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  • All self-publishing articles – John T. Reed
    important than self PUBLISHING The Your four best friends from high school market segment The silliness of looking for symbolism in literature The Wal Mart versus Amazon book price war Those who can do Those who can t write Thoughts on typos What are the most common mistakes would be writers make What the James Frey A Million Little Pieces incident reveals about real publishers Why John T Reed does

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  • Dumb things people should stop saying and writing – John T. Reed
    same thing but is pronounced like the related word ambient This particular use of a foreign word by my double Harvard classmate was nothing put putting on airs an affectation forment foment I heard Bill O Reilly say forment on his TV show There is no such word He apparently conflated ferment and foment fractions factions Although fractions sounds like it might have come from fracture a group that is divided up into competing subgroups is said to have broken up into factions The word fraction comes from the Latin frangere which means to break faction comes from the Latin facere which means to make There could have been a logical use of the word fraction for that purpose but it did not happen that way The subgroups are factions I heard Newt Gingrich Ph D make this mistake on Fox News on 2 3 12 freestyle American or Australian crawl The upside down back stroke is called the crawl Freestyle means you can use any style you want Some swimmers use the butterfly for their freestyle stroke because they are faster using that stroke than using the crawl Freestyle is not a style of swimming It is permission to use any style you want gain the system game the system I never heard that but reader Katy Morgan submitted it Game the system means To use the rules and procedures meant to protect a system in order to instead manipulate the system for a desired outcome according to Wiktionary Gain has no meaning that would relate to the system get your head around get your arms around or understand no explanation should be necessary Ghirardelli Square pronounced as jee ar delly It s pronounced gear ar delly In Italian the gh sound is a hard g like in spaghetti or Ana Maria Alberghetti I live in the San Francisco area and used to live at 1000 Chestnut Street at the corner of Hyde Street within sight not site of Ghirardelli Square gleam glean gleam means shine as from a light or reflection of a light glean means to gather or extract you glean information from broader information you do not gleam information grosheries groceries the c is pronounced like an s but I wouldn t be surprised if Philadelphian Chris Matthews calls them grosheries some of which he washes in the kitchen zinc I m from that area grow as a transitive verb increase e g to grow a business is stupid growing a vegetable is okay from Karen Spence guarantee er guarantor I heard lawyer Greta Van Sustern say this on Fox News hard road to hoe hard row to hoe You don t hoe a road That would be vandalism This is another Gretaism head over heels heels over head upside down Head over heels is the normal position of a sitting or standing human being The phrase is used to convey an image of an unusual position Karen Spence says this is now standard so it s okay I don t care if it s standard It s still stupid Try upside down instead When upside up becomes standard we re starting to lose it altogether pronouncing height as if it ended with an h The correct pronunciation rhymes with tight or might Look it up in the dictionary There is no h at the end never was and the dictionary pronunciation is 100 like tight not tithe not Smythe hone in on home in on The Wall Street Journal had an article title with this mistake in the third week of August 2010 Someone wrote a whole article about this He said and I agree that this is just a mishearing of the original like little kids who think Our father who art in heaven is Our father who fart in heaven To hone means to improve originally to sharpen a blade Home in on probably refers to homing pigeons later to missiles guided by radar or heat seeking I could care less I could not care less Saying you could not care less means you do not care at all about the matter in question which is what the speaker intended Saying you could care less means you currently care a lot about the matter in question which is the opposite of what the speaker intends impact used as a verb affect bureaucratspeak incent motivate Aaagh incidences instances They mean the same but you don t use four syllables to say what three will convey incriminatory incriminating Judge Jeanine said this on Hannity 2 17 15 insider trading is illegal trading on undisclosed inside information is illegal Insider trading is an employee of or other person affiliated with a publicly traded corporation buying or selling securities of that corporation It is not illegal but must be publicly disclosed in certain circumstances Trading on inside information which is what Martha Stewart was accused of doing means anyone insider or outsider buying or selling a security when they were in possession of material non public information about that corporation Such information must be made public I believe at the SEC web site X hours before the person in question typically NOT an insider makes the trade ironical ironic from magician Dick Steiner irregardless regardless from magician Dick Steiner jerry rigged jury rigged jew lary jewelry say it like it s spelled a reader writes jew lary is actually OK at least according to Oxford http www oxfordadvancedlearnersdictionary com dictionary jewellery my response is say it like it s spelled and Oxford should not pander to the dyslexic especially when Oxford cannot even spell jewelry Webster says I m right not Oxford jive as in that does not jive jibe jive is a noun meaning jazz slang or B S jibe is a verb meaning to match up Latina Latino Justice Sotomayor started this word s use in American English There is no such word in English In Spanish the letter a ending means female and the

