Happy New Year 2008

Saturday, 29 December 2007

Happy New Year 2008

Passing of time from the second, the minute, the hour to the month took us in the following year,
last year that be full of liked and the sorrow come on became the trigger ourselves to
better, let's thought for a moment about the proble's of the past, let's gained the
previous hope that was not yet implemented.


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AdSense Deactivated!

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

One day, when I login inside to my AdSense account, I was most startled to receive the warning

At This Time, the account of your AdSense was deactivated. Better
check the box entered your email to see the message that possibly was sent by us
about the status of your account. Occasionally this message could be caught by
the email filter, because that confirmed to check the Mass folder/Spam in your
email account.

Hm.. what happened?

After being checked in the boxI, was found by me the letter from the side google adsense, my AdSense account was fraud clicking in some blog.

Setengah percaya, setengah tidak kubaca lagi isi surat dari pihak AdSense itu, weh.. ternyata beneran account adsense ku telah di nonaktifkan!

Duh.. sedih sekaligus kesal juga, kupikir - pikir, mungkin ada 'fraud clicking'!

Mungkin ada beberapa yang usil atau sekedar menjahili, tapi yang sudah terjadi biarkanlah, mungkin itu membuat ku lebih waspada dan berhati - hati.

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30 More Excellent Blog Designs

Monday, 10 December 2007

It’s not hard to design a weblog, but it’s getting harder when you try to achieve a unique weblog design. It doesn’t matter what weblog-engine you are using — frequently used themes tend to become boring over time, and they also don’t necessarily reflect the unique identity of the blogger.

To create an original design you need fresh ideas and creative design solutions. However, you don’t need to go too far with your design experiments. Basically that’s a close attention to finest details which makes a weblog stand out and gives it a fresh flavour and soft touch visitors can recognize immediately.

- Simplicity and Whitespace -

Andreas Pihlström

Andreas Pihlström, Excellent Blog Designs


Theocacao, Excellent Blog Designs

Elitist Snob

Elitist Snob, Excellent Blog Designs

Fiveruns — so simple yet so beautiful.

Fiveruns, Excellent Blog Designs


Blabolnik, Excellent Blog Designs


TNTPixel, Excellent Blog Designs

Rob Goodlatte

Rob Goodlatte, Excellent Blog Designs

Gerrit van Aaken

Gerrit van Aaken, Excellent Blog Designs

Jared Christensen

Jared Christensen, Excellent Blog Designs


PSDtuts, Excellent Blog Designs

Verbalized — sometimes less is more. Close attention to small details is impressive.

Verbalized, Excellent Blog Designs

Sam Brown - a truly modest design.

Sam Brown, Excellent Blog Designs

- Weblogs Which Don’t Look Like Weblogs -

Dan Rubin

Dan Rubin, Excellent Blog Designs

The Adventures of Cindy Li

The Adventures of Cindy Li, Excellent Blog Designs

George Huff

George Huff, Excellent Blog Designs

Grantmx Designs

Grantmx Designs, Excellent Blog Designs


Blogsolid, Excellent Blog Designs


Carsonified, Excellent Blog Designs


Jrvelasco, Excellent Blog Designs

Simon Reynolds

Simon Reynolds, Excellent Blog Designs

Jonathan Durán

Jonathan Durán, Excellent Blog Designs

- Nice And Original Blog Designs -

Tobias Baeck

Tobias Baeck, Excellent Blog Designs

Chris Murphy

Chris Murphy, Excellent Blog Designs

Anthony Casey

Anthony Casey, Excellent Blog Designs

Split Da Diz

Split da Diz

Adrian Pintilie

Adrian Pintilie, Excellent Blog Designs

Cult Foo

Cult Foo, Excellent Blog Designs

She Unlimited

She Unlimited, Excellent Blog Designs


Tickerville, Excellent Blog Designs

Amy Hoy

Amy Hoy, Excellent Blog Designs


Modullar, Excellent Blog Designs

Victoria van Roosmalen

Victoria van Roosmalen, Excellent Blog Designs
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Japanese Pop Singer - YUI

Saturday, 3 November 2007

yui, japanese singer, japanese pop singer, goodbye days, tokyo, Feel My Soul, Seito Shokun, Seito Shokun, che.r.ry, Taiyou No Uta-Midnight Sun, midnight sun

This time for my favourite Japanese Pop Singer, Yui.

