Teen Vogue's Lauren Duca tweeted yesterday at the news of Billy Graham's death: "The big news is that Billy Graham was still alive this whole time. Anyway, have fun in Hell, B----h." She later replied to comments at her remarks: "'Respecting the dead' only applies to people who weren't evil people of shit while they were living, thanks."
During a 1953
(Yes, a time when the voice of compassion in race relations was all but mute)
rally in Chattanooga, Tennessee,
Graham tore down the
ropes that organizers had erected to separate the audience into racial
He recounted in his memoirs that he told two ushers
the barriers down "or you can go on and have the revival without me."
He later warned a white audience,
"we have been proud and thought we were
better than any other race, any other people.
Ladies and gentlemen, we
are going to stumble into hell because of our pride."
Billy Graham is now being criticized for leaving children in his wake damaged by his absences
which resulted in divorce, drinking, and drugs -- similar things were written after the death of John Adams about his children. It is easy to disparage a man after he is no longer alive to defend himself.
He is now said to have damaged the LGBTQ community with his legacy.
Rev. Graham was a product of his times and spoke from his interpretation of the Bible.
Do we truly expect people of decades ago to have the same mind-set as we possess?
C'mon, admit it: you skim over the "boring parts" as you read print. It's instinctive by now. But skimming robs you of the power and purpose of the words you skim!
B) AUDIO LETS YOU CATCH THE PACE, THE FLOW OF THE WORDS
The sounds of the words will bleed into your own writing. You will begin to "see" words as images. It will limit your use of HE SAID/SHE SAID in every line of dialogue. Don't tell me those words are invisible to readers -- only to you as you block them out as you write.
You'll discover new ways to add pauses to the spoken lines.
C) YOU'LL HEAR THE WORDS AS YOU WRITE THEM
Maybe in your voice. Maybe in the voice of your favorite narrators. It will spotlight "kinks" in your paragraphs.
The audio's will create a Theater of the Mind letting you see words as images.
D) YOU'LL "READ" MORE
Stephen King stresses that the more you read the deeper your perspective will be in your books.
You'll read in places you couldn't with a print book: in bed, exercising, gardening, commuting. You'll discover favorite narrators and seek out books they narrate no matter the genre and
your literary horizons will expand, enriching your prose, breathing new ides into your future novels.
E) YOU'LL LEARN
AUDIBLE has its DEAL OF THE DAY: I got Arthur C Clarke's 2001 for $2! The intro was by Clarke himself, detailing the unique way he wrote the book. I got BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S read by Michael C Hall of DEXTER fame (great narrator) for $2! Craig Johnson of LONGMIRE fame detailed at the end of one of his books the origin of his hero and how he writes. Great lessons.
F) YOUR OWN AUTHOR READINGS WILL IMPROVE FROM LISTENING TO PROFESSIONALS.
G) YOUR VOCABULARY WILL IMPROVE
You'll learn new words from their use in context of the action of the novels.
You'll repeat crutch words less as you insert the new words into your prose.
OH, BEFORE I FORGET WHY ALL THIS TALK ON AUDIOBOOKS!
How many times have you heard this question asked in a movie?
The usual answer is a comforting lie.
The questioner knows it is a lie and hears that things are NOT going to be the same.
There is going to be a new NORMAL.
But whether that new NORMAL is good or bad depends on how well we craft it.
As writers we craft our stories, our novels.
Things slapped together usually look ... and read ... like they were.
Over the past 2 years print book sales have been going up while Indie ebook sales have declined 12%!
How are your sales doing?
Probably not as well as they were.
John Locke and Amanda Hocking shot to the best selling eBook lists by being innovative. Others have tried to do the same by copying their methods. But their methods worked because they were innovative pioneers. They looked at the existing conditions and saw new possibilities to grow. But you can no longer tweet or Facebook your way to fame
Amazon is no longer your helpful partner.
At first, they needed content.
Now, they have a glut of it.
Independent and self-published authors put out more books monthly than the trade houses do.
So eBooks clog the search engine results. Worse, eBooks are immortal. Every month there are more and more eBooks. A tidal wave of books with fewer eyes split across more books. That is why eBook sales are declining.
What to do?
The skies had not changed when the Wright Brothers found a way to soar in them. It was the same sky that Leonardo longed to soar in.
They looked at what they had and made use of it.
We must do the same.
With it, you can connect with a fan base following ... create word of mouth. 1.) BUSINESS YOUR ACCOUNT 2.) LINK YOUR INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT TO YOUR AUTHOR FACEBOOK PAGE 3.) MILESTONE YOUR JOURNEY 4.) TALK MORE ABOUT YOUR FANS, THEIR INTERESTS THAN YOUR BOOKS. 5.) REVIEW BOOKS YOU THINK YOUR FANS MAY ENJOY.
6.) MAKE A VIRTUAL RECOMMENDED SHELF OF YOUR ACCOUNT 7.) MAKE YOUR INSTAGRAM POSTS FUN
DO NOT JUST THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX ...
THINK ABOVE THE HORIZON
The Internet is a global world of endless possibilities.
You are creative or you would not be a writer.
There are ways to draw attention to your book that no one else has thought of.
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THE DEADLIEST ENEMY IS WITHIN
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In the eclipse of myth, he can
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END OF DAYS is here!
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Once there was an age undreamed where legends walked this earth … and nightmares, too. Terrible were the battles, tragic the outcome of the wars. Until finally there were only two survivors : the nightmare and one bruised legend. These are the legend’s stories, each one a different facet of the same priceless gem – a jewel that has come to believe herself worthless. So come. Listen to her. Listen to THE LAST FAE.
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Based on the stories my Lakota mother told me as a child when I was deathly ill in a freezing Detroit basement apartment. Think a Native American LORD OF THE RINGS.
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FANTASTIC REVIEW OF THE LEGEND OF VICTOR STANDISH
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Dedicated to GYPSY
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One lone telepath finds himself a helpless spectator as the race of Man is subjugated into mindless drones by the very blood within their bodies.When the war is over, and he finds himself totally alone ... How can he go on and why?
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