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  • Keys to success self-publishing how-to books – John T. Reed
    they each take a cut Boy do they take a cut Matter of fact if you are not careful they will take all of the profits from your hard labor I was in the book stores for twenty years nationwide Been there Done that I was phasing out the book stores in 2001 when my book store distributor Publishers Group West suddenly fired me I figured I would no longer need them in a few years so I was slowly publishing more and more books that I just sold myself and did not let them sell When they fired me I thought my income would take a hit Au contraire It jumped UP My net income went up 70 in the first six months after they stopped selling my books to book stores Ever get a 70 raise The median U S income is 43 000 For a person making the median a 70 raise would be 70 x 43 000 30 100 Hey Joe We love your work We are going to give you a raise from your current 43 000 to 73 100 Is that OK Did that ever happen to you I didn t think so But it happened to me when my book store distributor Publishers Group West fired me But wait It gets better My last full year in the book stores was 2000 My first full year not in the book stores was 2002 My net income in 2002 was 257 higher than in 2000 Hey Joe We really love your work We are going to raise you from your current 43 000 to 43 000 x 257 110 510 Is that OK Why does getting out of book stores raise your net income 257 It s a bit of a complex story It s explained in my book Basically it has to do with the Internet which changes everything and margins and prices and page counts and so forth To put it another way you are cutting out all the many middlemen in an industry where the middlemen are especially evil and greedy Don t believe me Try it your way Write a how to book and let the book store crowd sell it You ll be SOOOrrry Low overhead Self publishing is a shoe string business Keep it that way Your office is your kitchen table After you become successful I repeat AFTER you can move to a spare bedroom or some such But you will never leave home for office space About all you need are a home computer printer phone Internet connection and so forth Most people who would become writers probably already have all that You do not need an outside office or a secretary or employees or any of that You could probably even publish your own how to book using a computer at the library college or where you work although that would be less than ideal Maybe just do that for your first book if you

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  • Best-selling real estate authors – John T. Reed
    the process How many books do you think he d sell today competing with authors who say saving and renovating are unnecessary Al Lowry s first book How To Become Financially Independent by Investing in Real Estate was also excellent In fact it was a restatement of Nickerson s book The two were partners at the time Lowry s book was a best seller in 1977 Then came Robert Allen s Nothing Down in 1980 He blew Lowry and Nickerson away Lowry and Nickerson subsequently sort of imitated Allen trying to compete with him and started putting out lousy stuff People would rather hear that you can get rich for nothing down and no work than 25 down and renovation Ever since then would be best selling authors have had to tell bigger and bigger lies to achieve best seller status It s a sort of That s nothing Wait til you read my book series of one upsmanship ploys Here is an email I got I think it epitomizes the sort of person who the best selling real estate authors appeal to youre sic a dream stealer quit giving your stupid opinions on things you know nothing about millions of dollars of real estate is bought and sold all the time using methods you say dont work you just want people to think youre sic some kind of expert youre sic not derring595 aol com If you want to be a best selling author tell people their wildest financial dreams can come true with virtually no effort or risk Another email I got was more perceptive He called what the get rich quick authors do blowing sunshine up my a To an extent a best selling book is a product of mob psychology Charles Mackay wrote a book called Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds about various financial disasters caused by mob psychology Here s an inside tip about the book business The list that is most respected is the back list not the best seller list The back list is the list of books that sell year in and year out for decades Leigh Robinson s Landlording is an example So is Les Scher s excellent Finding and Buying Your Place in the Country Not eligible Some have accused me of being jealous of best selling authors because I am not one I am not eligible To be a best selling author you have to sell your books through book stores which I no longer do The last time I sent a real estate book to my old book store distributor was March 1998 Even during the twenty years when I did sell my books through book stores I still could not have had a best seller Here is how the conversation might have gone with my distributor if the sales of one of my books took off Distributor Jack Great news We have 50 000 orders for your tax book Reed Well that s nice

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  • HarperCollins’ new policies – John T. Reed
    books What do I think about this As I said in my book i the HarperCollinses of the world are toast The world will always have authors and readers The people who have been getting in between publishers book stores distributors will be eliminated by the Internet What HarperCollins is doing is just an interim step on their way to the dust bin of of the book business Share this

