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  1. 4 points
    People are still scratching their heads over the Jussie Smollett farce after the Chicago Police Department, on the recommendation of a grand jury, leveled 16 charges against Jussie for his alleged crime of falsely claiming to be a victim of a hate crime at the hands of 2 masked Trump supporters, shouting "this is "MAGA country"! So, what had happened was that in its zeal to sanitize its bungling, racist, reputation, Chi-Town's police force conducted a very thorough investigation of the case in an effort to track down Jussie's attackers, only to reach the conclusion backed up by security surveillance cameras and other incriminating evidence, that Jussie had perpetrated a hoax on the city, lying about this incident in an effort draw sympathy to himself and thereby secure a higher salary for his gig on the TV show EMPIRE. Once no credible evidence was found to support jussie's inconsistent and contradictory claims and with the testimony of 2 Nigerian brothers, who reluctantly confessed to aiding and abetting Jussie in staging this hoax, the duped and enraged CPD, led by its black Superintendent, Eddie Johnson, and hot-headed lame duck Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, decided to throw the book at Jussie and bring him to trial in order to erase this blemish on the beleaguered city of Chicago. Elsewhere, the Cook County States Attorney's office, headed by Kim Foxx, a black woman who had earlier recused herself from this case because she was approached by a mutual friend who was a former aide of Michelle Obama's, and who was also acquainted with Jussie's family, and who had asked if Kim could intervene on behalf of Jussie, and get the FBI involved in the proceedings because his family feared Jussie was being framed. Then - out of the blue - without consulting any local law enforcement officials, the States Attorney's office dropped a bomb shell, declaring all charges would be dropped against Jussie and his record expunged with the agreement that he would perform 60 hours of community service, and forfeit the 10% of $100,000 bond he had posted. When all hell broke loose, the States Attorney office explained that their action was an option in "Class 6" felonies, a category that is just one step above a misdemeanor, and something a defendant who has not committed a violent crime and had no previous criminal history is eligible for. They further admitted that their action did not exonerate Jussie of the charges and that he was, indeed, believed to be guilty as charged but that he had been the party in a routine plea bargain negotiated by his attorneys. Subsequently, Jussie, in a brief statement to the press, poured salt on the wounds of the CPD by continuing to insist he was innocent - a performance drawing mixed reviews from the entire country. As the case now stands, with the city in an uproar as everyone takes sides, Chicagoland blacks are mumbling about this being payback for the short 4-year sentence given Jason VanDyke, the white cop who pumped 16 bullets into the back of LaQuan McDonald, an unarmed black teenager walking away from him. The police union is frothing at the mouth, claiming this is an affront to their hardworking boys in blue, and are calling for the head of Kim Foxx, who is now on the hot seat, being criticized from all quarters by those who think that behind the scene, she was instrumental in showing favoritism toward a celebrity. Those in the hood are also angry about all of the money spent on investigating this bogus case, believing it could've been better spent on the unsolved killings of hundreds of black murder victims. Mayor Emanuel agreed and has sent Jussie Smolette a $130,000 bill for services rendered, after telling Trump to "butt out" when 45 publicly referred to this Chicago fiasco as an embarrassment to America that needed to be looked into by the FBI and DOJ. Meanwhile, Jussie has reportedly arrived in Los Angeles, presumably to attend the NAACP Image Award TV show Saturday, where he is a nominee for "best supporting actor in a drama"... You can't make this stuff up, Folks.
