Sunday, 11/22/09, Public Square

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I’m leaving on a jet plane, and I do know when I’ll be back again.  🙂



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22 responses to “Sunday, 11/22/09, Public Square

  1. I’m no great fan of Reid.

    But ya gotta give him credit.

    It might be political suicide in Mormon-dominated Nevada elections.

    But he got some recalcitrant Democrats on board last night.

    Sausage and laws; not pretty to look at as their made.

    But some Democrats got some spine implants last night.

    And that’s good.

  2. David B

    Reid… if he has to fall on has to fall on his sword to get this done, he’s a true hero in my book!

  3. Agreed, something had to happen to get this thing moving again.
    As much as it is possible that this is falling on his sword, the one thing we don’t hear about are the votes that might be gained from people who currently don’t have/can’t get insurance.

  4. tosmarttobegop

    Yeah CSPAN was on my TV almost all day yesterday once the Senate when in secession.
    I commented yesterday on something that is aggravating to me.

    They aggravation continued as later the subject was being touched on but not to solve the problem.
    The Republicans used the topic of Doctors and Hospitals refusing to treat because of Medicare and medicate. But it was only a tool to say that the Democratic plan should not be passed.

    As the plan is to put more people in these programs where they may not receive health care.
    No one is saying, “This is a government ran program and we are the Government so we need to fix the problem!”.

    The Democrats are simply saying that putting more people into these program would provide them with health insurance! No mention of really improving the program and in fact there is actions in the process that will make the problem worst.

    The stated problem and why Doctors and Hospitals are refusing these patents is that the payment they receive is too low. And that the money lost for treating them has to be made up else where.
    But now there is a plan to lower rate of payment?

    Put more people on these programs and lower the rate of payment.
    There is already a problem as there is, too many Doctors are seeing patents on the likes of a assembly line.
    Walk in, take one look, make a SWAGE, walk out of the room to the next door and next patent… total time is less then five minutes!

    More people need to see a Doctor, not a Doctor needs to see more people!

  5. David B

    Today’s your last chance to hear the beautiful music of Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutte” in Miller Concert Hall.. 3 PM.

  6. wicked

    Have a wonderful time, fnord! (I have no doubt you will. 🙂 )

    Very quickly. For anyone out there who might be considering self-publishing a book, please let me know. Two new vanity publishing arms of legit traditional publishers have reared their ugly heads. I don’t want to see anyone I know get fleeced by something like this. Self-publishing is one thing. Vanity publishing is different and quite sleazy.

    • tosmarttobegop

      let me guess you get the “by-line” and they get your investment and any profit from sales.

      • wicked

        By by-line I’m guessing you mean “name,” but bear in mind that I’m talking books. Magazines usually pay by the word and sometimes include the author’s “by-line.” There’s a huge difference between magazine publishing and book publishing. Payment is different.

        But I’m talking vanity vs. self publishing in the book area. And as far as profit from sales, some vanity presses are set up to take 50% percent of net profit, and believe me, that’s very little. So the answer is yes…and no.

        There are reputable self-publishing companies available that won’t take every cent and earn you very little. I’ve been asked by one or two people here about it, so I thought I’d offer a warning. It’s a subject that is coming home to roost, so I’m learning more and more by the hour. 🙂

        Just know that I’m watching out for your (collective) benefit, and I’ll gladly answer any questions I can if anyone is considering this type of venture. If I don’t have an answer, I know people and places I trust to ask.

        Sorry I can’t explain here. 😉

    • Would you, Wicked, publish a post here distinguishing the two? Thanks.

      I know the Celestine Prophesy was self-published at first and then was picked up by Time-Warner and was a monster read. The guy and gal who wrote the above put their retirement money into self-publishing the book did real well and a follow-up did well also.

  7. David B

    I kissed a girl.

  8. David B

    And here is a story of a new tactic being rolled out in Afghanistan:

    American and Afghan officials have begun helping a number of anti-Taliban militias that have independently taken up arms against insurgents in several parts of Afghanistan, prompting hopes of a large-scale tribal rebellion against the Taliban.

    Not as fun as kissing… but…

  9. David B

    Intaking a few thousand calories.. kissing is really energy intensive… if done correctly…

  10. November 22nd is the anniversary of the assasination of John F. Kennedy. I was in Mrs. Boyd’s 4th grade class when our Principal shared the news that day. I recall distinctly thinking, “What is going to happen, now?”

    The day of the week in 1963 was a Friday. Jackie devoted herself to orchastrating the funernal – she was 33 years old at the time.

