I am working on putting Empress Theresa in print form on Amazon's CREATESPACE. It's a lot of work. Hopefully it'll be done by Mar 1, but no promises.
But to help you write your story,
my INTRODUCTION to ET might be helpful. It brings out points about the objective.
__.. Much of modern media is about heroes. This is fine if these heroes are admirable and loveable, but if all they do in the story is win battles the audience is left cold. Who are these heroes, really?
__.. Eighteen year old American girl Theresa speaks to the British Parliament: “Reporters want to interview me because I did remarkable things. I’m not remarkable. Millions of girls are just like me. Go interview them!”
__.. Write a book about a decent girl and some critics will say every character must have serious flaws. This idea, which is easy to write and the more generally preferred practice, was spawned largely from Shakespeare and others whose characters had the proverbial fatal flaw, but there are many characters in the classics who did not. What’s wrong with Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice, or Scout in To Kill A Mockingbird? Well have these books’ authors deserved praise for doing what others couldn’t.
__.. Elizabeth Bennett and Scout weren’t Homeric heroes. They didn’t struggle with great problems. Let the writer try to combine the loveable with the heroic and he has a real challenge.
__.. I might have made Theresa another kind of personality, a less desirable and troubled kind of girl which would satisfy certain critics, but then a million people would come at me with a noose complaining, “This was our only chance to see a super-powerful girl in action and you messed up. Why didn’t you give us a loveable, inspiring Theresa?”
__.. I did, but I didn’t overdo it. A girl as fine as Theresa can be found in any high school. You know one. Empress Theresa is a tribute to the common, decent human being who quietly builds the world but hasn’t gotten enough attention lately.
I glanced at the opening chapters of Chasing Liberty.
The situations are alien to anything most people experience. For example, Liberty and friends enter a bomb shelter. I think young adults would find it hard to relate to that. I think they will be lost by page five.
Why not have Liberty and her friends walk through town and show us what the place looks like? Maybe have them do some unimportant activities just to show what kind of lifestyle they have and what kind of personalities they have?
Also, what country is this? How does this society run?
In Empress Theresa, Theresa's life at age ten is described in the first chapter. In chapter two she is in high school. In chapter three she's at Boston College. The action doesn't begin until chapter four, and it isn't until chapter seven that we get a hint about what she is going to do in the story.
Four scathing one star reviews. Reviewers complain about scene vividly describing rape of a child.
We know there are horrors going on in the world. We don't need descriptions of them that might excite the nut cases.
Apparently the book is no longer available for purchase. My compliments to Amazon's judgement.
Book ranks #9,093.836 on Amazon bestseller list.
On the Amazon listing,
author claims the following:
Unfortunately Amazon has allowed defamatory lies about my work in the reviews by people who have never read my book, but who were bullying another user on Google Plus when I intervened. Amazon, despite breaking the law in doing so, has kept the defamatory and illegal reviews.
If that's true, just resubmit the book as a new KINDLE book under another title. Shouldn't take more than one day.
For a thriller book that even an eight year can be allowed to read,
see Empress Theresa.
Just wanted to let you know Rain from Heaven is now avaiable on Amazon Kindle for just $.99. A portion of the profits will be donated to charity.
Here's the description: What would you sacrifice to save the eternal soul of your enemy?
Dellan Whitcom has every reason to hate Eliat Rebysh, the man who has unleashed a deadly virus on the world. It has not only killed Dellan's parents and friends but threatens all of mankind. Rebysh also controls the only vaccine that can save everyone from certain death.
God chooses Dellan to destroy this nefarious evil, and the young man is delighted with the opportunity to exact revenge. But the more he strays from God's path of love, the more Dellan becomes like Rebysh, the object of his hatred. Before it is over, the life of the woman both men love hangs in the balance.
Only by making an extraordinary sacrifice will Dellan be able to destroy Rebysh's evil and free the world from a heinous plot that enslaves the entire population.
Right now I am publishing my works as e-books. Amazon has a self-publishing program and so does Barnes & Noble. These programs do not charge but the downside is that your books will not be in print.
I currently am also looking for a cheap book publisher who will print my works as real printed books. It is quite a struggle.
Amazon does have a paperback print option available through CreateSpace. (See: http://www.createspace.com). It is relatively easy to upload a book, they have a lot of information on doing it, plus a great community where assistance is available.
Hello Marc, I think you have had a wonderful idea here, and hope it can be helpful to many. Perhaps some future topics might be:
1-Finding motivation to keep writing.
2-What are the best writing schedules?
3-Who would you trust to review your manuscripts?
4-Are there are good agents anymore? How to find them?
I've just finished re-reading Ben Franklyn's autobiography (my best guess is I read it a half-century ago--which is the type of thought that can really subdue a person)--and I was pleasantly surprised to rediscover his comments about the value of his group of writers discussing their works, much like this group and also CSLewis' group of Inklings (i encourage members here to check on our Catholic.com Inklings group). Best regards.
I have just completed and published my first Catholic comedy novella titled "The Misadventures of Cardinal Fratelli". It will be one of three books about the good cardinal who always ends up in comical situations.
Here is the plot to the first book of the series
Set in the 19th century, in picturesque Italy, this comic writing follows the daily life and blunders of one Cardinal Angelo Fratelli. He is devout, young, handsome and experiences many trials partly because of his excitability and because of his snobby Aunt Francine.
Suddenly, Michele, a dear, childhood friend, comes around and doesn’t get the hint he is unavailable. Fratelli must hatch a plan to get her married off so she leaves him alone- also while proving himself to parishioners and various, other clergy.
If you would like to see a sample of this work, check out my blog: