Recent Reviews for Neil D Ostroff
Insectland (Book 2 - The Imagination Series) (Book) - 9/28/2011 6:35:55 AM|
Sounds very interesting... Unique and the idea is captivating. I will check this out...
Drop Out (Short Story) - 11/26/2013 7:40:43 AM
Well written and full of action. A bit unrealistic at times. If the plane crashed below the floor that Nathan was on, how could he see flaming bodies falling from above? There are other instances where heat, smoke, and fire would be too intense to survive, the way described.
You certainly leave us hanging at the end of this first chapter with Nathan falling from the 101st floor. Based on what I know about the acceleration of gravity, any fall more than 30 feet is most certainly death. Unless the rest of the story is a fictional account of life after death, or as I suspect, a recounting of Nathan's life as it passes before him, as he is falling.
Drop Out (Short Story) - 11/26/2013 3:23:34 AM
a really fine story
Great summer read (Short Story) - 7/19/2013 11:34:03 AM
Who edited Silent Invasion? I read a little piece in Kindle. Is the book in trade paper yet? Thanks...Dennis . Moneysaver Editing
SILENT INVASION (Book 1- The Imagination Series) (Short Story) - 3/23/2013 11:15:46 AM
look out! my wife loves these kind of books..very intriguing out look...Bob-
Insectland (Short Story) - 10/12/2012 5:24:20 AM
awesome story wonderful imagination your story is very fascinating
After (Short Story) - 9/9/2012 8:36:36 AM
Excellent excerpt. I wish you much succcess.
Life changing novel (Short Story) - 8/26/2011 1:39:26 PM
real life in a story-good story. and then...??
Sample chapter of my upcoming tween novel, INSECTLAND (Short Story) - 4/11/2011 7:06:39 AM
This is going to be a great book. I even see 'movie' in the future. I wish you much success.
Famous (Article) - 10/17/2013 11:18:20 AM
Notoriety pays more than fame. I applaud anyone who can make a living writing--fame or not. Alex Hayley told me that the only time he could write after Roots was to go back to his roots; hitch a ride on a tramp steamer for a few months out of the limelight.
I want to be successful. I'm successful when people tell me they like what I write.
A letter to all indie writers and readers (Article) - 10/13/2013 1:37:01 AM
A letter to all indie writers and readers (Article) - 10/11/2013 9:50:53 PM
Well, you're doing the right thing, Neil - you don't give up.
I don't worry about competition, especially now the internet is expanding so rapidly. If you publish good stuff, word of mouth will get around. If you don't, it won't.
Keep on truckin', man. ;)
A letter to all indie writers and readers (Article) - 10/8/2013 7:39:39 AM
While I agree with almost everything you have written here, this article is self-promotion, like almost every article you've written here. If you read my articles, you'll see that most of them are not about my writing, your writing, good writing, bad writing, and so forth like yours are… self-promotion.
Prior to electronic books, traditional publishers rejected most manuscripts. They relied heavily on agents to screen the vast number of handwritten and hand typed wannabes so that editors only had to review and accept much smaller quantities. In the academic and scientific world where I come from, refereed journals screened articles and opinions, literally keeping the trash out. Publishers flocked to good professors, requesting that they write textbooks of their best subjects. Traditional publishing did a lot of editing and marketing to help polish and promote authors' books.
The only way that indie authors could break into this institution was by the vanity press. For enough money, you could get a book published. I recall that the great behaviorist, BF Skinner, had to resort to the vanity press to publish his first book. Most of these books were flops, read only by the family and friends of the author.
As far as making a living writing, many got their start in newspapers and magazines, script writing, and other occupations. Novels were only a sideline until a name was made. I find these writers to be the best at writing books because they have been forced to write in many styles and to write accurately because they were well edited before their work went to print.
You are right to say that the marketplace is polluted. My publisher refuses most books and doesn't publish books of poetry at all. Like anything else, promotion, even self promotion to the ridiculous, sells. “Who do I have to shoot to sell my books?” Is what I say. The cream rises to the top, and, if you are a good writer and have written something great, it will be found like the field of dreams, and you will be successful.
