I received an extremely rude email from one 'Jonny Diamond' at LitHub today, telling me to "stop posting full articles from LitHub.com without any attribution or credit." On top of that, he says, "Beyond any legal ramifications, it's just a really shitty thing to do." That definitely rubs me the wrong way, and it needs to be addressed. My site runs with a plugin called WP-Auto, where you input RSS feeds and it'll automatically make new posts when new items show up on the feed. These posts are made as-is, with no editing done whatsoever from the original content in the feed. Content links are left intact and any footers that mention the author or other websites are included. I've included several sources from The NY Times and the Boston Globe among others. Furthermore, every post that I didn't write myself has a source link on the bottom. If he would have taken two seconds to look, he would have noticed that. The About page also states that I don't claim ownership of any article that I don't write, and if a copyright claim comes up for any reason (unauthorized use of a purchased stock image for example) I comply with any takedown requests. A little bit of professionalism goes a long way. I've covered my bases and I try very hard to make sure that anyone that creates anything in any way is fully sourced and noticed for their work. Writing is an extremely difficult business to make it…
I'm going to be working on a new screenplay with my cousin over the next 6 months or so. Details will be pretty much kept under wraps for the time being, but I wanted to let you all know that there is something new in the works. This will be my first attempt at something of this nature, so I'm excited to learn some new terminology and formatting specifications. Hopefully, if we have any luck on our side, you'll see our finished product on the big screen someday. Stay tuned.
The new title, Sunburnt Farmlands of the Midwest, has been distributed to a few more vendors. For those of you that haven't picked it up yet, you can check out the following store links: Barnes & Noble for print or ebook, and iTunes, Kobo, Inktera and Scribd for ebook only. Thanks for your continued support!
For those that have been waiting, my next title is available now. Marketing doesn't start until Cyber Monday, but I figured I'd give a heads-up post here today. Sunburnt Farmlands of the Midwest contains 223 pages broken down into 23 separate stories, ranging from 2 and a half pages at the shortest to 30 at the longest. To get more information on the title and to find out where you can buy, check out the post for the title. (Protip: Amazon has a HOLIDAY30 promo code you can use for 30% off for a limited time.) Special thanks to my family and everyone who helped me out in some way. I wouldn't be a mediocre "artist" with a slave labor job making sub-poverty wages if it wasn't for you. Or, well, you know what I mean.
I've added a section to the website detailing different professional writing services for which I am available for hire, either on single projects or on retainer. I'm capable of everything from ghostwriting blog posts to outlining and writing up 10-15 page case studies. If you're in need of any services, start here, and feel free to contact me for a quote. http://wintercearig.com/services/
I've ordered some postcards I designed for the second edition release of A Life With You. These are full color front and back, 7"x5" vertical postcards on 130 lb super glossy cardstock. I'll have these with me during public appearances and will give them away with print purchases. You can check out the full-size images below:
Sorry for the lack of news lately. I've been busy submitting query letters to agents, trying to find a home for the recently finished manuscript. It's not an easy task so I've been trying to concentrate on it and tweak my approaches to better suit me. Recently I added a couple archived titles to the Books section. No copies can be ordered of these titles, but their covers and information can be seen to get an idea of what I have in my collection. In the coming weeks I hope to put out a few more things. I have a letter out to Paste Magazine that I'm waiting to hear back on, and I'm working on curating some new contacts. Thanks for all the continued support. Stay tuned.
I've had a ton of bad luck over the past few days dealing with subpar VPS providers and then losing my content. It hasn't been fun, but everything is up and running again the way it should be. If you have any questions, let me know. Thanks!