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Scribd One Month Later : 57 Uploads – Problems Fixes and Expectations

16 Apr

Dirty Sixth Street, AustinScribd One Month Later : 57 Uploads – Problems Fixes and Expectations

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Dirty Sixth Street, Austin

Short light crime mystery, set in Austin Texas.

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Scribd One Month Later : 57 Uploads

Problems Fixes and Expectations

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Categories : Author Bio Info & UpdatesScribd

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Intro

About a month ago, my then total of 56 titles of fiction, poetry, and imagery, were all posted and fully available on Scribd via Smashwords.

I had been posting advance posts about my preparations and expectations, plus preparing blog posts and some light advertising, including a paid press release.

I was beginning seasonal full time temp work in a few weeks, and I pushed rapidly ahead to have everything in place to take advantage of the timing of the uploads with SXSW among other things.

High Expectations

Needless to say, my expectations and hopes were high.  Very high.

In my defense, and continuing belief though, realistically high.

Top of my list of expectations, was a radical increase in visibility and discover-ability (please see link above).

And initially, it was all so.

Unexpected Problems

Then a slew of unexpected problems appeared.

Effects of which I am just now beginning to fully fix.

Thanks fully to the aid and assistance of the support staff at Scribd.

The Story

What follows is the story of the past month.  Recovering from a (for me) significant derailment that could have gone much worse.

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Dirty Sixth Street, Austin

Dirty Sixth Street, Austin” has, in my mind, become the symbol of what went wrong, and what was made right again.

Some of the following problems should not occur again.  Or should be easily correctable.  I think.

But if you are an author, you may want to at least be aware of what happened, and be prepared.

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The Problem

While I was happily adding not only links to previous posts to choice selections of books now on Scribd, like Paris Shorts Vol 1 – Slumming in Paris Part One – Everyday Gratitude, and even placing strategically embedded previews of the books in those posts (courtesy of Scribd’s embedding links), the anti piracy mechanism being employed automatically removed a number of my titles.

The links in dozens of my posts to selected books were not only gone, but a notice that The Publisher had removed them was added.

The embedded links for removed books now said Deleted.

My press release now referred to books any searchers might be looking for as not available.

This included “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin.”  During SXSW.

Worsening the problem was a significant campaign on Twitter and Facebook coordinating the music event’s happening, to my Texas stories, including of course “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin.”

Further worsening the problem was that I had posted a special free post on Scribd, another of their perks I whole-heartedly recommend, Going to SXSW in Our 60s, which pointed to “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin,” and was gaining momentum.

Actually both the free post and the short story (via subscription) were, as per the currently available stats (said to be improved upon even more in the near future) gaining jumps in visibility, ie, views.

I added fuel to the fire, not knowing the links were about to break or were being broken by the removal of the selected subscription titles, by advertising via Stumbleupon’s ad services, which appeared to be doing their job really well.

Momentum.  Visibility.  Discoverability.

I felt a wave was lifting me into sight of shore.

I started my full-time temp work, happy with my concerted efforts: creative and marketing.

A few days later I checked, expecting to possibly see a plateauing of my efforts, and found that over a dozen titles were no longer available.

Removed by publisher.  Deleted.  Not searchable.

A long exhaustive after-work, before-work, at-lunch inquiry into what had happened began.

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The Cause

Basically, the automatic system had mis-identified many of my titles as being possible copies or infringing on my copyrighted work from Smashwords.

But it was my own work.

Digital Reader has an excellent article, detailing better than I can, what went wrong.  And evidently, it’s not a Scribd or Smashwords specific problem, even if it did specifically affect me ;-)

Adding to the problem, was when a book was removed, and subsequently replaced, the url to that book also changed.  I am, hopefully, in the final stages of replacing the last of the links and embedded links in my posts to my work on Scribd.

That problem, of a title not retaining its original url on re-instatement, has now been corrected by Scribd.  Any future titles I may have inadvertently removed then replaced, should retain links I’ve placed to them within my articles and posts.

This engineering solution was a speedy prompt response from the team at Scribd.

Urls, I believe, are now static to a title.

There is a Smashwords specific email when requesting support from Scribd.

First hand, I can say Scribd’s support has been indispensable.

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The Scribd Author Support System

I honestly do not believe I would have stayed with either Scribd or Smashwords without the dogged persistence and determination of the folk at Scribd I’ve been in almost daily communication with.

Because of the folk at Scribd, I remain in their subscription program, can recommend it fully (while cautioning a prospective author to be aware of these possibilities), and have regained my optimism that my decision to be part of their program is a good one.

Scribd’s future promise is significant.

Their expectations on their own press release, are my expectations.

So for all other authors out there, I wish you all the best.

Now, I need to get back to work, my creative work.

Thanks so much :-)

Sincerely,

Adan

namaste´- con dios – god be with you

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Like Sports? I Have These Books on Scribd – Previews

30 Mar

101 Sports Poems Narrated by Adam MeggsLike Sports?

I Have These Books on Scribd – Previews

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Available on Scribd, via Smashwords

Available on AudioBook and Print

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I Have These Books on Scribd – Previews

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Intro

My Scribd titles : http://www.scribd.com/felipe4adan4lerma

My currently available 56 titles of short stories and novels, and poetry and photopoems are now all easily accessible via Scribd’s subscription plan.

Below are my titles related to Sports.

101 Sports Poems has all the sports poems in the smaller titles Vols 1-5.

What the smaller books have, are personalization templates for each poem.  Plus a creative writing segment, geared toward incorporating fitness.  Each of the smaller volumes are divided by similar sports.  Four additional volumes in the small series are in-progress.

With a subscription though, you have limitless access to all my work, counting as sales for me.

As Scribd says at the top right of each page :

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy reading this book knowing that your

subscription is helping support authors!

And as always, my work is also available on major participating outlets via traditional sales.

They are located on my Authors Pages, and listed on the right side of each blog post.

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Sports related titles :

101 Sports Poems

101 Sports Poems Vol 1 – Baseball

101 Sports Poems Vol 2 – Dance, Yoga, Twirler, Martial Arts, Drill Team, Ice Skating

101 Sports Poems Vol 3 – Golf, Tennis, Bowling, Sky Diving, Equestrian

101 Sports Poems Vol 4 – Running, Sailing, Gymnast, Bicycling, Swimming

101 Sports Poems Vol 5 – Inspirational

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Update: My First 56 Titles on Scribd – Four Previews : Austin Paris Nursing Gratitude

10 Mar

Paris Shorts Vol 1Update: My First 56 Titles on Scribd -

Four Previews : Austin Paris Nursing Gratitude

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“Paris Shorts Vol 1″

Now available on Scribd, via Smashwords

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Four Previews : Austin Paris Nursing Gratitude

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Intro

My Scribd titles : http://www.scribd.com/felipe4adan4lerma/documents/authored

My currently available 56 titles of short stories and novels, and poetry and photopoems are now all easily accessible via Scribd’s subscription plan.

Despite a few lingering glitches, I am very happy to provide four previews of my work.

With a subscription, you have limitless access to my work, counting as sales for me.

As Scribd says at the top right of each page :

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy reading this book knowing that your

subscription is helping support authors!

And as always, my work is also available on major participating outlets via traditional sales.

They are located on my Authors Pages, and listed on the right side of each blog post.

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Preview One

For all those out enjoying SXSW here in Austin, this is a good one. ;-)

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Preview Two

And for those who prefer Paris, this is just as nice!

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Preview Three

For all our nurses, caring for us daily -

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Preview Four

Everyday Gratitudes Vol 1 – to help remember, caring is every day.

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Extra Austin Images Added, Free – on Scribd for Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin

5 Mar

Love's Travels - Vermont, Paris, Austin; © felipe adan lermaExtra Austin Images Added, Free – on Scribd

for Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin

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Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin

900 Word Poem.

14 Original Images.

Vermont, Paris, Austin.

Scribd listing.