Yui is a Japanese J-pop/J-rock artist, born March 26th, 1987 in Fukuoka, Japan. She is signed to Sony Music Records Japan.

YUI began writing poems in ninth grade. At the age of sixteen on the recommendation of a friend she began studying songwriting and guitar at a private music school in her hometown of Fukuoka. Aspiring to become a professional, she carried her guitar around and sang at local places such as the seashore of Shingu and in the middle of rice fields at Kaminofu. Even though she was shy she still enjoyed doing street performances in the Tenjin district of Fukuoka.

Her professional career began in March 2004 when she sang three songs at an audition hosted by Sony Music Japan. Despite the audition rule that a participant could only sing two songs, all of the judges gave her the highest score possible which caused a fierce scramble among record labels to sign her. She first sang "Why Me" (a song later included in her major label debut single), followed by "It's Happy Line" and "I Know". "It's Happy Line" was her debut indie single with "I Know" as the b-side.

Upon leaving her hometown in Fukuoka for Tokyo, YUI wrote the song "Feel My Soul". She was planning its release on an indie label as a tribute to her hometown, when the song caught the ears of Fuji TV producer Mr. Yamaguchi, who just happened to see the demo video clip. He claimed that YUI's voice haunted him so much that he went out of his way to visit the recording studio all by himself. He even made his channel's prime time drama Fukigen na Gene use YUI's debut track.

On February 23, YUI released her first major debut single, "Feel My Soul" The music in Fukigen na Gene was mainly based on YUI's songs such as 'Feel My Soul' and 'It's Happy Line'. With the drama tie-in "Feel My Soul" managed to sell over 100,000 copies. YUI's next three singles, "Tomorrow's Way", "Life", and "Tokyo" did not chart as high as Feel My Soul did and were only moderately successful in comparison. After the release of four singles YUI released her debut album From Me to You, which is another moderate success with sales of more than 200,000 copies.

Many months later, YUI starred in a movie released on June 17, 2006, titled Taiyou No Uta-Midnight Sun, which was screened at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. YUI's 5th single, "Good-bye Days", was written for this film and is by far her highest selling single at 200,000 copies sold. "I Remember You" her next single, did fairly well boosted by "Good-bye Days"' popularity. Soon after, YUI's 7th single "Rolling Star" was chosen by the anime series Bleach to be the 5th opening theme song; her third single, "Life", had previously been chosen as the 5th ending theme song. "CHE.R.RY", her 8th single, was used as a song for the KDDI au Listen Mobile Service CM. Her second album, Can't Buy My Love, fared well on the Oricon charts, staying for two weeks at #1 and shattering her entire previous album's record sales in one week. So far, Can't Buy My Love has managed to sell over 500,000 copies. Due to the success of Can't Buy My Love, YUI's previous album charted once again to add another 9k or so to the Oricon counting.

She released her 9th single, "My Generation / Understand", on 13 June 2007. This was the very first time that YUI released a double A-side single. My Generation is the theme song for the drama "Seito Shokun!", and Understand is the theme song for the movie "Sidecar ni Inu."

Her 10th single, "Love & Truth", released on September 26th, is the theme song to Erika Sawajiri's film, Closed Note. Erika Sawajiri played YUI's role of Amane Kaoru in the TV series adaptation of Taiyou no Uta.

Pretty girl with good music.

Sometimes, i browse with uncle google and put 'Japanese Pop Singer' keyword in 'Search Box', find any site with many artist. I Founded Yui, and browse her pages. With my Download Manager, I get her song (
Goodbye Days).

Coz' It's Cool Music, but, i think accoustic version this song is better!
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Jason Mraz - I'm Yours

Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Jason Mraz, mraz, music, i'm yours, accoustic, akustik, musik, musik akustik
Tadi, baru aja gw dunlud laguw I'm Yours yang dibawain ama Jason Mraz.
Lagunya Bagus euy! mungkin gw denger versi akustiknya, terus terang aja gw suka banged ama musik² akustik, ampe List Akustik Song gw bejibun. Pengibaratannya `ntuh, Akustik Gw Banged! hehe..

Eniwei, lagunya lagi gw dengerin lagi neh...! (udah diulang ampe 3x, norak banged yach! >_<
But, this Great Song! :)

Stay Tune With Da Music!
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APOCALYPTO, Mel Gibson, film kolosal, kolosal

Movie kolosal arahan Mas Gibson yang menceritakan tentang kehidupan suku maya dizaman dahulu kala, pengambilan gambarnya didaerah meksiko sendiri.
Neh Pelem sebenarnya udah lama beredar, mungkin gwanya aja yang belakangan ini baru aktip² lagi nonton movies yang penuh dengan Disturbing Picture!

