me through the contact page and I’ll send out a new invite to it. Thanks, coty3!

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    • Jen 2:54 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Great idea! I’d like to join!

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:48 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Awesomeness! I just sent the invite. I’ll see you on the inside :)

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:17 pm on August 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hi there. I see you haven’t accepted the invite yet. I wonder if it’s because you use a different email address for facebook. If so, and if you’re still interested in joining the group, please let me know the email address either here or via an email to me through the contact page and I’ll send out a new invite to it. Thanks, Jen!

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    • Katie Marie 4:23 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds like a great idea.

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:49 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I’m happy you think so, Katie. I’m encouraged by the response. Would you like to join?

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        • Katie Marie 8:14 am on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          Yes, I would thank you :)

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          • Kurt Brindley 10:28 am on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

            That’s great, Katie! Thanks so much for your interest. I’ve just sent a fb invite to your email address associated with this comment. If there is a different address I should use, please let me know here or via the Contact page. When you have the chance, please introduce yourself to the group. I’ll see you on the inside!

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    • sam1128 4:33 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Be interested in joining. Sam

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:53 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        That’s great, Sam! Thanks so much for your interest. I’ve just sent a fb invite to your email address associated with this comment. If there is a different address I should use, please let me know here or via the Contact page. I’ll see you on the inside!

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:19 pm on August 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hi there. I see you haven’t accepted the invite yet. I wonder if it’s because you use a different email address for facebook. If so, and if you’re still interested in joining the group, please let me know the email address either here or via an email to me through the contact page and I’ll send out a new invite to it. Thanks, sam1128!

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    • robynelliot 8:16 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Kurt, love this! I just have some questions for you: can I join? can I join? can I join? can I join? Also re LEAVE, have you asked the descendants of de Mille about your close-up yet?

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:56 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        The pleasure and honor is all mine. A fb invite has been sent to your email address, my friend. As for the de Mille’s… they haven’t yet returned my call. :)

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    • Katrina 10:05 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Yes! I’m definitely interested.

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:59 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Awesomeness! I’ve just sent a fb invite to your email address associated with this comment. If there is a different address I should use, please let me know here or via the Contact page. I’ll see you on the inside! Thanks, Katrina.

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    • Obimbo Nereah 11:18 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Kurt…. got room for one more? I’m definitely interested in the FB group. #FingersCrossed :)

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:25 am on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Awesomeness! I’ve just sent a fb invite to your email address associated with this comment. If there is a different address I should use, please let me know here or via the Contact page. I’ll see you on the inside! Thanks, Obimbo!

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    • janjoy52 5:35 pm on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I love your enthusiasm and vision! I think you are a genius and have a brilliant plan that will boost so many other enthusuastic writers. Wish I could be one but this is not my season to venture there. Nevertheless I wish you and those who join your efforts tremendous success!!!

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    • Don Massenzio 8:10 am on August 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Kurt, Sounds wonderful. Please count me in.

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      • Kurt Brindley 9:39 am on August 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        That’s fantastic, Don. We’ll be honored to have you. I sent the FB invite to the email address associated with this comment. Please let me know if it should go to a different address. We’re just getting things in place now and folks are introducing themselves. See you there!

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    • Don Massenzio 8:11 am on August 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Don Massenzio's Blog.

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    • Tamye Whitener 11:38 am on August 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Books, Coffee, and Crafts News.

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    • Tamye Whitener 11:40 am on August 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Please add me to the group. I’m Tamye Davis Whitener on Facebook.

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    • Heather Cai 3:31 am on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Kurt, could you please count me in? I’m Heather Cai on Facebook. I also wonder if anyone likes to read my first English novel here.

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:30 am on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hi, Heather! Thanks so much for your interest. I’ve just sent a fb invite to your email address associated with this comment. If there is a different address I should use, please let me know here or via the Contact page. When you have the chance, please introduce yourself to the group. I’ll see you on the inside!

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        • Heather Cai 10:44 pm on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          Hi Kurt, thanks for the invitation! I’ve got two same emails from you. I tried to join the group, but it says: Cant accept invite – you must be an invitee… I don’t know what’s wrong. Do you?

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          • Kurt Brindley 11:32 am on August 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

            Hi, Heather. I sent the invite to the email address you have associated with wordpress/this comment. If your facebook is associated with a different email address, please let me know what it is either here or emailing it to me via the contact page. Thanks.

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    • Katrina 12:06 pm on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Calliope Writing and commented:
      Fellow writer and blogger Kurt Brindley has set up a private Facebook group for all things writing! If you’re interested, either visit his post and request an invite, or let me know you want in and I’ll get an invite sent.

      Write on!

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    • David B. Seaburn 12:56 pm on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Katrina: Sounds great. Help me get on board.
      dave

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      • Kurt Brindley 9:55 pm on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hi, David! Thanks so much for your interest. I’ve just sent a fb invite to your email address associated with this comment. If there is a different address I should use, please let me know here or via the Contact page. When you have the chance, please introduce yourself to the group. I’ll see you on the inside!