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Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin

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Extra Austin Images, Free – on Scribd

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Man in Canoe © felipe adan lerma

Click here to see Free Article on Scribd

Click here for my Scribd Author Page, Over 50 Titles

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SXSW

With SXSW cranking up here in Austin, I thought this might be a good time to add some more Austin images to complement the story and pictures in “Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin.”

The nice thing about these Scribd documents I’ve starting posting, they’re available for anyone to see free.

Above is a sample of one of the new added photos.

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Scribd

And if you’re tempted to sample Scribd’s huge selection of books via their subscription plan, they have free trial periods available too.

Most of my own books (46 of 56) are already available through Scribd now.  As they continue processing the huge selection being distributed via Smashwords, my other titles should also then be accessible.

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Dirty Sixth Street, Austin

And if you are coming to Austin, for SXSW or any other fun reason, you might like reading my short story, “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin.”

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Availability of any of my titles on all major online outlets can be reached by my Author Pages.  They are listed to the right of each page on my site, and via the tab at the top of each posting.

Thank you so much, best wishes :-)

adan

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See more images, free, in my article on Scribd, “Love’s Travels – Extra Austin Images

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First Impression of My First 15 (of 56) Titles on Scribd – Discoverability

3 Mar

101 Sports Poems - Original PoetryFirst Impression of My First 15 (of 56) Titles on Scribd – Discoverability

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“101 Sports Poems”

Now available on Scribd

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First Impression of My First 15 (of 56) Titles on Scribd -

Discoverability

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American Robins Arriving in Vermont, The First Swoop of Spring – A Photo Memoir (with a link to an add-on article on Scribd)

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Intro

My Scribd titles : http://www.scribd.com/felipe4adan4lerma

46 (of 56) books shipped by Smashwords to Scribd have been uploaded and are being made available to subscribers, with 15 already available as of this morning.

Another ten titles at Smashwords, including much of my Texas fiction, will ship to Scribd very soon.

Just hearing the volume numbers being processed by both Scribd and Smashwords, I am grateful for this strong beginning.

And with that beginning, I am most impressed with one thing – my new discoverability.

It takes several forms, which I’ll talk about below.

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New Discoverability

Intro

Titles are appearing and accessible to anyone with a subscription.  Free trial and paid subscriptions are both available.

Images, in those books with them, appear clear and clean and pleasing.

A built-in Table of Contents seems to work well in both my iPhone app and the Scribd online reading option for all but one title, a growing pain glitch.

But hands down, the most impressive thing so far, is how it validates my hoped for increase in visibility, ie, discoverability.

1) – Read all or some or which part you want.

Not only is this another venue where my work can be seen, not only can I refer to another location via my website and tweets and other social media – but anyone who has access, can not only see and read the usual 10 or 20% sample – they can also browse and see and read and (hopefully) enjoy any part of the book they feel interested in!

Already, in these few titles, these first days, I’ve had as many viewers able to see and sample my books than many free days or promotions via other venues.

And – if the book appealed to the reader enough to go far enough into the book, I get paid for it.

With dozens more titles scheduled to be available soon, I intend to extend on that. :-)

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2) Seeing enough to know if you’ll be interested

With most fiction work, a simple read through or browse, will help the reader decide.

But with some work, as in “101 Sports Poems,” a detailed useable Table of Contents (TOC) is essential.

The list of sports poems one can read is crucial, and a full enough sampling of the content is even more important.

Some outlets let you decide the percent of sample for a potential reader and some don’t.  But even with the ability to choose a percent, the reading device can either end up still not showing up to the point I choose, or showing too much of the story or images.

A subscription service like Scribd, which already allows the reader to read or view or sample as much as he or she desires, is more likely to let the value of that work decide if the reader will choose to take the time to go further into the work.

There’s no cut-off point the reader cannot go past.

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3) Being able to go to places within the book via the Table of Contents

This is more important for some work than others.

I have a lot of poetry books and lots of inspirational photo-poem books.

What would it be like to be able to choose from a list of 101 sports poems, and go to any one of them?

To any point in the list?  Immediately read or view any poems or images of interest?

With a Scribd subscription, you can do this with any of my work.

Subscribers can see the whole book via the link below.

And non-subscribers get a nice preview.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/193979844/101-Sports-Poems

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The Glitch

And that glitch I spoke about earlier?  It’s the poem titles in the TOC.  They’re different colors.  One set of links work, the others don’t.

How do I know it’s just a glitch?  Because below are two other examples, with the TOC in both fully functional.  Thus, something I know I’ll get fixed.

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“101 Sports Poems Vol 1 Baseball,” which has the poems, a creative writing section, and personalized templates, does have a complete working Table of Contents.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/193983176/101-Sports-Poems-Vol-1-Baseball

Preview of “101 Sports Poems Vol 1 Baseball”

and,

“Arts Poems, Dance Yoga Music Art Writing +” – which, like “101 Sports Poems” has a very extensive Table of Contents.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/193871001/Arts-Poems-Dance-Yoga-Music-Art-Writing

This sure does give me an appreciation for what Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and others have accomplished with their online services – and what an endeavor this is for companies like Scribd to take on! :-)

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Conclusion & Thanks

Other Authors

I had a bit of help, working the Table of Contents on my app and online, from two other authors, also putting books up on Scribd, and I want to give them my thanks, a hat tip, and a link to their work on Scribd :

Vincent Trigili

Saul Tanpepper

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The Search Buttons :

The online TOC and search button at Scribd is a magnifying glass at the top of the page, a “look up” button.  It brings up both functions.

On my iPhone app, it’s an open book symbol on the bottom left.

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Scribd & Smashwords

Also much thanks and congratulations to the staff at both Scribd and Smashwords with this monumental new task and opportunity.

I am very excited about the future of this project and will have more updates.

As Scribd has on their online reading pages :

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy reading this book knowing that your subscription is helping support authors!

Please search my titles as they appear on Scribd, at:

My Author Pages on Scribd

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American Robins Arriving in Vermont, The First Swoop of Spring – A Photo Memoir

28 Feb

American Robins Arriving in Vermont medAmerican Robins Arriving in Vermont, The First Swoop of Spring – A Photo Memoir

35 original images.
1,506 story-word commentary.

Two Bonus Bird Material Sections:

12 additional images with light commentary.

An inspirational story in nature for people.

Available on all participating outlets.

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A Photo Memoir

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American Robins in Tree © felipe adan lermaAmerican Robins in Tree

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Bonus Free Article & Image on Scribd

http://www.scribd.com/doc/209504178/Image-Extra-American-Robins-Arriving-in-Vermont-First-Swoop-of-Spring-A-Photo-Memoir

American Robins Cropped Outtake © felipe adan lerma

I’m trying out something new, and have posted a short blog-like post free on Scribd.

It adds a little more to the book.

Basically, I took one image I liked, but wasn’t able to include in the narrative for the new American Robins book, and showed how I work up the image, plus created a small poem to go with it, showing how unused images can lead to other creative work.

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American Robins Arriving in Vermont

Intro

Unlike “Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin” which also has an image story, the text portion in American Robins is not in prose verse but in simple narrative format.

Links are provided to some of the places referred to.

And two bonus sections, images and narrative commentary with links, compare similarities of birds in Austin and Galveston, to what my wife enjoyed seeing happen with the Robins when they showed up in our snowy backyard March 01, 2012.

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From the Forward

35 original images.

1,506 story-word commentary.

American Robins Arriving in Vermont.

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Two Bonus Bird Material Sections:

12 additional images with light commentary.

An inspirational story in nature for people.

February 14, 2014

The American Robins’ arrival onto the backyard of our old 1800s Victorian apartment house on March 01, 2012, in Burlington, Vermont, was an iconic lasting memory for both myself and my wife Sheila.

I had been lamenting the nearing of the end of my only full winter outside of Texas (and two in Florida when I was in the Air Force).

Though summer in Vermont was decidedly different from an impending summer in Central Texas ;-) we had experienced the second mildest winter in Vermont’s recorded history. That it had been more cold and more snow than I had seen and experienced my whole sixty plus years prior combined, was little comfort for me. For example, the sleigh ride I had so looked forward to on the snow at night along the shore of Lake Champlain, had been cancelled for the first time ever due to lack of snow.

