EelKat Wendy C Allen - Dark Fantasy Author


UPDATE March 17, 2021: Another death. Waiting for a coffin to be delivered. Funeral the 21st. Unlikely to be streaming for a few weeks.


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Update: March 27, 2021: It's not even been a week since the funeral, and now there is another death and another funeral.



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UPDATE April 5, 2021: There are still no streams, as, we've now a another (a 3rd) funeral to prepare for.


And that is now 3 deaths in our family, in the past 2 weeks.


This 3rd death hits hard, because it was Pippi.


Our family has now had 13 deaths since March 2020.








April 10, 2015, 12 children were kidnapped.

May 15, 2015, the heads of 10 of them were nailed to my door.

August 24, 2020, one was found still alive. he was just 4 years old when she was kidnapped, but she remembered us, even though 5 years had passed.

August 25, 2020, Pippi came home, but her condition was not well. She had been tortured the entirety of the 5 years she had been held hostage. She was missing limbs and covered with scars, had broken bones many years not set, and suffered serious damage to many of her internal organs. That she was alive at all, in her condition, was a miracle. Doctors had little hope of her survival and she was sent home with Hospice care.

Pippi had cancer in her eye and needed surgery for it, which she was scheduled to have, shortly before she was kidnapped.

In the years they had her, not only did they torture her, but her cancer went untreated and spread to her brain.

By the time she was returned to us, her cancer had reached an inoperable state, so we knew she did not have much time left.

Had her cancer been treated, back when she was a toddler, she probably would have reach adulthood.

She died only 8 months after her return.

Another child, to cry out from the grave, for Etiole's vengeance upon her murderers. Another victim of evil men, who will stoop to no ends, to bury the crimes they committed 50 years ago.  Drug lords. Opium growers. Heroine dealers. Selling little girls 4 to 8 years old for sex to priests. They only care about money.

All hail the mighty tourist ass. Millions come to Old Orchard Beach every year, for one thing and one thing only: heroine. They sell their drugs to the tourists under the pier and off the balconies of that giant motel. Than drag little girls to the bedrooms of the condominiums on Smithwheel Road, behind the school. And any child who dares open their mouth and beg for help, gets tossed in the GooseFare Brooke Ravine.

Bastard drug lords. They've been doing this for 50 years, and the town hall and the police department, turn a blind eye to it, because they get paid $6million a year to not report it to the newspapers, when the body of another child washes down the ravine, into the gulley to be spit out in the ocean. No fewer than 5 bodies are found every summer, but how often does it get in the news?

The corruption of this fucking town needs to end.

Yet another dead at the hands of these criminals who run our town.

How long will the residents continue to turn a blind eye to what is happening in our town.

How many more children will you let them kill, before you stand up to them?

Another child is dead and no one in this town cares. So long as they get their money from the tourists. The blood of another murdered child screams from the graves, begging for justice. Tick tock, tick tock, so begins, yet another of Etiole's 7 year clocks.

This is why there were no/to few streams from May 2020 until now.

May 2020, after 4 years of not hearing from them at all, the FBI returned with a lead, which led to Pip's discovery a few weeks later in August.

Because of the nature of the situation, I could not talk about it, to tell you why streams had stopped.

The kidnappers, were enraged that we had recovered Pip, and that is when the attacks started up again on my home and family September 2020.

Pip's condition continued to grow worse, and she died April 5, 2021.

She was only 10 years old.

This is what it means, to not be white in America.

White men, won't even give a child the chance to grow up.

This is what white people do, to none white families like mine.

We are Gypsies with Jewish blood, for that alone we are hunted like animals.

What the men of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, did to my family, will never be forgotten or forgiven.




#If you have any information on the kidnappers or the murders...


#FBI Agent Andy Drewer out of the Portland, Maine FBI office is in charge of the of the April 10, 2015 kidnapping of my 12 children by 14 Ku Klux Klan men who invaded our home and the subsequent May 15, 2015 murder of 10 of the 12 whom had their heads nailed to my front door. If you have information about the case, give it to him not me. He can be reached @ +1-(207)-774-9322 


Have you forgot the extent of the damage these people did, all because, they wanted to dig up my land and removed bodies buried there, before my house builders found that barrel of bones?

Have you forgotten that 7 town hall workers, 5 public works men, a blond woman, her bald son, and her red haired sister Kendra, and 14 police officers, all lead by a man they referred to as "Mark who needs no last name" were the ones 

I name every one of them, except for the ring leaders: blond woman, her bald son, her sister Kendra, and her husband "Mark who needs no last name". I don't know who those 4 are. I'd never seen any of them, other than the Kendra woman before, and I only knew her fro her attacks beating me up at Panera in 2009, 2010, and 2013.

