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Thinking---In or Out of the Box

Updated on September 2, 2012
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With all the turmoil in the world today and everywhere you turn it seems to be all negative. Oh yes, when I was young (I now refer to it as my real stupid years) I really thought I could change it all and I was serious too!

Now! at my age I can look back and laugh and I have found another avenue of going forward with---positive--thinking and learning. I have written several hubs on this subject and will continue. I see so many talented writers out there that are still attempting to publish books and novels in---yesterday's world.

Most folks publish and read with electronic devices now. I too simply publish and read digital books on my favorite Kindle or iPod. I have read and listened to over a hundred books that I would have never read in paper books and they are less expensive.

Some folks seem to think that they are to give up their paper books---nay, nay my friends. You now have both worlds at your finger-tips. Look around you, everywhere in your daily life it is done by a computer in some format---buying your food at the store, banking and all your merchandise goes through a computer.

Now for those like myself that love reading and writing novels in all category's we have it right at our finger-tips.

If Your in the Box:

1. I have seen many talented writers struggling as they tried to run the gauntlet of an agent or big publishing house as they waited for months to receive a form letter of reject.

2. Let's just say that you have put up your hard earned money to get it there and into a book store with hundreds of others---who is marketing it? Is it on the top ten list and greets you at the front door? If not it will be jammed in with the others way back on isle 9c.

3. Each day there are more paper-book-stores closing and the majority of those books are disposed of in the landfills.

If Your out of the Box:

1. We now know that digital books and devices are out selling all others. All your favorite authors got smart and have taken their great books and put them into these formats---even your own public library. All the classics are now available free in this format and you now can check out and download most paper backs to your computer or other readers without going to the library.

2. Look around you; the odds are your children and grandchildren are holding a digital device---iPod, Kindle, etc. Many schools have replaced the heavy books and are teaching by computers. As they say---sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.

3. Think about it, here we are sitting here reading and creating hubs on a computer or a device and panic when it has a problem and we can't ---send or receive.

As many of you know I love to write fiction: The reason being I guess, it is the rebel in me because----there are no hard rules in fiction, a lesson I learned from reading some of those great authors---Hemingway, Steinbeck, etc. who refused to get in the box.

It is so easy now to publish your books and novels and at no cost. I recommend that if you want to test the waters---I use ( Kindle direct publishing) and have had very good results. I am in the process of putting all my Romance novels here. I just down loaded (Madam Claudette) (Winter Passion) and seven more are waiting their turn under the pen-name Virginia Navarre.

Yes my friends you now have it all right at your finger-tips and as my Cajun Grandfather always said---Man does not walk backwards.

Question: Are you in or out of the box??????


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      Ginn Navarre 3 years ago

      Thanks Pawpaw for stopping by for when we stop learning and moving forward we will be defeated. "an that aint-a gone-a happen to this ole gal."

      P.S. funny: I only live a few miles from a little place called "PawPaw W.V.

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      Jim 3 years ago from Kansas

      Great advice. I will take it to heart.

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      Ginn Navarre 3 years ago

      Hey dahoglund! I too started out putting some of my stories on ebooks (Kindle) etc. but they are synthetic voice readers and in my opinion your characters do not come to life. I hope to soon get my Web-page up an running to show what so many of you great writers can gain by hearing real narrating and added back-ground sounds.

      I have done some narrating for a few people that I'm sure you know and put them in MP 3 format. (WILLSTARR) his short stories really came to life with all the action he creates in them.

      P.S. You probably also know my daughter (Jerilee Wei) for we all have been Hubbers for a long time.

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      Don A. Hoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I have put some of my short stories in an ebook which I published on Smashwords. I did it more to get a feel for what was needed. I need to explore more.

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      Ginn Navarre 5 years ago

      Thanks Docmo, yes this ole dog learned a few tricks along the way, thinking positive and always move forward---(because if you snooze you lose.)

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      Sensible ideas here Ginn, I fully agree that digital publishing certainly is the way forward for new writers and cuts the middle man. There are opportunities to self promote, reduce overheads and get a fair share of the royalties. IT seems even traditional publishers are now sniffing around the e-books and then republishing successful ones in paper format.. love the 'old dog-new tricks - already know them!'

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      Ginn Navarre 5 years ago

      Che're Ana, Kindle is a good way to dip your toes in the publishing water. I use it mainly to publish my romance novels, (this is also my way to embrass my children, grandchildren---I like to think of it as GETTING EVEN.)

      Now ya'll know that "the reason they say that you can't teach an old dog new tricks--because we all ready know them."

      GO FOR IT!

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      Ana Louis 5 years ago

      Hi Ginn. Like this hub. I want to publish on Kindle Direct. I am just getting started, but not sure about illustrations yet. So exciting! I love this out of the box thing. And who said you can't teach an old dog new tricks? This old dog is finding the new tricks pretty easy and fun. Thanks for a great hub and I will look for your work on Kindle.

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      Ginn Navarre 5 years ago

      Yes indeed and it has put you at the head of the class with your--ideas, imagination and writing on so many informative subjects,not just here but many other sites and magazines.

      love ya.

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      Jerilee Wei 5 years ago from United States

      I think I've been out the box since the day my mother had me!