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Monday, October 18th, 2010
6:44 am
And a year later, the book is published.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0047GMI4Y/

This is the Kindle version of the book, and with luck it will be followed by the paperback version. Eeeep!

Current Mood: accomplished
Saturday, November 14th, 2009
3:47 pm
Facebook account hacked!
If anyone got weird messages from my Facebook account, it got hacked somehow. I don't respond to E-mail scams and my passwords are all strong alpha numaric, the chances of getting brute forced are tiny.

I believe it was an inside job.

Please ignore any recent Facebook messages from my account. Passwords are being changed across the board, and I'll be shutting down my Facebook account.

Current Mood: cynical
Sunday, September 20th, 2009
4:59 pm
The book is DONE.
That's right. The book is done.

I've sent the copyright out on the final draft, and I'm meeting with my agent on Tuesday to talk about strategy and sign the paperwork. Then it's up to him to sell me, and up to me to live up to it. :)

I'm printing out the dreaded 'red ink' version of the book for him. Double spaced, pages numbered, with plenty of room for both him and the publisher to make their marks. o-o That's OK, it would be boring if they just said 'this is perfect', right?

I meet with my agent on Tuesday to sign my soul away, then we find a publisher and we see if this thing is a best seller or a 40 year old virgin.
Monday, August 17th, 2009
4:42 pm
Nearing the end.
For those keeping track: Book progress is flying along. Publisher or no publisher, I expect to be DONE on the first week of next month. Then a short period of proof reading, website building, and finally I give the major publishers one last chance: You publish it or I self publish. Whee!

Current Mood: bouncy
Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
4:20 am
Book update!
Over half done. If I stay on top of it, I should finish in about 4 weeks. Then the battle of self publish VS finding a publisher. The temptation to be one of the rare self-publishing hits is ever present, but I'll get more exposure going with traditional methods. Complicating this more, this book i geared for a UK trial run, and if it does well, I'll have someone 'translate' it to the US market. We'll see.

Current Mood: chipper
Thursday, June 25th, 2009
9:12 am
Update on Book
So I realize I went quiet after publisher #1 turned me down in the 11th hour. Here's what's been going on:

I've completed the first 3 chapters of the book. I know I'm either going to be published or self publish, so I may as well write the thing.

I've contacted a few agents, but here in the UK they like a more complete manuscript, and finding the right on in the world of trade paperbacks can be tough.

The whole thing should be done, I think, in 10 to 11 weeks.

More as it happens!

Current Mood: busy
Thursday, May 28th, 2009
7:33 pm
Publishing Deal FAIL.
So, at the budgetary meeting, support for my book was pulled because:

"The potentially rebounding economy was the main point raised.

At this point, it doesn't look like we can move forward with the project."

Yes, people won't want to save money, in either business or their personal lives, because the economy is recovering.

Time to shop the idea to publishers who aren't dummies.

Current Mood: aggravated
Saturday, April 25th, 2009
4:38 pm
Good news, everyone!
I have good news on the publishing front. Hammering out details, can't get into that yet. But let's say that I've been assigned to a handler, an experienced one. :)

Current Mood: bouncy
Thursday, April 23rd, 2009
10:33 pm
Advanced book proposal materials subitted!
I've submitted everything I needed to for the 'Advanced' book proposal, the one that the publishers suggested that they really wanted. The project went from 200 to 260 pages, so if it's a go, that means higher cover price. And higher yields if their research pans out. We'll see!

Current Mood: chipper
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
1:12 am
Free year with the NRA!
I don't think Obama is going to do anything too crazy as far as guns go, but this is still a cool offer. Get a free year of NRA membership!

https://www.nrahq.org/nrabonus/accept-membership.asp

Current Mood: thoughtful
Saturday, April 18th, 2009
5:52 pm
My Last Knol for a While!
My last Google Knol for a while is up! This one is Understanding Mixed Martial Arts. You won't see more until after this book deal is hammered out. Enjoy!

http://knol.google.com/k/bill-ricardi/understanding-mixed-martial-arts/39ezf4j4570al/14#

Current Mood: chipper
Thursday, April 16th, 2009
10:30 pm
Publisher Meeting Results:
Wow, the publisher meeting went well, but they hit me with a request out of left field. A good one I think. Nothing in stone yet, and nothing I can talk about, but I have a LOT of work in the next 10 days before I speak to them again!

Current Mood: pleased
Tuesday, April 14th, 2009
3:52 pm
For Dummies Book Deal Meeting
Oh god, this is it. Wiley Publishing (the For Dummies people) VP and one of their chief editors. Phone meeting with me discussing details of my book proposal. This Thursday. Eep.

Current Mood: bouncy
Monday, April 13th, 2009
6:06 pm
My Knol reply to these 'tea parties'.
Protest these days is weak. Toothless. I wrote a guide to show people how it is REALLY done.

http://knol.google.com/k/bill-ricardi/staging-protests-in-the-21st-century/39ezf4j4570al/12#

Current Mood: annoyed
Thursday, April 9th, 2009
3:29 pm
Wow, I can't stop writing!
Another article, written non stop in a few hours. I've been really inspired recently.

Five 80's Musical Guilty Pleasures

Check it out, rate it, share it!

Current Mood: cheerful
Wednesday, April 8th, 2009
11:18 am
The Perfect Boat for Surviving the Infected / Zombie Apocalypse!
That's right, my new article, The Perfect Boat for the Infected / Zombie Apocalypse, is now available on Google Knol! Read, enjoy, give me good ratings, love, and Diggs!

The Direct Knol Link

I'll put it up on Digg later, when more people are awake. Woot!

Current Mood: enthralled
Saturday, April 4th, 2009
4:50 am
Using Google Knol for Slashdot and Digg-Proofing!
I took a night off from the site to get some writing done. This is what I produced:

See it on Digg

or

See it on Knol

I hope people realize the amazing resource that Knol really is, sooner rather than later. Please Digg it and give me 5 stars if you like it! YOUR APPROVAL IS MY CANDY NOM NOM NOM!

Current Mood: accomplished
Thursday, April 2nd, 2009
1:45 am
IT IS HERE!
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is finally out!

That is all.

Current Mood: amused
Friday, March 27th, 2009
7:03 am
Playing Fallout 3 as the Baby!
Hey, I created a full guide on how to escape the vault and play Fallout 3 as the baby, with no cheats, console hacks, or editing! Check it out here:

http://digg.com/pc_games/Fallout_3_Escape_the_Vault_as_a_Baby_Full_Walkthrough#

If you like it, please Digg it up and give me a good Knol rating. :)

Enjoy!

Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, March 25th, 2009
6:17 pm
I'm now available as an Expert for hire!
I wanted to try out LiveExpert, and this seemed as good a way as any to get used to the service. I'll be advertising it on Jigsale once in a while, and I like to know what I'm talking about. So if anyone needs a gambling or gaming expert:


Bill's LiveExpert Profile


Current Mood: busy
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