I can name every one of the others, because all I have to do is go to the Old Orchard Beach town hall and police department website, and their are their faces.

With the exception of blond woman, her bald son, her sister Kendra, and her husband "Mark who needs no last name", every one else involved was government official who works for the state of Maine vis the Old Orchard Beach Town Hall, the Old Orchard Beach Police Department, or the Old Orchard Beach Public Works.

And what exactly did they do?

August 8, 2013 they drove a backhoe over my house. That same backhoe drove over my previous house on the same land April 2007. That same backhoe drove over my poultry barn and horse stables July 2001. July 2001 was the first attack.

March 2015 was the the massive attack, with an entire fleet of trucks, and drove over the Church of the Holy Rhinstone, a church that stood on my land, my garage which is why I no longer have a garage to put my car in, my 2 sheds both of which had my tractors and other garden/crop machinery in them at the time. And of course the razing of the land, the cutting down of the apple orchard - the VERY apple orchard planted in 1530 that this town was named after... he actual "old orchard" of Old Orchard Beach... the very original trees - huge massive apple trees over 400 years old. The grape vineyards, the cherry trees, the pears trees. 

April 10, 2015, they returned, 4 police officer held me a gun point, while 10 other police officers held my children down with long poles with metal wire strangle loops on the end, and beat their faces in with cinder block bricks, knocking out every one of their teeth, breaking their jaws... POLICE OFFICERS DID THAT... while men they referred to as "Mark who needs no last name" and "Dan" stood there and told the police officers what to do, how to beat them, while "Mark who needs no last name" boldly bragged that he paid the Old Orchard Beach police $6million dollars to do this.

May 15, 2015... the heads, hands, feet, and intestines of my children were nailed to my door. Later that same day police officer W. W. came to my home begging for forgiveness and claimed that men he referred to only as "Mark and Dan" were holding his beloved mother-in-law hostage and torturing her, and he helped in the April 10, 2015 attack, only to save her life and get her back. He claimed he had no prior knowledge of what was going to happen, claiming that he'd been told they were only going to "scare" us. He said he had not expected anyone to get hurt, he had not known my children would be tortured and kidnapped, he had not known they were going to be murdered. He said he was scared for his life and lives of his family. And he said: "They form a small army, our department doesn't have enough man power to stop them, and every one in this town is too scared to fight back. You don't know what's going on. And I think they mixed you up with someone else. They didn't know you were the owner of this land. They didn't know that was your motorhome. They thought someone else owned this place. It wasn't even your family they were after. You were the wrong target. You don't know who these people are. What they've done to our families. This is the actual Mafia. The real deal. I'm so sorry. This is the address they sent us to. But they had a different name as the owner. This wasn't supposed to happen. They were after someone else. I'm so sorry. I couldn't let my family died. And now yours is dead instead. This wasn't supposed to happen."

June 19, 2016... I did a very specific livestream. You see... A., D., B., and T. in the 1970s and 1980s, were in the habit of dragging big black trash bags into the forest, crossing my land to do it, and dumping those bags into the Goosefare Brook Ravine. In 1983, 3 snuck into Etiole's swamp and planted 3 acres of Marijuana. Someone found it and called the police, I don't know who... it was Maine's largest drug raid for decades. Many, many millions in plants where dug up and removed from Etiole's swamp. A few weeks later A, & D,s 10 year old daughter ran into my yard, touched my car on a dare from other children - the 1964 Dodge 330 former Old Orchard Beach police car, known by Stephen King fans as the REAL Christine, The World's Most Haunted Car... than jumped her bike, and sped down the road, as fast as she could, head on into a car coming the other way. She died instantly, he brain shattered all over the end of my driveway, and her mother A responded by the Battle of 458 - the biggest mass shooting ever in Maine history, that ended up with 3 Gypsy clans and 2 police departments, in a shoot out between 70+ adults all armed with guns. One of my cousins, an 8 year old boy, standing 3 feet from me, had his eye shot out by one of the bullets. While A ran around the street screaming: "FOUR! FIVE! EIGHT!" than shot another child. 

"FOUR! FIVE! EIGHT!" than shoot another child. 

"FOUR! FIVE! EIGHT!" than shoot another child. 

THOSE are the 31 children, whose bones were sawed up and tossed into the GooseFare Brook Ravine... yes, that DOES mean, police officers KNEW those children were there and covered it up.  And I witnessed that entire event.

And THAT is WHY... when police officers murdered my family in 2015, I did a livestream, walking to the ravine, to show the world, where those bones were... because I'm sick and tired of the police corruption in this fucking town, and those sawed up bones of 31 children are PROOF of what this town government is like.... as are the heads of my children that were nailed to my door.

