Posts Tagged ‘publishing’

Dailybooth Ove from JOJ

May 2, 2010

Thanks to John Lacey for the Dailybooth love & support!

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Even New York Hippies Get Gone!

April 6, 2010

And another super cool video gets a chapter of my novel.
The super awesome Stuff about Gone happens at about 2:50.
But the whole video is pretty rambly funny.

Find out how to read the first chapter of ‘Gone’ a novel by SamProof Here

Review : Author House – Self Publishing

April 5, 2010

Disclaimer: I just want to say for starters, this is a first time review. That is, I’m picking over the site for the first time right now. I’m also looking at this site as A) a fiction writer with a novel to publish B) a way to accomplish my own goals or one day getting national bookstore distribution.

So this is AuthorHouse.com

Starting at $599 with a long list of services. With one big exception – Print on Demand (they don’t do that)

AuthorHouse is only a self publish service*

They offer ISBN, Color Cover, ‘Online Distribution’ & ‘bookstore availability’ and a complimentary author copy, for your 600 bucks.

Initial Reaction: No Interest

So let’s break it down.

This is a money making business that preys on people’s dreams. It’s vanity press. The packages are not designed to get you out on bookshelves, or even on kindels, but to relieve you of your money.

While I am intrigued with their Booksellers Return Program – in which unbought books are returned and the bookstores get their investment back – without the demand, you’re just out another $700. And that’s annual.

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Destroy Fate & Stay Strong

March 27, 2010

“If fate doesn’t exist then maybe you should give its power to things that do exist.” – Devlyn James

That’s the quote I put up on the fanpage yesterday.

I’m going to put up quotes every few days here and there. But I wanted to start with this one, not just because it’s at the begining of the novel – but because this is the heart of it.

This is 1/3 of what I’m saying when I say “Stay Strong”.

Fate, is a cop out. Fate is releasing control of your life to the whims of the world. And I do not hold to that. Man is a creature of free will (God or not), we are beasts of self preservation and beyond that self advancement. All those roadblocks we set up for ourselves. That’s us letting fate control the game.

I sit here struggling with this second by second, as I’m trying very hard to achieve what may now be a very antiquated dream.

When I was a child the dream was “be a novelist” which meant “have your books on the shelves of bookstores nationwide”

The internet has, if not completely, nullified the value of that dream. While it’s still possible, while it’s still eventually attainable – is it the bar I should hold myself to?

If I woke up one day and a 100,000 people had my book on their laptop. kindle, nook, iPad, alex reader, whatever – would I feel unvalidated because it wasn’t in a single Border’s?

If a million people listened to a podcast of me reading the book out loud – would I think it was a quaint event?

Surely I wouldn’t. I would be overwhelmed, in awe, shocked.

I know this because when my DIY Video slowly lurched it’s way in to the million view mark on youtube I called my best friend Nic unsure how to even feel.

So while I continue to lock myself into the thought that “it has to be a physical thing on bookshelves” I’m giving into a fatalistic roadblock of dealing with the long hard process of traditional media, and it’s time to give that power to something else.

So next time you find yourself stressed, think “It can’t be done” – flip it. Turn it over. Destroy it, burn it, and recreated it. – It can be done.

-Stay Strong
Sam Proof

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