Posts Tagged ‘vanity author’

“Vanity, definitely my favorite sin.”

For those of you unfamiliar with the above quote, it’s the last line to a film I remember enjoying very much, The Devil’s Advocate. Al Pacino plays John Milton, a physical manifestation of Satan, and the line refers specifically to vanity’s inherent potential for exploitation. Unfortunately, this applies not just to lawyers (as was the case in the film), but to writers alike, or more to the point, vanity authors. Er, wait, I meant enterprise authors. OK, which one is it? (more…)


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For those of you unfamiliar with Cafe Lopez, every Wednesday I release another part of my upcoming book, The Dead Don’t Cry, as part of the promotion leading to its debut. Divided into sections, these bits will ultimately make up Part I of III. I’m (mostly) done editing, but should you notice something glaring, please share, otherwise I’m not looking for you to edit so much as I’m hoping to generate a response (ie this sucks/not bad/when can I buy a copy???) What’s the book about? Here’s the (ever changing) hook:

“Worlds collide when an extraordinary girl discovers an ancient wilderness embroiled in a life or death struggle against a legacy of tyranny.”

This Friday (and every one thereafter) I will continue to write about the Publishing Industry with my next article, Are You a Vanity Author, or an Enterprise Author? If my science fiction can’t hold you over until then, I encourage you to check out my extensive archives (it should only take you a minute, I promise). And now, without further interruption, TDDC:

Last week, on The Dead Don’t Cry, Lucy discovered a secret hidden aboard her father’s ship. This week, we join Jack and Shane as they meet the dreaded HyKin face to face. As always, enjoy!

The Dead Don’t Cry: “Connected by Blood”

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There is something happening in the publishing industry right now. Something seismic. Regular men and women – children even! – are beginning to self-publish. The internet has given them the keys to a once gated empire – and the gatekeepers are not happy. There is a system in place for writers, a proven process that filters “the talentless hacks” from the Stephen Kings, JK Rowlings, and Stephanie Meyers of the world. And by sidestepping it, so-called ‘vanity’ authors are essentially flooding the market with a deluge of sub par fiction and nonfiction alike.  This attitude has created an enormous tide of hostility towards would be authors, but like all anger, it is rooted in fear, a fear which has absolutely no basis in merit whatsoever. (more…)

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