At the end of The Battle of 4-5-8... A. took 2 gas cans and poured them all over the big dome house, than set a match to it, and no one knew, why when she did her brother B., started running, jumped in his robin egg blue truck and backed down the driveway, hit Portland Ave doing 70 and didn't stop driving until the high speed chase caught him in CT... oh but we knew before he was out of sight, why he started running... the dome house went up like Hiroshima into a mushroom cloud that could be seen across the entire state... turns out there was a Meth lab in that house.

June 19, 2016... the livestream of the bones went viral, it's what made my YouTube channel suddenly explode overnight... and police officer W.W. upset, by the fact that, the livestream included the entire police call and response, and that response was to laugh and do nothing... fed up with the corruption in his department, he forwarded that livestream VOD to the FBI, and the FBI arrived in Old Orchard Beach, to dig up the Reclaim Blueberry Plains, and all hell broke lose in this town, as most of the police officers suddenly found themselves arrested. An entire new police force from out of state was brought in to replace the long time officers who had proven they could be trusted to uphold the law. Many town hall officials and public works employees also found themselves arrested by the FBI.

June 26, 2016... barely a week later... the blond woman and the red haired Kendra woman showed up at my workplace, Scarborough WalMart, and tried to kill me, yet again... these are the same 2 woman who attacked me with golf clubs at Southern Maine Community College November 14, 2013... they left dead in 2013, I was paralized for 5 months. It took me 18 months to relearn to walk. I was out of the wheel chair, and I was without a walker, I was without a cane. I had almost fully covered from their November 14, 2013 attack with golf clubs... June 26, 2016, this time they attacked with shopping carts, and I'm now crippled for the rest of my life. They shattered 3 vertebra this time and it can't be operated on. I had to relearn to walk a second time, and I'm not yet recovered now in 2021. In 2013 they drove away in the 4 door white pickup truck. In 2016 they drove away in a gold Volvo SUV station wagon.

That blond woman and her red haired Kendra sister, they are wanted by the FBI for attempted murder of me and they are also wanted in questioning for being suspected of also being the murderers of my children.

I don't know who these 2 women are.

The blond woman shows up my driveway frequently, screaming and yelling, sometime accompanied by a small child, about 5 years old, that she pulls behind her in a red radio flyer wagon. She looks to be about 60 or 70. She often wears a denim button down shirt and jeans. She's prone to yelling at passing cars, while pointing up my driveway, and saying: "There's EelKat, she tried to kill my husband."

I've never tried to kill anyone, so accusation is baffling at best.

She seems to think I know who she is, and has made the claim, that "I was that brat in school"... the red haired Kendra woman, sometimes with her, claims to be her sister, also appears to be 60 to 70 and also seems to think I know who she is, and frequently says: "You bullied me in school, but no more, I'm Kendra SilverMander it's my turn to shine."

They BOTH make the claim they went to school with me, and yet, I never went to school, a well documented fact... because I'm the child the FBI rescued what the news media called "Maine's House of Horrors". I was locked in a cage when I was 8 years old. I was let out on Sundays, to go to church, and not allowed to speak or make eye contact with anyone, and this was only done infrequently, whenever church goers asked what happened to that girl you had". I was 31 years old when the FBI arrived, because of Heaven's Gate having killed 39 people, and my uncle being one of the members and self proclaiming himself as the leader of Heaven's Gate after Applewhite's death. The FBI was investigating the murder of 39 people in California, and had no idea they'd find children in cages in Maine as a result.

So you see, when the blond woman and her Kendra sister, make the claim they went to school with me and I was the class bully who beat them up, this is easily proven false, because the time period when I should have been in school, I was locked in a cage, being tortured by my sadistic uncle Bruce.

Also, they are in their late 60s to mid 70s... making them older than my parents, so how could I have been in school with them, even if I had gone to school? At best I would have been starting pre-school the year they would have been graduating high school.

These things they say about school, only further agrees with what police officer W. W. said May 15, 2015, when he made the claim, they had gotten me mixed up with someone else.

July 2016, a month after the shopping cart attack... yet another Old Orchard Beach police officer arrived, this one accompanied by 2 Biddeford officers, who had been former OOB officers... these 3 officers, had a vastly eye opening story to tell me.