So when my wife called to me to come quickly, I could tell by the sound of her voice it was for something she thought I’d really like. She was right.

Snow was falling and clearly visible through the tall window of the back bedroom.

That was pretty nice by itself. But she also was pointing out a lone bird, perched on the lip of the roof of the apartment house next door.

From there a story unfolded, and once we had raised both the storm and regular windows, with an unimpeded view to the outside, the pictures captured the tale.

I hope you’ll enjoy this. The mixture of seeing the robins in motion, and seeing winter’s end sealed for spring’s entrance, made a memory to take back to Texas.

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All my titles have been made available at all major participating outlets, including the new subscription services, Scribd and Oyster.

Below is a preview of “American Robins…” on Scribd

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Outlets are listed on the right side of each page on my site, plus on my Author Page post :

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Final Word

Creatures share the earth and the sky and the waters with us.

This is a celebration of seeing a little of their world.

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Is Smashwords Opening the Door for Fiction Serials @ Scribd and Oyster?

24 Feb

American Robins Arriving in Vermont medIs Smashwords Opening the Door for Fiction Serials @ Scribd and Oyster?

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Pictured Left : American Robins Arriving in Vermont :

The First Swoop of Spring – a Photo Memoir

35 original images.
1,506 story-word commentary.

Two Bonus Bird Material Sections:

12 additional images with light commentary.

An inspirational story in nature for people.

Available on all participating outletsAvailable on Scribd

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Intro

Writer Unboxed has a super interesting post from Jane Friedman entitled “Beyond Dickens: Trends and Tech in Serial Fiction.”

Besides an also interesting read of growing comments (including mine, posted below), Jane provides both a historical perspective and current state-of-the-art tech-word update.

My reason for this post, and my comment below, is to throw a small brick into the framework.

Why?

Because I think something very valuable in terms of speculating about the future of serials has been left out – Scribd and Oyster and others offering ebook subscription plans.

This is a pattern I see happening right now.

And though kind of understandable, these are, after all, new entrepreneurial efforts, with tons of development in front of them, these plans are available now, growing, and present some attractive alternatives.

Smashwords, offering submission channels to both Oyster and Scribd, with (as of now) fairly decent terms, already has features for authors like, being able to number and group titles into series.  This lends itself to serial-like presentation of work.

My own work, whether in the connected short stories I write, or in most of longer work (novellas), is very much like serial episodes, and might be something I should consider honing in that direction.  We’ll see ;-)

Meanwhile, below, is my comment, addressing several problems about presenting serial work to the reading public.  And above, are links to related Scribd / Oyster articles I’ve posted.

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My comment on article about Serial Fiction

I’m gonna offer the thought that kept popping into my mind as I read this super interesting, very important article : the developing subscription services such as Scribd, Oyster, and (and as mentioned by Porter Anderson, 24Symbols).

Here’s a few examples :

“’Pure’ serials are tough to make money on right away. Today’s authors don’t exactly have a burgeoning market of periodicals willing to pay a meaningful wage for such work.” -

Beyond the idea that pure serials have no beginning or end, I would say, from what I see (via the free trial offers) offered on both Oyster and Scribd in terms of short work, here’s both a burgeoning market and a willingness to pay in line with other digital outlets

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“Platt told me, ‘I always felt from the start that we were delivering a broken experience. [The serial] really shouldn’t be in e-book form, they should be an app. You pay for it once on the front end and you get automatic updates.’”

Again, pay once a month, read all you want. Not exactly the same, but close, and, in some ways, better (not paying each time for each app). If one’s not gonna read many, then maybe not so much.

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“…by releasing the entire series as one product at a higher price point, Platt and his partners stand to earn more money. Amazon KDP pays 70 percent on e-books priced between $2.99 and $9.99, and 35 percent on everything outside that range—making low-priced shorter works less profitable.”

All work (under current terms) shipped via Smashwords to Scribd and / or Oyster earn the same higher rate. (details on SW’s FAQ).

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I’m not saying ebook / digital subscriptions are “the” answer, or that either of the three start-ups I mentioned in the beginning are the “one” to follow or subscribe to -

I am saying this very important, very happening (I believe another couple hundred thousand titles are to be added to both Oyster & Scribe very soon) digital expansion of opportunity is generally being ignored in discussions involving serials, discoverability, pricing strategies, and royalties.

In fairness, as Porter also says (in his article here on Writers Unboxed, Sir Hugh and the Snail) subscriptions are in the infancy.

But they are born, and growing.

I’m hopeful they will extend the possibilities of what we as writers and readers, can do.

I write somewhat episodic novella fiction and shorts; and serials (pure or unpure ;-) ) – something I had pretty much forgotten about until this article, are now back in my thoughts. Thank you so much for that Jane :-)

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Preview, my short story “The Concert.”  Set in Austin Texas, and first of four in a series introducing the six young teens and tweens in much of my fiction.

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Final Thoughts

Of course, any of the subscription services succeeding, or creating similar opportunities, will bring tons of attention to this (serial fiction) and other issues (discoverability, royalties.)

And there’s wisdom in not bringing up something that might not work.

But it seems obvious there’s something very alluring about what Scribd and Oyster are working to offer.  Very similar to Netflix (both services have been called the Netflix for books.)

Seeing what ebooks has done (so far) to the traditional publishing world, it seems ignoring this newest digital rendition, and it’s possible effects on both digital and traditional selling models, is, well, obviously not something I’m willing to do.

I am willing to experiment, and in process of having all my work uploaded to both services.

Then, eventually, either way, I’ll have more to write about. :-)

Best wishes everyone, get a free trial subscription! :-)

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23 Feb

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1,506 story-word commentary.

Two Bonus Bird Material Sections:

12 additional images with light commentary.

An inspirational story in nature for people.

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Mark Coker recently posted a nice piece with information about the benefits of creating a pre-order status for one’s new work.

Included is an embedded slide show “about preorder strategy” presented on Slideshare.net :

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My interest in this article is to :

1) share info that’s tempted me twice already this year, but was unable to do, as I had a title for Valentines Day needing immediate release.

Mark’s post, on the Smashwords blog, has some nice links (titled: Indie Authors Share Preorder Tips, Tricks and Insights) to posts writers are putting up giving info about their experiences with pre-orders.

Big kudos to him for sharing and making that kind of info available.

2) pre-dwell within my own mind, and for my future strategies, how pre-orders (which I still want to try) and the new subscription services I’m participating in, Scribd and Oyster, might fit together

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Conjecture, ie Brain Storming What-Ifs

Why

Despite my intent to try Pre-orders on a future title – and recognizing that my favorite template (Netflix) for why I feel subscription services like Scribd and Oyster have more than just a chance announces coming availability of new titles -

I tend to feel the potential disruptive nature of the status quo of things ebook-digital is so strong, pre-order as we know them now, may not be the same anymore.

Porter Anderson, in a post at Writers Unboxed, in talking about Hugh Howey’s early finding regarding earnings in publishing today, mentions (esp in the comments) how disruptive the whole digital evolution / revolution has been so far.

In response to a comment I placed bringing up subscription services, he mentions how “subscription models..are mostly in their infancy as yet…”

Picking my own items of interest from the very free ranging comments and threads in that article, only makes me more curious, how (rather than if) Scribd’s and Oyster’s models will impact more traditional attempts to gain momentum and attention, like pre-orders.

My Guesses

My hunches, and they are only that, are that “ways” can be found to still gain benefits from pre-orders.  But possibly in a muted, if not mutated, way.

Pre-orders are a means of gaining steam via anticipation that creates enough orders (bottom line) to generate a buzz that will continue to propel the author and his or her work up the visibility trail.

Nothing wrong with that!

However…

in a subscription model, much as my wife and I do with Netflix, we aren’t rationing dollars for an item that then precludes our being able to enjoy other titles and authors (films).

Yes, we would like to watch / read the newest popular media offering.

But we don’t have to.

We can wait.