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    • pamelascanepa 6:22 pm on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’d love to join!

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:03 pm on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hey, Pamela! So cool that you’re interested in joining the group. I’ve just sent a fb invite to your email address associated with this comment. If there is a different address I should use, please let me know here or via the Contact page. When you have the chance, please introduce yourself to the group. I’ll see you on the inside, my friend!

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    • theherdlesswitch 2:53 pm on August 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’ll keep this in mind when I finally get around to opening a facebook account ; )
      It’s wonderful for us writers to be able to support each other and network!

      Meno

      PS. Thanks for following!

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    • artrosch 8:55 pm on August 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Send me an invite, Kurt. I’m isolated from fellow artists and really need a community. Thanks.

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:21 pm on August 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Awesome. I just sent an invite to the email address associated with this comment. If your facebook account is associated with a different email address, please let me know what it is either here or by sending me an email through my contact page and I’ll send a new invite to that address. Look forward to seeing you on the inside. When there, please introduce yourself to the group when you have the chance and the desire. There are a few different things going on, one of them is our first writing challenge. :)

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    • Helen 5:45 am on August 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hi I am interested 😀

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:18 am on August 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hi, Helen! I’m so happy you’re interested in joining the group. I just sent an invite to the email address associated with this comment. If your facebook account is associated with a different email address, please let me know what it is either here or by sending me an email through my contact page and I’ll send a new invite to that address.

        Also, once inside, please scroll through all the various discussions to get a feel with what’s going on – we just kicked off our first writing challenge – and then introduce yourself to the group at your earliest convenience and desire and let us know your relationship to writing and reading and anything else you’re willing to share. :)

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    • Mel A Rowe 10:23 pm on August 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      HI, I’m interested in joining your FB group. Please? :)

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:13 am on August 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hi, Mel. That’s great. I will send an invite to the group to the email address associated with this comment. If this is not the same email address associated with your facebook account, please let me know what it is by either replying to this comment or by sending it to me via my contact page and I’ll send out a new invite to it. Once you’re in, please familiarize yourself with some of the stream and introduce yourself to the group. Thanks!

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    • Katie's Time Travelling Kitchen 4:05 pm on August 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hi! I’d love to join this please! :)

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      • Kurt Brindley 3:28 pm on August 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Awesome, KTTK! I just sent an invite to the email address associated with your comment. If your facebook is associated with a different address please let me know here or by emailing me via my contact page. Once inside, please get yourself familiar and introduce yourself to the group! :)

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  • Kurt Brindley 10:12 am on April 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    So, I’m Going To Make A Movie… UPDATE #3 

    We Have Our Captain!

    I am pleased and honored to announce that we have found/been blessedly bestowed with a Director for our film LEAVE.

    With a captain now at our film’s helm (yes, I do love my sailing metaphors), we will soon be launching our Indiegogo funding campaign, where we will happily and proudly announce all Cast & Crew.

    Even once the Indiegogo campaign launches, we will continue to run our website funding campaign here for those Indie Authors and other Indie Creator-types who would rather receive one of the Reward Packages as a donation incentive to promote their books or other projects versus the incentives that will be offered with the Indiegogo campaign.

    To be notified when the Indiegogo campaign goes live, please sign up here.

    To learn more about the website funding campaign and how you can promote your books or other projects, please visit here.

    To go ahead and just donate now, please do so here.

    After you donate via the website campaign, you should be automatically directed to a page where you can select your Reward Package. If you are not directed to the page, please let me know and I will personally assist you.

    Right on?

    Write on!


    PLEASE SUPPORT ALL THOSE WHO SUPPORT OUR FILM.

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  • Kurt Brindley 2:58 pm on February 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , publishing, , , social media marketing, , ,   

    So, about this Snapchat #socialmedia thing… 

    I wonder…

    Are any Indie Authors using it to promote their work?

    And if they are, are they finding it worthy of the time and brain cells it took them to learn yet another social media thing for which to suck them away from their writing (not that I need it for an excuse to do that… I have many, many others from which to draw from)?

    I am filled with such wonderment for this Snapchat thing from seeing more and more written about its value in marketing to the social media-consumed Millennials.

     
     

     
    • Dana Jae 3:21 pm on February 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hello, Kurt. I’ve been enjoying your blog and saw your latest about SnapChat. Enough new social media outlets already, right? I’m with you there. Check out this particular article: http://www.boostmedia.com/blog/video/the-future-of-social-media-3-things-cmos-need-to-know/ It may hold some value in your quest.

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      • Kurt Brindley 3:35 pm on February 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Great read, DJ. And based how many more likes my photos get versus my blathering, text-only posts, it supports my own casual and highly unscientific observations.

        I guess I need to research snapchat to see what kind of medium it is and whether it can help me promote words instead of pictures and videos about words. :)

        Thanks a bunch for the referral.

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    • Von Simeon 3:29 pm on February 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Co-sign

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    • Kurt Brindley 3:41 pm on February 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Wow. I just read “Here’s How Snapchat Advertising to Millennials Should Be Done” at LinkedIn and it got my eyes all screwed up from confusing me so with all the jargon… and it pretty much scared me away from snapchat forever and ever.

