Well, this is it... the last post I will most likely write in the next 2 1/2 weeks. Let's see what interesting tidbits I can come up with to hold you off until the next post, shall we?
First of all, I started looking into the book "T'aragam", a POD book originally published by createspace although the author's book publishing name is sweatshoppe. Cool name. I haven't read the entire book yet, but by visiting the website at http://www.taragam.com/ and going to the page titled "Free Stuff", a person can download half of the e-book and the entire audio book read by the author for nothing at all. I've now listened to the audio book. It was pretty good... there were a few scenes that seemed... well, cliche really. But on the whole, it was pretty good. And to top it off, the author -- Jack W. Regan -- is one of the judges for the Highschool contest called "Tweener Times Competition" in which Highschoolers can enter a story they wrote aimed at a middle grade audience. The competition is hosted by Moody Ministries. (I even entered the RD for "Song of the Daystar" a few years back. In fact, SOTD was originally written because of that competition. Didn't win, but that's ok; the book went through major revisions since then.)
I've also been looking up some interesting blogs. http://www.authorhaven.blogspot.com/ is one of them. It has an interesting post about building a platform up right now. The owner of "authorhaven" is also soon to be a published author, come 2011. Check out her website to learn more. At her other blog here, there's a good post about Publishing Christian Fantasy in Today's World and Market. I was a bit inspired and discouraged at the same time after reading it... but discouraged in a very good and wholesome way. I would definitely suggested reading it to all of my followers; it's very good.
On another note, if you haven't already checked out http://www.createspace.com/, now is as good a time as any to do so. It's a POD publisher for authors who would like to self publish. It doesn't cost anything, but it does take a bit out of an author's "royalty" as compensation for publishing costs. This means that every time someone buys your book, you get some and they get some, and depending on what your set list price is, you may get more than they do or vise-versa. But all in all it's an intriguing site, and after seeing the success of T'aragam, I've been considering it.
Well, that's all for now. I've finished reading Cynder's Midnight but don't have a review written up so I'll have to work on that while I'm in Colorado. I'm come back with pictures form the trip.
Until then, Live, Laugh, Love... WRITE!
I'll see you all later.