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  • John T. Reed’s self-publishing blog – Page 3
    K 12 school especially middle and high school is a formative experience for almost all Americans My wife was in Ethiopia for high school Since there was no American high school there she acquired a G E D by independent home self study via correspondence school with the University of Nebraska She was anxious to go Read more Self DISTRIBUTION is more important than self PUBLISHING Posted by John Reed on Sep 16 2015 Copyright by John T ReedI have been a published author My first book was published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich And I have been a self publisher of 105 books As a self publisher I was distributed to book stores by Publishers Group West PGW and Ingram And I was distributed by Amazon And I have been a self publish distributor where I distributed all my own books direct to retail customers If I may paraphrase Sophie Tucker I been distributed and I been self distributed and believe me honey self distribution is better 10 The royalty of an author is about 10 of the retail sale price of the Read more The Wal Mart versus Amazon book price war Posted by John Reed on Sep 16 2015 I am a self publisher I don t sell through either Wal Mart or Amazon I used to sell through both But the following article is instructive for all in the author publishng world Wal Mart announced on 10 15 09 that it would begin selling the hottest best selling books on line for 10 each Amazon instantly matched that price Wal Mart responded by lowering the price to 9 The public has generally welcomed this Cheap books Sounds great Top authors like Dean Koontz are also welcoming it but they re not sure That vague discomfort is much

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  • John T. Reed’s self-publishing blog – Page 4
    writer ought to have some pertinent experience but current active investing is almost irrelevant Actually current investing has both Read more Anonymous sources are not anonymous to us reporters Posted by John Reed on Sep 12 2015 Copyright 2011 by John T Reed I am an investigative journalist I am a member of the Investigative Reporters and Editors Association and I have attended a number of their training programs I am a journalist and specifically in the category of what is called the working press in the business That means I make my full time income from non fiction writing frequently about current events or particular individuals who do not want the story in question written about them I have described investigative journalism as being to other types of journalism what target shooting is to combat In investigative journalism Read more Why John T Reed does not sell his books on Amazon com anymore Posted by John Reed on Sep 12 2015 Many visitors to this Web site have asked me why I do not sell my books on Amazon any more For twenty years from 1981 through 2001 my books were sold in book stores nationwide and when they

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  • The silliness of looking for symbolism in literature – John T. Reed
    the right to find analogies between a work of literature and other aspects of the universe I also do not deny that trying to find as many plausible analogies between a given text and other aspects of the universe not directly cited in the text can be an amusing parlor game If that s what floats your boat or saves you from the boredom of being an English teacher knock yourself out I do deny that such is a worthwhile way to spend one s time And I sure as hell deny that we writers are producing Rorschach Ink blots in the form of fiction or non fiction writing Far from it We are trying to get our ideas across as clearly as possible It is maddening to be complimented or criticized for hidden meanings in our works meanings that never occurred to us and would not ever occur to us Indeed Rorschach ink blots are literally meaningless blobs that are used by psychologists precisely because they reveal much about the beholder They reveal absolutely nothing about the ink blot or its creator because there is absolutely nothing to reveal The blots are just random ink spills that were deliberately selected for their lack of obvious meaning or recognizable shape If a particular blot ever triggered the same interpretation in many people it would have been dropped from the standard set of ten blots Indeed it would be a lot easier to make a living from writing if all we had to do was string together intriguing words in ostensibly meaningless ways Heck a computer could do that all day Repressive regimes I will agree that on occasions writers living or publishing under repressive regimes have written their works in a sort of code that can be understood by their target audience but not by the censors of the repressive regime Often the code takes the form of references to works that the intelligentsia are familiar with but that less educated government censors would not recognize Perhaps this evidence of membership in the intelligentsia is the cachet that inspires too many pedestrian English teachers to play these games These regimes have been run by religious leaders Fascist or Communist dictators government organizations Books like John Bunyan s Pilgrim s Progress written while he was imprisoned for holding religious services outside the auspices of the Church of England come to mind But coded works published under repressive regimes make up only a tiny niche in literature and not a very important one The problem is that the existence of some actual symbolism in a few works has given millions of English teachers license to look for it in every piece of literature Teaching how to find symbolism The teachers and professors who devote class time and give assignments that involve finding symbolism in literature should be horsewhipped and fired Instead they should be teaching the craft of writing Even so called literature appreciation courses strike me as bogus In fact the

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