They had been called to Old Orchard Beach, to my farm, to arrest me, a call made to them, by a man named Mark, whom one of these officers, claimed was his brother in law. This Biddeford officer, said he requested to transfer ot of Old Orchard Beach department years ago, because his sister (whom he claimed he suspected, but could not prove was the blond woman whom had attacked me at WalMart) was quote "trying to control the town" he said "treats Old Orchard Beach like a dynasty, thinks she's a duchess, has severe mental disorders, and thought she could buy the police department". He went on to say, she got in with the real Mafia years ago and went to her head, and now she thinks she IS the Mafia and most of Old Orchard Beach's business owners, especially the motel owners are scared shitless of her, because they believe her claim to be Mafia. He went on to say, she's not Mafia, but she's good at convincing people she is and stated "I wouldn't murder beyond her. She'd do it just to prove she is Mafia." He said he transferred out of OOB department to Biddeford department because he was fed up with how easy it was for her to get every officer to do anything she asked. He said "the corruption in that department runs deep; don't cross her or any officer she controls; they WILL kill you and every around you. You don't know who her husband is. He doesn't just control that town, he controls half the state."

What he was telling me was bizarre on extremes, but even more bizarre was the live feed radio call, that he had me listen too, as it was happening, on my farm in Old Orchard, while I was at my dad's house in Biddeford.

He said: "The Old Orchard Department called me, asked me to come over here. Buddy Will wanted to prove you were not in Old Orchard and that Mark has you mixed up with someone else. That fucking bastard is crying wolf and trying to frame you, we can prove it right now. We are fucking fed up WolfBoy."

He turned on his radio, so I could hear. A what I heard... a man whose voice I do not recognize, yelling at a Officer W.W. and saying: 

"That is Wendy, arrest her now! That is EelKat. She tried to kill me."

While officer W.W. and another officer, told the man: "his isn't Wendy. We have officers with her right now. Who tried to kill you? Wendy? Or THIS woman right here?"

"This woman right here! This is EelKat I tell you! Arrest her! What do you think I pay you for! You aren't allow to defy me! I own this town! You are my slaves. I command you to arrest her!"

W.W.: "This isn't EelKat. This isn't Wendy. I've known her for years. And right now, she's on the other side of the state. With 3 officers, listening to you right now. You are NOT the law. We've had it with you. You don't own me. And you've mixed her up with someone else. You've been harassing the wrong damned person. You dare call us about Wendy ever again, and I will personally arrest you for false reports, than I'll tell them everything. You'll never see the outside a prison for the rest of your life when I get done with you. You fucking leave this woman alone. You destroyed her life, because you couldn't tell her apart from someone else."

I used to aqua jog, mountain climb, horseback riding, and I hiked 13 miles a day. And in the blink of an eye, that lifestyle was taken away, and every day was struggle, just to sit up and breath, with no hope of ever walking again. I defied doctors. It's been 8 years and I can move around the house by holding on to things and I now can walk again, at the moment only short distances outside with a cane, and the hope is to continue to improve. I still have a long road of recovery ahead. But I'm walking again, something that 8 years ago, doctors said would never happen. 

My farm was razed.

My family was murdered.

I was 5 months paralysed, and had to relearn to walk. It was 8 years ago and I'm not yet fully recovered due to 3 inoperable vertebrae and hip dysplasia. November 14, 2013, 10PM, at WalMart, while putting bags of groceries in the back seat of my car, I was attacked by 3 rapists armed with metal golf clubs, who left me parallelized, in a wheel chair, broken spine, broken hip, broken pelvis, broken knees, serve nerve damage to my left side limiting the use of my left hand, my bladder incontinent from nerve damage, they left me for dead, and I had doctors telling me I would never walk again.

There's more that has happened. A lot more. The thousands of gallons of sewage they pumped into my motorhome in 2015. The cats. the Ptarmagin cats. World famous groups of cats. You remember them. If so, you remember what these people did to those cats. Poisoned. All dead the same day. 12 cats. Dead to what the vet described as: "enough poison to kill a great dane". My horse, she had her head beat in with a rock. My bantam roosters... 70 pet roosters, hung by their necks in rope nooses in my rose bushes.

All because this man, this mystery Mark, whose last name seems to be known to the police but is still unknown to me and man whom I've never seen or met - he keeps his face covered whenever he shows up... mistook me for someone else... and police officers and town hall workers and public work employees.

Welcome to Old Orchard Beach... this is NOT the way life should be, you know it.

What these people did to me, should never have happened, and according to the police, it's been happening for 50+ years to hundreds of people, hundreds of families, in this town, and every one is too scare to talk about it or fight back to stop it. That NEEDS to change.

The corruption in our town, needs to stop... but it won't end, until every last person who is being harassed by these people stand up, put their foot down, and say enough is enough, we ain't gonna take this any more.

We the people of Old Orchard Beach need to take back our town.