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    You begin by using your imagination! Also, your brain has a delete button. But anyway, next don’t reinforce the “junk” messages. Remember the saying “let it go in one ear and out the other” It works. We seem to retain what we respond/react to. So whether you say “I hate this” or “I love that” you’re still giving it space. So be neutral and let it pass. Don’t build on it. Then just like a laxative, fill your mind with something foreign. Imagine things that send you on a scavenger hunt for more things you’ve never heard of. Today, I was writing a post for The Thriving Writer and I decided I needed 1 word to describe a concept... So I “bing-ed” it and found there is such a thing as a Enigmatologist. There’s only 1 who actually has a degree in puzzle creation and he created his own degree that was conferred upon him in 1974 from the University of Indiana. From my one small quest - I learned that It’s possible to create your own undergraduate degree in something like puzzlemaking AND allegedly be the only one in the world -to use it. He currently works at the New York Times as a crossword puzzle editor. That’s just a few examples - but thank you! You’ve given me a topic for next week’s blog post. Also refrain from “commentary”...instead take a concept in a whole new direction. For example; “The Bible is scientifically Accurate” Instead of commenting on the topic directly in an attempt to refute or cosign the claims - we expand the topic. For example we return to @Chevdove post where we began to speculate about quantum mechanics - time travel and the possiblity of passing through walls. This is how you perform a brain cleanse...😊
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    @E.equals.dtb I wrote a response to your post the other day but for some reason - it's not here. 😞 Anyway, "black people" is not your audience. Some black people might be in your audience but we're not a monolith. Therefore, some of us may hurt your sales more than help. A lot of new writers make the same mistake especially those who think they don't understand 'marketing (promotion)'...But I believe you do understand how to promote your book because you worked in nonprofit! Just like a nonprofit doesn't serve everyone -neither will your book. BUT you do have a very specific audience. It's the audience that is most receptive and will benefit from your message. Find that group first and start speaking with them...and they will help you sell your book. Also join us over at #readingblack.com - it's another discussion forum on aalbc.com (this website) that helps authors with strategies for selling. MERGED Also, I should be more specific about what I mean when I say find that "group." This group may be those who identify as "black" but remember there 's a lot of "black" people in the world. Further some "black" people may be women, men, or other? Some black people are christians with a big giant E in front of the "c". Some black people are buddhist and that's a huge undertaking in itself. I have a friend who is the most militant black man I've met but he almost had me thinking about following buddhism because he made it seem perfect for me ... You see where I'm going with this right? When I first wrote my book - I thought it was for every black woman in the world - but what I found out is Black men and women who were into STEM and men who read comic books loved my book. I would have never guessed but that's what my audience looked like. In an effort to narrow down your group to get honest reviews and cut down on your frustration - determine the characteristics of the group who is willing to listen and learn and that's where you start.
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    {Looking around like the last guy on Earth surveying his surroundings after a nuclear holocaust or the Rapture.} Since @harry brown has posted recently, I presume the site is not broken. Indeed, in the time that it took me to write this 16 people have visited this forum: I guess the period between Palm Sunday and Easter is really slow around here. Maybe everyone is on spring break (actually mine starts Friday). Or maybe, more ominously, social media's domination and control over the online conversation is now complete. Does that mean I can't communicate with my people unless I go to Facebook... Lawd help me!
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    @Cynique I hear you. If you don't do it I'll do it for you :-) It would be best with your input. It would be interesting to read you take on GOT after the series ends. Yes the violence and the sex was gratuitous. In the later seasons they seemed to have back off on the sex and no one died in the season opener so... My kid and her coworkers have a pool and chart for who will die first this season. So far those who picked no one are winning :-) The acting and production of GOT in on the scale of a major motion picture. My favorite character is Tyrion Lannister, that dwarf is too cool! But was he too trust of his conniving and incestuous sister? @Delano I was not familiar with the series American Gods it looks worth checking out. But I don't have access to Starz. I'll check to see if it is on Amazon Prime before I allow my subscription to lapse.
