My Interview Hosted by Esther Rabbit

Several months ago when the Corona Virus event began I had posted in a Goodreads comment on the Author-Reader Forum regarding ways authors could advertise their books for free, saying to post links to your book site on websites that would attract possible readers of the novels the author writes. Esther Rabbit, who is an author, mentor to indie authors, interviews authors of all kinds of novels and non-fiction books, and promotes indie author books on her Esther Rabbit site, asked me to choose seven interview questions from her site and answer the questions for an online-interview.

Here is the link to the interview. Enjoy!

Questions include how I came up with the books in the Prodigal Band Trilogy, the publishing history, the inspiration, as well as (to use author-speak) the ‘plotter vs. pantser’ issue…I am both, especially pantser. So that makes me a ‘plantser’!

When you go to the site you’ll see that funny-looking ‘old lady’ at the beginning…that’s me. I sent in a portion of a picture taken on my son’s cell phone. I do not have a cell phone and do not want one. I do not like being tracked and traced if you know what I mean–I am a very private person. And because I have no cell phone I have very few photos of myself, and I am 67 years old, that’s the best of the most recent photos I had access to. Believe me, I was not prepared for my son’s decision to take that photo! Hopefully that goofy looking lady in the picture does not discourage folks from reading the interview!

Thanks, Esther! Blessings!

Note: Esther also has a YouTube author-mentor channel and Goodreads channel as well.

Notice: The FREE PDF Download of The Prodigal Band Has Been Revised

I have, as of December 10, 2019, revised and reposted the latest (and hopefully, final!) version of the FREE PDF The Prodigal Band for downloading. The old link with a bunch of numbers attached has been removed from the site. The reason for the revision is that the newly published by Lulu Publishing version of The Prodigal Band that has been incorporated into The Prodigal Band Trilogy has had all names, brands, and company and other outfits removed due to the possibility of a libel suit. Since I cannot afford to be sued for libel by any living person or estate, any record label or music industry outfit or other media outfit, or brand or corporation or government, all known names have been removed, since calling the work a fiction these days, these days being days of copyright trolls everywhere and celebrities wanting to sue anyone just because… That is why the latest version of this FREE PDF will hopefully be the final version. NOTHING IMPORTANT within the earlier version has been removed and the FREE PDF has not changed significantly. All the important parts of the original novel are still within. Enjoy!

DOWNLOAD The Prodigal Band FREE PDF HERE!

Snippets of The Prodigal Band Trilogy: Tragedy

Since this “snippet” series began with the genre category of Comedy, it is fitting that it ends with the category of Tragedy. Both are the hallmarks of theater that began in ancient Greece and are historically headlined by the immortal William Shakespeare.

When it comes to plays, NOBODY rivals Shakespeare! Tragedies IMHO are his magnum opus (especially MacBeth and Hamlet) but my favorite comedy character, theatrical or otherwise, is the ‘buffoon’ known as Falstaff, who appears in several of Shakespeare’s plays about various kings named Richard. Then there is Romeo and Juliet, which has inspired any number of spinoffs, one of my favorites being Adam Sandler’s You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, where an Israeli special ops agent takes on his main rival, The Phantom, a Palestinian “terrorist” leader with Hezbollah ties. But Zohan gets tired of that job and wants to be a hair-dresser. So he secretly moves to the US (after failing to take down Phantom) and becomes a hair-dresser. At a salon owned by Palestinian Dahlia, who turns out to be sister to the Phantom! They fall in love and marry–the Israeli-Palestinian “Romeo and Juliet”!

The greatest tragedy? When Hamlet ponders his existence using the immortal line, “To be or not to be, that is the question.” And then the rest of the soliloquy.

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Just in CASE! Beware of Copyright Trolls

Well, the House of Representatives by a huge majority passed the CASE Act which sets up a separate court system to hear cases of copyright infringement. As an author I am staunchly opposed to copyright infringement! That is one reason I post the copyright on this site and on my ‘Snippets of The Prodigal Band Trilogy‘ posts. That is the reason I made my Prodigal Band Trilogy cover from a photo I took in 2009 at SeaWorld in San Antonio on July 4. The bursts in the background are firecrackers.

That is also why my Prodigal Band cover is a copyright-free and royalty-free photo downloaded from pexels.com.

But what if a copyright troll can falsely claim that photo is his or hers, and will sue me for using ‘their’ photo? Because that is what copyright trolls do–take a photo (or steal a photo), send it to pexels.com and claim no copyright, then, when there is moolah to be made, claim the copyright!

And with this CASE Act, there is lots and lots of moolah to be made–up to $30,000!

And, just in case some copyright troll ‘finds’ a photo he or she ‘took’ and has a ‘copyright claim’ to it but still uploaded to a copyright-free site like pexels.com, I have taken down the three or four pexels photos I had used. If necessary, I will change the cover for The Prodigal Band as well. Because I don’t have $30,000 to throw away!

Read more about the CASE Act here.