Dalam plot cerita yang diarahin ama mas gibson ini cukup membuat jantung yang ga kuat bisa copot. Gimana ga, penyembelihan manusia ga tanggung - tanggung, waktu pak menterinya kerajaan mayan nusukin pisau batu ketubuh para tawanan buat diambil jantungnya truz dijadikan persembahan bagi dewa mereka.
Kalo diliat bener², miris banged, ga kasihan tuh ama mereka yang dicopot jantungnya, habis itu dipenggal lagi kepalanya. seyem...>_<

Perjalanan jauh kembali didepan mata, setelah perjalan jauh yang cukup melelahkan sampailah rombongan itu disuatu tempat, disana banyak sekali tawanan seperti Spaw dkk, kebanyakan dari mereka dipaksa bekerja, menyelesaikan bangunan yang kelihatan seperti kuil. Selain itu banyak juga para tawanan wanita yang diperjual belikan! Singkat Cerita, setelah dibawa kesuatu Altar yang rame sekali pengikutnya, para tawanan ini pun segera di Eksekusi. Nyawa Spaw dkk pun sudah diujung tanduk, siap dijemput ajal.
Namun, tiba² pada waktu giliran si Spaw akan ditusuk dan diambil jantungnya, entah kenapa Algojo mengehentikan aksinya. Rupanya Pendeta mereka merasakan bahwa dewa mereka sudah tidak marah lagi, itu ditandai dengan cerahnya hari yang awalnya gelap! Namun, Spaw Dkk tidak dilepas begitu saja oleh mereka, tetapi dijadikan bulan - bulanan dengan menyuruh Spaw dkk lari melewati batas kerajaan, dan apabila berhasil akab dibiarkan bebas, tapi jika gagal menghindar dari lemparan tombak, batu, dan panah mereka, ajal didepan mata. Istilah jaman sekarang polisi yang nyuruh penjahat lari, trus ditembak dari belakang! :

Walhasil, Spaw lolos setelah gilirannya tiba (disini terlihat plotnya yang terfokus pada Spaw, karena nasib teman - temannya tidak diketahui setelah itu). Dengan terluka dan Hampir kehabisan nafas, Spaw berlari kearah hutan kampungya sekuat tenaga menghindar kejaran pasukan penyerang! dikarenakan dia telah membunuh Cut Rock, anak sang pemimpin pasukan.

Dhihutan kampungnya, dia berkuasa. Satu persatu pasukan pengejar tewas ditangannya dan jebakan - jebakan yang memang sudah terpasang untuk menjebak binatang buruan.

So, Di Akhir Cerita Spaw Selamat dari kejaran musuh dan berhasil menyelamatkan istrinya, yang tak diduga melahirkan didalam sebuah gua saat hujan deras mengguyur!

APPOCALYPTO, kerenz bangedz.
Bagi loe² pade yang belum pernah nonton, buruan deh cari kasetnya!
Selain memacu adrenaline juga mengingatkan kita pada hukum karma yang mungkin sudah berlaku pada masa itu!


Saturday, 8 September 2007

writer, writing, tips for writers, journal
Scribbling for Fun and Profit

Whenever someone tells me they would like to write, my first question is always, What do you read? Writing is not for you unless you have spent a lifetime reading, a lifetime savoring stories. All too often, the answer I receive to my question is, "Oh, I don't have time to read. I watch TV and movies, but I would like to be a writer." The conversation usually ends there.

Writing is a craft, like playing a musical instrument or painting with oils. Every aspiring writer must acquire this craft, just as every musician must learn his or her instrument. Today some high schools and most colleges offer creative writing courses, and so do various writer's workshops. If you look around you will undoubtedly find one in your area. Some of these folks charge for their services.

Whether you take a formal course or not, most of the craft must be acquired on your own. The best place to begin is the public library, which is full of good books written by people who know how to write. Check out good books by good writers in the genre in which you are interested. Analyze their styles, see how they set up a scene, how they do dialogue, how the characters are introduced and developed, how the writer makes the names memorable or fails to do that, how the story is paced, how the action unfolds, how the conflicts develop, how the subplots are made part of the story, how the climax is handled. Analyze the scenes, find the key words which bring out the emotion of a scene, study how the writer got his effect, how he uses verbs and adverbs, try to decide why he used the key words he did. Why did the writer choose the point-of-view he used, did he shift verb tenses, why are the paragraphs where they are, why did he use action verbs in one place and "to be" verbs in another? What are the rules this good writer follows?