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    Good morning. I am still alive and kicking. Just trying to assess whether I'm coming or going which is not new for me. I sometimes have the tendency to lose steam after going full pursuit of some goal. That is my Achilles heel. Add to this the fact that I don't simply have "a bump in the road" when it comes to adversity. I encounter "ROAD BLOCKS". In any event, I must confess that I am in a phase of my life where I am losing faith in everything. How odd is it to age and to realize that your dream really was the impossible one. It is 7 am and I am heading out on a three day road trip to clear my head. Will be touch when I shake my demons. Peace
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    @Pioneer1 you've missed the point. Don't you see that the video I shared is part of a strategy to get a wage increase? You are speaking as if the professors are complete morons without agency. In the short time I've been teaching my wages have increased twice once retroactively resulting in a 4 figure check. Not a ton of money, but what i make working part time, from home, is the more than what some wage earners make working full time. The adjuncts are unionized. I posted the video because the claim we make poverty wages is hyperbolic and I thought it might be interesting to share my story of poverty 🙂 Look, no one will get rich being adjunct, but poverty is a bit extreme. Again, it is a part time job and if it is your only source of income, living in NYC, then yeah, you are in for a world of hurt.... Of course I also feel more resources should be directed to education.
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    While Black architects produce extraordinary works, they account for only two percent of the profession in the United States. Many of their works exist in the Black community and have helped preserve and restore history and culture. Though architecture is often not associated with Black Culture, it is an integral aspect in defining a community and requires careful consideration of design, context, and resident relationships. This book explores over forty works by Black architects and their impact in the Black community. A wide variety of projects are featured, from residences of affluent African Americans, to historic churches, to memorials and museums of Black culture and history. Each work, through brief examination of its history and architecture, exhibits the magnificent work of Black architects from past to present, and provides inspiration to architects of current and future generations. Black Built - Hardcover (ISBN 978-1732965102) Black Built - Paperback (ISBN 978-1732965119)
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    I'm just uninspired and unmotivated. 'Don't have anything to say and am becoming indifferent to all the crap going on in the world. The whole political scene is cock-eyed and discouraging. Elsewhere, I couldn't care less about the fire that razed the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, a fiery holocaust that struck me as being karma for the hypocrisy and corruption within the Catholic church. i'm suspended in a zone which regularly reminds me of how out-of-kilter my sphere of existence is as things are still disappearing, then materializing in a familiar place days later, - this along with weird examples of syncronicity between unexpected occurrences. I'm also like a time traveler as my memories and dreams constantly return to the distant past. And the weather. Below freezing temps and ground covered with snow one day, then 70 degrees and sunny 2 days later...rash of fatal accidents in the area with drivers going the wrong way on Chicago's expressway, plowing into oncoming traffic...my grandson's dog becoming more attached to me, always wanting to hang out in my room...in-laws suddenly back in my life. Craziness. . The return of "Game of Thrones" did break through and pique my interest, and looking forward to seeing how it comes out is one of the few things that captivates my focus, along with the Reconstruction era documentaries airing on PBS. Oh, well. Hopefully, i'll snap out of it.
  11. 2 points
    I think religion can life saving. The problem is when it is organised. The Bible is a good study on human nature and motivation.
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    @Mel Hopkins @Troy @Del The ideas you expressed in your posts on this thread were so stimulating and enlightening and profound that i express my gratitude to you all for doing my thinking for me. Obviously i agree with what you say. (i think there a correlation between my being able to acknowledge this and the fact that Pioneer has not injected his comments) You have all on occasion, indicated that my perspective on a subject has grounded you. But this time you deserve the kudos for creating a seat for me in the outside of the box arena. My final thought on the subject is that religion is a force that captivates and robs you of your freedom to develop your own divinity. The only ones empowered by it are the leaders who preach it. Truth is an orphan that everyone wants to adopt. i just finished doing my income tax. Because my pensions are not taxed enough, i usually end up owing money. i could remedy this by requesting that the IRS take more money out, but i've just opted to make up the diference when i file. I do my taxes on-line for free courtesy of the Federal Government, my former employer, and it's a fairly simple process, especially since i don't itemize and i have complete health insurance coverage that i can afford. I'd have to lie to get money back and I don't want to rock the boat. Typically I pay back about $1,250.00. This year, thanks to Trump's tax break, i owed $935.00. Big deal. But i'm not complaining, For some reason, this doesn't affect my bottom line in any way. I say this to say that i am somehow nestled in a niche that keeps me under the radar. Nothing that goes on in this world, so far, has an impact on my life. On all levels of my existence, i do as i please and manage to escape major repercussions or consequences. All of my complaints result from my dismay over what other people are doing to other people in the realm of politics. All around me the world is in disarray and America in unrest. But i am just a spectator. From time to time i shift into a dimension where i am taunted by mischievous forces, but as much as this can vex me i find it to be a intriguing phenomenon that introduces me to a invisible world full of wonderment and untapped power. Life, if nothing else, is a fascinating challenge.