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    • Michelle Adam 4:53 pm on February 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Good question. I sure don’t have an answer, although would love to know what you find out. I love how you put it…more more thing to take away from our writing! Cheers to our writing and voices of sincere awakening and love.

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      • Kurt Brindley 11:39 am on February 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for the very kind cheer, Michelle. I’m not sure how much time I’m going to invest as it appears to be more a picture sharing app. I’ve downloaded it to my phone but as of yet haven’t mustered up the courage to dig into it.

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    • Michelle Adam 4:54 pm on February 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Please let us all know what conclusion you draw.

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    • Liz Madrid 5:49 pm on February 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I think bottom line is to find the social media platform you’re comfortable with the most. We’ve become such a visuals-hungry audience and that’s why Instagram and Snapchat are very popular among millennials these days, but if you’re not engaging people with what works for that medium, then it becomes a waste of time better used elsewhere, whether it’s blogging, facebooking, and most of all, writing. I know some authors who struggle with other forms of social media but are total rock stars on Facebook, and some who are hardly engaging anyone on Twitter but have huge followings on Instagram. Some set up podcasts and Youtube channels or Google hangouts, and then some just stick to their blogs where they may find more engagement than anywhere else.

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      • Jean Reinhardt 8:18 am on February 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I would agree with Liz, put the time into the type of social media that you’re comfortable with, as long as it’s not cutting into your writing time too much. I’ve thought about Instagram, after all, ‘a picture paints a thousand words’ but haven’t decided on it yet.

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        • Kurt Brindley 11:44 am on February 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          I see, Jean. So I guess that means you haven’t tried out Snapchat yet as a marketing platform either? Thanks.

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        • Liz Madrid 3:54 pm on February 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          One of the things that I’ve seen people do is automate their posts to go on different platforms, like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and even Tumblr. WordPress has that option, where your blog posts can be linked to various social media accounts, but like blogging or just putting yourself out there, content is key and one needs to base the message’s presentation on the medium.

          You’re so right about “a picture paints a thousand words” for Instagram, and even those things take time. We certainly don’t want to do a Martha Stewart faux pas like she did when she photographed whatever it was she was eating and years later, people haven’t forgotten :)

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          • Jean Reinhardt 5:02 pm on February 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

            Having posts automated is really handy, I use that facility on my blog. You’re so right about content being the key and quality is definitely more important than quantity.

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      • Kurt Brindley 11:42 am on February 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Sound advice, Liz. You sound like you know your stuff. Thank you for taking the time to share it here. Do you use Snapchat as a marketing platform?

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        • Liz Madrid 3:56 pm on February 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          Thanks, I do what I can and I still commit many mistakes. But no Snapchat for me. The social mediums I’m already on take a lot of my time as it is, and I’ve just put on my editing hat for the next 3 months to get my sequels out.

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        • Liz Madrid 4:26 pm on February 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          I tried it awhile back, but not for marketing, just checking it out to see how it would work for an author, but I didn’t like the fleeting nature of one’s posts.

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          • Kurt Brindley 9:30 pm on March 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

            Thank you for taking the time to share your wisdom, Liz. I really appreciate it and after looking at it from a couple of different angles I’ll probably follow your lead and stick with the platforms I know for now.

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    • Arthur Macabe 9:31 am on February 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t use any social media….all my time is put towards writing. And I’m okay with it. The focus of my recent posts has been helping others find more time to write. Unless it’s directly leading to more sales, perhaps social media becomes of lesser priority? Curious on your collective thoughts.

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      • Kurt Brindley 11:53 am on February 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        So, how are you marketing your writing? Or are you just writing just as a personal endeavor. The goal, as far as I see it, to any engagement with readers via whatever medium should always be a positive factor toward sales, even if it’s not in an effort to make sales. Leaving intriguing comments such as yours on blogs such as mine are a great way to intrigue and influence new readers toward one’s broader writing spaces and farther on into sales. Thanks, Arthur.

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        • Arthur Macabe 12:08 pm on February 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          Writing as a personal endeavor until there’s enough completed writing to sell, which is the end of 2016. I’m sure I’ll need to enter the social media world before long. Thanks, Mr. Brindley!

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    • Don Massenzio 9:36 am on February 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’m not sure how conducive Snapchat is to authors for promoting and exposing work. I’m a user of the more traditional social media outlets.

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    • k. andrews 5:33 pm on March 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I have no idea how Snapchat works…it’s on my phone, but I honestly cannot figure it out. My experience with Twitter has led me to conclude that it takes a lot of time and energy to form, and sustain, the active “like, retweet, follow” relationships to keep your “Twitter presence” viable…just really don’t have time for all that. I have enjoyed Instagram very much, and I have found it to be a natural expansion of the screenshots I post and “as it’s happening” elements of the conversation surrounding the show that I write about. I think that social media can be a fun augment to one’s blog or writing projects, and it’s an opportunity to keep creating in a fun, non-pressure way. It’s also a great way to gauge the vibe of what people are talking, and posting about, currently.