My success is mixed. But I, fortunately, do not have to rely on book sales to survive. Therefore, I can and am writing for pleasure, thankful that I can publish what I write cheaply and let the cards fall where they may. If it doesn't happen in my lifetime, so be it. There have been many cases in the past where great works were only discovered long after the author was dead.
Getting an agent (Article) - 7/16/2013 7:21:47 AM
I agree with you. I think the day of agents deciding whether they are going to promote you are not is rapidly fading, along with most print publishing. If our books are good, they will sell. We don't be middlemen to tell us whether we're good or not when the public can decide.
Technology and publishing (Article) - 6/4/2013 7:55:34 AM
While even superstars and best-selling authors seem to have to promote their work, the fact is that cream rises to the top and, eventually, if people like your work enough, they will spread the word and your works will be read and sell.
I once joined a writing newsgroup and made the mistake of promoting my book instead of following their rules forbidding such activity. While a member of the group picked up my novel and became my first POD publisher, other members of the group were incensed and sent me an article that wiped out my e-mail and all of my e-mail addresses. I learned my lesson and haven't promoted my books aggressively ever since. Like I said in the previous paragraph, if you build it (and it is good) they will come. Otherwise, like any bad business, you will go out of business.
Writers weekly.com, the newsletter of my current POD publisher, is very adamant about authors not overreaching their promotion into spam. I realize that you may have a real community of real followers at Google +, but I don't understand why you can't move their e-mail addresses to your personal e-mail account so that you can send them messages without having to run afoul of some ISP's guidelines.
Personally, I find it offensive (advertising) for you to illustrate every one of your postings here on AD with your book cover for Drop Out.
I read very little, but from time to time, I have reviewed some of the books by authors here. if you could suggest one of your books that I might try to read in e-book form, I will make an effort to review it amidst all that I am doing.
Image sells books! (Article) - 6/1/2013 5:52:31 AM
Thanks, Ron. I'm actually in my mid-forties. This pic is about a year old. I now have long hair and a scruffy beard. I like your advice about sitting at a crowded desk with books. I may take a new pic soon. Good luck with everything.
Are you a success? (Article) - 6/1/2013 5:49:39 AM
Image sells books! (Article) - 5/23/2013 5:56:08 AM
From your picture, you don't look “author” enough. I'm sorry, but you look like a 30s something stay-at-home father of children. Perhaps it's the background. I think a picture of you at a crowded desk with a lot of books behind you on a bookshelf and reading glasses down on your nose so that you can look over them, with a pen in your hand and paper in front of you instead of a computer (or an obsolete computer making you look old school). The blurb about you will say a lot about your acquaintances, literary training, and literary accomplishments, making you the writer that you are.
No matter how I try, my pictures come out making me look “crippled.” My videos are even worse––much worse as my speech is changed by my my weak lung capacity and my arms and hands flailing about like a “spaz.” Since I don't write about my “infirmity” to get the sympathy crowd, and I don't have long, distinguished, scientific background (or literary one either), my science fiction writing is looked upon with some disbelief. How Stephen Hawking pulls it off, I don't know. Perhaps it is his long distinguished career and exceptional writing in astronomy and astrophysics.
In short, being who I am isn't helping me as an author. The curious, innovative, adventurous, scientist extrovert just doesn't come out except in my writing. And you have to read that to get who I am. I always say, “the cream rises to the top.” You and I will only be famous and recognized as authors when we do work that really catches the readers' eye. And I'm not sure what that is, because I'm not one to cater to popularity.
Keep on writing those good books. One of them will be a hit very soon.
Keep your money (Article) - 5/12/2013 3:38:37 AM
Thanks for the warning, Neil. Sorry your experience was so sour. KoKo!
Keep your money (Article) - 5/10/2013 9:15:46 AM
Most of us know that without strong promotion, our books won't sell. Unfortunately, there are many scam artists out there trying to sell us promotional services that are worthless.
Again, I try to warn everyone I know, that most POD publishers are only interested in an author's money. By self-publishing through Lightning Source (the only service that creates POD books) or by reading up on how these so-called publishing companies suck you in with specials and false promotion pitches through good sources like writers weekly.com, almost everyone is getting ripped off.
Are you a success? (Article) - 5/1/2013 10:08:29 AM
We are successful when we stop worrying about failing and move ahead with whatever project is next. Life is too short to worry about failure.
