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Spelling

Posted on March 28, 2010 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Ok, some people have decided to tell me that there are spelling errors on this site.


Yes, there are.  I don't edit this site for spelling.  I just post information.  I'm too busy working on books.  I don't have the time to track down spelling errors on the site.  I just trust my spellcheck to flag them as I type, and if it doesn't get all of them, then so be it.


If you have a problem with the spelling errors, please feel free to emaill me telling me the location and nature of the spelling errors and I'll fix them


For those of you who seem to think that this speaks against my editing ability, let me remind you that I make it very clear in the submission guidelines that I do not edit for spelling and grammar.  That is the responsibility of the author.  I edit for style, content, plot, character consistency, word choice, and continuity.


Thanks,

J. Allen Wentworth

Editor, Meow/Squish Publications 

Spelling

Posted on March 28, 2010 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Ok, some people have decided to tell me that there are spelling errors on this site.


Yes, there are.  I don't edit this site for spelling.  I just post information.  I'm too busy working on books.  I don't have the time to track down spelling errors on the site.  I just trust my spellcheck to flag them as I type, and if it doesn't get all of them, then so be it.


If you have a problem with the spelling errors, please feel free to emaill me telling me the location and nature of the spelling errors and I'll fix them


For those of you who seem to think that this speaks against my editing ability, let me remind you that I make it very clear in the submission guidelines that I do not edit for spelling and grammar.  That is the responsibility of the author.  I edit for style, content, plot, character consistency, word choice, and continuity.


Thanks,

J. Allen Wentworth

Editor, Meow/Squish Publications 

Criticism

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 11:24 PM Comments comments (0)

Meow/Squish Publications has an unorthodox mindset towards modern book publishing.  As such, it is expected for us to recieve criticism.  I will address a few points that have been made against us here.


1) The founder and editor of Meow/Squish publications only intention is to use the site as a means to promote his own work.

This is true.  I, J. Allen Wentworth, have the following goals with regards to this site: I want quality self-published writers to join meow/squish, promote the site, and give away their ebooks for free while charging for print copies.  I want readers to come to this site to read free books.  I want readers who enjoy the books to buy print copies.  I am confidident enough in the quality of my work to know that many people who read it will enjoy it enough to purchase a printed copy.  I will point out that other meow/squish authors will enjoy the same benefits that I recieve from this site.  I have not tried to hide my intentions at all.  I am doing this because I believe that it will benefit me.  If you believe that providing your ebooks here for free will benefit you, then join me, if not, then I wish you all the best in whatever publishing and book promotion options you choose.


2) The founder and editor of Meow/Squish is a religious nut who's closeminded views will limit the selection of books available on the site.

Some of my favorite authors are Ayn Rand, Piers Anthony, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, J. K. Rowlings, C. S. Lewis and Terry Goodkind.  I read any genre with passion and my literary tastes are mostly seperate from my religious views.  I am, however, a religious 'nut' and I am proud of that fact.  Fiction is fiction.  It's purpose is to entertain.  I am veheminantly opposed to censorship of any kind, and I believe that every book is valuable so long as there exists even one person who enjoys it.  I will judge books based upon the quality of the writing, regardless of genre or theme.  Books with controversial topics are not taboo.  If a book is submitted to me which contains homosexuality or demonic worship, I will judge it based upon the quality of the writing and story, not upon my own opinions of the subject.  This is not a religious website.  Rememeber, the requirements for acceptance to the site is not whether or not I like the book, it is whether or not I can read the whole thing without hating it.  My opinion is that if it is well-written, then there are bound to be people out there who will love the book, even if I dislike it.


3) The website contains spelling errors.

Yes it does.  I am not a copy-editor or proof-reader.  I use spell-check, multiple drafts, and proof-reading services for such trivial matters.  I am not going to agonize over the website to ensure that there are no spelling errors, and I am not going to check for spelling or grammar errors in book submissions.  It is the responsibility of the author of each book to use whatever resources they have available to remove such blemishes from their novels.


4) This is a bad idea for writers because you can make money charging for e-books.

Many writers can and will make money without giving their ebooks away for free.  If you choose to do so, then I hope you are successful.  I believe that ebooks can be best used by self-published writers as a means of book promotion.  Writers who agree with my assessment of the current book market should follow my method.  Writers who wish to follow other means of book promotion should know that I wish them the greatest success.  I love authors as much as I love books, and I do not wish failure on anyone.


I appreciate the comments regarding my business model.  I will finish with this:


Of all the books written each year, only about 1 out of each 100 are ever published through traditional means.  Of the remaining 99, perhaps 1 will be successful as a self-published book.  I am looking for the best of the remaining 98 books.  If you can get published by a traditional publisher, then do so.  I admit that I am still offering my books to traditional publishers.  If you can self-publish and make money without giving your book away for free as an ebook, then do so.  Meow/Squish publishing is not trying to replace other publishing options.  I believe that there are enough high-quality books being written that we will be able to find authors who agree with our marketing strategy.  I also believe that having free unique books available will draw a large market of readers towards the site as we grow. New writers will ensure that we attract new readers.  New readers will buy print copies of the books that they enjoy.  Our authors will make money. 