Enjoying a feast of other available work…until that newest greatest title is available.

Which shouldn’t be a problem in a digital subscription format with unlimited content-quantity available.

Unless the publisher or author have declined to be in the subscription model.

Then it’s a choice (at least there’s a choice) of paying to have something right away, or simply choosing from among the myriad of quality titles becoming available each day.

Plus -

…there are examples of artists like Beyonce simply going direct, with no pre-advance work, pre-orders or big hype, to her public.

Beyonce’s Surprise Album - Google search.

Naturally, for the vast majority of writers today, myself very much included, the name recognition to do something like Beyonce, with equal results, is slim.

Plus, as one of the links in the Google search above showed, Target refuses to sell Beyoncé’s surprise self-titled album, there may repercussions, for not distributing in a traditional manner (pre-orders, single copy sales) vs being in a subscription service.

I hope not.

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Conclusion

And analogies and alignments of music and books and movies like these aren’t perfect fits.  Maybe not even close.

But they are thought-provoking for me.  They make me wonder, think, and contemplate what the future is bringing round to us.

Mark Coker, in his blog post, 2014 Book Publishing Industry Predictions, in item # 10, may have said it best -

“Subscription ebook services will change the game – If the ebook subscription services – the most notable of which are Scribd and Oyster – can make their business models work, then they’ll drive a game changing shift in how readers value and consume books.”

I believe, any models that benefit both the authors and the readers, and create enough value to also make money as the vehicles for our mutual benefit, will thrive.

Mutual benefit, versus mutual self-destruction, should be what will best drive everything we value.

In the arts, and in life.

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Hello!  Sunshine has returned to Central Texas today, and an 80 degree day is already on tap soon.

Also on tap, is the imminent availability of over 50 titles of my original fiction, poetry, and imagery work, on two subscription services – Scribe and Oyster Books.

The two links above detail some initial information, and links to sites that discuss various pros and cons of even being in or having an ebook subscription services

What I’ll do here in this post is, in three parts:

1) post a comment I made to an extremely important article on Joe Konrath’s blog about very important revelatory information about who (self-publishers) is making the most money with books -

2) do an imaginary question and answer about the hows and whys of choosing to post with Scribd and Oyster (based on actual conversations with people I know well and have known for a long time -

3) describe categories of my own original work, and how accessing them via an unlimited ebook subscription service, at least as proposed and being offered by both Oyster and Scribd, will be easier, more enjoyable, and probably less expensive.

Here we go ;-)

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Part One

My Comment on Joe Konrath’s blog article : Me, Hugh Howey, and Legacy John on AuthorEarnings.com

http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2014/02/me-hugh-howey-and-legacy-john-on.html

My comment :

Fantastic revelatory info – thank you!

So many good points, and as an impending participant in two new subscription services, Scribd and Oyster (books sent, awaiting listing) – I find most of the info as promising for subscriptions also for me as a reader and an author.

“Most readers don’t know and don’t care how the books they read are published. They just know if they liked the story and how much they paid.”

The profit model for the author, as per the article, seems to be a key component.

And as the latter element, “readers…how much they paid” becomes somewhat fixed, I think this will intensify.

“…those who fear that these titles will crowd out other books are ignoring the vast quantities of books published traditionally—or the fact that billions of self-published blogs and websites don’t impede our ability to browse the internet, to find what we are looking for, or to share discovered gems with others.” -

I think this also addresses fears many have (and I’ve had) that subscription services would flood our digital reading piles.

And with browsing allowed to be economically possible for a reader, more discoverability, for what a reader would like to read, also becomes possible.

“If I had to guess what the future holds, I would say that the world of literature has its brightest days still ahead…There will be casualties in the publishing industry as the delivery mechanisms for stories undergo change…But there are opportunities as well. And right now, the benefits are moving to the reader and the writer.”

Couldn’t agree more. Though I don’t sell much, at least vs what I hear so many others make, I make more than when I couldn’t have anything out for people to find or try.

“Hollywood studios had to capitulate to their writers when a new digital stream emerged.”

And I think this will be the key for subscription services, and goes back to the initial possible / probable reason self-publishing is working.

Industry innovator, no, actually almost literally, creator – Amazon, and now others, pay us a decent fair amount to create new content. It’s much what Henry Ford about a hundred years ago – paid his workers enough to have the money to buy the things they made. An idea evidently still being fought against today.

What a great article. Will become a standard starting point for truth for self-publishing.

Which really, once I think about it, is small business enterprise at its best.

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Part Two

Imaginary Question & Answer

Based on conversations about Scribd & Oyster with people close to me.

Q: I don’t want to join until your books are on there.

A: I understand.  My understanding this is happening 1-2 weeks from now.  Hopefully on both platforms.

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Q: How are you going to make any money this way?

A: The terms are, as they stand, good for me.  There are provisions for me to get partial credit for partial reads.

Plus, the amount read counting toward a purchase type pmt to me is cumulative, ie, you can take your time reading, when you want to, as fast or slow as you want to, over time, and if you enjoy nibbling at my work long enough, I’ll get paid.

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Q: What if I want to hold on to another book, and being reading it sometimes too?

A: For me, that’s one of the more attractive features about a subscription service.  I have (in my trial subscription time) several books “open” and that I go to on impulse.  Plus several more in my “library” to start reading anytime I’m ready.

If after reading a chapter or two, I don’t want to read anymore of that book, I can hold it in my reading list, or let it go.  If I change my mind later and want to browse through it again, and give it another try, it’ll be in my history.

I don’t extra to do this.  It’s part of my flat rate.

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Q: And if I run out of books to read?  Or don’t like the way the whole thing works?

A: From what I understand, and expect for myself as a reader, I can cancel anytime.  There’s no contract.  That would be a bummer.

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Q: I just don’t know if I’d read enough to be worth signing up.

A: As much as I read, I had the same fear.  After all, I need time, lots of time, to do creative work, play with the grandkids, do fun stuff with my wife, visit with family, watch TV, and sometimes, not as often as I like, just hang around.

But I had the trial period, even before I decided to upload some of my work, then eventually, all of it, onto Scribd and Oyster, and I found the same thing Sheila and I have found so great about Netflix (members nearly ten years), we can sample titles we wouldn’t have taken a chance with if we’d had to purchase them, and watch more movies now than we ever did.  From all over the world.

I’m finding the same thing happening with my reading choices.  But even more quickly.  I’m able and willing to peek into chapters of histories and other non-fiction at topics of interest.  I can read beginnings of books of authors I never heard of in books I didn’t know existed, as much as I want, until I find something that sticks.

The ease of exploration, like our movie searches on Netflix, is a huge positive factor for me.

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Q: I know I won’t read enough to pay even the $9 – $10 a month.

A: For me, that’s ok.  My work is still available on every major online outlet that will carry it: Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, Google, and more.

And I think there may be some titles, that some folk might like, that are worth “having.”

Maybe small books of verses to reread, or images to enjoy reviewing now and again.

Maybe preferring the audio book version, and listening to the narrative performance.

Or having a hard copy to hold and have.

And some folk, even using the subscription services, may even discover titles of mine this way, that they then would like to have an audio or print copy or even ebook version of, or give to to someone who isn’t on a subscription service.

Variety of availability, more than exclusiveness, has worked best for me.

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Part Three

Categories of My Work to Browse Through

Once my 50 plus titles are available on either or both Scribd and Oyster, I will do a new post detailing this general information more fully.

This will give a person an idea of how much they would have to game, just exploring my work.  Assuming they want to of course ;-)

My job is to hopefully at least entice you. :-)

But whether a reader likes fiction, short or long, stand alone or series, whether they might prefer poetry, in topics or collections, and whether images (of Paris, Vermont, Texas) are more appealing, I have something of all those.

Original work.

Sometimes, even after two years, updated with more information, links, and commentary – and a perspective gained in that time.

For updates on new material, please signup for my blog posts.  I don’t send you anything else, and actually WordPress sends out an email that there’s a new posting.

