Wednesday, June 3, 2015

magazine explosion


MAGAZINE EXPLOSION

A few months back I was overcome by a strange sensation, a desire to succeed in a publishing empire.  Something similar had not stirred in my loins for near a decade.  So, I bought a new computer, which I needed for the newest software ( I tried the Chrome, and loved it, but it wasn’t Off-Internet friendly ) and spent fifty percent again on the newest Microsoft Word.  Which I hate but is the standard when you are slinging about text files hither and yon.  My old idea which I got a new fire under my ass to implement was the electric magazine of nothing but advertisements in the survivalists/prepper field.  Along the lines of the old Shotgun News before they included articles.  In what I thought was a brilliant innovation, there was no charge for the ads.  It would be reader supported, a possibility as I need very little to live on.  This would allow even the smallest start-up to be able to advertise, so readers would get all there was to be offered.  As one desperately trying to be heard out in the vast wasteland of con artists and hacks at Amazon, I can appreciate a good product going unnoticed by all.  Well, much to my surprise, I was roundly, soundly and completely ignored.

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It took me a week of online time contacting all the companies I found.  Which was no easy task itself.  I went to as many web sites as I could, plus looked through all my print magazines, listing everyone alphabetically to avoid duplicates, plus went through Amazon Author Pages, finally coming in at almost a hundred possibilities of anything even remotely survivalist related.  And in over a month, one guy contacted me.  One.  I have no friggin clue here.  Free ads, from a guy who has been in this business for a good long time.  Has my name been on some kind of blacklist?  Are folks that afraid of scams, and there is something someone could do with a copy of their ad?  Does everyone refuse to do business with non-corporations?  I‘m stymied.  Perhaps they feel no need to read unsolicited e-mails?  Or, they were afraid my reputation in writing would tarnish their products-it isn’t a secret I’m not fond of most as wastes of resources.  Well, needless to say, I was a bit more butt hurt over the deafening silence than even the waste of time and money on my part.   I come up with great ideas all day long, then offer to even do most of the work, and STILL I am chopped liver here.  Not that this was a total waste.  I had time and ambition on my hands, so I decided to go ahead and bite the bullet and start writing a novel again.  Even if it sucks and I hate it, I’m churning that bitch out in three months this time.  I won’t wait for years.  And it isn’t even really about the money, per se.  Not that I’ve ever given up wanting to be a full time stay at home writer.  I simply want recognition, being my due.  My ideas burn with a pure light of brilliance and I want the world to bow to my greatness.  How is this too much to ask?

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15 comments:

  1. Yeah, the publishing world is weird out there. Nobody knows what it's going to be like in 6 months. Heck, I sent a little piece to an e-zine that I helped start years ago and it was ignored. Talk about butt hurt.

    Guess it's time to write another novel. I've got one that I've been sitting on for years that needs a rewrite, so I'd best get on that. There are times when I wonder if my blog writing saps away my creative energy leaving nothing for other projects. Maybe I'm just lazy. I've got friends who've been able to make a few bucks with novels. It's not big money, but it allows him to work 40 hours at his job rather than 70. Writing is inside work with no heavy lifting, so that's good.

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  2. Oh Great Bison! Your Hair is without equal! Your wit, charm, intellect,common sense and intuitiveness are a blessing to us all. Just knowing I live in the same world with one such as you, makes me happy! I only wish I could possess a small portion of your genius for my own pitiful efforts at writing. You are bright as the sun, deep as the sea, and as full of shit as the Elko waste treatment plant! Feel better now?

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  3. You sounded so sincere until the last part. But, as long as you praise the hair...

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  4. If you want to make money.....FIND OUT WHAT THE CUSTOMER WANTS!!!

    Its ALL about EGO!

    Too may people have some DUMB F*** idea that THEY think is cute and they are DETERMINED to sell it to everyone else.

    YKW
    MM

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  5. If you want to make money......INVENT or COPY!

    Invent a new and better way OR.....

    COPY someone who is successfully doing what you want to sell now.

    Take the guy that wrote "Lucifer's Hammer". We both agree it IS a damn fine book. Did he use a bunch of NASTY shit talk is his book? Like what we find in the article you wrote previous to this one? That kind of stuff sends the message of a LOW quality author.

    If you pick "COPY".......do a better job.

    If you pick "INVENT".....do a MUCH, MUCH better job!

    YKW
    MM

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  6. My work is known on a national level and I have been a business owner now for over 30 years. When we moved to the hinterlands 9 years ago I spent $6k on marketing of every manner you can imagine to thousands of entities and I received only 1 response and it was from a local guy that mistakenly thought I was going to compete with me.

    Since then I have reached out in various ways every single day to thousands more and only rarely, maybe 3 or 4 per year, do I get any responses at all.

    I have cut my fee's to the absolute bone and expanded my capabilities.

    Nothing.

    But then, I see every manner of cheap and transparently junked out scam you can imagine getting traction.

    I just don't get it.

    So I'll bide my time the best I can and in 2 more years will go on SS and rot on the porch I guess.

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    1. The only rational explanation is people in business are fully bought into the "screw everyone if its legal, growth forever" paradigm and don't think like you and me. Perhaps if we aren't screwing them, they don't take us seriously.

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  7. I can't speak for others James, but I wouldn't mind seeing something like your frugal survival booklet, but perhaps "beefed up" just a bit. I think that publications such as this are very useful to many of us poor folk. I know that Creekmore wrote a book on this subject (Didn't read it so can't comment on it) and there was "Travel trailer homesteading for under $5K" (Now out of print I do believe?). But there is room for more such publications considering that there are many out there that only cater to the average masses, that are apparently doing better, fiscally speaking, than am I?

    And as much as I hate to say this, since I hate the PC doctrine with a passion, you might have to tone down future releases just a tad in order to have a wider appeal to the indoctrinated, dumbed down masses. Not a complete elimination mind you, just choose your words a little more carefully.

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    1. Nah, why tone it down? The logical won't care and the illogical will complain unless every homestead has a bidet for anal flushing and a girl-power hotline is installed. Not practical off-grid. I was, for the first time, seriously considering doing a second version for The Frugal Survivalist. But what I think you are wanting is a combo of that book and $3k Homesteading. I can't see combining them, so the word count won't go up much. I might do separate books, a third version of Homesteading, a second version of Gun Porn.

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    2. “Nah, why tone it down?”

      I was only offering a suggestion that might give you a wider appeal James , but I can't say that I'm disappointed in your response, since this is what makes you my favorite. So I'm glad that you're sticking to your guns regardless.

      I don't know what I'm looking for a cross between exactly? I know that I love reading publications that deal with the nuts and bolts of frugal homesteading, but we already have your blog for that I suppose.

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    3. I took the suggestion as helping, nothing more. Nuts and bolts homesteading is "frugal living". $3 on Kindle, or look back in the blog for the complete book in series for free.

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  8. You can lead a horse to water but you can't stick your dick in his butt!
    That's the business model I live by.

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    1. That model sounds better than the current one.

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  9. Hmmm... vonnegut did well even with nasty potty talk in his novels. The formula for success is usually a post hoc creative fiction- after you succeed I'll exxplain why.

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