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    • C. J. Hartwell 5:13 pm on March 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Both of my kids (both Millennials) use Snapchat quite a bit, as well as Twitter, Instagram and Tumbler. They use Snapchat more as a quick conversation tool with friends. Anything deeper than that, they tell me they found on Tumbler or Twitter, usually Tumbler.

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  • Kurt Brindley 1:07 pm on January 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , corporate slavery, corporations, , , , , , New Economy, prosumers, publishing, ,   

    The Happily Disgruntled Writer Reflects on the Opportunities the “New Economy” Provides for Writers… 

    The Happily Disgruntled Writer Reflects on the Opportunities the “New Economy” Provides for Writers…
     

    To enlarge, click the image.
    To read the article, click here.

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 1:04 pm on January 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , New Year Resolutions, publishing, , ,   

    Resolved, More or Less… 

    LESS        MORE

    Clicking       Talking
    Talking        Thinking
    Thinking     Reading
    Reading       Writing

    #notetoself
    #resolutionsolution
    #amwriting

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 1:27 pm on December 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    So, about that newsletter of mine… 

    Have you had a chance to check out what’s going on with Newsletter Love lately? We recently announced that we will be sending out 2015 in style, meaning me sharing your poetry and other writing via the newsletter on New Year’s Eve and with a selected few being published right here on the blog as my first post for 2016.

    So check it out, subscribe, and help us send 2015 out in poetic style.

    Right on?

    Write on!

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 12:15 pm on December 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Cover Reveal: Short Verses & Other Curses 

    Short Verses & Other Curses

    Short Verses & Other Curses

    Coming soon.

    And so is Christmas…

    Coincidence?

    See Newsletter Love (008-15) to find out how you can get a free pre-release pdf version of the book personally inscribed by me to you.

    Ho ho ho

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 6:53 pm on September 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , first drafts, , , motivational quotes, , publishing, success,   

    The First Draft for Success… 

    …is a Dream

    #notetoself

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 12:27 am on August 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , , , , P R O S O C H Ē, publishing,   

    Need Help Publishing Your Book? 

     
    Inspired by a love of literature in specific and “The Arts” in general, as well as our very own Indie Author Book Selection & Review (IABS&R), it is my pleasure to introduce you to a long in planning yet new venture of mine, a venture of which is in possession of the entrepreneurial name of PROSOCHĒ (pronounced pro-so-hi) as legally registered in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania of the United States of America and which is now open for business to all those of a literary nature world-wide.

    In other words, I’ve founded a Literary Consultancy gig and I cordially invite you to consider my services as an option for expanding and enhancing your authorial endeavors.

    Admittedly, in its present state the website is rather understated in looks and overstated in words, but it does embody that which I wish to convey and present to the world at this time.

    And, as in much if not most of life, it is subject to change.

    You can visit the site to learn all about it – like what in the heck does PROSOCHĒ even mean – but here are a couple key points I’d like to highlight for you right now:

    • Long term I hope for PROSOCHĒ to be a full-scale Creativity Consultancy firm, catering to all “The Arts.” But as of the moment, it employs just yours truly and I am able to offer Literary Consultancy services in the form of manuscript proofing, editing, and other such things that can be found on the website.
    • While I found that manuscript proofing and editing services can run into the thousands of dollars, I’ll be honest, I don’t really know what my services are worth at this time. I do believe I can provide some value, however, as is attested to by the testimonials found on the site, and I do believe it is worth a fee of some sort; but until I figure it all out, I am accepting as a fee whatever it is my select clientele, perhaps you, choose to pay.

    I did mention that things are subject to change, right? Well the fee structure certainly will, and I imagine soon, so please keep that in mind if considering the services.

    I also mentioned at the beginning of this post that PROSOCHĒ was partially inspired by the IABS&R. That inspiration came not so much from what has been advertised about the IABS&R here or from the reviews I have written in response to the selected texts; the inspiration came from that part of the IABS&R which you probably aren’t aware of, which is an email I send to the IABS&R authors that consist of detailed and expansive feedback of contextual, proofing, and editing recommendations based upon my close reading of the text. I believe these emails have been of more value to the authors than either the exposure they’ve received through this site or the reviews of their work I post here or elsewhere.

    So, in addition to a deep understanding of the ins and outs of the world Indie Publishing, that is the crux of what I bring to PROSOCHĒ: my ability to give a manuscript a close read and provide its author a deep and extensive critique of it.

    So, please check PROSOCHĒ out if you feel so inclined and just maybe we can work together on a project of yours.

    Now, with the advent of PROSOCHĒ, does it mean the end for the IABS&R? The answer is most certainly not. In fact, I am getting ready to kick off Volume IV as I am already in receipt of three books – you’ll be seeing the Book Reveal posts of them very soon so if you’d like your hard copy book to be entered in this volume you better send it to me pronto as my selection will be in a month or so.

    As always, there’s a lot going on, of which I am very happy and even more thankful for.

    If you have any questions about PROSOCHĒ, please let me know about them by contacting me through the site’s Contact Page.