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    Most Christians believe they must proselytize, save souls. This of course is where the problems invariably arise. It is human nature I guess... I shared to see what others thought. That is an interesting idea. Is that like a colon cleanse. Where you purge your system and don't take in any more garbage for a few days? If so, how does one purge one's brain; what is the mental version of a laxative 😉
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    @Del i recently crossed paths with a someone from my distant past, a guy who i could've possibly married. He was in amazinly good shape for his age, and when our eyes briefly locked, there was something there. Do you see anything in my future that could revolve around him?
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    The Universe seems to be in some kind of a transition. The unexpected is intruding itself upon the world. That's why Trump is successfully polluting the atmosphere and America is being drawn into a vortex of change. There's no contrived conspiracy; just occurrences following a course. No right or wrong; only opposites. Life is inexorably unfolding, and things are shifting because change is inevitable, Here on earth change is aided and abetted by the lure of computerized technology. I don't think Mankind has any control over how society is evolving. It's simply being swept along. I, myself, am caught up in a sphere where everything is out of kilter. It's like unseen forces are toying with me. As an example, Mel's on point response to the above posts by Troy and "non American black man", has disappeared...
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    I was dubbed a "Literary Expert" yesterday by the Wall Street Journal for recommending Parable for an article they published: “The 10 Books You’ll Want to Read This Spring” The WSJ asked literary experts to recommend new works coming this season. The results offer an especially cinematic selection. By Ellen Gamerman April 3, 2019 10:09 a.m. ET (I was able to read the article one time on my cell phone, but after that is was locked behind a paywall.)
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    This is the mist extensive coverage I've read. I also suspect it is the most thoughtful and measured assessment -- save the oarting dig about "best supporting actor." 😀 If a white woman did a "Jessie Smollett" best belive they would have arounded up some random negros and procecuted them. Am I lying?
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    Sure that is another possibility which also can't be proven. Maybe it is not that "the watchers" arent allowed to intervene, perhaps they can't. I've been in bad situations where the resolution, implausibly, worked out in my favor. So much so I felt like it could not be sheer coincidence. I thought of the influencer as a guardian angel, which sounds a bit like your watcher.
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    @Troy consistent with the belief, those messages are not from G-D , those whispers are from THE WATCHERS who were explicitly told not to intervene in human affairs. They can warn or in this case "report". What humans choose to do with that information is based on their own understanding and belief system. see: daniel, mary. and host of others who received visits and messages
  20. 2 points
    Our destiny is different than what we are known for doing well. It's also different from what we see ourselves doing. It's the things that makes us feel alive and timeless. Sometimes it is to special to tell others what it is. Especially if they are controlling or don't want to see you grow and develop. Our social structure can't afford for it's members to become self actualized. Although you may already know that you shouldn't divulge what makes you golden. You have an angel and a devil giving you advice. The angel is quieter and in the background. These could be actual people . @Chevdove
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    You did not ask me, but I gather Smollet really did make up the story. If this is true, he should not have gotten off. But it is not unusual for celebrities to be treated with kid gloves.
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    Yeah I guess I dont really know how i would act if I were scared and the person did not want to go to the hospital and the person is adamant about not going.
