Category Archives: Writing

19 Jul 2015

A Case for Clean Reader

Why is there so much hate aimed toward Clean Reader? For those not in the know, Clean Reader is an Android/iOS app made by Upstream Media that removes offensive language from ebooks you’ve purchased. Often a naughtiness like “shit” is automatically altered to “crap” in order to spare you the trauma of such language. Ever since this particular application became available, the publishing and writing world has been set ablaze with ire. I, for one, do not understand why. I personally welcome our literary overlords and here are my reasons why: 1.) Human anatomy is over-rated. All that should really concern us Read More

13 Jul 2015

ADVENTURES IN (NOVEL) CROWDFUNDING, FINAL WEEK

Current status Money raised: $3,430 of $5,500 Number of supporters: 26 Nervous breakdowns: 42 Number of best sellers released by Steven King since last update: 7 Days remaining: 4 Previous week’s stats here. Trampling in the Land of Woe’s Pubslush page. Sequels? Since we haven’t come to the conclusion of the funding campaign just yet, I’d like to hold off on any reflection as of yet. Granted, we only have four days left but you never know… But let’s talk about sequels. I remember vividly telling my publicist, Ally, that I was “above” sequels, and since I was a true “artist,” I would never Read More

06 Jul 2015

Adventures in (Novel) Crowdfunding Week Five

Current status Money raised: $3,330 of $5,500 Number of supporters: 24 Nervous breakdowns: Z = Z² + C Number of Rational Conversations with Red Sox Fans: 0 Days remaining: 11 Previous week’s stats here. Trampling in the Land of Woe’s Pubslush page. Let’s talk about the value of a single donation. It’s pretty clear that a small-time (currently!) writer like me isn’t going to have a built-in audience for a new novel. This isn’t a complaint, but simply an understood reality. When I, personally, check out crowdfunding pages, I wisely put money only on people I either know OF or rely upon to deliver. Read More

29 Jun 2015

Adventures in (Novel) Crowdfunding, Week One

Current status Money raised: $1,255 of $5,500 Number of supporters: 12 Nervous breakdowns: 3 Stress calories eaten: 6,410 Days remaining: 39 At around 12:01p.m., June 1st, my Pubslush began for my new novel Trampling in the Land of Woe. Each Sunday, I will post on my website (newly revamped! Oooooooo!) detailing the experience. I do this for two reasons 1.) Ally Bishop, my publicist/cheerleader told me to and 2.) I want to give some guidance for anyone else who wishes to crowdfund their literary endeavors. I’ve made a Q&A below to clarify some of the process leading up to this Read More

15 Jun 2015

ADVENTURES IN (NOVEL) CROWDFUNDING, WEEK TWO

Current status Money raised: $1,670 of $5,500 Number of supporters: 19 Nervous breakdowns: 5 Stress calories eaten: 8,193 Days remaining: 32 Previous week’s stats here. Trampling in the Land of Woe’s Pubslush page. Well, I knew that with crowdfunding that you come out of the gate strong if you played your cards correctly, and it seems we did, somewhat. I’ve heard of the dreaded doldrums that usually hit mid fundraiser, though I’m already seeing the slow-down. Ally Bishop tells me not to worry, but she might as well tell a porcupine to not be so spiny or a monkey not to throw Read More