Wednesday, March 24, 2010
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Saturday, March 13, 2010
Now I'm not comparing Steph or myself to the likes of any of the incredible or influential writers listed above, but it is no secret to many people that Steph and I have been frustrated by the state of the publishing industry for quite some time now. In the last twenty years or so, it has become quite evident that mass marketing and big profit are the greatest concerns of the publishing industry, and publishers only use writers as a means to that end, caring little for quality, content, subject matter, or originality. Now, snot-nosed kids with MBA's in business marketing serve as screeners, and if a book isn't "marketable" or doesn't have bestseller potential, the manuscript is flatly rejected no matter the quality of the story or writing. In Steph's case, she put over 15 years into the research, writing, and shopping out of her novel, Night Music: The Memoirs of Wolfgang Amadé Mozart, and sixty-some-odd rejection letters later, it is still sitting on her hard drive unpublished, despite the fact that virtually every rejection letter came with the comments that it was a wonderful story that was beautifully written. The only reason it was refused in each and every case was that they didn't "know how to market it". She has now become so frustrated with the same old rejections, and so tired of re-writing the story over and over to please the publishers, that she has abandoned Night Music to write a trilogy of historical fiction novels based on the rock & roll scene in 1960's through 1980's England.
Alla Breve Design for the Arts, so why not incorporate a publishing branch under the same name and use Lulu as our printer & distributor? So when it came time for me to publish the second edition of So Faithful a Heart, I published it under Alla Breve, and thus our company was born! In the near future, we plan to purchase our own block of ISBN numbers (which is not as expensive as one might think), and publish Steph's trilogy in the same manner, only with our own ISBN, using Lulu as the printer and distributor. We're planning to expand our company to include other genres and to invite other writers to submit their work to be published through Alla Breve, turning it into a small publishing company that specializes in "niche market" writing in which the "big" publishing companies aren't interested.
So there it is--another dream realized.
Labels: Following my bliss
Friday, March 12, 2010
When one of his more conservative friends came in and announced that his rights to free speech were being violated by this law, and that the federal government's intrusion in this area was unconstitutional, I came in and asked him to explain to me just how his rights were being violated by this law. He responded thus:
"When bills are written that extend protections to specific groups, they potentially criminalizes those who speak out against said groups."
He then launched into a diatribe against federal government intrusion and how we liberals have a "narrow world view". So I decided to show this young man just who had the narrow world view. The following was my response.
And these bills wouldn't be necessary if our existing state governments and law enforcements would do blind justice to each and every person who is the victim of a crime no matter its motivation! But unfortunately, in 1969 the Federal Hate Crimes law was enacted because we had too many governments and law enforcement agencies (especially in the South), who would not protect their black citizens. So the federal government had to step in and ENFORCE their protection. If state governments REFUSE to do justice and enforce the equality found in their own constitutions (which cannot, by law, be out of line with the US Constitution), the the federal government not only has the RIGHT but the RESPONSIBILITY to SEE TO IT that those laws are ENFORCED. The bill has been expanded to protect other classes of minorities because it has become clear that state governments, once again, are not willing to protect all of their citizens EQUALLY, under the laws of their own states. So when ALL states and the agencies of those states begin to act JUSTLY, according TO THEIR OWN LAWS on the behalf of ALL their citizens, then perhaps we can reopen this debate and discuss the evils of big government and federal intervention.
If you want this kind of federal government intrusion to end, then get off of your ass and stop whining about how your rights are being taken away from you, and go to your STATE government and DEMAND that it enforce the equality that is already built into its own constitution! Demand that EACH AND EVERY citizen in the state of Maryland be treated EQUALLY under the laws of your state and demand that law enforcement agencies investigate all rapes, domestic violence against women, racial crimes, crimes committed against the handicapped, violent crimes committed against transsexuals, gays, lesbians, and everyone in-between be investigated and prosecuted to the FULL EXTENT of the LAW. THEN when your state COMPLIES to their OWN LAW, and the federal government is still bent on intervention, you will have a right to complain.
Thus endeth the debate.
Labels: The subtle art of Meow