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    That question can also be asked in the case of a teen-aged white girl accusing a white man. Nowadays, the credibility of every accuser is questioned because all teen-aged females know how to be seductive, thanks to the media and the internet.
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    Hey @Chevdove thanks again for sharing your story. You know me I was like the message should have sent to 9-1-1 not you :-) Seriously, why didn't those folks, on the job, call 911 when the girl looked like she was about to pass out? Why didn't you drive her to the emergency room? Trust me, if you looked "gray" and "waxy," and then passed out in my call we'd be headed to the nearest emergency room. Why didn't the boyfriend take her to the hospital or to see a doctor? Also, reading this story it seems to me that religions are the underlying cause of all of this difficulty. Is this something that you'd ever considered?
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    Ermias "Nipsey Hussle" Ashghedom's Mom Speaks, his brother... His Relatives in Eritrea--HIS PLIGHT … Nipsey, born Ermias Asghedom to an Eritrean father and African American mother has said that he didn't know much about his Eritrean side growing up. He was influenced by Los Angeles gang culture and headed in a bad direction. At age 18, his father took him on a trip to their homeland. That’s when he changed his outlook on life. https://www.wfae.org/post/charlotte-s-eritrean-community-mourns-slain-rapper-nipsey-hussle#stream/0 VIDEO When Ermias was a child and at the age of 18-His Trip to Africa with his Father & Brother … In the mid-2000s, Nipsey turned away from the street life and began to pursue music. In his music, he preached giving back, ownership, and economic empowerment for black communities. His debut album Victory Lap was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2019 Grammys. https://www.wfae.org/post/charlotte-s-eritrean-community-mourns-slain-rapper-nipsey-hussle#stream/0 Ermias's Mother, ANGELIQUE SMITH, Her Sweet Words of Comfort Ermias's Brother, Black Sam Speaks About His Brother Ermias Joseph’s MUSIC; One of His Songs from VICTORY LAP-- OVERTIME [MAILBOX MONEY] OVERCOME [MAILBOX MONEY] Lyrics... "... If it lands, thank you Jesus Christ! ..." Amazing! To think that Ermias said that he was getting 'D's and 'F's' in high school and did not get past 10th Grade to being able to buy a whole block of buildings and start a STEM program for children to meeting the president of his African homeland. What a father's love for his sons can do! Dawit--What a wonderful father to his sons!
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    Comedienne Tiffany Haddish, who is currently making it big in TV and film after stealing the show from her co-stars in the hit movie "Girls Trip", grew up around south LA and also claims to be of Eritrean heritage via her father. Tiffany Haddish dressed to honor her Eritrean heritage at a Hollywood awards show.
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    Yes, Nipsey's murder has had quite a ripple effect among the entertainment industry because he was doing so much good and giving back to his community. TMZ is now reporting that the shooting was a result of a personal beef between him and Eric Holder, and that after Holder approached him in the clothing store Nipsey owned, he shot him and then stalked off. But according to witnesses, Nipsey hollered after him. "you may have shot me but you didn't kill me," whereupon Holder turned around and came back and pumped 2 more bullets in him before running back to the getaway car. Had Nipsey, remained silent, he might still be alive, the word on the street is.
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    Really useful articles. There are Watchers and Doers.
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    It's not my parking space. I am parked in the garage. Why ask why?
