I spend so much time on Twitter that I think I have invented a new addiction – “I am Arthur Crandon, and I am a Twittaholic.”
I would like your help to start an organization to assist those likewise afflicted. I am going to call it Twitters Anonymous Tactile Support. The first meeting of the TWATS will be held at my place next Tuesday night. There will be a swear box for anyone who says ‘hashtag.’
The super power soc.net. is even as we speak working on ways to trap us into spending more time with them. They now have a service to let you find music you like – and then to tweet the song (they are in cahoots with iTunes, Spotify and Rdio). It is called the App#music
You can find music from artists that you like - then hear a 30 second excerpt of songs. There are of course links to go and buy the music – so twitter will get its pound of flesh.
"American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest tweeted about it last week, so it must be true.
“The music app is strikingly more visually appealing than the regular Twitter app. Squares of photos of artists fill the screen and bounce around in response to swipes. The app also starts a turntable spinning with a little picture of album cover art when playing a song.” How quaint!
Anyone interested in joining or helping me cope with my affliction can email me on Twatsunited@nevertweet.org
All these attempts to keep us glued to the blue birdie MUST be resisted. We need to organise and fight it! I must go and Tweet about it no... Oh Shi...!
Ok. On to other matters. I am pleased to unveil the cover for my relaunched book - due out around mid - June. I am so pleased with Jane Dixon-Smiths work. Comments please - let me know what you think of it.
I will keep you updated with the progress of my relaunch each week - there will be offers, give-aways, bribes, threats and extortion. Book marketing is a serious business these days.
Here are the usual furries. My girlfriend is happy because we are going to get a real one soon. Bye for now, Arthur.
I just want to start this weeks’ blog on a personal note. I am usually a very understanding and forgiving person. But yesterday someone ‘unliked’ my fan page – www.facebook.com/arthurcrandonauthor . Whoever you are, I just want you to know that I will hunt you down like the dog that you are, imprison you for many days of excruciating torture, then set packs of wolves on you to tear you limb from limb. I mean that, of course, in a very loving way.
Now down to business. – Amazon/Goodreads.
I think everything worth saying about the acquisition of Goodreads by Amazon has already been said, but that is not going to stop me!
It is sad, and maybe a little worrying that the behemoth that controls most of our careers is now getting bigger and depriving us of a somewhat independent avenue through which to promote our wares. I think of myself as a free spirit. Self-employed (and probably unemployable) I struggle with marketing/writing/marketing/editing/marketing/formatting/marketing – and then maybe a little more marketing. But, in reality, I am (for a large part) an unpaid agent for Amazon.
I know there are other ways to sell books, but most of us direct our marketing activities to Amazon, because of the well-tried systems and the trust. Amazon control (in a very haphazard way) our pricing, our merchandising, and, therefore, to a very large extent our success.
On the good side, I do not see many signs of flagrant abuse of this monopoly – their profit share is fair, and they do try to ‘police’ reviews etc. to keep a level playing field. I suppose having a ‘benevolent dictator’ is better than some alternatives.
Where will they go next, I wonder? They are already directly into publishing, e-readers, and many other associated ventures. Perhaps what they need is to start buying up writers blogs, to more secure their share of the market. Maybe they need a regular flippant, but humorous mouthpiece to promote themselves. Something, say, written by a very new and inexperienced writer trying to make his way in the world.
Maybe just a start up blog, with weekly postings, book reviews and film critiques (just to keep things interesting) but with a growing following of well over 1,000 visitors a per day.
Oh, wait a minute, that sounds a bit like my blog, doesn’t it. Well let me tell you now. I would NEVER sell out to such a dictatorial, faceless monolith, unless, of course, they asked. And just in case they are interested – my email is – firstname.lastname@example.org. – don’t worry, I check my mail regularly.
I would be grateful if you could PLEASE make up for the one, misguided individual mentioned above who ‘unliked’ me and please go and like my page – www.facebook.com/arthurcrandonauthor .
Here are more furry funnies – I know it’s the only reason you visit my blog! All the best till next week – yours, very insecurely, Arthur.
Throughout my life I have wanted to write a book – I have lost count of the number of times I started, then, through changing priorities – kids – jobs - etc, forgot about it. Well, I finally made up my mind and started writing ‘Deadly Election’ (that was not its title then) two years ago, and finished it a year ago....... or did I?
I was so proud of my first book – 127,000 words, exciting story... I couldn't wait to let Createspace get its hands on my masterpiece. My amazing opus, which was going to revolutionize the reading world, hit the bookshelves around September last year – and stayed there, gathering electronic dust!
I am not sure how long it took me to realize that what I had, at that time, was a badly written, repetitive, spelling gremlin infested, rambling, over descriptive narrative – which was too long! I think it was about three months before the penny dropped. I checked Amazon hourly (or more) but the stats never changed. As an IT friend once said to me “The problem is between the keyboard and the chair.”
The very first amount of money I ever spent on my writing was $250 to an editor in the US for a critique. What I got back was... “There is the basis of a good story here, but.....” That ‘but’ lasted for a further five pages!! It was a good job he was thousands of miles away and I did not know his address!!
I can accept criticism, of course I can (he says, smiling and gritting his teeth). If someone pulls my masterpiece to pieces, derides my characters, criticizes my every sentence – of course I can accept it, just as soon as I have inflicted severe injuries on him and buried him, alive, in a shallow grave, while waiting for his apology. That all took place, of course, in my mind – many times. But, it actually did not take me long to realize that he was absolutely right, and that the $250 was well worth it.
One year down the line, I thank him, and all the other professional, friends and fellow writers who have helped me to hone my work. I was a lawyer before writing, and I wrote like a lawyer. Short sharp sentences, always in the third person – I am still trying to get that out of my system, but at least I recognize it now.
I have come to realize that writing the book is the easy part. Reviewing, editing, rewriting is much harder, and is far more painful. But, I believe, it is here that the true writer and author come through. It is easy to scribble something together and throw it out on Amazon – too easy.
If you are prepared to go through the effort and pain of learning how to write properly, getting a LOT of input, paid or otherwise from people who will be honest and forthright about your work (without being deprecating and unkind) then, and only then, do you deserve the respect and support of the writing community.
So, come on then – I’ve done all that (well, I am still doing it actually) so support me! Follow me on twitter (@arthurcrandon) and like my Facebook Fanpage – (arthurcrandonauthor). I do help and support other writers whenever I can, and if you need help or promotion please contact me and I will try to help.
Furry animals abound this week – I hope you enjoy them. Bye, for now – Arthur.
Meet the author
Arthur Crandon is a lawyer, the boring office kind, not the exciting (and much better paid) courtroom type. He worked as a solicitor for a while before embarking on an interesting life overseas. He has spent most of his time in recent years in South East Asia, more recently in Hong Kong. Before that, Arthur lived and worked in the Philippine Islands.
He loves to fish, and play the piano – but spends most of his time writing, eating, drinking and sleeping
– usually, but not always, in that order.
His first book, Deadly Election, draws on his strange imagination and his
experiences, together with those of others, in a land that, beneath a veneer of civilisation, operates like the Wild West and is very
dangerous to innocent and gullible foreigners.
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