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At the end of each scene your Lead must choose. A scene moves from struggle, discovery, choice, change. Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2010 at Eddie Jones
How do you prepare the reader for a memorable scene? With surprise, suspense, deep emotion or death. Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2010 at Eddie Jones
1) Stress less. The gulls do not store up for themselves fish and shrimp and yet they do not starve. If a bird can find food enough each day so can a man, woman and child. 2) Love more. Love is free. Taxed, but still free. Families and friends remain the true source of significance. A life loved and being loved will outlast any economic downturn so share more, not less. 3) Give it all to God. Nations rise and fall. Economies expand and collapse. Through it all, God remains on His throne. Whatever financial difficulties you face today God... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2010 at Faith & FINANCES
1) Stress less. The gulls do not store up for themselves fish and shrimp and yet they do not starve. If a bird can find food enough each day so can a man, woman and child. 2) Love more. Love is free. Taxed, but still free. Families and friends remain the true source of significance. A life loved and being loved will outlast any economic downturn so share more, not less. 3) Give it all to God. Nations rise and fall. Economies expand and collapse. Through it all, God remains on His throne. Whatever financial difficulties you face today God... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2010 at Eddie Jones
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Mar 15, 2010
From my friend Joe. "I opened the paper this morning to see a picture of what I thought was a paper-mache head with no eyes in the sockets. Turns out it was that rascally pharoh, King Tutankhamun, aka King Tut, who began his rule at age 10 and had he lived, would be celebrating his 3,300th birthday this year. This determination is made by "carbon-dating" where they disassemble a water filter and rub the contents all over the body. I'm not sure what happens after that. Archeologists recently discovered more artifacts in his tomb, including a tattered Blue Cross card... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2010 at Eddie Jones
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Simon & Schuster eliminated nine salespeople and leaving just seven reps calling on buyers. ( sort of hard to harvest new sales when you've fired the field hands ).Telemarketing reps based in New York will call on "a core group of more than 400 independent booksellers, distributors and educational wholesalers." That team is expected to be "in place and selling to accounts by February 15. Twitter lit up today with comments from disgruntal book sellsers. "I am super bummed about the S&S rep news"; "SO pissed to see my rep go. My one link to you is now someone who... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2010 at Eddie Jones
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One of the things that happens when you have a few decades in your rearview mirror is that you witness the passing of your generation of celebrities fromtime to time. When the clock radio came on this morning, the guy said that KarenCarpenter died 27 years ago today. I remembered Karen Carpenter and her brotherRichard. I don’t recall ever hearing Richard sing, only that most of the time theywere mentioned together…..Karen and Richard Carpenter. It could be that Karen’sparents told her that she had to include her brother in her music career and that’swhen Richard was promoted to v.p. in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2010 at Eddie Jones
Another example of a publishing company struggling to find their identity. Perhaps this was the conversation in the boardroom. Acquisition editor: "Hey, is anyone besides me tired of all these unsolicited manuscripts? I mean, with most of the country out of work, it's like suddenly everyone's an author." "Know the felling, bro." Marketing manager: "Hey, here's an idea. Why not just offer to post the manuscripts online for free. I mean, don't most of these wannabe writers just want to see their name in print? This way we don't have to pay them, don't have to read their dribble and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2010 at Eddie Jones
Amazon reports: "Macmillan, one of the 'big six' publishers, has clearly communicated to us that, regardless of our viewpoint, they are committed to switching to an agency model and charging $12.99 to $14.99 for e-book versions of bestsellers and most hardcover releases. "We have expressed our strong disagreement and the seriousness of our disagreement by temporarily ceasing the sale of all Macmillan titles. We want you to know that ultimately, however, we will have to capitulate and accept Macmillan's terms because Macmillan has a monopoly over their own titles, and we will want to offer them to you even at... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2010 at Eddie Jones
Some thoughts and quotes on the iPad. "Publishers will actually withhold their [e]books from Amazon...because they are not happy with the price.' - Steve Jobs. Forrester Research predicts Apple's will sell between 5 million and 10 million iPads in its first year. Amazon has "maybe" sold 1.7 million Kindles. Sony's eReader sales "quadrupled on a year-over-year basis" in 2009. 1 x 4 =... nevermind. Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2010 at Eddie Jones
The points made in the "Ten Changes in Publishing Since 2000" below are true and it does make you wonder what role the traditional book publisher will play in the future if: Their editors ( or laid off editors ) freelance Marketing is the responsibility of the author Finding readers is the responsibility of the author Branding is the responsibility of the author Social networking is the responsibility of the author And online tools, new technology and changing trends make it easier for the author to put their work before the eyes of readers. Look for traditional publishers to struggle... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2010 at Eddie Jones
Apple announces their iPad, an ebook app, using epub, called iBooks. With the support of major book publishers the new iBooks bookstores will compete with Amazon: "We think the iPad is going to make a terrific e-book reader," Jobs said. "Not just for popular books but textbooks as well." Missing from the announcment was the issue of digital rights management. Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2010 at Eddie Jones
