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writerjohnb last won the day on March 24 2012

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    Great Dismal Swamp, VA
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  1. I've read just about all the narratives and there are also the WPA interviews in the 'thirties where the stories of elderly former slaves were recorded. There's a treasure trove of information about the history of the American South at http://docsouth.unc.edu/ JohnB
  2. Some of you may remember me; I made several posts in Thumper's Corner last month. Historical Novel reviews has just posted a great review of my novel about Moses Grandy and slavery in my area, and I'd like to share it with you. Historical Novel Review at http://www.historicalnovelreview.com …and Remember that I Am a Man – The Life of Moses Grandy by John Bushore is a superbly SHOWN story of a strong, humble being born as a Negro, and is an adept portrayal of his life from childhood until death. According to the author’s notes at the end of the novel, this book was written
  3. writergirl, Good luck. I tried this promotion with 2 of my novels last month and it seemed to do very little to increase sales after the promo. But they were "niche" books that probably aren't good for promoting that way. And it's only been 3 weeks, so maybe it will pay off down the road. JohnB
  4. You might want to mention that it's free on line in .PDF format. http://www.ammpublishingllc.com/images/prologueandchapt1.pdfSimilar I've already downloaded it on your recommendation and the first few page are very good, with some really interesting characters.
  5. I know what you mean about bad reviews. I entered "...and Remember that I Am a Man." in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award two years ago. The first two reviews I got were good and I advanced to the quarter finals. Then the book was slammed by a reviewer and rejected. The reviewer didn't even critique the novel, she said I had no right to be telling Moses Grandy's story, basically. I guess she thought I'd ripped the story off, and gave me no credit for the three years I took writing it to be true to the original story as I could. BUT I didn't let it bother me (much). That's her opinion and she
  6. Okay, I called in sick today and don't feel up to anything else, so I'll reply in depth. Twenty years ago, I was a shy geek with an idea for a sci-fi novel, life developing around a hydrothermal vent in a deep cave. I loved the idea, but soon learned that, although I knew how to write, I didn't know how to write fiction. After several years of trying, I joined a writers group. Although primarily interested in novels, I began to write short stories and poetry to develop my skills. After a few years of that, I began submitting to on-line magazines and anthologies. After editors began accep
  7. Don't dis your own book. The world has plenty of book reviewers to do it for you, I've learned. I like it, it's edgy and contemporary and well written. Take care, JohnB
  8. The new wave of self-publishing is both a blessing and a bane. I've self-published 3, and had 3 published by small press publishers. Still nowhere near the big time. I started to write over twenty years ago and realized I didn't know good writing from bad. I was lucky enough to find and join a writers' group with two Eng. Lit Profs and a high school English teacher. Our goal was to hone our craft and become published. I didn't submit anything until I'd been with the group for several years and finally started getting published in magazines and anthologies. In other words, I paid my dues,
  9. I think I've read all the slave narratives and much more - like I said, 6 years research. My favorite source is http://docsouth.unc.edu/ where the University of North Carolina has digitalized many old documents and made them available online. For anyone who loves history, it's a treasure trove. I've also, over nearly 40 years, visited nearly every plantation house, slave quarters, etc. that are open to the public. In my humble opinion, too many people focus on the Civil War without reading the prior history leading up to it. Besides my own book (blush, ahem), I recommend The Waterman's
  10. I'm also a white writer who (almost inadvertently) wrote a book about slavery from the black perspective. I had finished a couple of genre books and was researching the Great Dismal Swamp, where I live, for a possible science fiction story. I came upon the 1843 narrative of the life of Moses Grandy and was fascinated. I was also disappointed when I checked around the school system where I work and few teachers, black or white, had ever heard of this local historical figure. My original idea was to write a mid-grade novel that could be used to teach during black history month, thinking it wou
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