    Thank you and, as always…

    Write On!


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  • Kurt Brindley 12:55 pm on August 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , composing, , , , , , publishing, , , , ,   

    At least when the robots take over they will be much quicker in rejecting one of my stories… 

    Robot Editor

    You know, seeing how we already have robots writing poetry and composing music, I assume we will soon have robots taking over as reviewers and editors, as well.

    I yearn for that day…

    You see, months and months ago — essentially an eternity in our hyper-paced, brain-frazzling, tele-connected, continually-morphing-right-before-our-eyes day and age — in an effort to enhance (establish?) my writing cred, I submitted a couple short stories to various literary journals in the hope that they will get selected to be published so that when I self-publish my short story collection I can add a highfalutin aside within the book’s front matter that gives a self-congratulatory thank you to these literary journals for their wisdom and insight in selecting my work to be published.

    Can ya dig?

    I bet you can…

    As I’m sure you suspect, I subject myself to the subjective and contrary literary values of these human reviewers and editors because, just between you and me, I (like most other self-published authors I suspect) would like to someday be an unself-published author and be recognized as a “real writer” within the old slow (really, really slow) world of traditional publishing. (A good read on the question of whether one should self-publish or not can be found here.)

    But man* let me tall ya that from all the brain-scattering hyperlinking/twittering/buzzfeeding** I’m now addicted to, I’ve become a very impatient man***, which is why back in 2011, after experiencing how long it took agent after agent to reject my highly exceptional queries (that, and because back then I wasn’t sure I would be of this world too much longer) I began all this ego-degrading self-publishing and self-marketing nonsense in the first place.

    And which is why now, months and months after submitting my highly exceptional short stories to these good-fortuned literary journals I am getting extremely impatient with their less than expeditious responses and am once again beginning to rethink my strategy for literary fame and wealth, all of which is causing me to consider withdrawing my submissions and just go ahead and publish the damn short story collection minus the self-congratulatory front matter aside.

    Big sigh

    Anyway

    Off I go to my Submittable account for the third time this morning to see if the status of any of my submissions have magically changed to something other than “In-Progress.” At this point, I would celebrate even a status of “Declined” just so I can move on in certitude and vigor.

    And, while I’m (over-)indulging in my self-inflicted publishing pain at Sumbittable, I invite you to indulge in a short piece of mine that was actually selected to be published by a highly respected (at least by me) though highly unknown independent publisher, and which can be found by click clicking right here.

    Right on?

    Yeah, write on…


     
    *non-gender specific
    **included for dramatic purposes only – I’ve never actually been on buzzfeed…no, really
    ***gender specific

     
     

     
    • tmezpoetry 1:09 pm on August 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      haha love it! And I love the story too.

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    • E 1:36 pm on August 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Seconded on both accounts. (And on lack of buzz feed as well. It always worries me that it sounds like an invitation to stinging insects to feast upon my flesh!)

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    • From The Pews 3:23 pm on August 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Ah, yes…the age of robots…
      Perhaps then I too may become a writer ;)

      Truly enjoyed your piece!!! And the brilliant artwork too!!

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    • Mike Fuller Author 4:01 pm on August 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I think it’s sort of like hiring someone to take your used car to the scrap yard and sell it for you. Agents are really salesmen, er, I mean sales persons. Really, unless you are famous or infamous and complications ensue around agreement on a publishing contract for the agent to play attorney and smooth out for you, they sell. The scrapyard wants a shiny BMW they can polish and detail and turn around for a nice profit. But mostly they get dented Fords that probably will sit on the lot out front with soaped numbers on the windshield that change downward as time moves on. And the agents tell us that offers on hundreds of crappy cars come to them every week. Too many to deal with and not a shiny BMW in the bunch, only that six year old Taurus now and then mixed in with all the “had to be pushed onto the lot” junkers. But we all think our writing is that BMW and send off to New York to the Ivy and near-Ivy League graduates sitting in tenth floor offices sifting through their three month backlog of e-mails and hitting the form rejection button or just ignoring it all. But alas, times change. Now anyone with a Dell or a Macbook can be their own car lot and put it all out there for good or no. And now that the price of gas has lowered and Kindle is paying by the page, well, we’ll all be in Armani and eating filet before you know it!

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    • maggie0019 4:14 pm on August 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’m right (write) with there with you, human! Woof!

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    • pezoldo 11:45 pm on August 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds like publishing is a real pain… is there any advice you would give to aspiring writers (like me :S) about trying to get published/self-publishing?

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      • Kurt Brindley 5:55 pm on August 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        If you can afford it, hire someone to do all the technical stuff so you can focus as much as possible on arranging words in new and amazing ways. :)

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    • Senseless Rambler 9:33 am on August 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great article, Kurt. Think I’ll just stick to the self-controlled blogging. Might be as much publishing as I can handle. Keep up the great work.

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      • Kurt Brindley 5:53 pm on August 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, self-publishing surely has its challenges. Thanks so much for your kind, encouraging words, SR. Much appreciated.