This stuff is not magic: it's all right there in black and white. You must dissect it and study it and think about it. And you must learn.

If you are interested in thrillers, as I am, I suggest you study Alistair MacLean, the guy who taught a generation of thriller writers how to do it. Read When Eight Bells Toll, The Secret Ways, Bear Island, Fear is the Key. Look at John D. MacDonald. Read Ernest Gann. Study Raymond Chandler and Eric Ambler. To study a master of plot construction and characterizations, read Agatha Christie. For atmosphere you might read Georges Simenon and Rex Stout. Of course you must read the perfect stylist, the author whose style influenced everyone who came after, Hemingway. Finally, to study how a real master can mesh rich characterizations with an interesting plot and pace it properly, you might read Larry McMurtry and Amy Tan, two excellent writers doing it in English today.

The flip side of writing about what you know is the publishing reality that originality sells. To break into publishing and establish a major career, you must go boldly where no one has gone before, to steal a phrase. First novelist J.K. Rowling wrote of a boy wizard at an English public school. Original and fresh, her four novels to date have been mega-bestsellers world-wide and made her our first literary billionaire. English housewife Agatha Christie decided to write mysteries, and although she got them published, was an unnoticed pulp mystery writer until she wrote "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd," in which the narrator turns out to be the killer. That plot was a stroke of genius; the book was a major bestseller. That idea led to a marvelous forty-plus year career writing mysteries, some of which contain truly dazzling, original plot twists.

The list goes on and on: Arthur Conan Doyle founded the mystery genre with "A Study in Scarlet," in which he introduced Sherlock Holmes. Tom Clancy broke in with a unique tale of a Soviet submarine skipper who decided to defect to America, taking his sub with him. Amy Tan's books about a Chinese family plowed ground left fallow since the death of Pearl Buck. My first novel, "Flight of the Intruder," was the first novel of naval aviation in the modern jet age. The only one remotely similar was "The Bridges at Toko-Ri," by Michener, which was about the Korean War. (It was also one of Michener's worst books.) I wrote about Vietnam. My publisher asked, "How come no one else ever wrote about naval aviation?"

"Guess they never thought of it," I replied.

One last example, which may be more myth than truth: Stephen King was a schoolteacher who wrote manuscripts at night and watched the mail for rejections, which came regularly. One day his wife rescued a manuscript from the trash and sent it to the "horror editor" at a major New York house. An editor rooting in the slush pile, where unsolicited manuscripts go to die, saw the envelope. No publishing house had a "horror editor" on their staff--the genre did not exist. Intrigued, the editor took the manuscript to his desk and began reading. The rest is history.

So the formula is originality and craft, workmanship and sweat. Lots of sweat. I like to go to big bookstores and wander through the fiction section looking at the offerings, trying to figure out what is NOT there. Editors will tell you that the reason a type of story isn't there is because it won't sell, which is a logical fallacy that tells us nothing. When I thought up the plot for "Saucer" I knew I had something. I had never seen anything remotely like it. The novel was initially rejected, of course, but years later I twisted my publishers' arm and they published it to pacify me; it was a nice hit in the states and a big hit in the U.K. I am now busy writing a sequel, for a six-figure advance.

Book Doctors
First time writers, or indeed, any writer struggling with a manuscript, might consider the services of a book doctor. In the past editors at major publishers might labor over a manuscript, writing, rewriting, and if necessary, inserting or eliminating subplots, all in the effort to get a manuscript up to publishing quality. Today editors at publishing houses do not do this—they simply don't have the time. Nor can the publishing houses afford the cost. The manuscript must come in-house polished and ready for the line editor, who merely checks spelling, punctuation, capitalization and the like. The book doctor, paid for by the writer, fills this empty niche.

Here are some sources for professional book doctors. I have never used any of these folks, but if you feel you need professional help with a manuscript, you might check them out. These sources were listed in a November 10, 2003 copyrighted article in THE DENVER POST.

The Rocky Mountain Publishing Professionals Guild (RMPPG) www.rmppg.org RMPPG is a Colorado-based organization of "Self-employed individuals in the publishing and communication industries." According to the Post, Past PMPPG president Jody Berman says, "the organization is an excellent resource for those looking for book editors."