NOTE: Chat is set to emote only on my Twitch channel and my personal contact information has been removed from my website and every place else, due to the HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of false reports of "information", along with vile hateful memes about the murder of my family being sent to me by trolls who think mocking the murder of my family is funny.

FBI Agent Andy Drewer out of the Portland, Maine FBI office is in charge of the of the April 10, 2015 kidnapping of my 12 children by 14 Ku Klux Klan men who invaded our home and the subsequent May 15, 2015 murder of 10 of the 12 whom had their heads nailed to my front door. If you have information about the case, give it to him not me. He can be reached @ +1-(207)-774-9322 



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Trade Publishing vs Self-publishing - Some Thoughts From a Hybrid Published Author




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[quote author=bmcox link=topic=180214.msg2538422#msg2538422 date=1393886763]

The first story, “The Memory of a Salt Shaker,” is free and has moved around 5500 copies without much marketing. I released two other shorts ("La Chanson de l’Observation" and "The Space Within These Lines Is Not Dedicated") but didn’t do any marketing, hence they haven’t sold many copies. I knew that would happen, but I did expect that the two stories would get some spillover from the free book. Some, but they’ve only sold about 15 to 20 copies each.[/quote]


Considering the genre, that's pretty high, (5,500) even for a free story. Short stories (singles, collections, and anthologies) are a hard sell regardless of genre, and the more niched the genre, the harder it is to sell. I know.  Yeah, we short story writers like to make it hard on ourselves by writing stuff there is no demand for.

In 36 years I have put out just over 200 stories and the most any of them has sold was 7,000 copies. Most of the titles sold in the range of fewer than 2,000 copies, and quite a few sold fewer than 100 copies. I think the lowest number was a title which has to date only sold 27 copies.

I've talked to lots and lots of short story authors over the years and near as I can tell, I'm actually doing far better than quite a few of them. I've seen many short story writers complain that their sales always flatlined after 500.

Every title they put out, they couldn't get more than 500 sales. Even top selling short story writers (Dean Wesley Smith comes to mind) have said they are hard pressed to make a story sell past 2,000 copies and that this is why short story writers have to keep putting out new titles every week or so.


[quote author=bmcox link=topic=180214.msg2538422#msg2538422 date=1393886763]

In this plan, the difference between choosing traditional and self-publishing is book reviewers/bloggers. I wouldn't really be able to get the book into websites like The Millions or Rumpus, or really any smaller book reviewers where this collection may fit because they do not take self-published books. 

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I think newbie authors put way to much weight on reviews. Reviews are meaningless drivel. They are nothing but one person ranting hate or gushing love. In both cases they do it to gain some sort of self perceived recognition and do not have the book or the author's well being in mind. I can't understand why so many newbie authors obsess over reviews.

I've been self publishing since 1978. We didn't have reviews back then, because we didn't have Amazon back then. I grew up in a publishing era where reviews did not exist. I didn't understand why young authors today are so hung up on reviews.


[quote author=bmcox link=topic=180214.msg2538422#msg2538422 date=1393886763]

The second are available awards for the book are limited or not as respected as those in the traditional markets. The awards are helpful for marketing my day job as a college instructor of creative writing. As such, a self-published book won’t carry weight in my CV when applying to tenure-track positions.  

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I'm not familiar with awards. I've never looked into it. I'm not someone who feels a need to prove myself or compete or be better than anyone, so seeking out awards is something I see as a pointless waste of time.

If you need awards to feel good about yourself, then go look for them, though, I'd think their were other better ways to boost your self esteme. I don't think getting an Award will help you fell good about yourself long term, and then if you don't win the award yu'll only fell worse about yourself, defeating you reason for seeking the award.

I can't see the point of gaining respect or approval from others by seeking awards. Just be a respectable person.


[quote author=bmcox link=topic=180214.msg2538422#msg2538422 date=1393886763]

If I self-publish I am not expecting to make much money, but my target would be to move 4000-8000 copies, about two times more than a small/university press run. I think if I hit that sales target, then that may offset some of the negative stigma associated with self-publishing I may face in academia, because they would want to know how I did it. But it could also be a non-starter despite of large sales. Also, the realistic expectation, even with promotion, is much lower, maybe 500 copies.

Has anyone faced a similar problem? Any thoughts?

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According to Amazon's publicly released tax records, out of some 8 million Kindle authors, fewer then 100,000 of them are earning over $10,000 income a year. More then 7 million of them are earning under $5,000 a year.

If you look at the sales ranks of the books on Amazon, you can see what income you can expect.

While a few authors here and there sell a few hundred books a month. MOST Kindle authors struggle to sell a single, solitary copy a month. This is across all genres. The smaller the genre, the smaller the sales.