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    • shehannemoore 9:36 am on August 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Only months and months and months and more months? You’ve still a long time to wait then……

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    • Robyn 1:36 pm on August 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Kurt, Kurt, Kurt. Where do I begin?! Okay, agents. Not needed. Self publishing is no longer ‘inferior’ to traditional publishing; I’m vegetarian, but I’d kill that particular sacred cow right now! Let the readers make the judgements, not the editors [who often have an agenda if employed with publishing houses]. And behold the contempt that you have been treated with, Kurt, having to wait this length of time for feedback on your art. I guess the question is this: from whom, as writers, do we seek validation? Readers? Check. Ourselves? Check. As writers, we’re living in hugely exciting times; never has there been so, so much opportunity to make a good living from writing. And self publishing – or, as I call it, independent publishing is a fantastic movement and we should embrace it fully. I don’t see it as inferior to trad. publishing in any shape or form. It’s about mindset, essentially.

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      • Kurt Brindley 5:24 pm on August 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Wow, three Kurts in one sentence – I must be in trouble. Rest assured, it’s all in good fun, my friend, as I don’t take this subject, or just about any subject – including and especially any subject pertaining to me – too seriously, if at all. That said, you offer some very sound advice, Robyn, Robyn, Robyn… :)

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  • Kurt Brindley 9:34 pm on August 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , book competitions, , , , , , , publishing, , , ,   

    One of these Fine Looking Books will be our selection for the IABS&R Volume IV… 

    I was going to post this on Saturday, seeing that August 8 was the last day for submissions to this volume of the Indie Author Book Selection & Review, but when I went to check my post office box – something I do only infrequently or when one of you kind folk email me to tell me that your book is happily on its way to me – and what to my wondering eyes did appear on the door to the office but a sign advising that the joint closes at 11:00 am on Saturdays. It was 12:30 pm. Unfulfilled me…

    And so I went and checked again yesterday and found my box chock full of, not books, but junk mail.

    My intention was to then come home to write this post; however, I got bullied over by all the nastiness in the news and ended up writing what I wrote… That gun thing.

    So here we are. And below, I present to you four very fine looking books written by three assuredly fine writing authors. For the next couple weeks or so I will peruse them, mull over them, perhaps sacrifice a pencil or two to the Writing Gods, and then eventually come to a decision as to which book will be selected to receive the Full Monty review treatment as advertised and promised by me (read over various IABS&R pages to get an idea of just what a Full Monty review treatment may possibly entail).

    So, in the interim, how about you also check out the four submissions by clicking through their respective book reveals, the guest posts by their respective authors, and maybe even purchasing one or all of them.

    And if you do happen to purchase one or all of them, it would be pure awesomeness if you were to also write a smoking hot review of those that you read and post it on your site and on Amazon and on Goodreads and on any other place you can think of that will hark a clarion call to all readers of the world what you, yourself, have witnessed.

    Can you dig?

    Because that’s what this is all about…

    Supporting and perhaps even celebrating Indie Authors.

    Right on?

    So here they are as advertised and promised by moi:

     
  • Kurt Brindley 8:25 pm on July 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , book reveals, , , , , , , , , , publishing,   

    HEAVY BAGS OF SOUL by K.D. Rose: An IABS&R Volume IV Book Reveal 

    I’m very happy to say that we have yet another submission to ponder over for Volume IV of the Indie Author Book Selection & Review. And by what I’ve seen of the book so far, it appears to be quite the submission, indeed. And I’m very very happy to say that this may not even be the last volume submission. I have it on good authority from Author Erica Miles that I just may receive yet one more book prior to August 8, 2015, our cutoff date for submissions to this volume. And if by chance it, or any other book submission for that matter, doesn’t make it by our cutoff date – no worries, we’ll just include for the next volume.

    But regardless whether we get to check out Erica’s book in this volume or the next, you can check out what she has going on right now at authorericamilesblog.wordpress.com.


    It is now my pleasure to present to you…

    Rose-package
     

    Rose-front

    I’m always humbled and very appreciative of the kind notes and inscriptions you all write for me in the books you send my way. I wish I would have (because I certainly should have) mentioned it before. However, along with the book K.D. Rose sent me, I received not only a very nice hand-written note (handwriting is such a rare occurrence anymore that in and of itself deserves acknowledging), but also one very cool diddy of an inscription that goes a little like this:

    To Kurt:

    You can say you got a masterpiece for free —
    Then toss it in the garbage.
    How Zen is that?!

    • KD Rose

Oh yeah – very Zen.

So Zen, in fact, I shall clap in honor of its Zen-ness with one hand.
 

KD Rose Book Reveal

From the back cover:


It is half past dark and we are in a graveyard orbit. Travelers have lost their way. Mankind is hard of hearing. We have abandoned insight and revelation for commerce and merry-go-rounds of distraction. But wonder is still in the palm of our hand. Wisdom is everywhere when we pay attention. We hold the key to orchards in camouflage and we are charged with the task of taking vision and making it into reality–beyond anything that exists and beyond what others say can be done. Learning this is an absolute requirement to survival.