Consulting Editors Alliance www.consulting-editors.com According to the Post, the Consulting Editors Alliance describes its organization on the CEA website as "a group of expert book editors and writers who can help you make your book more publishable and advise you on every aspect of publishing from the editorial process to e-books. We've edited hundreds of acclaimed titles in virtually every category of fiction and non-fiction, including many national best sellers."

Small Publishers Association of North America SPAN) www.spannet.org According to the Post, SPAN is a Colorado-based, non-profit trade association of approximately 1,300 self-publishers, small presses and authors.

Start With What You Know
Beginning writers are well advised to write about something they know. Many beginners try to write about people and places and events that they know absolutely nothing about, and consequently expend vast quantities of time and effort but cannot get the story to read right. Do not write about the world of Manhattan high fashion and glamour unless you have been there and seen it from the inside. Do not write about the sins of the Hollywood film industry unless you know this world well. The sole exception to this rule is this: you can write about anything that no one else knows anything about--this category would include science fiction, fantasy, and, perhaps, Jean Auel's caveman novels. Even so, you must always master the rules of the genre in which you wish to work. Sci fi sells to hard core fans who read little else. You have to know this genre inside out if you expect to write and sell books to the Trekkies. Ditto horror, romance, porn, and a few others.

Writing is very hard work. Those folks who try it for any length of time understand that fact. Writing good fiction is so damn tough very few people succeed at it. It seems that those people who do it best are thoughtful, careful readers who study successful writers and learn the techniques. Like glassblowing or painting, writing is a craft that can be learned, but it must be practiced diligently and painstakingly.

Like every craft or art, good writing requires a spark of originality or all the sweat will have been in vain. Talent is an elusive, hard-to-define quality. Yet, like pornography, most of us know it when we see it. Craft compliments talent but is not a substitute for it. Talent needs workmanship and sweat to succeed, but workmanship and sweat are not enough. There are thousands of bricklayers yet only a few artists in stone.

Craft aside, to write successfully you must have something to write about. Every word you write is a distillation of everything you know about life, about how the world works, about how people think and feel, their motivations, their hopes, their dreams, and so on. How do you write a woman in love? Well, if you are not a woman, it would help a lot if you had known one or two who were desperately, hopelessly in love. To write successfully you must understand what it is to be human. Only then can you reduce the human experience to language and put it on paper. Our best writers drank deeply of life. I give you Mark Twain, Winston Churchill, Ernest Hemingway.

One of the common mistakes of aspiring writers is to write about themselves. Some do it to explore their inner emotions, others do so for the simple reason that they know themselves best. Regardless, writing about yourself is a literary dead-end, a place where readers do not care to go.

Students of writing must write about other people, learn to create characters that live within the boundaries of the fictional world created by the writer. This is the very essence of the craft, without which you cannot progress.

At some point every aspiring writer must evaluate his or her work and make a realistic appraisal of its worth. Are you just laying bricks? It helps to have unbiased readers who will give honest criticism. Do not try to write unless you are willing to fail. If you are unwilling to let your friends read your stuff because they might not understand it, it is unpublishable--the book buying public won't understand it either. This leads inexorably to my next point: if you have to explain to a reader what they should have gotten out of a story, it didn't work. Go back and work on it some more. The story must stand on its own. How well it stands is a direct measure of how well you have mastered the craft of writing.

The Courage to Fail
Speaking of the courage to fail, through the years I have noticed a curious phenomenon. People who are experts in literature, who know grammar, who can discuss the intricacies of plotting, characterization, setting, pacing, etc., until hell won't have it, people who seem to have all the equipment necessary to succeed at writing fiction, rarely try it. Although these people sometimes have PhDs in English and literature, they seem quite content watching hacks like me turn out commercial novels. I'm not complaining, you understand, but I have a theory about why this is so. These folks would be satisfied with nothing less than writing a masterpiece, and since they know that is highly unlikely, they write nothing. On the other hand, I have no ambitions about masterpieces--I just want to write fun books that entertain people and make a living doing it. I want to write the kind of books that I like to read. So I write and the experts read. In a way it's sort of sad.

Once the manuscript is well written, done in perfect English, all typos and misspellings removed, you are ready to try to get it published. The manuscript should be double-spaced on plain white paper, one side only, not bound in any way. Your name, address and phone number should be on the first and last pages of the manuscript. Do NOT submit the manuscript anywhere until you are convinced it is the best it can be, because once they reject it, agents and publishers will NOT spend any more time upon it.

