Hello Good People
Right, let’s get what follows in a context first. I hit the sack around 11pm last night and went to sleep almost immediately. That was the good news. However, I awoke just after midnight, and was still awake at 1:20am. So, as is my wont at such times, I thought ‘bugger this’ and arose from the pit. In the hours that followed, I had a coffee, some Weetabix, saw the last quarter of something of a cult film – ‘Shadow of the Vampire’ – with Willem Dafoe. After that, I sat at the laptop and reconfigurated the layout of ‘GEORGE’, Series Two, which I hope will go on Kindle in time for next Christmas (2014, that is!). I then read my own novella ‘BLOOD’, directly off my Kindle Paperwhite pad. Now this brings me to the heart of this little ramble.
The reason I was reading ‘BLOOD’ was looking for a singular, yet ghastly spelling mistake. The action in the first half of the story is centred in a hotel suite. I actually use that word ‘suite’ about eight times overall. On 7 occasions, no prob. However, on the 8th, it came out as ‘sweet’! I must have had a brainstorm at the moment of the typing. As the novella had already gone on Kindle, I was hoping Smiley might have been able to get into it and make the correction. Alack, it was not to be. It got me thinking. Amazon-Kindle has been a godsend to would-be writers to get their works out to the public, when the conventional publishing houses have told them – and I’m in this number remember – to take a hike. There’s so much out there, and the publishing houses seem unwilling or unable to handle the ever growing number of writers. Now it seems, such work can only be presented via a literary agent, and many of them have also taken up the mantra; ‘take a hike!’ Of course, what you read here may simply be the ramblings of an old arty farty failure. But then, along came Amazon-Kindle. An outlet for such as I to present our efforts, and be read by members of the public, as long as the offering to Kindle wasn’t total crap. This is the pro of it all. So to the cons. In publishing, the big factor once the manuscript of a book has been accepted, is that of preparation prior to printing, and includes PROOF READERS, not to mention marketing. Also, when writing for hoped for conventional publication, one can use the space of the page. Space between paragraphs, dialogue, in title pages layout. Unfortunately, with Kindle, these go by the wayside. In truth, I’m not complaining. As I’ve noted, Amazon-Kindle has been a genuine Godsend for us would-be writers. Indeed, I also believe that this method of ‘publishing’ could turn out to be as much of a threat to the publishing houses as TV proved to be for the movie industry.
Well, that’s my little ramble over. Soon I will try to reconfigurate ‘PROMETHEUS ASCENDING’, to save Smiley a hassle. Mind you, I’m having some trouble at the moment. No surprise. I am to matters I.T. as a virgin is to a brothel.
Live long and prosper!