Archive - December 19, 2012

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Secretary of State & Friend of The Peace Corps
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RPCV Jason Boog (Guatemala 2000-02) on Gallery Cat Quotes Literary Agent on Self Publishing

Secretary of State & Friend of The Peace Corps

The  independent review of the September 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was released today and cited “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies” at the State Department. The  attacks killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador and Morocco RPCV, Chris Stevens. The report says something like the security plan was “inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place.” In the next few days, everyone will be jumping all over Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, so I thought I might reach back in time a few years and quote from a short speech that the then First Lady gave on September 1998 dedication of the Peace Corps Building and Shriver Hall. A few of you were there, and, of course, many of you weren’t. At the ceremony, the First Lady was introduced by the Peace Corps Director, Mark Gearan, who said, among other things, . . .

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RPCV Jason Boog (Guatemala 2000-02) on Gallery Cat Quotes Literary Agent on Self Publishing

What Self-Publishing Can Not Accomplish By Jason Boog on October 25, 2012 3:07 PM Literary agent Janet Reid offered some self-publishing advice on her popular blog, ( http://jetreidliterary.blogspot.com)  urging aspiring writers to take a realistic view of the indie route. Jason writes: According to her post, self-published writers need to sell “more than 20,000 copies” to get the attention of traditional publishers these days. These are tough numbers for any kind of author, setting daunting odds new writers. What do you think? Check it out: “This post is not to dissuade you from self-publishing. Have at it with all your might. BUT be realistic about what self-publishing is, and what it can accomplish. And more important what it can NOT accomplish. First among the list for what it can’t is launch a mystery series.  Publishers are not keen on picking up Book #2 if Book #1 sold fewer than a 100 copies. . . .

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