WHAT YOU DO NEXT, IS UP TO YOU.


All I have to say about that is…
Whoa…
 

Rose-flat

Rose-spine

Aesthetically speaking, HEAVY BAGS OF SOUL is a very eye-appealing book and there is a lot of mystery and intrigue going on with its cover; which is good because I suspect there is a lot of the same going on with its content, as well. Flipping through its pages I see poetry and stories and what looks to be asides of this and that. I can’t say for sure yet which book will be the selection for this volume but I can say for sure that this book has definitely captured my interest…


 


 

 

Stay tuned for K.D. Rose’s Guest Post — it’s gonna be a good one…

 
 

 
  • Kurt Brindley 7:44 pm on July 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , aroma therapy, , , , , , , , publishing, , ,   

    A NEW HUMAN & A MULTI DIMENSIONAL PARADIGM by Avril Meyler: An IABS&R Volume IV Book Reveal 

    This reveal comes from the second package of books I received the other day from my significant haul at the PO Box. The first package of which I revealed here. Subsequent to this haul I received another package from author K.D. Rose, so I will be revealing her book sometime next week. In the interim, you can check out what she’s got going on by visiting her website at authorkdrose.wordpress.com.


     

    Meyler-package
    Brindley, Bradley…it’s all good. :) Throughout my life I’ve been called many things. The G-Rated names being those such as Bradley, Bremley, Brentley, Brinely, and of course Brinkley. Like the old saw goes: I don’t care what you call me as long as it not late for supper. But in case you were wondering, Brindley originates from a son of a noble family that William the Conqueror brought over to England from Normandy. When the son was married he was given some land that was known locally as the “Burned Leigh,” which, in an effort to be accepted by some of history’s very first French-despising Brits, he took on as his own family name, or something like that. So, essentially I’m a Viking by way of England via France. Long live Rollo!

    Anyway… Enough about me.

    Meyler-books-front
    The first thing I noticed about these books are their beautiful blues and purples that brings with them a universal, spiritual vibe. Which is appropriate, because although these books are rather diminutive in size – A Multidimensional Paradigm clocks in at a svelte 70 pages; and A New Human a bit huskier at 157 pages – they both promise some pretty heavy content.

    Avril Meyler Books

    A selection from the back cover of A New Human:

    A New Human describes the soul’s journey through the awakening of her spirit in human embodiment. This experience sees her perception of life on Planet Earth undergo a major evaluation as she makes a bridge between her human self and her soul…

    A selection from the back cover of A Multidimensional Paradigm:

    Many people are undergoing a huge transformation as they begin to awaken and understand how Orwellian our world is becoming. In the past 30 years the Author has been shown past, present and future; possible futures, impossible presents made possible by mankind’s paralysis in the face of a fast changing world…

    Does that rock or what? And I’m talking here a very heavy rock to accommodate the very heavy content of the books…

    Anyway, she had me at “Orwellian.”
     


    Author Avril Meyler website

    Visit with Author Avril Meyler at her website: multidimensionalreality.wordpress.com


     

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    I know you’re completely intrigued by what’s been revealed to you today so you will be happy to know that tomorrow we’ll have a guest post from the author. Right on?

    Write on, my friends…


     

    Author Avril Meyler is a qualified Aroma therapist, Counsellor and Hypnotherapist who devotes her time to travel, volunteering and writing. You can learn more about her and her work at her website:

    multidimensionalreality.wordpress.com

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 7:40 pm on July 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    THE CREATOR OF BEAUTIFUL THINGS: A Guest Post by Author G.N. Boorse 

     

    Oscar Wilde, in his famous preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray begins, “The artist is the creator of beautiful things.” But I’ve been struggling to understand what he means by that.

    Do all artists create beauty? Are all of those who create beauty artists?

    E. L. James recently published another book in the Fifty Shades of Grey series, merely titled Grey—the story as told by Christian Grey himself, and not through Anastasia’s eyes. According to the Los Angeles Times, following the first four days after its release, Grey had already sold 1.1 million copies, so her publisher printed a few million more.

    Yet we cannot attribute James’ success to a particular artistry or cleverness with words. She appeals to the baser desires of the public, and they snap at the bait. Grey is a butchery of the English literary arts, but it sells copies.

    Meanwhile the rest of the writers struggle to chain three words together in the hopes that they might find something beautiful, that their words resonate deeply from the heart. And in the rare event that beauty occurs and blooms like a violet in a pit of mud, it falls unnoticed by the wayside.

    I’m not saying that you can’t find good writing on the New York Times bestseller list. I’m just saying you’ll have to look very hard.

    Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love commented in a TED talk on questions she’d been asked by fans as to what she was going to do now that she’d met with some success in her creative endeavors. In her talk, which is well worth listening to, she explains a fear that so many writers and creative people have—that either the best of their art is behind them or that they will never reach their full potential.

    The pressure to improve, the burden of producing something marketable—these things hold back the artist like a bit restrains a horse. Try to write something beautiful and the dining room table goes empty while estimated retail value determines the speed, direction, and content of dime novels. No money, no bread. But if there isn’t a dollar in art, where does the industry fall? Places like Christian Grey’s apartment, I would assume.

