Unfair Author Advantage

For a while today, I listened to The Sean Hannity Show.  Only he was on vacation.  Greg Jarrett was subbing for him, and not well.  All he would talk about for the thirty minutes I listened was how good his new book was, “Trial of the Century.”

I actually like the man.  I’ve enjoyed his take on things.  He seems very knowledgeable on the law.  Thing is, I have known the result of the Scopes Trial since grade school.  I still wished it had come out differently.  It reinforced Darwin’s theory of evolution.

All that said, it is neither here nor there.  The man has an unfair advantage as an author.  I’ve written over thirty books.  No one is going to let me on his show and talk about any of them for thirty minutes, telling just how wonderful they are, and they are good.  You really can believe me.

The fact of the matter is, he is not the only one with a leg up in the world of authors.  Hannity, himself has written a few books, which he did hype but not to the degree that Jarrett has.  I read and enjoyed a couple of books by Mark Lavin.  I will certainly recommend his work as he does make some good points in the books.

Okay, maybe I can take a moment or two to write on one of my writings.  The name of the book is “Stormy.”  I’d like to tell you about it, but it will ruin it if I say too much.  However, I will say this.  It would make a very good movie.  It’s not just my opinion but most of those who have read it.

I considered sending it to movie studio, but I found things don’t work that way.  After considerable research, I found three things.  One, they throw away all books they receive, or at least, that is what they say on the internet.  Second, I can’t find a good address.  If you know one, how about letting me know.

Third, and most important, movie studios mostly just provide a shell.  Production companies make the movies and pay for the use of the studios.  Hence, my book really needs to go to a production company (or a producer).  I suspect many production companies start up for a production and then go away.

At any rate, this is how my movie, Stormy would start out.  Of course, there would be a storm.  There would be small cracks of lightings and thunders in an evening sky of an area of southern US.  The lone car would be going down the country road with the windshield wipers going full speed and the man driving the car is straining to see his way.

Suddenly, there is a huge bolt of lightning and the screen goes dark.  In large letters, the title appears in large letters and the thunder is heard rolling off into the distance.

The credits start rolling as the camera goes back to the poor man trying desperately to find an address.  As the credits begin, we hear the song Stormy.

I spent some time thinking about this.  If it can be arranged, the original 1968 recording might be best.  If the movie was a success, then the song might be re-released and have a second success.  On the other hand, a new recording, with or without words might be nice.  I simply don’t know which would be best.

At any rate, after the first verse, the credits would pause as would the song and the car.  The driver is comparing the address on his paper with the one on the mailbox.  Confirming it, he grabs his umbrella and hat.  As a sea captain, he’s used to the weather but would prefer to stay as dry as possible in this situation.

He exits the car, opens the umbrella.  Then the music and credits resume.  He makes his way to the door, still thinking things over.  He’s still not sure if he should go through with his visit or if he should simply return home.  After all, in all probability there is just no way the young man, Scott, could help him, or would want to.

Finally, he knocks on the door….

Okay.  I’m sure this is already far too long for some.  For those interested, maybe you’d like to order the book.  Just go to my author’s page (Ben Rhodes), select the digital or paperback.  (DO NOT CONFUSE WITH BEN RHOES, THE LIBERAL POLOTICIAN! Ben Rhodes is my name I had it long before the other guy arrived on the scene.) It is the one book I paid to have professionally edited so, hopefully, you won’t find too many errors.  Thing is, after paying 8,000 dollars for the editing, after proofreading it two more times, I still found errors, mostly simple ones.  I suspect I will find more if I proofread it a third time.  I do believe most will enjoy the plot, and the few surprises along the way.

A Bargain Book

Recently, I was going through “My Author’s Page” on Amazon and discovered a couple of wrong entries.  One of them didn’t belong at all; and I was able to have it removed quickly.  The other was a copy of my book, “Mitch,” though the cover was all wrong.  After three frustrating days, more-or-less, I managed to find out what was going on.  It seems, if someone has a copy of my book, he can sell it on Amazon.com as a used book.  It is sort of a way you can buy my books at a bargain.  I don’t mind so much, but the book is automatically listed on my author’s page and I have nothing to say about it.

I guess it’s not really my page after all.  Not only is the used book listed on my page, but now, after all I went through, the new copies aren’t, leastwise not that I can find.  So if you want to buy a new copy, you can’t.

