The Ape goes APE!!!!

AAAAARRRRGGGGGHHHH

The end of October (Halloween) is fast approaching and I regret to announce that I have only four (FOUR) Author postings for November and two of those are by curtesy of my good friend  

Andrew Buckley !!!!

WHY IS THIS – HAS THE APE BEEN ASLEEP?” I hear muted screams coming from deep within the Jungle of Modern Literature.

Well – No actually. It seems to be because Indie Authors are becoming discouraged and dispondent and are retreating into their shells, actively avoiding publicity about themselves and their books – it’s almost as if they are ashamed of calling themselves Indie or Self-published authors.

WHY, WHAT HAVE THEY GOT TO BE DISPONDENT AND DISCOURAGED ABOUT?” other voices exclaim “Haven’t AMAZON, SMASHWORDS, CREATESPACE, and even the aged BARNES & NOBLE been bending over BACKWARDS to ENCOURAGE people to WRITE and PUBLISH?.”

Well – Yes actually, but something seems to have gone wrong somewhere.

WHAT COULD POSSIBLY HAVE GONE WRONG APE?” the gathering crowd roars.

I don’t know exactly – after all, I’m only and Ape with a blog who is trying to help promote them – free – at my own cost because I value them and their works and think it would be a great shame if there were no more new storys to be told and heard.

It might also be because – dare I say it – well – maybe – YES – I WILL say it.

It might be because there are too many people publishing their stories without thoroughly checking and correcting any errors in them and these books are flooding the market.

WHAT KIND OF ERRORS ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? – SPEAK UP APE AND STOP BEATING AROUND YOUR TREE” the multitude clamours with one voice.

Well – spelling is one, correct word usage is another (eg, weight and wait, site and sight, that sort of thing), grammatical incorrectness (especially in translations, translators seem to use language dictionaries or Google, but have no real understanding of the different ways a phrase or word can be used), a surge in the more sensational type tome (Erotica, Bloodlust, Perversions, Terrorism, Blood and lots and lots of graphically described Gore).

I think books appear to be going down the same road as the virtual games kids (and many adults) are playing these days. Certain Movies and TV programmes are getting to be the same.

I also think that Governments all over the world are so deeply involved in preventing the total collapse of National and World Economies and are making budget cut backs in all the services that are necessary to uphold the quality of life, that they are actually endangering their societies – voters and upcoming voters if you will – by cutting back on things like Libraries, Art Galleries, Museums, Refuse Collection, Education, Kindergartens, etc.

LIBRARIES WE CAN SEE WHAT YOU MEAN – BUT THE OTHER THINGS – HOW SO? OH GREAT, WISE AND BIG MOUTHED APE?” the voices question in unison from every direction.

Because they all affect how Society – or as I prefer to call them – People – feel about themselves and others around them. For example, if people are too worried about where their next meal is coming from, or how they are going to pay the looming Bills, are they going to sit down and read a book, or go to an Art Gallery, or Museum? Are they going to read to their children and help them learn to enjoy and love reading or understand what Art means (apart from being things that hang on walls, or are even, part of the walls)? Are they going to relax in a Museum and dream of what life was like in the days when the artifacts they are looking at, were new?  Imaginations are going stale or calcifying and in danger of joining the fossils of long extinct creatures.

WHAT SHOULD WE DO ABOUT IT – OH REVOLTING ONE?” the throng cries, (slightly out of synchronisation because of the time lapse due to the vastness of the said throng).

Answers please in the comments box below this rant-like article (unless you are an author who would like to come back out of your shell, in which case, go to my Contact Me section and see what I’d like to get from you and how to send it to me) 🙂

51 thoughts on “The Ape goes APE!!!!

  1. Chris, my friend, you hit the nail on the head! There are just too many books out there and some that are in dire need of editing. It is extremely important that we authors work hard to make our books the best they can be.

    I am an author and copy editor and can’t help myself when I read any book I edit it as I read. When I find something that needs editing I let the author know ASAP as a courtesy. If anyone needs an editor please contact me at Jemsbooks.com for more info.

    Contact Chris who is doing all this for all of us. Please help him out. You will not find a nicer, sweeter and more giving person (ape) in any jungle! Thank you, dear Chris, for all that you do and for your giving and unselfish nature! Bananas are on their way to your part of the jungle soon! Xo

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  2. I have no wish to go the Indie route (I take it that by indie you mean independent/self-publishing) because Imore people read my poetry blog (or is that Indie?) than would ever read anything I published on paper.

    I am in heartfelt agreement about bad spelling/grammar, clichés and solecisms in much self-published work, but if you read some of the classics on Kindle, you will see that whoever prepares them for e-reading is not going to win any prizes considering the number of typos I find.

    Thanks for following my blog!

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  3. I’ve done my best, Mr Tree Swinger, honest. Brought out a second edition since a lady reader pointed out that King John was not the monarch who expelled England’s Jews. That leaves me with the argument about which arrow-head was most effective at piercing armour – I’ve disagreed with Bernard Cornwell and Leeds Royal Armouries on that one. How long before those institutions get in touch?
    Writing stories is a tough business and does not buy the bread – Three sales in 5 days and I wander around the garden whistling.
    I go to my workshop, fire an enamel onto copper in one hour, and the art gallery pays me more than the novel earns in two months.

    I’m still writing though,
    ‘Tis a fine thing you do,
    Mr Simian, even so.

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