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Kindle Publishing: A Forray

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So, recently, I’ve had a lot of people I know direct publish short stories and novels to the Kindle. So, I decided that I would try something, too. So, I found a story that I have been working on for quite a while and am currently testing the waters on Amazon.com. So, if you would like to read some of my stuff on your Kindle, I might recommend either downloading my short story “Why? A Ghost Story” or getting my blog sent directly to your device. As always, good luck and happy reading!

Buy my Short Story for only $0.99 :  http://www.amazon.com/Why-A-Ghost-Story-ebook/dp/B004RPS86M

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March 19, 2011 at 12:24 am

Amazon.com Reviews: Things to Think About if You Want to be Taken Seriously

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Recently, I have been doing quite a bit of purchasing on Amazon.com because of my classes that I’m taking (believe it or not, most libraries don’t have a lot of books on Native Women’s Literature…but anyway), and I have noticed several trends that the writers of reviews do that really unnerve me…Honestly, I even mentioned some of them in rants to one of my classes because they were that bad. So, without further ado, the things that annoy me in Amazon reviews.

1) Know WTF you’re talking about–If you don’t know what happens in the movie, book, etc., don’t feel obligated to write a review about it. I don’t give a crap about your philosophical scruples concerning certain ideologies that might or might not be in the work that you’re talking about (again…if you haven’t watched the movie, you can’t have an educated opinion of the matter)…I hate for people to express their opinion on something that they don’t have a clue about…let’s face it, it’s pretty annoying overall.

2) Don’t criticize an item’s validity simply because you had a bad experience with the seller or you’re unsatisfied with   the packaging– I don’t know how many 1-star or 2-star ratings that I’ve seen that bring down the items overall rating of an item simply because people are pissed off at people who have nothing to do with the creative quality of the item…if you have a complaint to lodge about the shipping or something like that, you should contact Amazon…not slander the product.

3) If you are going to write a review, try to punctuate, spell, and write with an appropriate tone–DON’T WRITE IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS, it’s annoying and causes people like me to think that you’re yelling at them…also dont type in all lower case without any hope of punctuation entering into the mix its really annoying too (FYI: these previous sentences were for effect. So, don’t revolt against me.) Moreover, try to spell to the best of your ability…most of you probably have a word processing program that will tell you if you are misspelling words or not. Copy and paste your text into it. This way, you come across in your writing as at least a semi-intelligent individual.

4) Try to be explicit in what you like or dislike in the  review your writing–If you say something like “This is the worst damn book ever,” you have made no valid argument as to why or why not I should listen to your review. Please, please, please, give us some sort of information to back up your ideas…simply because Bob Smith writes a review, it doesn’t mean that I should trust them…all I’m saying.

So, there are a few tips for you. I hope that they help everyone out there so that we can quite having reviews like “This is the werst movie I’ve ever sean.” Good luck and happy reviewing.

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March 5, 2011 at 12:44 am

Christmas Shopping 101

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So, I know that there are a lot of people out there who loathe Christmas shopping on the whole. Honestly, I like doing it; however, I’m not a huge fan of waiting in lines and fighting with people over things…I’m just not good at such stuff…partially because I’m a little bit of an impatient person but also because who really wants to wait in line and do all those “fun” things. So, with that being said, I have a few tips and tricks that I try to go by that others hopefully won’t…I offer these to you now.

1) Never underestimate the power of internet shopping. I am a huge proponent of this simply because it does not require going out and fighting with the crowds. Also, you can get better deals online than you can get in the store a lot of times. If you don’t like to wrap presents (I do but this is for those people who don’t), most online stores will wrap your presents for free or a small fee, which is nice for most people. Good stores for such things include barnesandnoble.com, amazon.com, walmart.com, and many, many more.

2. Be aware of sales at all the stores. Some of them will price match for you which is nice. Also, why pay 20-50% more for a similar product that you is just as good as some more random brands. This way you can also have ideas of presents for people in mind in order to expedite your shopping experience, which is always better.

3. Try to have a chipper attitude when going holiday shopping. I know that it sounds rather…what’s the word I’m looking for….positive….maybe, I’m not quite sure that’s what I”m going for…however, if everyone has a good attitude, the fights breaking out in Wal-Mart will not occur (hopefully).

4. Have fun when you’re shopping. Don’t get so caught up in the gift hunting process that you fail to have fun. When you’re out, treat yourself to a meal out at your favorite restaurant or do something else for yourself…because then, we will all be less tense.

5. Finally ( and this is going to sound clichéd), don’t forget that the whole point of the season is to spend time with your family. Don’t let the presents and things get in the way of that.

So, there you have it…just a few tips from me…so, yeah….

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December 6, 2010 at 8:53 pm