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    Wow! That's a lot of valuable information! At this time I only have one generic website. I'm starting to get the sense that maybe I should create at least one other that is dedicated to just my books and other publications. I do use WordPress. That's all I've ever known but it is complicated and trolling through the plugins to find the right functionality has been a steep learning curve. I still haven't learned how to monetize the site with ads and affiliate marketing because I'm so adamant about keeping everything Black. I just recently signed up with Instagram but have not used it at all. I dislike FB immensely so with Instagram being associated with it, I have put more effort into learning how to use Twitter instead. I will have to go back in to Instagram and see what the possibilities are. I use MailChimp as well for the RSS feed when new blog articles are posted but I didn't know there was any kind of list builder in there. Something else to follow up on. Let me go back and look at my email contacts from my various online sources and accounts. This is something I have never done so I might need to take a step back and make sure I have done my best to utilize this resource. Once again, I truly appreciate your answering my questions. Your advice is very empowering! ✊
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    Nah, it wasn't worth the 1s and 0s used to post it. It just referred to the myopic view you and "guest non american black man" posted. I'm glad @Cynique 's voice of reason is in this thread. She always helps me remain on the path I'm meant to travel. I tend to forget I'm not here to correct anyone's beliefs. Or point out the ignorance. It's a knee-jerk reaction in response to protecting myself because "stupid" is contagious. As far as I know, there's only one species of HUMAN on the planet at this time. , Yes, it was there. @Cynique I removed it because I'm tired of validating "parking" in my psyche.
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    The publisher of this book, Blue Nile Press, is one of the most conscious Black-owned publishing companies I'm aware of. They are the first publisher to print a book with the AALBC.com Bestseller seal on it. Besides the fact that the book is an AALBC Best Seller it provides an additional incentive for me to promote and sell the book. In June I will be in Austin, TX presenting at the Austin African American Book Festival. I will be selling this book and any other AALBC bestselling books who have the seal on it. Peace, Troy
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    You can't pull you titles off Amazon. Amazon will just sell them through 3rd parties who pop up like whack-a-moles. I don't normally include Kindle only titles on the site -- unless an authors pays to have me add them. The reason is because It re-enforced Amazon's monopoly on eBooks. I'll write up a short article once I finally cut the cord with Amazon. I don't plan to renew my Prime account either. Let me know how you make out removing your titles from Amazon. Maybe once you do this I'll drop my Amazon links. I really wish Libros and B&N would step up their game though. Libros is new so I get it, but B&N's, who was first out the gate with an online bookstore executed terribly. Maybe if more people do what you doing we can have a chance.= to end Amazon;s stranglehold over the sale of Black books Check out this letter to Amazon's Audible on The Tattered Cover Bookstore (a great store BTW) in Denver: Dear Audible, I feel torn writing this, because we’ve had so many good times. We’ve been through so much together. I really mean that. Remember that road trip to Minneapolis, where we drove through the night, and you helped keep me awake? And those early mornings at the gym on the elliptical with the sounds of my favorite authors and stories? I will always cherish those times. I want you to know that.
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    Hi @Valjeanne Jeffers tanks for sharing information about your audio book. I just added it to AALBC and have also included a clip. You have a nice voice. Where did you do the recording? How did you get you audiobook onto Libro? Where did you up load it? If I get enough sales I'll going to create an audiobook bestsellers list if make AALBC your default store on Libro I'll be able to track the sales I refused to upload Amazon's Audible titles on my site -- indeed I'm consider dropping all my Amazon links -- but that is another story.
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    I am currently reading Fledgling by Octavia Butler. I saw Samuel Delaney speak he is a brilliant thinker and writer. He wrote Dhalgren
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    I am a veteran of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi), and a California attorney who, after a 22-year legal struggle, got a condemned black inmate off San Quentin's death row. My novel is about an attorney who did not. SNCC leader Mary King called the book "compelling," and federal judge and civil rights pioneer Thelton E. Henderson says it's “a heart-pounding, soul-wrenching narrative," " a story of the struggle for equal justice and civil rights.” Author: Mitchell Zimmerman Title: Mississippi Reckoning ISBN: 978-0-9600107-0-7 Publication Date: March 15, 2019 Available in paperback and ebooks on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by ordering from bookstores. Synopsis: After watching his client die in the gas chamber, attorney Gideon Roth is shattered. His career, marriage and life collapse as he is overcome with guilt and despair. But soon he finds new purpose in life: he will drive to Mississippi to revisit the scenes of his youth—and to slay the Klavern members who got away with murdering civil rights workers 30 years earlier. During the road trip to Mississippi, flashbacks reveal the personal histories that set Gideon on his path of vengeance: Gideon’s days as a young civil rights worker, and his journey from idealistic youth to cynical lawyer The story of the murder of three young civil rights workers in 1964 The killer’s family saga of oppression and resistance, and the horrors of a childhood that turned a vulnerable child into a brutal killer The struggle to fend off a legal system skewed toward death. More information at http://www.mississippi-reckoning.com
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    Thank you so much! I do see what you mean about raising the price of your eBook to discourage unauthorized distribution. A person would be less likely to do that if they had to make a substantial investment to acquire it in the first place. Selling my book from my website, except for the Amazon link, is something else I haven't quite figured out yet. Neither have I gotten the hang of ordering my own books and figuring out distribution from there. Right now I lack a viable marketing plan. That's what I'm trying to learn how to do. You have given me a number of excellent suggestions, and I plan to follow up on all of them! Thank you again for everything you are teaching me. I am an eager and grateful student.
