Two Best Bets for Info on Indie Publishing

Please know from the beginning that some of the best information in indie publlishing comes from Amazon and from Smashwords. www.amazon.com, and kdp.amazon.com. www.smashwords.com. Both will publish your e-books free. Play it wise and spend time studying, then going over and taking and saving notes on what you learn. Amazon employees are courteous and immensely helpful. Yo can access Help from the bottom or the top of most pages. Patience, patience, and more patience will be needed here. You know the old saw that Rome wasn’t built in a day. Please don’t expect to become a successful indie publisher in a month. It helps to prepare for the long haul.

Foorms are there to ask for help. Be specific. Be couurteous. You will receive an answer within 24 hours or they will tell you why you don’t. Remember, you are dealing with fellow humans here, not automation. It pays to be kind. Read the rest of this entry »

Things You May Not Know About Haiti

I’ve studied books and videos about Haiti for more than 20 years, at first doing reseach on a couple of books I wanted to write, then out of sheer interest.  I haven’t written about the devastation that has swept that country in the past couple of weeks because there seemed to be nothing I could add in the way of helpful present-day information.

Now that things have settled just a bit, I find myself musing on the fact that our media has done a good job of giving us facts and figures, but nowhere do I find columns and writeups and broadcasts that give us the “soul” of the Haitian people.  Ah yes, we have idiots like Pat Robertson, who calls  himself a man of God, who ascribes the devastation as God’s punishment of the Haitian people for their massacre of the French long ago.  Of course he says nothing about the horror that Black Haitians lived through under the French enslavement, thought to be one of the most inhuman known.

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