Agents today perform the screening process that used to be done by publishing houses. Agents read unsolicited submissions and accept those they think are publishable. The book Writer's Market, published annually, contains a listing of literary agents. The Society of Author Representatives, 10 Astor Place, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10003, may also be able to help you find an agent to read your manuscript. You may look them up on the web at www.bookwire.com.

I would pass up any agent who wants to charge a "reading" fee. Bona fide literary agents make their money selling manuscripts to publishers, not reading them. However, do not expect a bona fide agent to return your manuscript with a long letter full of incisive literary criticism. If you want literary criticism it is only fair that you pay for it.

Or you might try publishing houses that do the kind of fiction you are trying to write. Although they all say they won't take unsolicited manuscripts, most look anyway. They have to. They might be throwing away the next Tom Clancy.

Breaking In
Publishers and agents all say that they are actively searching for the raw material required to keep the presses running and cartons of books on the way to bookstores. There is no conspiracy to lock out unpublished authors. The real problem is that two hard realities govern the publishing world, and you must overcome them both to break in:

  • Book buyers like to buy brand names. They will buy a new Tom Clancy or Stephen King without even glancing at the dust jacket. They read and enjoyed past books by these authors, so these are the authors they buy today. Consequently, first novels sell an average of less than 5,000 copies. This average includes the occasional, rare, best-selling rocket by a first-time writer, such as Amy Tan, whose first book did extraordinarily well in 1989. But she was one of only two break-in writers on the best-seller list that year, so what does that tell you about the sales of all the other first-timers? (And just how many first novels have you read this year?)

  • Most aspiring writers haven't acquired the craft of writing, so 99% of the stuff agents and publishers see is unpublishable. People can't write English, the scenes are trite, the characters cardboard, the dialogue terrible, there is nothing fresh or original, plots wander like drunken snakes, writers just don't seem to know what the hell a good story is--the list of sins is so long as to be almost infinite. Consequently, while book people are looking for publishable material, finding the jewels is like searching a hog pen for diamonds. (One editor told me that editors see so much trash, sometimes the glitter of the mediocre seems irresistible, which is, he explained, why so much forgettable stuff gets into print. The book-buying public, less jaded, is more fickle.)

The challenge to beginners is this: you must write a book so good, so compelling, the agents and publishers decide that the book can be sold despite the brand-name focus of the book-buying public. Remember, these people are trying to make money publishing books; they must sell books to survive.

My editor at St. Martin's Press publishes fifty books a year. In addition to the books he is publishing, he looks at several hundred manuscripts a year sent to him by literary agents, who presumably have screened out the treacle. He makes offers on those manuscripts he thinks are publishable by his house. He has just two assistants. Since he works in corporate America, he is held accountable for the sales of those books he publishes. He survives by picking more winners than losers, so the question he must answer is, Who will buy this book? Yet even if he believes there is an audience out there, he will not sign a writer unless he is firmly convinced that writer can deliver a commercial manuscript ready for the line editor with a minimum of editorial guidance, or he is holding such a manuscript in his hand.

NEVER forget--publishing is a FOR PROFIT business. Your manuscript must convince everyone all along the line that they can MAKE MONEY by publishing it. Notice that I said "your manuscript," for truly, it must sell itself. Regardless of who you know or how persistent your agent is, the manuscript must be good enough that publishers can see how it can be sold. (One of the reasons you should avoid buying fiction by celebrities is because the author's name may have convinced the publisher that the book will be commercial. Entertainers and rich socialites don't know any more about writing fiction than most beginners, so publishers often hire ghost writers to write the book that will carry the celebrity' s name.)

More people are writing today than ever before in history. Word-processing programs and PCs have freed writers from the clerical drudgery that plagued the craft since the invention of the alphabet. In addition, the booming economy has given huge numbers of people the luxury of time, which many folks are spending at the keyboard of one of those PCs. The result is an unprecedented flood of manuscripts. The market for books, however, continues to grow slowly--while more books are sold today than ever before, the percentage of people reading continues to shrink as technology and lifestyles change. As you might imagine, all these writers searching for agents and publishers have created a bonanza for scam artists.