    My parents wanted me to stay in and watch the funeral. I did, but was happy to get outside to play when I was permitted. I remember we were playing outside climbing trees when a friend came outside and said, “Someone has shot Oswald.”

    We replied “no, you dumb ass, Oswald shot, Kennedy!” We were profane in the 4th grade. Little did we know, how crazy things were. I think the killing of Oswald, did much to promote the conspiracy theories advanced afterward.

  11. wicked

    From Science Fiction Writers Association’s (SFWA) Writer Beware

    A commercial publisher purchases the right to publish a manuscript (usually together with other rights, known as subsidiary rights), and pays the author a royalty on sales. Most also pay an advance on royalties. Commercial publishers are highly selective, publishing only a tiny percentage of manuscripts submitted. They handle every aspect of editing, publication, distribution, and marketing. There are no costs to the author.

    A vanity publisher prints and binds a book at the author’s sole expense. Costs include the publisher’s profit and overhead, so vanity publishing is usually a good deal more expensive than self-publishing. All rights and completed books are the property of the author, and the author retains all proceeds from sales. Vanity publishers may exclude objectionable content such as pornography, but otherwise do not screen for quality.

    A subsidy publisher also takes payment from the author to print and bind a book, but contributes a portion of the cost and/or provides adjunct services such as editing, distribution, warehousing, and marketing. Theoretically, subsidy publishers are selective. A subsidy publisher claims at least some rights, though the claim may be limited and non-exclusive. The completed books are the property of the publisher, which owns the ISBN, and remain in the publisher’s possession until sold. Income to the writer comes in the form of a royalty.

    Self-publishing, like vanity publishing, requires the author to bear the entire cost of publication, and also to handle all marketing, distribution, storage, etc. However, rather than paying for a pre-set package of services, the author puts those services together himself. Because every aspect of the process can be out to bid, self-publishing can be much more cost effective than vanity publishing; it can also result in a higher-quality product. All rights, the ISBN, and completed books are owned by the author, who keeps all proceeds from sales.
    People often use the term “vanity publisher” and “subsidy publisher” interchangeably. Strictly speaking, this isn’t correct–there are differences, as described above.

    Please use the link above for more information. As the article says, “However, the lines have blurred over the past few years. What you’ll most often find nowadays is neither a vanity publisher nor a subsidy publisher in the classic sense, but a hybrid of the two–following the vanity model in terms of pricing and selection (building a fat profit into its fees and publishing anyone who will pay), and the subsidy model in terms of book ownership and income to the author (the publisher owns the finished books, and the author earns royalties on sales).”

    There’s good information out there, peeps. Don’t go into anything until you’re fully informed about everything. Know the questions to ask before signing on the dotted line.

  12. Thanks, Wicked.

    I was in Borders the other day and the Romance and Science Fiction paperbacks are near one another in the store. Both had the largest (I am guessing) number of titles over anything else in the store. I am guessing that means that both are very competitive markets. Is that true?

    As a FWIW, Borders has the best reputation of any corporate book store of hiring people from the GLBT community. I stop there first, on North Rock Road, but sometimes their selection is such that I have to head to Barnes and Noble, further north, to get what I am after.

    • wicked

      My oldest shops at the Borders out west. The one time in the last year I bought a book at the east one, the first clerk was too busy chatting with a friend and was rude when I asked a question. The second was much more helpful. However, I did go back a few months later, just to wander the store. I usually go to B&N at Eastgate, not because of the book selection, but because they’re the only place in town to get a raspberry Italian creme soda. Hey, I have books, but I can’t make those sodas the way they do at B&N. 🙂

  13. wicked

    To answer your question, iggy, yes, both are competitive markets within themselves and with each other. Romance has a sci-fi/paranormal sub-genre that is selling well, as is a lot of sci-fi/paranormal. Neither market is easy to break into, but that’s true of any large commercial market, no matter what genre.

  14. wicked

    Just found these figures in a reply to an article/opinion? in Publishers Weekly. I can’t vouch for how accurate the figures are. There was no citing for them.

    Romance fiction: $1.37 billion in estimated revenue for 2008
    Religion/inspirational: $800 million
    Mystery: $668 million
    Science fiction/fantasy: $551 million
    Classic literary fiction: $446 million

    I’m off to the cave (the Ditzy Chix term for where our minds go to put words on paper) and probably won’t surface again for a while. With all the bad news humming in the publishing world, I think email OFF is a good idea, too.