From what I have read, I think you're already a success to yourself and others. Traditional publishing, like the buggy whip, is on its way out.
Rising above (Article) - 4/6/2013 10:20:00 PM
I enjoyed the article, it kept my attention. You said some eye-opening facts that i didn't know.
What is love? (Article) - 2/15/2013 6:05:13 PM
Love Is Myth
True Love Is Compassion...
Indie Happy (Article) - 2/12/2013 12:15:25 PM
I attended a writer's conference in Olympia, WA. One of the traditionally published authors said, "Traditionally published authors are published authors, self-published authors are 'printed-authors'".
To write (Article) - 2/12/2013 12:05:46 PM
I like your plan. I have tried to do this myself but life keeps getting in the way. It's so hard trying to be a full-time writer, father, husband, and Soldier all at the same time. I admire your ability to juggle so much at the same time.
Marrying a writer (Article) - 2/12/2013 11:59:46 AM
Great article. This is the first article of yours I read. I think I'll stick around and read more.
An open letter to indie authors (Article) - 2/12/2013 11:53:25 AM
Thanks for the heads up!
To write (Article) - 1/30/2013 7:28:59 PM
Hi Neil... I agree I usually have 2 or more stories going at one time... when I run out of ideas for one I shift to the other. Good article.
The results. (Article) - 2/22/2012 5:03:07 AM
This is better than sex... really (Article) - 9/15/2011 10:38:22 AM
YEAH DONT WE ALL WISH WE COULD HAVE REVENGE LIKE THAT, I MEAN I WAS DUBBED MORE THAN ONCE BUT WHAT ..LIFES GO ON OR DOES IT...?
Do you drink alcohol when you write? (Article) - 9/15/2011 10:28:41 AM
I liked the fact that you put the question out there...what an interesting question....GUILTY AS CHARGED
Do you drink alcohol when you write? (Article) - 6/12/2011 5:04:24 AM
I'll drink to that!
Do you drink alcohol when you write? (Article) - 6/11/2011 6:09:58 AM
I fully understand and relate to what you say here, but with me it wasn't alcohol but marijuana. Over the many, many years of writing and re-writing and re-writing "Becoming" there were many times when "buzzed" by a few hits of weed, I, in retrospect, wrote some of my best stuff.
Night Sweats (Poetry) - 7/30/2013 7:43:42 PM
Wow, so much said in so few words.
I wish I had your talent.
Existence (Poetry) - 7/30/2013 7:42:51 PM
Your poem says for so many of us, our doubt about our being and our existence. Yes, why are we here? What will be our final end. It is as if your SPIDER will creep in and "suck consciousness" before we have any answer. Why?
One Night Stand (Poetry) - 7/12/2013 10:06:35 AM
A sad story that happens every morning to a lot of women seeking the approval not given to them by their fathers.
Insemination (Poetry) - 7/28/2012 5:14:40 PM
I think I got a basic grasp on this. I like its succinct style. :-)
Morality (Poetry) - 8/21/2011 5:18:54 PM
Neil, I think that the search for enlightenment you are referring to can only be found in God. Blessings...Frances
Existence (Poetry) - 6/25/2011 8:15:00 AM
Is there a God? Yes, Neil, there is! Unless there's someone that can prove otherwise, then, I have to maintain the fact that there is. Take courage and look up.
Hook-Up (Poetry) - 5/11/2011 6:31:41 PM
Yep, and none of that matters as long as she can take someone home tonight. I've seen this seen so many, many times.
Morality (Poetry) - 5/10/2011 8:11:38 PM
Be always safe,
Deliquent Escape (Poetry) - 4/27/2011 10:34:46 AM
You got it. Said it well. You've been close the the hell that is the mean streets.
Insemination (Poetry) - 4/26/2011 2:44:24 PM
Seduction (Poetry) - 4/11/2011 9:07:35 AM
it is an intriguing poem and very unique.
Seduction (Poetry) - 4/9/2011 12:34:29 PM
There is a certain intrigue within your words. Seems like a shared moment that wasn't really shared.
Seduction (Poetry) - 4/8/2011 7:59:16 AM
Oh my..why would you run away? sighhhhhhhhh..Hugsss stay safe and well