Well, I guess that’s okay.  At least you can get the book at bargain.  The book sells new for $6.39.  Think of the bundle you can save by buying the new one at over $30.00.  That’s right. They are selling the used one at 3 times the cost of the new one!  Go figure.  In the meantime, the thirty dollar figure is scaring readers away from the new books, maybe from my books altogether.

Another interesting fact, an aside.  The used book is “Currently unavailable.”

If you can figure that one out, let me know.

In the meantime, if you want the book, send me an E-mail.  (KAAY@att.net)  I’ll try to have one sent to you for $6.39 + shipping.  No promises.  The way things are going, even that might be a trick.

For those who have your books listed on Amazon, an additional note.  You might want to manage your own copyrights.  I found out that that the dates listed by Amazon are years later than mine.


I wonder…

If the book is worth $30.00, maybe I under priced it.

Not likely.  I think those who have read it will say it is worth $6.39 but not $30.

Free Kindle Books

The three volumes of the Kip Series will be free Friday, Jan 24.  The second in the series did get a recent rating of four stars so you might like to read all three of them.  Each volume is rather short so it won’t take long to read all three.

To order, you can log onto Amazon and search for the books Kip – The Optimist, Kip -The Realist or Kip – The Pessimist.  It might be easier to search for “Ben Rhodes”, though you just might find a bunch of books by other authors in which you’d have no interest.  Finally, you can just enter this in the search box:

http://www.amazon.com/author/story_teller

It will take you right to my Author’s page.  The advantage of this method is that you just might find another book or two that you might like to read.

In the series Kip is a detective working for San Diego.  Because of what all he has seen he has a difficult time believing in God.  His disbelief is somewhat increased as the result of some of the events in volume one.  It turns him from an optimist to a realist.  Then, of course, things really get bad in the second volume.  He has decided that if there is a God, that he hates Him for permitting such things.  In the third volume… well I’ll let you find out on your own.

If you enjoy the books, be sure and tell your friends and neighbors.  If not, never mind.  Either way, please tell me at Kaay@att.net.  Please keep your comments brief and reasonable.  If you spot any glaring errors, please let me know.

Thank you for reading the books and thank you for your comments.

Sequels

When I started my second book, “The Detailer,” I had my reservations.   Most of the sequels I’ve read or seen were rehashes of the original.  Moreover, in most cases, they were not as good.  I was determined to make sure all my sequels and all my books are never, in any way, rehashes of any  of my other books.

I also endeavor to improve the quality of each book.  Granted, I might still have problems with the grammar in my books.  Indeed, I do occasionally misuse a word.  However, no one will ever be able to accuse me of just simply rehashing any of my books.  (This is especially true with the “Mitch” series.)

However, those dummycrats don’t seem to have any problems using the same plot in all their sequels.  In no less than 5 attempts at driving President Trump out of office, they have not come up any new plots or any new story concepts yet.  Always they make the accusation.  Always, they are proved wrong.

I would say they end up with egg on their faces, but the media always come to their rescue.  In fact, they aid and abet even in the construction all of the accusations.

Their methods have gone from well planned to hastily constructed disasters.

A whistle-blower?  Please.  How much thought did they put into that one.  It is casual to the most obvious observer that he was in league with the dummycrats from the start, maybe sooner.

Only thing I can’t understand about it… how in the world do they manage to deceive so many.  Maybe it is because it is so obvious that some folks can’t believe that anyone would try such a thing.

On the other hand, maybe it is just that they want to believe it.  No one so easily deceived than those that have a desire to believe the lie.

 

Please check out my author’s page at

amazon.com/author/story_teller

Also, my email address is Kaay@att.com.  Your short respectful comments are more than welcome.  Any large messages, however, will not be read.  Also, if you insist on using profanity, I will delete the message unread.  Finally, I will not share your email address nor will I send any replies to you without your explicit permission.

For those who have not read it, you might want to read “The Prepper.”  I don’t know why, but it is my most successful book.  Most those who have read most of my books enjoy the most.  It is about a young man who thinks he has prepared for any eventuality.  How quickly he learns he left some of the most important things out.

One nice thing about Amazon is that all readers can read a sample without paying one dime.  Just simply click on the book you would like to sample and the first part of the book to you.  As far as I know, you can even read samples from other other authors.  Then again, why would you want to.  You have about 35 to select from that I wrote.

If you don’t have a Kindle, don’t worry.  You can still read the book on Windows, iPod or Android devices.  In fact, I have read a few books on my little phone that has less than a three inch screen.  For those who would prefer listening to their books, text-to-speech is enabled on all my books.  It sort of makes it easier and safer to read and drive at the same time.