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    One thing you can do with a PDF is prepare a summary of your book for distribution. You can include a call to action to purchase the full book. It can be like advertisement with benefits. Addendum If you make it at least 3000 words you can offer it free as a "kindle" and have readers purchase the print book directly from you. Note: AALBC also prints books too.
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    @Troy Good point - I don't think I have direct knowledge of the abilities or limits of the Watchers. I've read what was allegedly Enoch's account of what he said he experienced, Enoch wrote G-D punished the Watchers who intervened in human affairs. So the rest didn't. According to the text they couldn't teach Humans either - just watch and report. '
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    @Pioneer1 yeah I can see that my first post was "attacked" by a few people. I thought it was funny. Often when people react in a rude are harsh way it is more about them than you. Besides, "sticks and stones..." brother. The perceived hostility is lightweight compared to growing up on the 'hood 🙂
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    ...and there are plumbers, electricans, and web based booksellers who need to supplement their incomes too -- especially those who live in the nation's largest cities. @Pioneer1 education is not simply about learning the skills for a profession or trade. It is about becoming a well arounded individual with a base of knowledge and experiences to help navigate an increasingly challeging world. Liberal arts which you and so many short sighted people eschew and disparage is why our nation is full of zenophobic, culturally illiterate, social media manipulated, Trump voting, dullards. Even the compulsive drive toward STEM is why people are less likely to sit down for an hour or two and read a book to expand their minds and get a perspective different than the one in their head. Oh by the way MOST students never learn calculus -- even in college and you don't need it to be and an accountant.
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    So sorry for your loss @Chevdove ...💔
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    As an agnostic, i do believe in something. i believe that just because an answer as to whether there is a god is unknown, doesn't mean that there isn't an answer.
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    Chev I'm learning a lot from this thread. Keep posting more knowledge.
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    Chicago just officially acknowledged one of its favorite adopted daughters.
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    @Troy , Yes I agree! Getting books in front of readers was Amazon's specialty. Amazon actually trained us, the readers, to go to them first when looking to buy a book. I had to break the habit and search out books from authors, then publishers, then independent book shops then chain bricks and mortar to finally online retail. Other readers may not go through the hassle and ultimately, the writer loses. We've learned the amazon process discourages some writers from participating at all. So, yes I hope others will share their experiences. The bottom line in that case is when someone is printing off your book and selling to THEIR customers, you really can't be sure how many books you're actually selling. With that in mind, After my initial release in 2006, I also sold about 100 books on lulu.com, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. After 2008 through 2014, the numbers dwindle and averaged 3 per year - or at least that was what amazon was reporting. Lulu seemed to be more brisk in their reporting. I've since removed my title from all online retailers - and I buy my books so I can sell directly to others. This way, I can keep an eye on my inventory AND stay in contact with my customers. I've had the most success though Social Selling (social media) to my immediate network and their network. Social Selling led to promoters book me for their events where I found after a speaking engagement I was successful at direct selling.
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