Pirate Goats!

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Captain Banjo and his Merry Band of Marauding Pirate Goats

I've been a hubber now for what, almost 6 years? Though I have been absent, missing in action even, for the last 12 months, and here I have popped up again, a self-described Children's Book Author.

How did that happen? WHY did that happen?

You could go back to my childhood and see how much I enjoyed reading, and while it could be somewhat unusual for a boy of 9 years of age to revere his first library card as much as his first driving license almost 10 years later, you could go back 15 years when I did a course at a local community college (WEA Hunter) called "Writing For Children".

Yes, I have been interested in writing for children at least that long, obviously longer, because I wouldn't have accidentally found myself in such a course.

Back then I didn't immediately throw myself into writing a children's fiction novel but I was writing. Sending submissions to magazines and proposals to book publishers. The latter would see rejection after rejection, the former, plenty of rejections but enough acceptances and cheques in the mail to make it worth my while.

I also had a couple of cartoon serials in two nationally distributed magazines. Very niche orientated, but national nonetheless.

By 2000 I would put down the pen, so to speak, and focused my thoughts and time on learning web design with formal study. I already had been playing around HTML since 1998 and I realised that's where my future, THE future, lay. So writing became a secondary skill.

Fast forward almost 10 years into future and I had come full circle, mainly because the internet had changed. And building a website would become something that anyone could do. Most could not do it well, but their ability to see that their design skills were lacking was even greater than their lacking design skills. Though in all of this the one thing that came to the forefront was that "Content Is King".

The website was just a vehicle. It wasn't the most important thing at all. It was the information that it was carrying that made people money, whether by referral (their service) or it being the product itself (and making money from advertising revenue).

At the time I was living out in the country. Rural Australia. Surrounded by paddocks, trees, cows and kangaroos.

I didn't own any of the cows or the kangaroos, and the closest neighbour actually had camels, but we did end up getting chickens, sheep and a goat.

And it's because of these farm animals and learning that they're not just dumb animals, but have personalities, that my imagination began to put together stories involving these characters.

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What is it about?

Okay, enough about me, what about the book!

It's a rollicking piratey adventure involving goats (who are the pirates) versus the sheep (who are the British admiralty).

The Pirates face a bit of a dilemma. They've been effectively cut off from all supplies. A clever, though expensive, move by a Commodore in the British Fleet has seen many a pirate ship either captured, destroyed or just plain surrender without a fight.

But Captain Banjo and his merry band of marauding pirate goats aren't going to take defeat lying down. But they don't have the firepower to take on the entire fleet either.

So it's up to an inventive cabin boy to outwit the enemy, is he up to the task?

How do I get it?

For some reason I can't add the product to an Amazon Capsule, I get this error: "Amazon is not providing us a price for this item. Therefore it can not be displayed."

Maybe because it's so cheap! Only 99 cents!

So if you go up to the cover image and click on "Available now through Amazon" underneath it, it will take you to the Amazon listing.

Less than a buck! Most of you earn that in 2 minutes doing your day job.

It is currently only available on Kindle but I am working on releasing it as a print edition.

UPDATE!

An illustrator has come on board to design the characters and bring them to life on the pages. Sam Milham's talent is right in the pocket. I couldn't have hoped for a better fit for what I had envisioned for the original story and future adventures.

While Sam is working on the artwork I am plotting a course for a crowd funding campaign to bring the story out in a print version. At this point of time it will only be available locally, but the Kindle version will be updated. There will be a price increase but for everyone who bought it for just 99 cents they will get the new version for free.

I'll post one of the rough drafts that Sam has done. This isn't finalized so some of the features may change just a bit. But it'll give you an idea of what two of the characters look like as well as Sam's style.

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Comments 12 comments

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sunforged 3 years ago from Sunforged.com

I will buy it. I will also share your re-emergence down the social chain.

Wish there was a nice big "buy me" link at the conclusion of the article though :p ... so hard to scroll all the way back up!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Nice to see you back on HP, Glen. Will have a go at the Captain and his goats.


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darkside 3 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks for the support drbj!


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darkside 3 years ago from Australia Author

Not sure what's up with the inability to add the ASIN to the Amazon Capsule.

But I've followed your advice Sunforged, and put a link at the conclusion of the article.

And thanks for the support!


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Marisa Wright 3 years ago from Sydney

It's a "known bug", Glen. There's been a forum thread about it for ages but HubPages reckons it's an Amazon problem. I have the same problem with my flamenco Kindle book.

I like this sentence: "Most could not do it (web design) well, but their inability to see that their design skills were lacking was even greater than their lacking design skills". So true!


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darkside 3 years ago from Australia Author

What a frustrating bug Marisa!

I've been oblivious to forum discussions for some time now. I was surprised to see the pending notice on my hub when I hit publish.


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Everyday Miracles 3 years ago from Indiana, USA

Awesome, Glen! Congratulations on getting something published. I wish I had a Kindle Fire now, since there's almost no point in children's books on a black and white screen (as I've observed over and over again). I'll keep an eye out for when you have a print edition going. I'd love to see what you've done.


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thooghun 3 years ago from Rome, Italy

I adore the premise of this article, and like you time has definitely sided by this argument. The Internet is an open window with regards to exposure. If you can't fill the void, however, it will be an everlasting exercise in futility. Humility, adaptation and objectivity regarding one's own talents are the backbone of success.

Oh, and best of luck with your novel! Good to see you paying ye ole Hubpages a visit now and then :)


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Kangaroo_Jase 3 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

When I saw Josh's message pop up in my feed I nearly didn't believe it. Welcome back Glen and I look forward to an update on selling your 10,000th copy.

Will have to get one copy for my daughter in lieu of when I can read it to her and she understands!!!!! (she is currently 3 months old)


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CMHypno 3 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

Good to see you back Darkside, like Marisa I have also had the same problem with my book of ghostly short stories and some other kindle books I have wanted to feature.

I'm sure you'll do very well with your book, even though you made us Brits sheep lol!


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Rik Ravado 3 years ago from England

Glen (Darkside) - Great to to hear from you again as you were always a font of knowledge in the forums here (and much missed!). What a coincidence but I too have published an ebook on Amazon (Kindle), aimed at children that features goats. I won't be spammy and post a link here but it is called 'From Goats Gruff to Glory' and is published as 'Rik Ravado'. I could see from the 'sample that your book is an excellent read and I love the idea that we Brits are sheep! I'll drop you an email as we may be able to share some ideas about promotion!


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darkside 3 years ago from Australia Author

That's great Rik!

Are you on Facebook? I have a group on there where we share information and tips about Kindle Publishing.

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