And do not think because you are some obscure self-publishing or indie author the trolls won’t go after you. These days, it’s all personal…if you ‘offend’ someone he or she might decide to ‘troll’ you if you know what I mean. And they don’t have to be SJWs, either. And it isn’t just about photos. The CASE Act also applies to videos, music, and website posts as well. If one is going to quote a snippet of a post on another website, make sure that one has the right to: “…feel free to post…” permission from the site owner.

And just to let any possible copyright troll that comes here to try to sue me for whatever bogus reason, those Google Ad Campaign ad postings to begin my snippets are, according to Lulu’s Google Ad Campaign associate that handled my case, “for” my “personal use.”

Best idea? Link to the post you’d like to quote, and then express your opinion. It might be a good idea to take down any videos you have posted to a blog or site. I’ve already done that months ago when I heard about this CASE Act.

Because in these times of dwindling incomes and jobs, especially for US citizens, and in this time of folks living paycheck to paycheck, copyright trolls, and future copyright trolls, will be drooling over this CASE Act. Yes, it will better protect copyright owners including authors like me. But I really don’t think Congress has understood the negative ramifications of the passing of this act. And don’t think the Senate won’t pass it either. Methinks the Supreme Court will have several cases over this soon enough. Because this law WILL be abused, and it will be us indie folks who will be abused by it–by copyright trolls.

Not trying to ‘scare’ anyone, but folks, we need to be prepared for anything. The copyright trolls are prepared. Are you?

Copyright © 2019 Deborah Lagarde.

 

Snippets of The Prodigal Band Trilogy: Satire

The Prodigal Band Trilogy, being about the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of a fictitious and big time rock and roll band, is full of celebrities. That makes the trilogy and the books within it ripe for satire among other genres. Though the three-books-in-one trilogy leaves out much of the satire originally published in the original three books, there is still enough to regale the reader here, with two snippets posted. One involves celebrity attention-seeking behavior, and the other involves their hypocrisy, especially when it comes to their so-called ‘environmental activism,’ which, in my opinion, is just more attention-seeking behavior but often strictly for tax-write-off purposes.

Note: while it would be nice to be a best-selling author, one thing I absolutely do not want is to be a celebrity! I value my privacy as much as I could have what with having to market my books, but if I became a celebrity I would have no privacy!

Being a celebrity is a double-edged sword. Yes, they have fortunes and fabulous homes and cars and whatever, but while it takes attention-seeking to maintain celebrity, at some point the celebrity wants privacy and to go about with their lives devoid of constant media-tabloid-hounds chasing after them. And at some point, someone will come up with some nonsense about them that is not true and turns their lives inside out and backwards. Yet, whose fault is that? Theirs! They’re the ones who sought the attention, right?

Fortunately, for me and my characters, I realized these books were not going to be essays on satire. Yet I believe if your characters are celebrities some satire is necessary.

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Snippets of The Prodigal Band Trilogy: Occult, Part 1

Along with snippets relating to the fiction genre known as horror within The Prodigal Band Trilogy are snippets of horror’s ‘sidekick,’ the occult. I have only witnessed the ‘milder’ side of occultism–Ouija Boards, Tarot Cards, mock séances with fake ‘mediums,’ and in all instances these tools were not being used by actual ‘witches’ or wiccans. Just ‘playing’ at it during parties or whatever. Yet one evening at a friend’s house more than a mile from my own house two friends and I did get a good look at what true witchcraft would look like without realizing it, and the event scared the crap out of me to the point where the two friends had to walk me home around 11 p.m.! After that, I eschewed any and all of these practices! But I did get to witness actual occult practices, and, while writing the trilogy, was glad I did partake in the occult, a little bit, knowing I would never do such things again. Any other knowledge of occult rituals came from horror movies or fiction novels.

All three novels that make up The Prodigal Band Trilogy have occult aspects. Part 1 of this snippet-occult series shows the mockery side of the occult as well as the witnessing of pure occultist evil that took place inside of a separate room within what is called an ‘Ashram,’ which is a Hindu religious retreat that could also be used in any eastern-type religion (which is what Swami Negran’s ‘Church of the Circle of Unity’ is derived from, using Hindu/Sikh systems for a New Age cult. Negran is a prominent fictional evil character within the trilogy. His successor, fake ‘healer’ Cole Blessing, is featured in the second snippet.)

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Links to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play and More to Purchase Books

As one can tell I am busy promoting or marketing or whatever you want to call it, The Prodigal Band Trilogy. And why not? I put in many, many hours and even years writing and formatting and having the books printed and creating covers and figuring out the most cost-effective way to get the word of my books out there, globally. I could have just chosen Lulu’s or Amazon’s e-book formats and uploaded the book myself but what if the book is just consigned to the rejection pile? Because believe it or not just because you upload a book doesn’t mean an error message won’t pop up or that the online retail outfit will do anything to help sell the book. After reading various publisher blog help posts I realized I had to get this job done with a lot of help. That is why I went with Lulu’s Publishing Service–GlobalREACH. With a little divine intervention…
Here are the links to purchase either the softcover or e-book versions:

Amazon/Kindle softcover and e-book link

Barnes & Noble/Nook softcover and e-book link

Kobo link

Google Play link

Lulu and iBookstore link softcover and e-book

Links to other softcover stores via Goodreads

Links to other e-book stores via Goodreads

I have also partnered with BookBub for marketing purposes and they will have their links up shortly to Amazon, Barnes &Noble, Kobo, Google Play, and the Apple iBookstore.