New Work

Meanwhile, I continue with new work.  The fun part :-)

Below is the cover for my next work (if all goes well!) -

A photo story of an event in Vermont that’s kept itself imprinted on both mine and Sheila’s memory for two years as of March 1st -

The arrival of the American Robins signalling spring is coming :

American Robins Arriving in Vermont med

Now available, on Scribd.

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6 Feb

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What’s My Blog About?

Embodying availability of my fiction, poetry, and image work via eBooks, Subscription services, Audio Books, and Gifts.

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Items for Sale?  Of Course, But Not Entirely…

Sure, I offer and want to sell (make a living with) original work I’ve created and placed into eBooks, AudioBooks, Gift items, and ebook Subscription services.

Info on those can be found on my tabs the top of each page.

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But what I’ve come to see is, I’m selling (to myself and others) the idea that inspiration, happiness, gratitude, and hopefulness, is possible – in everyday life for regular folk.

  • I try to create imagery that’s inspiring to me, and hopefully for others.
  • I try to evolve story lines that have a sense of happiness and hope with everyday life.
  • Most of my stories are about children, but written for adults.
  • Most of my poetry is seeking a song.

And it’s hard to sing, just about anything, and not be moved.

I hope you find something to inspire you, propel you, comfort you, or want to seek the same thing out in your own life.

I have enough faith that most of us will come to conclusions that let us all live together in a good peace.  One that promotes all our well-being.

These posts, books, poems, stories, gifts, and images – are reminders to myself, as much, if not more, than anyone else…

Thank you so much, all the best wishes, for all of us! :-)

Sincerely,

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Poems for Lovers, Loving, and Being Loved – eBook & Audio Choices

29 Jan

Love Poems Audible CoverPoems for Lovers, Loving, and Being Loved – eBook & Audio Choices

Audio Page outlets info :

http://felipeadanlerma.com/audio-books/

eBook Page outlets info : http://felipeadanlerma.com/poetry-ebooks/

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I begin my new emphasis (series of posts) of newly available work, with an old selection.

Redone to new though. ;-)  And very pleasantly charmingly so.

Poems for Lovers, Loving, & Being Loved has just this past week been released in AudioBook form, available from iTunes, Audible, and Amazon.

Narrated by Tiffany Bacon, my wife and I’s originating enthusiasm of what we felt when we wrote these poems, dating from the early 90s, just got a re-awakening.

Refreshed and even slightly re-interpreted (to our delight), Tiffany has infused our words and internally known feelings, into words worth hearing aloud.

From sensitive renditions, to touching moments, to outright humor, she delivers what I can only honestly call, a truly heart-felt performance.

Above, in the links of Related Articles, are some of the poems in the book, such as “Grandma.”  And below, one of the few, but very smile-to-my-face humorous selections, “Cow ‘Bout It.”

Grandma” has always been a favorite among folk who have read it, and Tiffany’s interpretation takes it to the heart.

“Cow “Bout It” (below) has always been one of my secret favorites.  Partly because of its rare humor, and partly because I wondered how funny it really was.  I don’t wonder anymore.  At least when I hear it read by Tiffany. ;-)

I hope you’ll go and listen to a sample, thank you much!

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Sample : Cow ‘Bout It

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Cow ‘Bout it

 Mr. Moo, taken aback by

the large batting eyes

of the future

Mrs. Moo,

squirmed on his stool

like a black and white fool.

Til, with just a touch of

a stomp of her tiny

clean hoof, the

delectable

Minnie Moo

whispered to the

still stunned Mr. Moo,

“Well.  Cow ‘bout it?”

© 1994-2011 adam light creations / adan & sheila lerma

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Web page :

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Resume :

http://www.tiffanybacononline.com/#!biography/c13dn

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Sample Audio Available At :

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eBook at :

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Google

iTunes

Kobo

Smashwords

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NEW – eBook Subscription Distributors

Scribd

http://www.scribd.com/adan1950_228525061

Preview of “Poems for Lovers Loving and Being Loved”

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https://www.oysterbooks.com

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Love's Travels - Vermont, Paris, Austin; © felipe adan lerma

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12 Stages of Loving - Infancy to Infinity, Prose Poems

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Intro

Why I Liked Them :

In my first post regarding the upcoming wider-debut of at least two Netflix-like ebook-subscription services, Oyster and Scribd, I expressed a solid liking of the possibilities, for both readers and authors.

And I am of both type. :-)

The terms and potential suit me at this time, and I am going forward giving them a whirl via Smashwords, who distributes to both options.

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What’s Come Up :

Since that first article, only about a week ago, I’ve come across more and more blog posts, by little guys like me, and on big sites, like Forbes and others.

I’ve also perused around Barnes & Noble forums, Reddit (for Oyster and Scribd), Kindleboards (Kboards), and others – and two legitimate concerns continue to appear and re-appear.

And their resolution may only be settled over time

But there has been information from Smashwords, about terms and provisions, that I think address some of those concerns -

Att least in an anticipatory fashion, that obviously may need tinkering as things go forward.  But for now, I’m happy with how these are being addressed.

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Concerns & Answers : Terms & Piracy

There seem to be two dominant concerns : the terms of the deals, piracy.

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Piracy

I’ll address piracy first.

Joe Konrath, last I had read, believes piracy is a non-issue and worth the PR.

Not all of us are in Joe’s particular situation, and he often advises we have to make our own individual decisions about, well, everything : what and how to publish, etc.  But there’s no denying his sincerity and helpfulness for indie writers like me.  And he may be right.

Still, piracy, as per a lot of blogs, is a legitimate concern.

Below is Mark Coker’s comment on the Smashwords blog regarding his first hand contact information with Scribd regarding this issue :

“…authors who distribute to Scribd via Smashwords will benefit from Scribd’s digital fingerprinting in which they’ll use your Smashwords edition as the authorized version, and it’ll help them flag or automatically remove unauthorized versions. This fingerprinting approach is a great first step on Scribd’s part to deal with unauthorized uploads.”

http://blog.smashwords.com/2013/12/smashwords-signs-distribution-agreement.html

Also look down into the Comments, esp those by Mark.

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Terms

In the same article, details about the terms are also laid out.

An excerpt is :

“The first 10% of the book is a free sample, similar to a retailer.  Excluding the sample, once the reader reads an additional 20% of the book, a full sale is triggered”

and

“Scribd has sweetened the pot by added a secondary sales trigger for the author by providing credit for partial reads.  If the subscriber reads 5% more than the first free 10% but less than the additional 20% necessary to generate a full sale, this triggers a credit for partial read.  For every ten partial reads, which Scribd calls a “browse,” the author earns credit for a full sale.”

For Oyster, see : https://www.smashwords.com/about/beta and scroll to the dates October 25 – 29th.

An excerpt :

“…an Oyster reader can sample the book from any point of the book, much as a reader of a print book can open it to any page.  For the 70% or more of you who write fiction or narrative non-fiction, your readers are still most likely to engage with your book starting at page one and then read forward, sequentially because that’s how we read fiction.  For those of you who write nonfiction that can be consumed non-sequentially, this abilility for Oyster subscribers to dive into your book at any point has a positive benefit for you.”

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Final Word

There’s lots more in the Smashwords article noted above.

Does this guarantee or preclude something going wrong, or even not being to my liking?

No, of course not.

But these are large corporations who have spent a lot of time and money analyzing why this subscription model for books should work, and the terms are good for (non-exclusive, good percentages), so I default to giving this a strong try.

But my main reason for holding firm is the same as I mentioned in the first article.

Like my wife and mine’s nearly decade long stay with Netflix, we order and view movies not on what they originally cost (too little, too much) as an indicator whether we’d like them or not, and not if we’re convinced beyond any doubt whether we might like the film or not, but -

we order with a willingness to try things, because it’s a set price, for however and whichever works we want to see.