The cookie was fat! It was sitting alongside others like it behind the curved-glass case in the cafe portion of a big-box book store. I'd been drawn to the nook by the smell of freshly-brewed coffee. The cookie literally oozed with caramel and chocolate. The young lady with the impecably clear, creamy skin behind the counter approached me. I don't know where the green and pink tattoo started, but it rose up from under her collar and extended toward her ear. Looked like some kind of vine.....maybe Better Boy tomatoe "Hi! What can I get for you?" "You got any... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2010 at Eddie Jones
“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.” - Matthew 24:45-46 In these days of turbulence in the economy, it seems everyone is cautious about what to do or what not to do. Even the so called “experts,” the financial planners and stock portfolio managers, offer conflicting advice... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2010 at Faith & FINANCES
With nearly half of the population of Webb County, which includes Laredo, lacking basic literacy skills, this border town could soon become the first US city without a bookstore. Why is this important? Becasue without the ability to imagine and create we become a nation of pupits moving to the trends of the video-centric media. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091216/ap_on_bi_ge/us_last_bookstore Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2009 at Eddie Jones
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SPEAK UP! Launch Your Own Radio Show Total sessions: ONE Starting time: January 12th, at 3:00 pm ( Other classes may be added based on demand ) Class duration: TWO HOURS Instructor: EDDIE JONES Description: Are you looking to expand your platform? One of the fastest growing segments of marketing is web-based radio. It’s live, the shows are archived and best of all, it’s free! Using our Blog Talk Radio Top Ten Secrets to Success, we'll help you expand your reach through FREE RADIO! Session fee (USD$): $95.00 Agenda: In this class we will show you how to: Create your... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2009 at Eddie Jones
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The obituary of the paper book continues to draw interest but before we bury the printed word let's consider the hype and obstacles of digital delivery. Last week at the International Coach Federation conference in Orlando Florida I watched as hundreds of attendees waited in line to have books signed by key-note speakers and conference faculty. Where do you put the author’s autograph on an e-book and does a hand written note from Sarah Palin mean as much in a Kindle as it does in a hardback? Today I waited in line at Borders to purchase an Eagles DVD. Yes,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2009 at Eddie Jones
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I kept my grandson for a couple of hours Wednesday while my daughter went shopping. The boy puked down my arm so I sat down and read him a story. (Daughter said it was just spit-up but if it comes flying out of your mouth......well) I love that kid. I read him stories and he pays attention and tries to pick the pictures off the page. Wednesday's story had a moon on every page. The kind in the sky. I asked him if he'd ever seen a moon. Then I figured, no, he probably hasn't since he hasn't spent a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2009 at Eddie Jones
Home, at last. Rain, cool and a smelly dog beneath my desk. Back to writing, editing and managing book projects. Oh, and the wife wants lights on the C Tree. Look for a new feature on my blog next week. Jesus Goes Job Hunting - A Parody on a 1st Century Preacher Seeking a Pulpit. Would your church hire Jesus as its pastor? Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2009 at Eddie Jones
"Words are the new weapons; satellites are the new artillery. Caesar had his legions, Napoleon had his armies; I have my divisions: TV, newspapers, and magazines." -Eliot Carver, Bond, Tomorrow Never Dies Don't forget the Web, Eliot. And don't forget books. Words... The power of change. "Honey, I've been thinking. Maybe it's time we start..." A family is born. Words... The power to liberate. "I have a dream..." A people walk free. Words... The power to convict. "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" Evil falls. Words... We all have them. Get yours published! www.writerscoach.us Our next Basic Writers Workshop begins... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2009 at Eddie Jones
Over at Borders, sales for the quarter fell 12.7 percent, at $595.5 million, with an operating loss of $39 million that was equal to last year's deficit. (Their adjusted EBITDA loss of $34.2 million was higher than the $25.5 million a year ago.) The same-store sales declines were almost as brutal as the overall drop: superstore comps were down 12.1 percent (and still down 8.1 percent excluding multimedia), while Walden comps were down 12.7 percent. Total superstore sales were $492 million (down 12.1 percent), with Walden sales of $73 million down 20.3 percent from fewer stores. Calling the results "both... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2009 at Eddie Jones
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How far along is the turkey now? No gobbling coming from crock-pot, I suppose? If so, we have the beginnings of "Revenge of the Turkeys," a new holiday favorite now available in the DVD format, right? Eddie can write it when he has the time. Enjoy the family and the food. Happy Thanksgiving Day. Anyone watching the football game? Who would you like to see win today? Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2009 at Eddie Jones
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"Seek perfection, but don't be consumed by the search." Upper Room "It's silly to expect perfection in ourselves and it is damaging to demand perfection from others." Upper Room The fault I see in the mirror is the fault I find in others. Lord, forgive me of my sins, with the same measure I forgive others. The potato chip was a mistake. The Carey Moon Lake House in Saratoga Springs was a popular vacation spot for the wealthy people of the area. A Native American chef named George Crum worked in the kitchen there. One day a customer sent back... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2009 at Eddie Jones
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Would you like to be a host “home” for our progressive “dinner” book tour? Our book, Faith & FINANCES: In God We Trust, will be released in January, 2010. As part of the book launch, we're inviting our blogging friends to participate in our virtual book tour. We will provide the meal: an excerpt from the book, an article specific to YOUR site, a short interview from one of the authors in the book, video clip, guest contest giveaway, sample questions from the study guide, and more. As host you will receive a free copy of: Faith & FINANCES: In... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2009 at Eddie Jones