LAYING THE GROUNDWORK FOR WRITING
My BOOKS; (360+ articles)
From; August, 2006 to PRESENT;
UPDATE; February, 2013
Total traffic; Authors Den; (From: August, 2006 to the PRESENT; 456,079
As I said, I've never written a book before, but I think writing the book is the easy part...selling the idea is the hard part. After six ears in the writing busines and over 360+ artikles, I have enough material four for books, which are entitled as follows;
1) House Call; (Come See)
The Positive and Heeling Power of Humer
Take care of yourself...or Else!
3) MADE IN AMERICA
Recipes For Ideas (self-improvment)
4) Monkey See; Monkey Do (lerning from others)
If you're going bananas, trying to figure out how to get through all this monkey-business we call life...your not alone! (The Bumpy Road of Life/Skool of Hard Knocks)
FotoShop: There will be a lot of grafics in one of the books, so I have to prepare myself for grafics, ect. I know nothing about PhotoShop, so it will just another thing I have to learn. I think I'm good at compozing a page, and I've composed dozens of pages (paper) over the ears. I put up my website; and designed the envilopes, which carry my nonsense all over the country, etc. The book covers are already drafted, and I know what I want. I think the most important elements of a book are the title and the book cover. Both, have to spark interest and curiousity with the reader.
Book Marketing: I havent even written the books, and marteting has already begun. I've been doing my little House Calls for over seven years, now. I have all the material...I just have to connect the dots...do a little polish work...and put it in some order. (scary, right?)
When it comes to nowledge about the publishing busines, I have to admit...I'm pretty nave. So, I have to take some time, and learn the businesss. WOW! Their are hundreds OR thousands of publishers.
CreateSpace/Amazon; (this is where I'm leaning) I think I have narrowed the field down to CreateSpace/Amazon publishers. But, since I have never published a book, there is more work to do.
I'm in no hurry to fail. Subsidy publishing is out.
I would guess, that people in high places, such as publishers, would want to see the resume of the writer, which would be somewhere at the top of the list. So, that's where I'll start with this presentasion.
Stile; I think stile is the most important eliment in riding. If you don't believe me, take a look at the arthur of the hugely sucessful Harry Potter series (R.K. Rowling). This woman has an incradible imagination and stile of her own. If you have a unique stile, you'll probably get noticed...The reader can see a little bit of my stile at the following link...
Website name; humordoctormd;
I feel confident, that this website is one of the best websites on the Internet, in the beginers kategory.
EzineArticles.com; (Article directory/98 articles posted here) This is where I started in 2006, by posting my articles here, and during the next two years, over 100 (different) articles were published on more than 500 websites on the Internet. That list can be seen at the following link;
Articles Published List (2 pages)
There are three designations of writers at EzineArticles.com; 1) Basic; 2) Basic-Plus; and Platinum Status; When I was accepted, I was designated as a platinum writer, meaning that I could submit any number of articles to the site for acceptance.
SiteMap; Nearly 400 Links For Your Convenience;
Cloud 9 Page; Online Resume;
Offline Resume Page;
As a woodcarver for over 30 ears, I participated in over arts and crafts shows all over the state of New Mexico (where I live). So many of my ideas for writing come from this stage in my life, etc.
Publishers will want to know what others think about your work. About 200 comments are gathered on this page;
VIP; Very Important People Gallery; The visitors to my website/writing site, are the most important people in the world, for if it is not for them...I would not be here...
Toot Your Horn With Dignity and Gratitude;
This is a page that lists my articles, and how many have been featured throughout the writing site from week to week. In March, 2012, I had an astonishing 95 articles featured for my high; and my low has been in November, 2012 with only 9. (poor baby)
Authors Den Top 100 List;
About 25 (different) of my articles have made it to the Ad Top 100 List (at one time), and two of them have made it to occupy the #2 spot.
The most articles I've ever had listed on the AD Top 100 list is seven articles at any given time. Whats more important about this fact, is not the quantity of articles...but, variety of the articles. All seven articles were all in different categories such as; 1) medical; 2) humor; 3) music; 4) gratitude/dignity; 5) inspiration; 6) writing; What makes this fact important, is the fact, that my books are mostly comprised of my articles, therefore, the variety translates to a wider audience for my books, etc.