    So is there hope for the modern publishing industry? When will excellence win out?

    Honestly, I don’t know, but we as both readers and writers have a duty to pursue the unmarketable art. Prose that speaks from the depths of the soul. Quality; not light reads. The involved reading projects, the memoirs and novels and elaborate space operas that maybe no one will ever pick up other than the writer’s girlfriend and his parents.

    Gilbert suggests that we channel a creative genius greater than ourselves, and Wilde remarks, “It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.” Bare your souls, artists, and pen not the shallower mass-produced stock. Instead weave your own story on the page, heeding not the agents and presses and houses and focus groups that expect the same plot canned and recanned in shiny packaging. Dare to write selfishly, for the satisfaction of the artist and not the critic. Slave away years on a single sentence to make it perfect or jot down a novel and keep it that way.

    But don’t ever feel that you have to write to please the people. It couldn’t matter less whether they get the bigger picture or not: popularity isn’t the goal. Don’t mimic E. L. James to collect Twitter followers.

    You are a writer and an artist, and your job is to make something beautiful.


    G.N. Boorse is a writer and blogger currently living in the central part of New Jersey. He recently published his first book, Don’t Touch the Glass, on March 3, 2015. Other works of his have been featured in numerous places online. You can learn more about the author at his website asotherswere.me.
     

     
     

     
    • amandagrey1 8:48 pm on July 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I felt like this post was speaking exactly to me, I loved it. I would be ashamed to write and share something that I wasn’t proud of.

      Liked by 3 people

      • asotherswere 9:57 pm on July 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you! Never be afraid to say what you need to say :)

        Liked by 2 people

    • Ava 9:23 pm on July 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Loud applause. Par excellent.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Robert Mitchell 5:52 am on July 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      It’s hard enough to control the words we put on the page, to put them in some kind of order and have them make sense. We can’t take on the responsibility of controlling what readers think and do and buy. So I agree, bravo, we produce and express and let go. Maybe the public puts a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, maybe they don’t. Either way I’m going to gleefully prance my fingers across the typewriter in pursuit of that leprechaun.

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      • asotherswere 8:57 am on July 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Awesome! good for you :)

        “we produce and express and let go.” I love that.

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    • leebalanarts 10:43 am on July 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      A very meaningful post. Thanks.

      Liked by 3 people

    • clara54 12:07 pm on July 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the ‘art’ reminder. I’m trying hard to write from my greater self and step away from the fluff.

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    • Anndraya Blayer aka Laurah Beverly (author) 6:02 pm on July 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Write from the heart. Tune into that because that’s where beauty dwells. Great article.

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  • Kurt Brindley 8:00 pm on July 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    DON’T TOUCH THE GLASS by G.N. Boorse: An IABS&R Volume IV Book Reveal 

    IABS&R VOLUME IV BOOK REVEAL
    Quite the haul from just one visit to my PO Box, wouldn’t you say? Makes me feel like a kid at Christmas…

    Well, we kind of kicked off the IABS&R Volume IV with this, so what do you say we go ahead and get this party started?

    We’ll start off by revealing DON’T TOUCH THE GLASS by author G.N. Boorse in this post, and then we’ll reveal the other books in the haul at a later date. I will say now, however, that the other books are by author Avril Meyler and you can get a head start as to what to expect from her by checking her site out at multidimensionalreality.wordpress.com.

    DON'T TOUCH THE GLASS package
    I was going to publish this book reveal earlier this morning and then publish a guest post by the author later this evening. However, the sons and I decided to make a quick day trip to New York City (jealous, ain’t ya) so I am publishing this from the road and I will publish the guest post tomorrow some time, Inshallah.

    DON'T TOUCH THE GLASS front cover
    Here is a front view of the novel DON’T TOUCH THE GLASS by author G.N. Boorse. It is a very eye appealing, professional-looking cover that is, quite honestly, compelling me to read it.


    Author G.N. Boorse Website

    Visit with Author G.N. Boorse at his website
    asotherswere.me


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    DON'T TOUCH THE GLASS by Author G.N. Boorse by cover
    From the back cover of DON’T TOUCH THE GLASS:

    A record-breaking mudslide traps seventeen people behind the glass front of a superstore. Food and supplies abound, but they yearn for freedom, debating the risks of smashing the windows and breaking free. The days grind on, and Audrey Frost’s nightmares won’t seem to leave…

    Does DON’T TOUCH THE GLASS look rockin’ or what? Yes, indeed it does. The fun and excitement continues so stay tuned for tomorrow’s guest post by Author G.N. Boorse…

    And remember, we’ll leave submissions open for this volume for about a month or so, so if you want your book considered while also receiving a reveal treatment such as this, let me know soonest.

    Right on?

    Write on!
     

    Available at Amazon


     

    Author G. N. Boorse

    asotherswere.me

     
     

     
    • asotherswere 6:32 pm on July 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Haha thank you! Be sure to grab a copy ;)

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