Literary short stories? It could take you 10 years or more to see 500 copies of you book sold.

The reason Universities get their numbers, is because they have a set group of followers they can expect to buy everything they put out.

You on your own however... you are starting from scratch as an unknown and you don't have that group of devoted fans the university press already has. 

So you can expect fewer sales then them, not more. Less then half, not double.

This unfortunately is the harsh reality of this genre.


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Is there a literary/slipstream/magic realism fiction self-publishing network out there?

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There are a few. I've never joined any. I know there are a couple of FaceBook grounds. Colleges usually have some sort of offline book clubs for authors.

I'd look into your local community college as they'd likely have one.


[quote author=bmcox link=topic=180214.msg2538422#msg2538422 date=1393886763]

What resources are available to self-published literary/slipstream/magic realism books?

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What do you mean by resources? How are resources for writing different from one genre to another? Software, word processor, editing methods, writing advice, is always the same no matter what genre you write.


[quote author=bmcox link=topic=180214.msg2538422#msg2538422 date=1393886763]

Has anyone had success advertising in these genres on places like Bookbub?

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I have never tried BookBub.

The reason being, is that my understanding of it, from what I've read other authors say on their blogs, was that it's very difficult to move many, if any copies of a book, outside of Romance and Thriller on BookBub.

I went an checked BookBub's own chart of typical copies downloaded and sold, for each genre and the numbers are pretty small in everything not Romance.

And even in Romance, only the FREE giveaways are getting many numbers. The .99c deals may only have a 1,000 or so downloads, $1.99 deals maybe get 500 and the $2.99 deals struggle to pass 100.

Those numbers really don't say too much. I mean, those are the BIG genres like Romance. Most of the small genres don't even get sales at all and only get a couple hundred free downloads.

Unless something changes with the type of person who joins BookBub, I can't see it having much advantage.

Of course, BookBub website is also pretty shoddy. It's just one of those free hosted sites. What is it, Wix or something? They really need to change their site host, use something that is not a generic template, and make their site look at least like they TRIED to put some effort into it.

Maybe in the future when they have more members it might be a good thing, but right now they are still new, and they're just so many books a couple thousand members can download.

Think about it. They've barely got 3,000 members and the bulk of these members are just ebook hoarders who are looking to mass download free ebooks they'll never read.

People who download free ebooks don't often read the books, rarely if ever leave reviews, never buy your other books, and if they do leave a reviews it's always a 1 star snark that says: "Glad this piece of shit was free. Didn't cost me any money to delete this trash on my device."

It's also a known fact that there are groups of "reviewers" (trolls maskerquarding as reviewers) who do nothing but look for free books just so they can leave fake 1 star reviews with the "verified purchase" tag on it. You risk getting hit by those via BookBub.

Search for author blogs, authors who tell of their BookBub experiance. Once in a while you'll find someone who shares it as a good experiance, but most tell nightmare stories of their books being swamped with HUNDREDS of nasty, snarky, hate filled 1 star reviews... the reviews being made only seconds after the book was downloaded, proving they did not read the book and only downloaded it for the purpose of getting the "verified tag".

It's also a known fact that the bulk of these people downloading with the intend to attack, are self published authors, who believe that by 1 staring their competition, they'll boost their own books in the ranks.

Amazon has made several announcments about this problem, and has banned well over 5,000 of these vindictive 1-star digging self published authors just in the last few months.

These author wars are getting out of control in the Amazon reviews, to the point, I don't even look at the reviews before buying a book any more. These days you have to sift through mountains of childish self published authors, snarking in 1 star reviews to find any real live book reader who actually left an actual real live review.

BookBub is a large part of why the recent increase in the shitty, unprofessionalls, being btchy in book reviews on Amazon. The bulk of BookBub's members are NOT readers but rather self pubbed authors.

So, until BookBub cleans up their site and starts attracting real live actual readers instead of authors looking to claw their way to the top by attacking other authors, I'd say stay away from BookBub.


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Is anyone successfully self-publishing fiction along these lines?

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I am. Though that depends to on what you consider successful.

I've seen authors say they were successful after 10 sales of a book and others have 100,000 sales and bitch and complain they were not successful because it was less then a million books sold.

You need to define your terms of success, what you feel success it, and then set your goals at reaching it.


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What legit book awards are out there? Ones that are well respected and not tied up in award mills.

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I've never looked into any awards or contests or that type of stuff, so I do not have an answer for you. I'm not someone motivated by rewards or prizes. The concept of competition seems to me like a pointless waste of time and energy. I remain baffled as to why there exist people who are driven only by their need to be better than others or reach the top or get rewards. It seems like such an alien thing to do. Whenever I see people like that I have to step back and ask myself if they are even Human. It's just so bizarre.

