Humble Jobs For A Story’s Protagonist? Yes, Absolutely!

February 21, 2013 | 7:11 am | Journal: on writing, updates |    0 comments

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What if a character of mine worked for a service like Maid to Please?

I’m sure you know what I mean.

Humble jobs. Yet jobs filled with love and passion for what people do.

One of my newest fictional characters, Reina Pater, works for a house-cleaning service. Only for some time in her story, but yes, she does. And it doesn’t make her a cybernetic Cinderella.

The cleaning job actually teaches her to be more human-like. She learns what it means to be a human being with all the hopes, sacrifices and dreams involved. She grows as a character and as a person.

In the past, I used to give my protagonists big jobs. They’re important persons in my stories, aren’t them? So why not giving them important jobs, too?

But I was SO WRONG!

Nothing makes a character more approachable, credible and close to the reader than a character who embraces humility in his or her life. Then s/he can grow out of it, but the first part of a story should show some sacrifice on the protagonist’s behalf.

Try it. Then let me know what your readers think.

I’m sure they’re going to fall in love with your protagonist. 🙂

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DealDash – I love it! — Yes, I do.

October 8, 2012 | 9:41 pm | Journal: updates |    0 comments

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DealDash – I LOVE IT!

It’s the name of a video review I found on YouTube, and that’s so damn right. I found myself spending more and more time ‘drooling’ after the hundred of daily writing-related auctions that take place every day on DealDash without being able to do nothing with it.

I’m in Italy; DealDash is a USA service. So simple, so bitter, isn’t it?

But a special person in my life came to my rescue. 🙂 I’ll cover postage and she’ll get items for me directly from DealDash (provided that she wins the auctions, of course!).

Take a close look at these two other video reviews:

~ DealDash: The fair & honest, risk-free alternative to penny auctions
~ Dealdash.com Review Deal Dash is a great Penny-auction alternative

Now tell me— don’t they make you ‘want’ all that stuff? They do for me.

DealDash.com allows auction winners to save up the 80 to 95% off retail price, which is an awful lot, if you consider all items are new or brand new. If you don’t win, you can still buy an identical item with the “Buy it Now” button and just pay its regular price. Not bad at all; nobody’s going to lose anything that way.

Also, bidders who don’t win will get their bid ‘credits’ back for free, and there’s a 100% money back guarantee policy for all first purchases. That is interesting and honest to say the little. 🙂 A truly risk-free penny auction service.

Have you ever won an auction from DealDash? Please share your experience.

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Free book publishing via .Torrent. Ever thought of that?

July 19, 2012 | 4:21 pm | Journal: on publishing |    0 comments

The world of book publishing has grown considerably since the advent of the Internet era. You know, I’m referring to the many new forms of publication:

To those, several new publishing channels made their appearance in recent years, but I do wonder:

Why does nobody talks about .torrent distribution as a form of online publishing channel?

The question is peculiar. It would only take readers a minute on a site like BTDigg (a torrent search engine) to find books (PDF, HTML, EPUB, whatever format available) they’d like to read.

Megan Lisa Jones is an author who knows how to exploit the possibilities torrent search websites give her, and I wish more authors followed her advice. She published her novel Captive in a ‘Bittorrent Edition’ that would make other publishing channels green with envy. According to an interview for WestsideToday.com on April 26th, 2011, Megan’s book reached the goodness of 417,575 downloads. Is that a joke? I fear not. I’m quite excited by it, instead! 🙂

I know I have made a resolution of publishing a reduced version my own short story collections for free via torrent once I have the bundle ready. I still plan to sell copies, but I want readers on a smaller budget to enjoy them, too; at least some of them.

What’s different about .Torrent book distribution

Don’t think about pirates. For a moment, please, just focus on legal use of P2P technologies, okay?

There’s a reason WHY people go to torrent search engines to find what they love.

First, it’s easy to do a search, and to find what they’re looking for.

Second, most creative common, open-source, and free redistributable resources are shared via torrent— why not books?

It totally makes sense. Free, open-source books should be available for download via torrent, not just from websites, blogs and e-magazines. Also, it saves these parties a lot of bandwidth, which can never be bad!

I believe torrents are the future of Internet publishing and book distribution. Certainly, it will not be the ‘only’ future, but one of the many, and definitely one that puts an author in condition to reach (at least, potentially) every single human being worldwide. Regular readership would never reach such numbers. 🙂

So, now I ask you, my dear blog readers: what do you think?

I know some of you participated with me in last year’s (and 2010’s) NaNoWriMo, that you enjoy publishing stories online on your blogs or via PDF or through services like Goodreads.org

Do you think .torrent networks would help make the difference? 🙂

I’d say the whole thing is worth at least a try.

It costs nothing, you won’t lose anything, and we all have so much to gain.

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