It has been something that I have recently thought about. I have spent hours modifying my books to be e-books on smashwords.com. While perusing my first book published “With Thoughts of Jason” I discovered that my contract with Publish America is almost up! I couldn’t be more excited! How messed up is that? This company went above their means and agreed to format my book, and offer it for sale through multiple locations. They also told me that my book was “fairly” priced! HA! I try to find my book on their sight and it’s going for $25.00 while Hemmingway ( a TRUE artist) is selling for $10. Fair my behind!
With thoughts of Jason was one of those books that the writer gets truly excited about. The first book that has been picked up by a “publisher” that will publish my work. However, naive at the time, I didn’t realize that zero editing would go into it, and that the book would be sold as is. I did however believe that the book was ready to rock when I finally decided to say yes to this company. Now, through the times, I realize that this had been a bad move on my end. There is however, HOPE!
Through publishing with a media center I am able to take what my book was, apply everything that I have learned since then, and write a book that will be worth the time of the reader. One thing I always felt bad about (worst! the more I learned about writing) was people picking up this book. What an awful feeling. Why should I be embarrassed to sell a book that I wrote. Why should I feel strange about recommending a book for someone to read. I could have been more vigilant when deciding to publish, yet I was so struck with enthusiasm that I didn’t pay much mind to the actual flow of the story.
Now that the contract is coming to a close, I can re-write the entire book. I can add the necessary descriptions, play with the readers mind, and provoke further thought on every single object that is brought up through the character’s development. This is the big project that is sure to follow that of “The Unexpected” while I learn to hone my writing skills even further. By the time you read this, though, I am sure that the newest version will be available. So definitely check out the links, and pick up a copy for you, your kindle, nook, or other e-reader.
Caleb A. Mertz
Days come and days go as we work out our daily lives at the professional establishments we call “work”. Being a restaurant manager some may say that it is a bit easier for me to be able to talk to people and get to know them on a closer and more personal level. I can attest to this, but only as long as the restaurant isn’t crashing and burning before your very eyes. In the process of table touching (talking to each table to ensure that the food is great, and the service fast, efficient, and friendly) it is very easy to get wrapped up in conversation with the guests about food, their favorite chef, the weather, or sometimes your book!
It all started out when I saw these three ladies come into one of my previous restaurants. I was working as a server and I waited on the table. I made mention to all of my co-workers that Bam Margera’s mom was at my table. Though it wasn’t actually her people found it funny at how much she really looked like Bam’s mom. Two of the three ladies had since returned to my newest restaurant where I manage. We began talking about their favorite server and soon got onto a poster for my book signing. Then the ladies let me know that they work for the Bethlehem Library, are presidents of boards, and entrepreneurs themselves.
I paused for a moment at the disbelief. I had been talking to these ladies for the longest of time. They had been frequenting my restaurants and now all of the sudden I come to find out that they could hold a key to the furtherance of my writing career.
“dress the part”
The ladies are always working on new things and have the utmost anticipation for the best from all that they support. It comes down to never giving up an opportunity to make a new connection whether at work or walking down the street. If you are trying to become a public figure, act and dress like one. There are many sayings that refer back to this such as “dress for the job you want”, “dress the part”, and my personal favorite (sprouting from a break up) “fake it, till you make it”.
All authors and writers have their own distinct methods. Some go to cafe’s and write out their little stories in hopes that they will be the next success story like J.K. Rowling. While others write whenever they can and whatever they can. I don’t currently have an agent or public relations manager so I have to go out and do everything for myself. All of the marketing, the talking, the phone calls, the ads, and even the website up keep is all up to me. I realize, from talking with other local authors, that this is actually a common practice and very few people ever really see that agent that works just as hard for them as the author did coming up with the story or article. These are, however, the sorts of things that give us all our own additional goals.
These ladies just so happened to pop up, but I wonder. What if we all asked everyone we ran into about their reading? How far could we get if absolutely everyone we knew realized that we were writers?
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To my fans,
I am sitting here this late evening after work wondering about what it is I would like to do in the future. Well actually I am just day dreaming about what I would like to do as some of the guests in the restaurant I manage were quite difficult tonight. Ridiculous complaints was all I really heard, but what makes them so bad is the people get vicious. You would almost think that I was insulting their children or something horrible like that.
The truth be told I do love the restaurant industry and intend on staying in it. I was, however, looking over freelance writing perspectives over the past few weeks and have noticed that there are many people asking bloggers to write for cash! I have never blogged before, but I figured I might as well give it a try if people are willing to pay for blogs to be written. Here I am a little past midnight writing it up.
As it turns out freelance writing can be an adventure and beneficial fiscally as well. The only situation that I have had a problem with in the past, and probably still have is GRAMMAR . There is always, however, a remedy. I am currently using the aid of my friends over at about.com to help me get better at identifying grammar mistakes and problems. I love incomplete sentences and I love missing lots of my punctuation. I still double space after a period, (is that wrong?)
No matter what, I am still going to be taking strides at getting better with my writing skills. I believe that a story written correctly and in a manner that people can relate and understand will be a best seller. My current work can not have minor grammar mistakes so I am sure I will cheat and hire an editor. I just thought it was a fun fact to inform everyone of, knowing that you can get paid for writing your thoughts in blog form.
Thank you for your time,
Caleb A. Mertz