That tells me I have a chance with my relatively unknown body of work : fiction, poetry, images, and mash-ups of verse and story and image, like the book I’m featuring today :

“Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin”

It’s worth it for me to try. :-)

I hope you’ll sample some of my work on either of these subscription services, or simply purchase one at any of the major online outlets with my work.  After all, without Amazon’s initiative, where would the majority of us be right now? :-)

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More Info Noted in Previous Article

Scribd

http://blog.scribd.com/2014/01/06/trip-adler-co-founder-and-ceo-of-scribd-named-in-forbes-30-under-30/#comment-5176

http://www.forbes.com/video/2965861610001

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Oyster

https://www.oysterbooks.com

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Is There Really A Netflix for Books?

http://www.babble.com/tech/is-there-really-a-netflix-for-books-oyster-vs-scribd/

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Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin : For Valentines

10 Jan

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Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin

900 Word Poem.

14 Original Images.

Vermont, Paris, Austin.

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For Valentines

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First New Work for 2014

“Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin”

900 word poem.
14 original images.
Vermont, Paris, Austin.

Short, yet relatively dense with both imagery from three locations my wife Sheila and I have enjoyed being in the last few years, and a story like narrative set inside prose poetry.

Released in time for Valentine’s Day, yet hopefully always available for someone dear to your heart’s beating, and even nearer your own love’s breathings. :-)

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Excerpt

© Felipe Adan Lerma

Vermont

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Leddy Park, Autumn © felipe adan lerma

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Red leaves.

Brown, brittle, and crinkly

had wound down

to winter.

Snow

sat quietly amid the silence.

It let my heart rest.

It let me best

see

where your eyes gazed.

Searching

among the scattered logs -

fallen forgotten footsteps in the woods

struggling for some light.

It’s in the clearing

we see

as we spot

a

a light, a space of blue.

The water of Lake Champlain is

heavy.

Mist rising smoothing the surface water

frozen over -

fish beneath scurrying in their dreamy

hibernation.

Your gaze

I catch in a glint of light

promises to keep me warm.

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Scribd

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Oyster

https://www.oysterbooks.com

Related : First Impression re Scribd & Oyster – I Like It!  And Why…

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Yes :-)

My 1st of 2014, available all kinds of ways, soon and now. :-)

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Image titles in “Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin”

Vermont
Leddy Park, Autumn
Lake Champlain, Early Winter
Little River, First Snow, Stowe

Paris
Notre Dame, Facing the Left Bank
Notre Dame, Late Fall
Saint-Etienne, Approach from Rue de la Montagne Sainte-Geneviève
Cathedral Interior
Eiffel Tower Seen from the Pantheon
Rue Saint-André des Arts
View Down the Seine to Pont Saint-Michel

Austin
Walkers Lane, South First Bridge, Downtown Austin
Buford Tower, Viewed Against the Austin Skyline
Bat Watch on Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge
Canoeing Down Barton Creek Toward Lady Bird Lake

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Love Poems

Cover for "Poems for Lovers Loving & Being Loved" by Felipe Adan Lerma

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12 Stages of Loving - Infancy to Infinity, Prose Poems

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First Impression re Scribd & Oyster – I Like It! And Why…

7 Jan

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900 Word Poem.

14 Original Images.

Vermont, Paris, Austin.

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Netflix for Books?

Yes.  I hope. :-)

You see, among all the reasons, as a reader and a writer, pros and cons about the whole idea of a subscription service for books, is this -

I like Netflix.  Actually my wife and I both do.

And one giant over-riding reason we have stayed with Netflix since 2005, is choice without worry of cost.

In terms of time and money.

Yes, we do pay a monthly fee.  And we do have to at least sample what we receive (if we’re not already familiar with the movie).  So there is a time-cost consideration.  But we don’t have to calculate or ponder on it.  We just try the product.

We like it, we watch it.  We don’t, we return it.  And get another.

We don’t know or care if the dvd or streamed film we choose to see is over or under a particular price.

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Promising

That promises me something similar might could happen with my reading and books I like or would like to “try out.”

That also promises me the chance to have someone else experiment or enjoy one of my own works.

Considering I have fiction, poetry, images, and photopoems – set in Texas, Vermont, and Paris – that’s incredibly promising.

With that in mind, I especially enjoyed creating my first new work for 2014, “Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin.”

Combining original images I discovered in all three locations, with a romantic story line set to prose poetry, I hope to offer a short easy to read and view piece on love – that folks can enjoy for and beyond the coming Valentines Day.

When one has a significant other whose birthday is also on that red letter heart shaped day, Valentines is always coming soon. :-)

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Final Thoughts

Most creative people want or need to get paid for doing creative work.  Dancing, singing, painting, and yes, writing.

I’m not exempt from that.  And if I didn’t need to get paid for my efforts, I think I’d still want to.

It provides funds in a world where we either need things (medical care, education, etc) or need to help provide for others (family, natural disasters).

Amazon, iTunes, Smashwords.  I need ‘em all.

Subscriptions services, I believe, are another step into the unknown world of tomorrow of art and fiction and reading and viewing, happening today.

It’d be foolish not to wish the best for us all. :-)

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More Info

Scribd

http://blog.scribd.com/2014/01/06/trip-adler-co-founder-and-ceo-of-scribd-named-in-forbes-30-under-30/#comment-5176

http://www.forbes.com/video/2965861610001

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THE NETFLIX OF BOOKS

http://thepoeticsproject.com/tag/scribd/

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Subscription Ebook Services Scribd, Oyster and Entitle Duke It Out For Early Dominance

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeremygreenfield/2013/12/19/subscription-ebook-services-scribd-oyster-and-entitle-duke-it-out-for-early-dominance/

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Smashwords Website Revamp And Scribd Deal

http://www.forbes.com/sites/suwcharmananderson/2013/12/20/smashwords-website-revamp-and-scribd-deal/

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Why Netflix Or Spotify For Ebooks Will Work

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeremygreenfield/2013/10/29/why-netflix-or-spotify-for-ebooks-will-work/

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Gifts from Texas – Original Signed Photos, Matted Mounted 8 x 10s

1 Jan

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Original Signed Photos, Matted Mounted 8 x 10s.

Pictured Left : “Sunset Austin Texas Lady Bird Lake”

One of three Texas (Austin, San Antonio) signed photo gifts, complimenting my Texas Shorts short stories.

On the Amazon marketplace.

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Austin & San Antonio – Texas Photo Images

All photos are original and signed work by me, backed with foam core, and enclosed in a clear sleeve for attractive presentation.

All sizes are a standard 8×10.  A ready made frame can be used for easy framing.

I’ve always enjoyed taking pictures of Austin and Galveston, and have a short series on my site entitled “Austin PhotoPoems.”

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austin at night listing with sig

Austin at Night – (Painting)

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Sunset over Lady Bird Lake, Austin – (Photo)

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San Antonio Riverwalk – (Painting)

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Gift Writings of original sports poetry.

sample – Volleyball Digger

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sample – Paris! at night :-)

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A recent post details the five family, sports, poetry, and fiction titles currently available.

Texas Shorts Vol 1

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Paris Shorts Vol 1 – UK

Paris Shorts Vol 1

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Texas Shorts Vol 1 med

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Updated, Series Complete : Slumming in Paris, With the Children – Parts 2 – 8 : Chapter Titles

28 Dec

Slumming in Paris Part Eight v2 medUpdated, Series Complete :

Slumming in Paris, With the Children -  Parts 2 – 8 : Chapter Titles

An overview of the Chapter Title content in the sub-series, “With the Children” inside the series, “Slumming in Paris.”

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26,081 story words.

Approx 104 story pages

21 Original Paris photo images.

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New Images

Starting with Part 8, I’ve begun to add original Paris images I took late 2012.

Though they aren’t the story itself, they do illustrate the settings, and, I believe, some of the magical ambience of Paris.

Once the other novellas have images included, I’ll do a final update.

It’s quite a process, picking and preparing the images, then re-formatting the file, so I anticipate it’ll be into the new year before all are done.  The listing of images among the chapter in Part 8 below give a good view of how they will evolve.

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Only a few titles were changed from the original listing in the previous post.  Several new chapter titles have been added, when it seemed the narrative would benefit from breaking down an existing chapter.

