John Prince

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New Author Series in the Villages-News.com

Well, I’m pleased to announce that I’m back again—this is the third or fourth “coming out of retirement,” thanks to an invitation from the indefatigable Meta.
Same idea—profiles on people—but this time with more attention on authors and books that deserve to be supported. Supported because they’re good reads; promoted because they’re by local and regional authors; profiled because the authors themselves have an exceptional story that the readers of Villages-News.com will enjoy.

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Lust for a Rolling Library Ladder

Today they had a sale: rolling library ladder hardware kits starting at $299.99.
I wanted to buy it immediately. Take my Visa card. Please!
The only problem is that I don’t have a library. But I always wanted a library: a whole room jammed with books on all sides with little step stools for the lower shelves, and a rolling ladder to reach those books on the top shelves. And tables and chairs piled high with falling towers of deathless prose. Poetry too. And an old brownish globe of the Earth.

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Solved an Indie Writer’s Problem? Share the Solution

“What can indie authors do to help other authors?”
One the possibilities was “communicating” with authors to show the that we all have similar issues like what I call “solitary-ness,” writers block, and frustration at the way the publishing system works (or doesn’t work). Some authors have problems trying to understand distribution, marketing, uploads, meta data. And a host of other questions.

The Recipe for Writing 2021

It’s that time of the year when writers/authors begin to fret. “I want to write. It’s in me. I’ve got to get it out. What can I do? How do I do it?”
Read on…

Seasonal Stories

Christmas is a time for stories. Corny, inspiring, educational or just sentimental, seasonal tales are usually all about the three big ones: Conflict, Interaction, and Resolution (usually positive and often satisfying).

Staring Down Kismet

Kismet, that karma, predestination, etc. etc., out of the blue thing that happens when you least expect it, thing.

I was reading a piece by a friend about kismet the other day and thought, “My life has experienced a lot of kismet.” Opportunities open up. Wishes come true. Good things happen.

Printed Books? Humbug!

Twenty years ago, I told my sister that  “In 20 years printed books will be novelties.” It seemed, at the time, that audio and e-books were the only way forward. We would stop killing trees and polluting waterways and burning fuel to print and deliver books. Instead, we would create and distribute books electronically. Only electrons would die, but it’s been proven that (like some primitive creatures) they do not feel pain. At least not like we do.

The Taxman Cometh Soon. Are You Ready?

Google “Tax tips for writers” and you’ll get a cascade of hits. You’ll get so many tips, ideas and pointers that you may be confused beyond belief. Welcome to the world of Authors and the IRS.

Federal income tax, that “temporary” measure introduced by ??? in ??? has persisted and now is the subject of many myths. You may have heard that the tax code is 70,000 pages. Well, it depends.

Canadian Thanksgiving

Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving, too. We’re very “Please” and “Thank you” people. We have turkey and sides (sometimes we call them “fixin’s”) and people travel from all over to be at the family’s gathering spot. But that’s where most of the similarities end.