Be Wary
Anyone can claim to be a literary agent; there are no licensing or knowledge requirements and ethics are strictly optional. Many writers have been rejected so often by the bona fide publishing industry that they become easy prey for the unscrupulous. A few words of praise is the usual hook. Regardless of how the scam starts, eventually the subject of money will come up. The writer is requested to pay reading fees, acceptance fees, all kinds of fees, and promises flow like beer at a biker bar. Some of these people are being actively prosecuted for mail fraud, but jailing scoundrels is a slow business and once your money is gone, it's usually gone forever.

Many writers turn to vanity presses, where you pay to have books published and end up with cartons of the things filling your garage. These books are almost impossible to market through commercial channels. In addition to the hard realities that govern book selling, which I previously discussed, the fact is that most vanity books are poorly plotted or poorly written. There is usually a reason why the commercial publishers weren't interested. Still, every day in America thousands of writers talk themselves into believing that things will be different for them and spend beaucoup bucks printing their own books.

Perhaps it is the rise of the internet, but more and more people these days seem to be paying to have their books published and sold through internet bookstores and websites. I cannot state it strongly enough--Don't. If you can't write a book good enough to get the juices of a bona fide literary agent or commercial publishing house editor flowing, it isn't good enough for the book-buying public. Don't waste your time or money on vanity presses. Spend both learning to write better.

Often folks who decide to self-publish with a publisher who charges them a fee then think of me. They send me an email or even a book, wanting a puff or plug for their tale. At the insistence of both my attorney and my agent, I do not read or plug manuscripts or books that have not been accepted for publication by a commercial--i.e., large, royalty-paying--publishing house, almost all of which are headquartered in New York. I have neither the time nor expertise to read the three or four self-published books that arrive in the mail every week, so I don't read any but those recommended and sent to me by editors I know in the New York publishing industry. And I plug only those which I think my fans will enjoy reading. Sometimes, alas, I guess wrong, and irate readers feel free to tell me so, too.

My final piece of advice is this: Don't begin writing with the goal of getting rich. You will be deluding yourself, wasting your time. A few years ago the Writers Guild did a survey and discovered that the average published writer in America made less that $7,000 a year at the craft, hardly enough to quit the day job. Indeed, the Guild said at the time that only about 900 people in America made their living solely from writing.

The financial picture in the industry has probably improved somewhat in the last few years, but writing has never been a gold mine for most writers and never will be. Over half the people who write fiction professionally write romance novels, the "dime" novels of our generation. Romance can pay well--indeed, some of the highest-paid entertainers on earth write it--but only for daring risk-takers who eschew the standard romance formulas and create their own, then convince a publisher that their formula will sell, and it does.

Years ago publishers paid formula romance writers a flat fee of $5,000 a book. Author Tracy Jones, who writes as Tracy South, informed me that the only series romance authors paid a flat fee today are those who write for Kensington's Precious Gems line. Harlequin/Silhouette, the largest player in this marketplace, is strictly a royalty-paying publisher.

Author Jo Beverley pointed out that Romance Writers of America do periodic surveys of what different types of romances earn. Beverley said, "$20,000 a book is not at all uncommon from any type of romance when the money rolls in (definitely royalty paying!) $50,000 a book isn't rare for lead authors. $100,000 and up isn't startling for authors who don't make the top fifty of the USA TODAY list. Those that do make the list get much more."

You may wish to research the romance genre at Romance Writers of America. The Science Fiction Writers of America have a website that may help too: www.sfwa.org

This year only three dozen people or so will have novels on the bestseller lists. You have a better chance of becoming a U.S. Senator--we have 100 of those folks. If you want to make money in your spare time, get a job at McDonald's. If you want to get rich, buy a lottery ticket.

Write because it's fun, because you enjoy the creative process. If what you write ever gets published and you make a few bucks, that will be the icing on the cake.

Good Luck!

[Cross From Stephen Coonts Book]

Age of Loneliness (The Cross of Changes Albums) by Enigma

Enigma, Enigma - Age of Loneliness, Loneliness
The video contains lots of clips from central New York and daily New York life. Both urban and suburban parts of the town are shown. Most of these clips also have people of different ages, races and gender floating and swimming mid-air. Some of them are shown wet and clothesless, and they are also seemingly invisible to the surrounding New Yorkers. The videos has no apparent story, instead relying on the surreal images to capture the viewer.

At the very end of the video clip, a taxi passes by a cinema which has a signboard that says "Almost Full Moon". That is a probable but unconfirmed reference to a song with the same title in the next Enigma album, released in 1996.

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