My understanding of book awards is they are usually put out by literary presses owned by colleges, so I would try looking at colleges known for literary programs and see what contests they have.

Small press magazines probably do them as well. But I never hear about big book publishers doing it.

If I was going to look for book contests, I would look only for ones run by colleges, reputable magazines, and publishers who've been around a while. I'd avoid any that asked for entry fees and I'd check Writer's Beware to make sure they were not listed as a known scam.


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Does it make sense for a self-publisher or indie author to hire an editor?

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Yes. Get the best editor you can afford. If at first you can't afford an editor, at least have a few friends edit it. Once you can afford an editor, go back and edit it, then reupload the file.

My own books go through at least 7 edits, by at least 3 editors.

Editors come in all price ranges.

My favourite editors are local colleges.

I have a college professor that I work with. She likes to teach hands on editing, and hands out editing assignments to her class. She'll pass out chapters of books from various local authors, to her 30 students each semester. The students have 45 minutes to read, edit, and comment on the chapter. Comments vary from one line "This sucks" or "I liked it" to an entire 3 page essay on every detail they tripped up over. It provides wonderful feedback, and gives me an unbiased readers point of view on editing. Because they don't know who the author is, they don't have expectations.

So that's an example of free editing out there.

On the other end, you could spend a few thousand dollars on a professional editor.

Which is better? Oddly, I've found students doing it as a class assignment catch more errors then the professional editors. I think this because they are tring had to get an A in class, so they look harder, as opposed to the other one who's getting paid if they miss a few things or not.

I think it's best to have multiple eyes, of multiple experience levels on the draft. Every editor has things they miss, so the more editors the better.


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The problem, as I see it, is that even with a marketing plan, this collection of stories is a hard sell. It’s eclectic and super niche. Here’s the rough blurb I’m working on for the collection.

[i]Within these lines exist an ordinary salt shaker that allows a man to see his life through the eyes of his deceased wife; a woman who discovers a dragon living under her house; a man searching for his partner’s lost painting; a cicada who tells a young woman that she will die in three days unless she gives him her potential; an alien sociologist who falls in love with his human subject; and a woman caring for her partner who suffers from a strange form of dementia. 

[u]The Space Within These Lines [/u]is a collection of six magical realist short stories exploring love, loss, and memory. [/i]

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I write a little itty bitty genre, which is a sub-genre, inside of a sub-genre, so a teeny tiny niche inside of a super small niche. Basically alien cats, hiding from 6foot tall bird men, hiding on a little backwoods planet called Earth, and in needing to find something to do while exiled here, they move into a haunted house, which humans say is overrun with vampires; the cats discover there's no such thing as vampires, but there is a race of humanoid aliens trapped on Earth and living off the only food source able to sustain them (human flesh and blood), and they crashed on Earth in a stolen star ship, after a comet obliterated their planet, and they've been barely surviving on Earth for 900 years; the cats decide to record the history of these creatures, not realizing that 500 years of eating human brains has driven the 900 year old leader out of his mind. The whole series is 200+ stories told by a talking black cat as she retells to the other cats, the stories told to her by the utterly insane alien vampire.

It runs rampant were slasher-flick splatterpunk gore and bad b-movie sex = serial killer's gonna get you, amid 70s style characters having lengthy conversations with chocolate pudding while pink penguins dance by, and a great big flying pirate ship sails over head as it's rum-running 1920s gangster crew takes out people on the ground with their Tommy-guns. Yet, as off the wall and insane as the stories are, if one was to read several of the stories, you start to see a pattern - they are told to the cat, by a man who has not been able to tell up from down, fantasy from reality since his wife was murdered, and readers have no clue if anything the cats are saying this man told them, really happened or not. All you know is, this is what it's like to live inside this man's head. This is how he sees the world. The whole story is basically how this man adjusts to living without his wife. And the whole thing is set in 1600s New England/Quebec.

There is no genre that it neatly fits into, and critics have called it "Absurdist Space Horror". Every person who's ever read it and than talked to me in person has said of it: "What the hell were you smoking when you wrote that, it's the most insane thing I've ever read! I don't know if I should love it or hate it. I still don't even know what I read."

But, yeah, that's The Twighlight Manor series in a nutshell. Absolute insanity and utter nonsense - 3million words of it. I've had a lot of readers request I do novels for the series, but I'm just not a novel writer, I've tried, but it doesn't work. Short stories are my thing. Everyone tells me the same thing: novels are easier to market; sales of short stories suck.

Yeah, I know, novels market better, but I like what I do. I like writing short stories. I'm happy where I am.

Which brings me to...