Thanks for your interest,


J. Allen Wentworth

Editor, Meow/Squish Publications


P.S. Let me also point out that the sales of print copies of my book increased when I began giving the ebook away for free. 

Gift Shop

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 12:49 AM Comments comments (0)

Allright, the old Spambooks giftshop has been restored here with our new website url instead of the old one.  It is just a selection of shirts with "I WRITE BOOKS" and our website url on them.  The shirts make it easy to 'break the ice" with people and tell them about your book in the hopes that they might decide to buy it.  For $9.99 plus shipping, the cheapest shirt is probably the one you want to pick up.  You never know who might see the shirt while you are shopping or something.  It's just a nice way to get more people to come to this site and possibly buy some print books. 


I'm also working with some other stuff on the website.  Like I said before, I'm not great with this webmaster stuff, but I'm trying to make this site as user-friendly as possible for both authors and writers.  As you can see I have no pop-up ads and the only advertising on the site is put there by my webhoster so that I don't have to pay for web hosting. 


Happy reading and writing,

J. Allen Wentworth

Editor, Meow/Squish Publications

Robert Wetmore

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 6:16 PM Comments comments (0)

Robert Wetmore is a bible scholar as well as an author.  His books are entertaining and powerful.  Take yourself on a journey back to Genesis by reading his fictional rendition of the events of the first book of the bible.  His stories bring the bible to life in fiction in a special way.  I highly recommend his books for both the religious and the sceptical. 


Happy Reading and Writing,


J. Allen Wentworth

Executive Editor, Meow/Squish Publications

Dillingham Jacobs

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 2:09 PM Comments comments (0)

I say welcome to DJ, but although he is new to the site, his work is not new to me.  During the end of Spambook.com I had the pleasure of reading DJ's work.  It was a problem of timing, I guess.  At any rate, I enjoyed DJ's work,even if it is a bit rough around the edges.  If circumstances had been different I would have enjoyed helping DJ perfect the novel.  However, DJ has said that he is not writing anymore.  "The Stone of Meku" has potential for serious publication, and I would love to convince DJ to resume writing.  He is, however, recaltricant.  The official word is that he does not expect to write any more in the series, even though he had before spoken to me at length about as many as four more books in the series.  All the best parts are present in "The Stone of Meku," and the perfecting of the novel would be only polishing the rough edges.  But DJ sent his latest draft back to me complete with his final note telling me that he was no longer persuing a career as a writer.  Fortunately I was able to secure his agreement in little wager.   If "The Stone of Meku" sells a certain number of copies, then DJ has agreed to give it another shot.  Of course, I'm not sure how it will work out.  After seeing him throw in the towel so soon, I don't think DJ has the fortitude of will to be a career writer, but he has a talent that he should cultivate, even if he does so just as a hobby. So the long and the short of it is that DJ has graciously allowed me to publish his novel as is.


So, go download it and read it.  It is not a perfect masterpiece, but it reveals the creative genius of a man who needs only learn the proper techniquest before achieving greatness.


And I know you are reading this DJ, so just remember, I am trying to make you better at your art.  That what you asked me to do for you.  Enjoy your time off.  I'm a writer.  I know the curse.  A writer can't stop.  He has to write.  You'll be back DJ, and the Saga of Meku might eventually become one of those 5-book trilogies that are so popular in our industry.


Good Luck Writing,


J. Allen Wentworth

Executive Editor Meow/Squish Publications

New Website

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 5:49 AM Comments comments (0)

Well, Meow/Squish has merged with Spambooks resulting in a complete overhual of the website as well as the respective business models.  The goal of both had been the same, so it actually made a lot of sense.  There will be some speedbumps, because we can no longer link to the books in the spambooks directory.  As such, we will be rebuilding our networking base from the ground up, but the new model is more likely to yield positive results for authors. 


If you are here because you had a book listed on spambooks, then we wish you the best of luck in your future publishing ventures.  Should you wish to make use of our services, feel free to resubmit your work in accordance with the new submission guidelines.  While my standards are not as rigorous as a conventional editor, the minimum length requirement imposed by Spambooks was far to lax.  I will be, as Editor, checking the quality of all meow/squish books instead of simply relying on quantitly as a measure of acheivement. 


Unfotunately, the founder of Spambooks was the more technically-minded.  I am not in a possition to act as webmaster in addition to my duties as Author and Editor.  Therefor, Meow/Squish will have a fairly simplistic website until such a time as I can obtain a webmaster.  I hope this is not an inconvenience.


For those of you that are concerned, let me assure you that the founder of Spambooks and I are on perfectly friendly terms.  He found himself drawn in a different direction and elected to pass the torch to me, as I was instrumental in helping him found the site in the first place.  My writing has grown significanly thanks to his patient help and advice.  As always, he remains anonymous and I would appreciate it if I did not recieve any more emails asking me who he is.  I will tell you, however, that he has once again changed his pen-name.  At any rate, I trust that some of you that read this at least have had the pleasure of reading his work. 


It is my hope to one day be as widely published...


I'll be looking for email book submissions in my email.  [email protected]


Gook Luck Writing,

J. Allen Wentworth

Executive Editor Meow/Squish Publications


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