No chapter titles were added to “Part One, Arthur and Gricinda.”  While Parts 2-8 were written with having chapter titles in mind, Part One wasn’t.  And in the writing of the works, I was surprised, how much having that in mind affected the breaks within the flow.

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Chapter Titles in the Paris “With the Children” Series

Inclusive in the “Slumming in Paris” Series.
“With the Children” encompasses Parts 2 – 8 of Slumming in Paris.

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Chapter Titles

Slumming in Paris Part Two, With the Children – Welcome to Paris

The Children Arrive in Paris

First Family Outing

First Meal

Return to the Apartments

Balconies and Showers

To the Bastille

Texas Bar-B-Q

Settling in for the Evening

South, on Blvd St-Michel

To Luxembourg Gardens

Inside Luxembourg Gardens

Fast Food Stop

The Monoprix

After the Nap

Lunch in the Apartment

First Trip to the Laverie

At the Laverie

End of a Long Day

To Notre Dame

Inside Notre Dame

Small Streets and Roman War Horses

Home, to the Apartments

Out on the Balconies

French TV

Back to the Bastille, the Promenade Plantee

Round the Bastille

War Talk at the Fast Food

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Slumming in Paris Part Three, With the Children – Boys & Girls in Paris

Bus to St. Germain de Pres

Saint Germain de Pres

Saint Sulpice

To the Art Store

In the Art Store

Intersections to the Cluny

At the Cluny Museum

Home, Showers TV & Bed

To the Post Office

At the Post Office

Buzz & Zilker at the Chocolate Store

Tiny Streets & Morris Columns

Boys and Girls

Calling Home

New Scarves

Balcony Views

The Boys do the Laverie

Pictures at Jean de Beauvais

Rainy Walk from the Laverie

Quiet Afternoon

Inquiries & Preparations

Late Night French TV

Arrival of Grandpa, Grandma, and Anna

A Crowded Bedtime, Rosetta

A Crowded Bedtime, Adult Powwow

Finally, All the Kids to Bed – The Boys

Finally, All the Kids to Bed – The Girls

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Slumming in Paris Part Four, With the Children – Groceries & Gare l’Est

To the Carrefour

Inside the Carrefour

A Winter Morning Walk Home

To the Visitors Center, a Bus

To the Visitors Center, Detour

To the Visitors Center, A Manifestation

The Visitors Center

Contemplating

To Gare de l’Est, Notre Dame and Hotel Dieu

To Gare de l’Est, la Tour Saint-Jacques

To Gare de l’Est, Lunch

To Gare de l’Est, a Different Neighborhood

To Gare de l’Est, the Salon

To Gare de l’Est, Gifts at the Salon

Gare de l’Est

Return from Gare de l’Est

A Cold Morning

Prep for a Long Cold Outing

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Slumming in Paris Part Five, With the Children – Lights on the Champs-Elysees

To the Eiffel Tower

At the Eiffel Tower

Atop the Eiffel Tower

To the Arch of Triomphe

The Champs-Elysees

Photos, on the Champs-Elysees

The Christmas Market

At the Ice Rink

On the Ice Rink

Food Court

Buzz Has a Vision

Buzz Recovers

Waiting for the Bus

A Doctor Visits Buzz

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Slumming in Paris Part Six, With the Children – Movie Museum & Breakfast

Anna’s Mother Arrives

To the Movies, and Back

About that Movie

Plans

To the Museums

In the Musee de l’Orangerie

To the Musee d’Orsay

Musee d’Orsay, the Cafe

Musee d’Orsay, Impressionism

Seeing French Children

Meeting the French Children

More Art

Nude Paintings

The Other Giant Clock

Back to the First Floor

The Gates of Hell

Nude Sculptures

Statues of War

Statue of Liberty

Leaving the Museum

Miso Soup

Why these Statues?

Contemplating Plans

Preparing for a Big Breakfast

Breakfast in America, in France

Statues for Breakfast

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Slumming in Paris Part Seven, With the Children – The New Hotel

Last Laundry, Six Cousins

The Poet, Mihail Eminescu

One Last Long Walk on Blvd Saint-Germain

Art at the Art Store

Danton’s Statue

Christmas Market at St Germain de Pres

St Germain de Pres

Rue Jacob, Rue de Seine, & Rue St-Andres des Arts

At Place Saint-Michel

In Place Saint-Michel

To the New Hotel

Arrival at the New Hotel

Their New “Room”

Not in Kansas Anymore

First Day in the New Hotel

Simone and Buzz Talk

Eiffel Tower Bedtime

Struggle to Bed

Rocky Horror Bedtime

Waking, New Morning in the New Hotel

First Outing from New Hotel

Tiny Cafe with Brownies

Quiet Evening in the Hotel

Four Bridges and a Ring

Fort Paris


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Slumming in Paris Part Eight, With the Children – The New Hotel

Image One – Notre Dame with Clouds

Visit the Old Neighborhood

Man with a Puppy

The Boys Talk

Image Two – View Down the Seine, Paris

Girls Return

Back, at la Latin

Image Three – Warm Inside

Back to the New Hotel

Image Four – Fresh Fish

Bus to the New Hotel

Image Five – Odeon

Image Six – Christmas Creature

Evening Conversations at the New Hotel

Excursion in the Rain

Image Seven – Montparnasse, View down Rue Bonaparte

America’s Paris Plaque

Image Eight – Plaque for America’s Independence

Michelle and Bella Visit the Hotel

To Pont de l’Archeveche by Notre Dame

Image Nine – Bridge to Notre Dame

News of a Manifestation

To the Manifestation

Image Ten – Manifestation Coming

The Manifestation

Image Eleven – Manifestation Going

Mariama

Image Twelve – Fountain St-Michel at Place St-Michel

Escape

To a Clearing

Image Thirteen – A Clear Walk

Next Morning

Noon

Antone

Bella and Michelle

Cherise Gets a Wish

Image Fourteen – Impressionist Eiffel

Night Tour of Paris on Bus

Image Fifteen – Arc de Triomphe

Image Sixteen – Crosswalk

Image Seventeen – Champs-Elysees to the Ferris Wheel

Image Eighteen – Gridlock

Image Nineteen – Quiet Neighborhood Corner

Good-bye Paris

Epilog, From the Author

Image Twenty – Strolling the Streets of Paris

About the Images

Image Twenty-One – Notre Dame, Near Square Jean XXIII

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My First Five Star Rating for Fiction – Texas Shorts Vol 1, Audio and eBook

26 Dec

Texas Shorts Vol 1This Article:

My First Five Star Rating for Fiction – Texas Shorts Vol 1, Audio book.

Also available in eBook.

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Five short stories set in Texas (Austin, Galveston).  Four of which serve as a linked story prequel to my 8 part series, “Slumming in Paris.”

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Audio Book Rating

Two Components

It’s especially nice that this star rating has both a story and performance component, and both were given a five star award.

While I believe that the five stories in “Texas Shorts Vol 1″ are particularly good – lots of fun, fast, easy to read, action and humor and relationships nicely mixed – Drew Sobey‘s very nicely nuanced reading makes the audio version extra fun.

Hopefully we can work up an interview similar to my first, with Marcus Anderson, for another work, “The Old American Artist.”

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Pricing

Nearly three hours of story audio, priced at $6.95 (less with various membership options on some of the outlets).

That seems a great price for both the five stories, and for the performance.

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Book Description

Five short stories set in Texas, and featuring characters from all my current fiction work, are included in the first collection. Two are set in Galveston, and three in Austin. Four of the stories also serve as prequels to my first novel, The Children, presenting the full extended family, including all six cousins, the grandparents and parents, in action with each other and the world around them.

Separately, I also have a collection, Paris Shorts, Vol. 1 where most of the same cast, particularly the children, are in Paris. These serve as supplements to my longer Paris work, such as Slumming in Paris, Part One.

All in all, I enjoy having a large multi-generational extended family cast I can draw from, to present a wide range of experiences, often grounded in family.

Though it is still several projects down the line, an outlined Texas based work-in-progress, Lounging in Austin, will continue the same cast and family tradition.