Both SoftCover and E-Book Versions of The Prodigal Band Trilogy are Now Available for Purchase on Lulu.com and iBookStore!

Both the softcover and e-book version of the Three-Books-in-One The Prodigal Band Trilogy are now available for purchase on Lulu.com and iBookStore, by clicking on my Lulu Spotlight Author Page here.

The E-book is easily downloadable once the purchase is made, and is in the EPUB format which is what Lulu (using the Calibre E-book Management e-Reader tool, a FREE download), Barnes and Nobel Nook, Kobo, iBook, and other readers use. Simply add the e-book your device or e-Reader library.

The e-book is not yet available on Amazon Kindle which uses the MOBI format, but it should be available soon assuming Amazon agrees to distribute the book.

As the printed softcover and e-book becomes available on Amazon and other sites for purchase I will let the reader know.

You Can Now Buy The Prodigal Band Trilogy on Lulu.com! Will Be Available on Other Platforms Soon!

See the “buy now!” button from Lulu near the top of the page.

I will be posting this same information on the Bookstore page shortly, but I am posting this “buy button” now just for the heck of it! Plus I now have a Lulu Author Spotlight page for more information about this ‘three-novels-in-one’ e-book (printed book to be made available once I check on the look and formatting; Lulu is sending me a copy to check it out). One can purchase off the Spotlight page as well. But for right now I am trying out this button:

 
Support independent publishing: Buy this e-book on Lulu.
 
One more thing: Lulu publishes e-books in the EPub format and the easiest and cheapest way to view their EPubs is to download, for free, the Calibre E-book Management software. It is so simple I didn’t even have to read the manual that comes with the software!

1. Download Calibre according to what your operating system is (see buttons on page).

2. Once you download the software, simply click “Add books” in the top menu and then find the downloaded e-book you (hopefully) have on your computer or device, and then your book is added.

3. Finally, click the “View” button in the menu to view the book (first, click on the book in your book list.)

4. After reading whatever in the book, bookmark where you are in the book to pick it up where you left off. To do this, there is a Table of Contents menu to the left of the book page you are on, and one of the menu items is a blue “bookmark” looking pix. Simply click on that menu item.

For easy page “turning,” there are two purple “arrows” right above the blue bookmark menu item. The arrow facing left is to go back a page, and the arrow facing right is to go forward to the next page. This is a lot easier than trying to scroll, but at the top menu is a button where you can “flow” the book text. I think the arrows are easier, though. One can scroll using the scroll thingee on the right side of the e-book, but it could scroll too quickly.

And remember also, there are no page numbers within e-books.

‘The Prodigal Band Trilogy’ Print Version in Production Now

While the main purpose of getting with Lulu Publishing was to have them create and distribute the e-book version of my Prodigal Band Trilogy as three-books-in-one for anyone wanting to read the books on a Kindle or Nook or other e-book reader device and not have to deal with EPUB publishing errors many have had to deal with (sometimes, ‘pay-to-play’ makes more sense when there are several e-book platforms one can sell the book on, not just Amazon, which offers a poor royalty pay-out IMHO compared to Lulu), for no extra fee, Lulu is also going to produce soft-cover books for purchase from said distribution outlets. While the distributor gets to set the price for sale, the list price will be between $35 and $40 for this 676 page three-novels-in-one (which costs about $15 each to produce, and where Lulu and myself can earn a bit of money on). I will also purchase books I can sell at a considerable mark-down (about $20 to $25 per book) having to just purchase the books at cost (that is, about $15, plus shipping.)

Now, if you as a self-publishing author have the funds available to let Lulu “do the heavy lifting” so-to-speak and not have to concern yourself with EPUB errors or Kindle policy and formatting changes (because over the span of a couple of years Kindle has completely changed their Kindle-Create/Kindle Desktop Publishing/Kindle whatever formatting app that, upon doing research, I found was confusing and causing publishing errors by various authors, not to mention the low payout for self-publishers. Plus Barnes and Noble Nook is having issues as well. And Walmart now uses Kobo, and then there is Mac’s iBook and several other platforms–all of which have different formatting styles. Why go through the hassle when Lulu can accommodate all these various platforms at once? And, as I said, their payout is higher.

And their various teams have, IMHO, done an excellent job, from the initial team which found several possible copyright or privacy issues (especially since my books mention so many celebrities and media outfits), to the team handling the revisions, to the team handling production. All have done well and a great big thank you!

Again, if you have the funding for your e-book or print book or both, I’d go with Lulu Publishing. It is worth the money you’d pay them, and they always give discounts anyway.