The Other Shoes

People have lost the ability to put themselves in each other's shoes. The results of the 2016 Presidential election stemmed from the build-up of grievances long ignored. People were fed up with politicians, bureaucracy, empty promises and disappointment upon disappointment. There were laws not being enforced and new laws proven to be outrageously expensive yet … Continue reading The Other Shoes

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10 Questions with… Si Page

Si Page is a British author whose third novel, No Idea, was just released late last year. A true talent, Page wraps his comedy chops and zany characters up in perfectly written packages topped with bows of real meaning and depth. When reading his books, you'll laugh and cry, but more than anything, he leaves … Continue reading 10 Questions with… Si Page

#HalfJew Cover Reveal

As many of you know, I've been working on a new nonfiction book entitled, Half-Jew: Searching for Identity. My most important book to date, it is both a memoir and an examination of the religion and ethnicity as they relate to identity. Though I cannot speak for all Half-Jews, my book gives a voice to … Continue reading #HalfJew Cover Reveal

#Booksarenotfree

 

Why should brand new books be free, and why do many readers today feel this sense of entitlement? Most likely, it is due to those writers who started the trend of giving their books away, if only for a shot to be noticed. Now however, it has backfired, and everyone says, “Gimme, gimme, gimme!”

But authors are not selling some meaningless product, a piece of plastic manufactured in Taiwan; we are selling a work of art which took hundreds, if not thousands, of hours to write and polish, a creation streaming straight out of our souls. Our blood, sweat and tears are not worthless commodities. I honestly don’t understand the mindset which places a higher monetary value on a cup of coffee than on a book someone slaved over, a book which provides entertainment and sometimes even enlightenment for far longer than the duration of sipping that coffee. Frankly, I make my coffee at home and spend that money saved on books!

Author Maria Gibbs addresses this issue, and I encourage everyone to read the entire post. Gibbs, by the way, has written three novelettes, and I’ve read them all. They’re well worth the measly 99 cents each, more than that actually.

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There is a growing trend in society to believe that books should be free or heavily discounted and we have all been guilty of feeding into it. I pick up freebies but I am also happy to pay for the books I want. Maybe I can’t get all the ones I want but hey isn’t that just life? I see lots of clothes I like and I might be able to pick up a new dress for a special occasion or a new pair of jeans because my old ones have holes in where no self-respecting forty-something wants holes but I can’t buy every item that my heart desires. Certainly not on my non-existent income as an author. Just as well I have a full-time job that stops me from being a starving artist languishing in a garret with only bread and water to sustain me. My day-time job takes…

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