An Author’s Plea: Creativity, Effort, Time, and a Little Money


The average Earplug Adventure doesn’t start with this author’s flashes of literary inspiration, you know: it begins with one (or more) of these…

Being an Earplug Adventure it naturally follows that the aforementioned author must purchase some of these…

Lots actually. Then there’s the time and effort of combining these two facets, which includes the preparation of the latter…

…and the application of the former…

Not forgetting all the models, props, locations and backdrops…

So, having completed all his tasks, the author is now in possession of several hundred photographs: what does he do with them? He story-boards them, that’s what…

…before uploading them to WordPress in the correct order, where they are integrated into the wondrous tale that he has thought up in between times…

From there the episodes are integrated into one multi-megabyte manuscript; and just before the last couple of episodes are posted upon the Internet, the whole darned thing is published as an E-book…

…via Lulu.com.

So far, so good, huh? Well you’d be right: it is good. Very good, in fact. Great fun for this author; and (hopefully) not a complete waste of time for you, the reader. But there is a ‘but’. And the ‘but’ is…oh dear, I’ve seen the following plea discharged by far better authors than I, and I know it wasn’t much fun for them either – none of this comes cheap; not when you add up the time it takes to complete a tale, or the materials required to do it. Naturally I understand that the average Earplug Adventure must appeal to a very small demographic – it is, after all, somewhat off-the-wall – BUT (here it comes) if each of you, who enjoy these very silly stories, were to buy a copy of your favourite book, the resulting remuneration to me, from the publishers, would make the whole effort that little bit easier. There, how mercenary of me was that!. All the books are available on Lulu. Many can be obtained from Kobo, Barnes & Noble, iTunes/iBookstore, Amazon and the rest; so it’s not like they’re hard to find. And, who knows, maybe you could share the book with your friends. Show them what fabulous taste you have. Don’t forget, if you’ve read this, you’re probably an Earplugger already: it would be remiss of you NOT to have at least one Earplug Adventure in your collection. Go on – you know it makes sense!

 

 

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