As technology evolves publishing the written word has become easier and easier. As a result, there is an influx of new writers taking the plunge into giving us their perspective on the world. There are thousands and thousands of new authors each year. Many write for a sense of accomplishment. To read something that you have created is very gratifying. Authors often re-read something they wrote in the past and are amazed that it is something they produced. Simply completing a story can be gratifying. Others write to persuade and inform the masses of people. Historians will most likely look through the corpus of new books from our era to get a true account of the world. Everyone’s perspective matters. Numerous people write because they have a passion to do so. These are the authors who find it easy to compose a story. Matching these authors with imagination and an analytical ability we find the great literary individuals who have found fame and fortune in writing. Some do so with the hope of gaining fortune and fame. Many have found their dreams and expectations to be fleeting. In today’s literary arena very few self-published authors make money. But as stated above there are successful authors. So, no matter what anyone says writing with a sense of confidence with hopes of fame and fortune are still good reasons to write. Dreaming and hoping for a better life is never bad. Most often than not it makes a person happy. In the future legacy writing will be one of the main reasons people write and self-publish a book. This is such a large and growing area for new authors that I will write my next blog on the subject. All and all, keep writing. Hopefully it triggers your imagination and keeps you smiling.
Ladies and gentlemen you are about to get a glimpse, behind the scenes, at the high powered decision making process of a top-flight business corporation—in action at the October company meeting held at Village Inn. The business agenda was wide ranging but generally concerned our ‘Stories Through the Ages’ short story contest. In attendance three Baby Boomers and one Junior Partner who is a college student.
Managing Partner (JVP) gaveled the meeting to order and the first item of business was who was paying for breakfast. When JVP (reluctantly) announced that there was enough money in the company treasury to pay the bill with the company credit card, I opted for the VIB breakfast—bacon and eggs with sausage links and a waffle. DLP scoffed at me and asked if I wasn’t worried about clogged arteries. He then said that the strawberry crepes looked good but ordered the biscuits and gravy (I refrained from any snide artery comments). ECP went with the strawberry crepes. JVP had bacon and eggs.
More coffee and juice was arranged and the meeting was off and rolling with everyone contributing and visions of success and wealth reverberating throughout the meeting hall (restaurant).
One thing I want to point out is that JVP is goal oriented and tries to keep the meeting on track but she forgets that I am the oldest and my ideas should count more. I’m not complaining but just pointing out the unfairness of it all.
The first agenda item was to discuss book sales. DLP said that he wanted to add an order form with all books shipped so people would be able to fill it out and mail it in with a check. Here is a transcript of the conversation:
ECP – If we are mailing them a book, then they already have a book–Why do they need an order form?
DLP – So they can order more books.
ECNP – “Why can’t people just go to the website to order?”
DLP – “What’s a website?”
The food came. DLP said, “Where are my strawberry crepes?”
ECP – “You didn’t order the crepes you only admired them in the picture. We are trying to be a ‘green’ company and we shouldn’t use paper order forms.
DLP – “I don’t want to be a green company I want to be a profitable company. Old people don’t want to order things on the computer they want to fill out an order form and send it in with a check.
ECP – “Why do we need to send one, why can’t they download one from the website?”
DLP – “When I buy things I just want to fill out a form and write a check. I don’t want to go to a website.”
I was drinking my coffee and wishing I had my hearing aids. JVP was turning red and gritting her teeth. Finally she couldn’t take it anymore and said, “Ok, I will make some order forms and send one with each book. Now can we get back to the agenda?”
I asked for more coffee.
DLP – (Ignoring JVP) said, “In fact, we need to send 10 order forms with each order.”
ECP – “I don’t understand why you want to send more than one order form. Why can’t you just order 5 books, or whatever, using one order form?”
DLP – “What if your wife sent in an order and then you suddenly remembered that you forgot to get one for great Aunt Ethel. You’d say, ‘where the hell is that order form?’ and your wife would fess up that she used it and now what are you gonna do?”
ECP: “Download one from the website.”
DLP: In a loud voice, “They don’t want to go to a website. Anyway, their printer doesn’t work.”
HEP: “Who are ‘they’ again?
JVP: “Ok, forget about all of that, we haven’t gotten anything accomplished”
DLP: “Are you gonna eat that strawberry crepe?”
ECP: “I’m a slow eater. Yes I am going to eat it.”
JVP: “We need to concentrate on the business at hand.”
HEP: “We’re playing golf in 30 minutes. I better get on the road.”
JVP: “We still have a lot of action items.”
HEP: “Let’s do it by email. That way we won’t argue.”
DLP: “I don’t want to use email—too impersonal–let’s do it by phone.”
ECP: “Email is much more efficient because Mom wants everyone to stay on track.”
DLP: “You young people have lost your communication skills.”
ECP: “Could I get my strawberry crepe to go, please.”
JVP: “Meeting adjourned.”
Anyway, I think that’s pretty close to how the meeting went, I didn’t have my hearing aids. So, now when you order a book, expect to get an order form sent with it. That way you will not need to go to the website to order more. You will just need to remember where you put the damn
Living Springs Publishers is proud to announce the winners of our Baby Boomer Plus contest:
Lisa Lebduska $500 first prize winner with Waiting for Steven Spielberg Judy S. Richardson $200 second prize winner with How to Eat Raw Oysters Richard McPherson $100 third prize winner with Man Wanted in Cheyenne and the finalists Tony Concannon - 1967 Nadia Greasley - The Magic Seamstress Dan Jorgensen - Francis Susan Lowell - Ironwork Ernesto Marcos - Found and Lost Suzanne Grieco Mattaboni - Cartoons Barbara Mujica - Prejudice Richard Perreault - Holding Hands with the Clock Alexandra Rochman - Identification Please Elena Schacherl - Let’s go Ted Scott - Air Eagles Nancy Wick - Dear Dave Martha Worcester- Call me Mr. Grump
You can see the synopsis for each book on our book page.
We received a lot of great submissions and we are really excited about the book.
Our Stories Through The Ages – Generations XYZ contest ends October 15. If we don’t get more entries we will not be able to go forward with it. Don’t miss out on being a part of the series – writers born 1965 – 1996 please get your entries in.