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I’ve enjoyed self-publishing 

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This should be highlighted.

Why?

Because there is very little in life that one can do as a source of income and say they enjoy it. Think about it: how many people tell you they love their job?

Everyone is always complaining that

  • "someday, they'll live their dream"....
  • "someday they'll write that book"...
  • "someday they will get out from under this dull dead end job and do what they enjoy doing"...

...someday never comes for them. Someday only comes, if you stop wishing for it and start living the dream.


[quote author=bmcox link=topic=180214.msg2538422#msg2538422 date=1393886763]

I’ve enjoyed self-publishing 

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Those three little words right there, I think are the most important thing you said in this post.

Self-publishing is something you enjoy.

It makes you happy.

That's a good thing.


[quote author=bmcox link=topic=180214.msg2538422#msg2538422 date=1393886763]

Finally, should I self-publish or try submitting to trad-publishers again? Has anyone gone this direction?

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I started out trade publishing. My early stories were kid-friendly and appeared in Cricket, Jack&Jill, Friend, New Era, etc, etc, etc. But as my series grew, so did it's adult nature, and it became harder and harder to find publishers for it. By the 1980s it was very violent and bloody, and by the 1990s it start including graphic sex, rape, taboo fetishes. In 1997 the USA government passed that child safety act law that requires me to put the "COPPA/CDA/CIPA/Obscenity/18 U.S.C. § 2257 Compliance & Disclaimers" notice in all of my stories (due to the fact that all the male characters are over 70 years old, yet all the female characters are under 14 years old) along with an "M-Rated" (not for readers under 21) warning label on the covers.

The passing of the U.S.C. § 2257 Compliance Law in 1997 was the coffin nail that ended my trade publishing career for good. No trade publisher will touch the Twighlight Manor series today - it has nasty reputation among editors and publishers for being "the most vile work of immoral debauchery since Comte de Sade's Nights in Sodom" (direct quote of a reviewer).

I was faced with 2 options: rewrite 20 years worth of stories (set in the 1400s) to change the ages of the female characters to over 18 (which is historically inaccurate as the age of consent in the 1600s in America was 10 - it was not increased to 12 until the 1800s and it was not increase to 14 until the 1950s, and was not increased to 16 until 1970s...taking into consideration most of the stories were written in the 1970s when the legal age of consent was still 14, there was nothing illegal about the stories at the time of their original publication - heck I've been with my partner since I was 12, he's 30 years older than me - it was not illegal back than, and being old enough to remember 14 years old being the age of consent here in America, I have hard time not laughing at the U.S.C. § 2257 Compliance law)...or self publish all future volumes.

Unfortunately the passing of the 1997 U.S.C. § 2257 Compliance law also meant that publishers pulled my books off the shelves and took them out of print...because the characters in my books were the same ages as myself and my husband and that's illegal now...when the law passed in 1997 I actually had to go to court and testify to keep my husband from doing 40 years in prison, because I was 12 and he was 42 when we got married, all those years before the law was passed.

Americans do not consider culture (we are Gypsies and NO female ever marries after 18, they are too old to be marriageable by that point. ALL females are married BEFORE they are 14.) or religion (we are LDS/Mormons and church doctrine teaches it is a sin for a girl to reach 16 years of age un married.)

So I ended up getting back all the publishing rights to my work, and set about self publishing it instead. I'm doing much better now (both sales and income wise) than I was in trade. In trade, I could usually expect my story to be published in a magazine, see a shelf life of 3 months at most, and than disappear into obscurity. This resulted in me needing to write a new story every other month, in order to bring in pennies a day.

Today?

My story remains intact, original character ages, but thanks to the U.S.C. § 2257 Compliance law people are literally terrified to buy any book requiring the U.S.C. § 2257 Compliance Disclaimer on it, because the way the law is worded, it can be assumed that just owning a book with the U.S.C. § 2257 Compliance Disclaimer on it is enough to land you in prison. It makes it difficult for me to keep the older stories in print, basically about 100 of my titles can ONLY be published via vanity press through local copy shops, because places like Amazon and Lulu not distribute books with the U.S.C. § 2257 Compliance Disclaimer label on it. The U.S.C. § 2257 Compliance Disclaimer is basically a warning label that states "this book is a work of child pornography and you could go to prison for buying it", all because the main character of my series married a girl at the same ages my husband married me and the stories describe their sex life in vivid detail. 

In the newer stories, I've simply left off mentioning ages at all, relying on readers to have read the older stories to know character ages. It's the only way I can publish new stories these days - even on Kindle. 

This is also why the switch in focus of the series in recent years, to shift the older (in age) characters into main character positions, characters who used to only be mentioned in passing.







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