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101 Sports Poems Narrated by Adam Meggs           family poems audio book image       Texas Shorts Vol 1

Narrated by Adam Meggs           Narrated by Alexa Rubinov           Narrated by Drew Sobey

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the old american artist audiobook                       Slumming in Paris Part One AudioBook

Narrated by Marcus Anderson             Narrated by Sarah Tancer

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Five New AudioBook Titles, Effective December 06, 2013

(in alphabetical order)

  • 101 Sports Poems
  • Family Poems
  • Slumming in Paris Part One, Arthur & Gricinda
  • Texas Shorts Vol 1
  • The Old American Artist

Related article : Five New Audio Books – Family & Sports Poetry, Fiction Set in Texas & Paris

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  • Narrator Interviews
  • Possible new titles open for narration next year
    • Love Poems
    • Paris Shorts Vol 1
    • Slumming in Paris, Parts 2-8

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Final Word

Happy holidays to all, and a special thanks to Drew for such a memorable rendition of my Texas based short stories.

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Audio Book Narrators – Interview with Marcus Anderson

17 Dec

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Introducing Marcus Anderson

Marcus Anderson www.marcusanderson.com

Marcus Anderson
Narrator

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The Interview

Me:

Marcus, I understand you have done some professional promotional work for some well known national or international firms.  Could you tell us how that helped you in narrating “The Old American Artist”?

Marcus:

In working with a varied number of clients from different cultures and backgrounds, it helped me to get a feel of how the character would act, react and sound in a particular environment. For example: A character living in a village in Europe acts and sounds different from a character living in a suburb in America.

There are, however, a lot of things that I find are typical across all borders. Young men and women growing into adulthood all want the same things at periods of their lives: excitement, experiences, education and measurable growth.

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Me:

Fiction is so different from non-fiction, at least in a narrative sense, can you say what new things you learned doing the voice for “The Old American Artist”?

Marcus:

Although fiction is different from nonfiction, in a narrative sense they do have some things in common. The narrator  has to become the character(s)  he or she  is voicing.

I learned from ” The Old American Artist ” just how important that is.

A story  has to have a normal flow to it and when different characters are involved, it can be very challenging to the narrator.

” The Old American Artist ” showed how, when the story lines of the characters are closely related, and the periods of time involved are clearly separated (ie. a 20 year old character requires a different read than a 50 year old character).

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Me:

What would you do differently if you narrated another fictional work?

Marcus:

Well, it is always good to have as much info as possible about the characters involved and about the tone of the story being told. Fiction unlike Non-Fiction, is very hard to research to get a feel about the characters and the story line. All that info has to come from the author and any reference  he or she may have.

So, I would spend a lot more time with the author and get as much info as I can as to what their intent was for the story being told and the overall feel they would like to have portrayed.

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Me:

What words of wisdom do you have for fellow narrators considering doing an audio book?

Marcus:

I would suggest spending as much time with the author as you can to understand what it is they are looking to achieve from the read.

If the narrator can read the completed work before voicing the project, that’s great. If not, discuss each part with the author for clarification of tone, pace and intent.Edit content as you record in parts (chapters, parts etc.). It is very easy to miss things that need correcting after a very long read.

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Me:

What would you say to prospective authors thinking about having one or more of their fictional works created as an audio book?

Marcus:

1. Be as clear as you can about your intent for the project.

    2. Be available to the narrator for any questions they may have.
    3. Tight spacing on the copy can be confusing to read, keep the copy as clear as possible.
    4.  Define words that are different from the narrators first language. (ie. French word or Spanish narrator).
    5).Tell the narrator what you are trying to achieve and how you want it to sound).

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My Impression of Working with Marcus

Marcus was the first narrator (of five) I had the privilege to work with, and it was with great fortune that he was.  I felt we were both so grateful we had someone willing to be understanding, patient, and, from my end, glad to have someone with such talent to work with.

There is a distinctiveness to Marcus’ voice, reminiscent of several actors, that lent an authenticity to my main character’s reading.

Having two timelines running (that meet near the end), was a challenge to write, but a pleasure to hear played out.

The older American artist, thinking back to and relating to his younger self, from a young man through decades of maturation, to the moment where the reasons for the memories and the waiting through the day arrived, in the form of Rosetta, was made more believable than I even I had realized could be, hearing his rendition.

For his patience, care, and talent, I am grateful for Mr. Marcus Anderson.

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A paperback version is also in the works.

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The Old American Artist, a Love Story

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Gifts from Paris – Original Signed Photos, Matted Mounted 8 x 10s

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Pictured Left : “Rendezvous, Place Saint-Michel

One of three Paris / France signed photo gifts.

Included in the eBook of the same name.

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White “Monet’s Garden” is from a short trip my wife Sheila and I took in the early 2000s, the other two, “Rendezvous, Place Saint-Michel” and “Evening in Paris” are both from a wonderful extended stay we had late last year in the City of Light.

All photos are original and signed work by me, backed with foam core, and enclosed in a clear sleeve for attractive presentation.

All sizes are a standard 8×10.  A ready made frame can be used for easy framing.

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Poetry in Fiction, Samples – Grandma and Grandpa in the Latin Quarter

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Fiction, 2,863 story words.

One of several short stories set in Paris.

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It’s a bit more of a challenge, in a short story like this one, full of fun dialog and nuance, to grab a portion to format into poetry, or at least how poetry is more usually recognized. :-)

I did, once, write a dialog type poem for a dVersePoets prompt, but that piece as a whole was dialog (interior and exterior).

So I’ll stick with one of several nice descriptive passages I like in this short story.

One that, in re-reading it today for the first time in awhile, I was very pleasantly surprised how endearing, and humorous, across several generations at times, it is.

I hope you enjoy this short excerpt.

Best wishes,

Adan

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Fiction & Poetry, Pros & Cons

It’s kinda ironic that, the strength I see most in each, is in its context.

The fiction excerpt usually has much more power in its context within thousands of other words to give it associated meaning.

While the poetry rendition of the excerpt, gains its power, from its opening lines, to whatever it is the reader brings to the lines.  Isolated from everything, except the reader and the text immediately on the page.

I like both. :-)

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Grandma and Grandpa in the Latin Quarter, Excerpt

Fiction

       Rosetta sipped from a fresh glass of wine, dark and deep with Mediterranean grape.
The quiet soothed her, more than the wine.  The thick stone walls of the restaurant served as a bastion.  Deflecting the slings of unwanted thoughts.  Not bad thoughts, just too many.  She breathed deeply, a habit from the yoga she and Arturo enjoyed.  The quiet filled her.  Their food was being gathered, steaming on large plates, in the small kitchen nearby, and faintly, she could hear Arturo’s steps ascending the stairs from below.  She was ready, and glad, to eat, she smiled, as the waiter steamed toward her.

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Rosetta

sipped from a fresh glass of wine

dark

deep with Mediterranean grape.

The quiet soothed her

more than the wine.

The

thick stone walls of the restaurant

served as a bastion.

Deflecting

the slings

of unwanted thoughts.

Not bad thoughts, just

too many.

She breathed deeply

a habit from the yoga she and Arturo enjoyed.

The quiet filled her.

Their food was being gathered

steaming

on large plates

in the small kitchen

nearby

faintly

she could hear Arturo’s steps ascending the stairs from below.

She was ready

glad to eat, she smiled

as the waiter steamed toward her.

© 2013 felipe adan lerma

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Excerpt from a FB post I made for this Title

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i reread this little story the day it went up free, and was very pleasantly surprised how well it help up vs my last memory of it (sweet, nice, not bad) – what i saw this slightly detached go-round, besides more humor than i’d remembered, and a bit more nuanced banter between the two seniors, was the reader-perceptual contrast between grandma and grandpa’s interior lives and interaction, vs my (the reader) perceptual shock of how they “appeared” to me vs the 6 grandchildren when they all met up near the end of the book – the same two people, as “seen” by the teens and tweens, are different, not bad or less, but different; it just struck me as very interesting and unexpected i learned there

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