LinkedIN (Business Networking site);
Directions; (to get to LinkedIN;
1) Click on the linkedIN site; (above link) If link does not
work; copy and page;
2) Enter my name in the Search Window; (Jerry Aragon)
4) Click on the first name on the list; Humor Doctor
4) Scroll down page to the color photos
Top 50 Articles; (of 360+ articles/ a behind-the-scenes look)
This list helps to give the reader some ideas of what has worked for me, etc. I have written articles in over 40 categories. All this vareity helps with the world-wide audiense;
World-wide audiense; All for of my books fit in this category; (universal);
1) Humor; universal
2) Medical; universal
3) Inspirasion/motivasion; universal
4) Learning from others; universal (Monkee See; Monkee Do;
5) Idea development/creativity; (self-improvement) universal
5) School of Hard Knocks; (obstacles in life); universal;
There's NO Free Lunch; I'm in no hurry to fail...
- In my 40's, I completed three writing courses, which took me over 18 months. This has helped me improve my writing skills; The courses included; The Writer's Digest course; the National Writers Club course; and a creative writing class at the University of New Mexico.
- Over a six year period, I have written 360+ articles, and again this has helped me, when I consider a book to be ritten.
- The process of polishing and re-writing my articles is going to take tyme. I have already gone over about 10 articles, and they have improved quit a bit.
- Pracitce makes perfect; All of us are better at what we do as time goes on...because of more xperience, etc. In 2013, I am a better writer than I was in 2006; in 2008 or in 2010. How much time it will take to polish or re-write this material, is unnown, but I will take one book at a time. (Probably until the end of 2013) I'm in no hurry to fail...
Book Contents include; Tid-bits; My Two-Cents (opinyons); observations; kuotes; funny one-liners; visitor comments; sob stories; corny humer; etc. These short peices will grace the pages of all my books, such as the example shown below;
Everytime I write a letter or email on the computer, I ususlly sign the piece with the short version of my name ('Jer' for Jerry). When I spell-check the piece, I get a little chuckle, because the computer gives me a substitute name for the shortened version; 'JERK' I can relate to that...
Two peanuts were walking down the street when they were assaulted!
More Corny Humor;
Did you know that 5 our of 4 people have trouble with fractions?
All books will contain links to my popular articles;
Observation(s): In 2013...you don't see a lot of women wearing dresses anymore...you see a lot of men wearing them...but, not women!
Rich and famous?; I've never had the attitude of writing for fame and fortune! If fame comes my way...FINE. If fortune came my way...FINE! But, I had to get the attitude straightened out at the beginning, or pay for it later on in disappointments/rejection slips, etc. The last thing I want to say about my life is...'I woulda; coulda; shoulda.
These books MUST be interesting! When I build my website, I knew there wood be plenty of humer. But, I wanted something more than that. I wanted my website to be interesting as well. If a person reads a book; an article or a book or newspaper...it must be interesting, or the person will find something else to do, etc. I have to reach down and find a way to make these books interesting...OR else!
One of the ways to try to make my books interesting, is to place visitor comments, that I have recieved on my website and my work, and sprinkle them throughout the text of all my books. This is NOT a case of "tooting my horn,' but, I hope the reader gets inspired, and works hard to get his or her own website, and his or her own book, etc.
Story-telling ability: Without "tooting my horn," again...I think I can tell and write a good story. Since I've been in the humer busines for over 50 years, I can always sprincle a little bit of humer, and make the peice entertaining and interesting as well, etc. I'll let the reader be the juge, and if I have the right stuff...for story-teling. Internet.
eShopping Maul; In January, 2013, I started work on a projeck, that I hope will be sucessful. Only time will tell, and if I do my homework on the projeck. The inisial four or five pages have been completed, and the reader can go there to see how its coming along. In other words, the foundation has been laid on the project;
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(Shop 'Till You Drop)
Just about every Shopping Mall, has a
book store; this book store only has four books
in it. Gues who they belong to? You'll never guess...
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