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Posted: 10/18/2014 7:44 AM PDT
Most the people who’ve read my writing, are our fellow writers here on webook.com; who paid nothing, but left many positive feedbacks.

The one that's received the largest number of feedbacks, is my novel about overpopulation, titled “Angels of Death at Play”, which received more than 200.  The one I’ve suggested, “A Gatored Community” which is about global warming, received about 100.  No one who’s left feedback, has purchased a copy; but the feedback is satisfying enough.


However, since the subject matter of these books concern things which environmentalists are concerned, what’s wrong with hoping that some of them would want to purchase them? Writing is a method of communication.  If nobody reads what I’ve written then there is no communication; and my time has been wasted.
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Posted: 10/17/2014 4:18 PM PDT
Perhaps if you quoted in context you might actually be forced to read what I've said.




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Posted: 10/13/2014 7:52 AM PDT
I tried to send you an answer on Saturday, but it looks like it didn't get through.  I'll try again.

Before you call any of my writing "shoddy" I suggest that you actually read it, leave some feedback; and don't be a snob.


The entire manuscript for my novel “A Gatored Community” can be found here among my webook.com projects.  It’s 8th in line down from the top.  You might also want to take a look at some of the shorter projects along the way; especially the non-fiction articles, which might give you a better idea of what I’m actually like, instead of the false idea you've expressed here.


Please let me know if there are any projects of yours that you’d like me to read and leave feedback.

Thank you. 
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Posted: 10/10/2014 9:52 AM PDT
Isn't it amazing that even without basic socialisation of many public services, the US is still the most indebted nation on earth? As for cutting back on unnecessary expenses, austerity measures have been shown to be a categorical disaster over the last 5 years
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/10/07/austerity-has-been-an-even-bigger-disaste...


But anyway, besides the point.
 
Whilst I understand you're not 100% serious about 300,000 people purchasing your book, every joke has a kernel of truth. What you've shown here is that a major incentive in your writing is the potential to sell that writing. It's my view, as I've outlined, that this only leads to producing shoddy work, ironically precluding it becoming very successful (except on the occasions where poor work becomes inexplicably popular).
 



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Posted: 10/10/2014 9:45 AM PDT
Isn't it amazing that even without basic socialisation of many public services, the US is still the most indebted nation on earth? As for cutting back on unnecessary expenses, austerity measures have been shown to be a categorical disaster over the last 5 years
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/10/07/austerity-has-been-an-even-bigger-disaste...

There's an argument to be made that people are much too unintelligent to have responsibility for their own lives. 

But anyway, besides the point.
 
Whilst I understand you're not 100% serious about 300,000 people purchasing your book, every joke has a kernel of truth. What you've shown here is that a major incentive in your writing is the potential to sell that writing. It's my view, as I've outlined, that this only leads to producing shoddy work, ironically precluding it becoming very successful (except on the occasions where poor work becomes inexplicably popular).
 



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Posted: 10/6/2014 8:16 AM PDT

The problem with having the Government subsidizing everything, is that it the U.S. Government is now more than 17 trillion dollars in debt!  Far beyond the ability of we the taxpayers to ever pay back.  A 'better' Government would cut back considerably on unnecessary expenses, and even some necessary ones; and then ask that we the people take more responsibility for our own lives.  If that means I'd have to pay more for bus travel, and other expenses, whether I like it or not, so be it.

I should also explain that when I wrote about 300,000 people purchasing my book, I wasn't being serious.  I meant it as a joke.  That's one problem with writing, instead of speaking jokes.  There is no laugh trac.    

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Posted: 10/6/2014 7:25 AM PDT
 "This is, save for the Bible, the best book I've read in a very long time."
 
That dude needs to read more books O_o
 
As much as I'd like to subsidise your public transport, perhaps you should have elected a better government who would provide it for free to seniors, like most European countries... 
 
Regardless, my point is that it's been shown through numerous rigorous scientific studies that intrinsic motivating factors cause faster, higher quality performance than extrinsic motivators like financial gain. One must pull one's head out of the clouds, the dreamland of paychecks, and see the true nature of reality - the satisfaction one gains in the present moment from the completion of work. Then we can advance.


 



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Posted: 10/4/2014 7:35 AM PDT

I agree that completing any work of writing is very satisfying.  It was even more satisfying, when I was writing and posting the chapters of "A Gatored Community" among my projects and receiving feedback here on webook.com and other writers websites.  Here I received 110 comments from other members; which lead to us sending messages back and forth and becoming on-line friends with many of them. 

One reviewer, on a different website actually left the comment:  "This is, save for the Bible, the best book I've read in a very long time."

While I do appreciate enthusiasm, but---?

Anyway, it's the best endorsement I can quote, so if you're interested the book is still available at kindle.com for $2.99.  With the royalty payment I'd receive, along with my senior citizen card, I'd be able to afford a one way ride on a local bus, along with a transfer. 

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Posted: 10/2/2014 4:14 PM PDT
No, not quite. What I meant is that it's easy to derive one's motivation from the monetary gains of becoming successful, but it's those who are passionate about writing (or have an uncanny knack for staying ahead of the trends in YA...) who tend to produce work which is successful.
 
The sad fact today is that most people don't read, but then. reading has never been that popular anyway. 
 
What I mean is, one can dream about a wide audience picking up your book but the true joy of writing, the real pinnacle of your existence as a writer, in my opinion, must be when you complete a work that you're proud of. And seeing other people read it really is the icing on the cake, knowing you've delivered enjoyment to others. And yes, you get paid, but it's now widely recognised that financial incentives don't tend to produce the best work.
 
I'd say yes, don't quit your day job. Not in an offensive way, but simply because writing shouldn't just be about getting bills paid. A big part of it is creating something beautiful and unleashing it on the world.




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Posted: 9/30/2014 7:13 AM PDT
I'm not sure what you mean.  Are you asking if I was paid in advance?  No.  I was not.  I wrote the book in collaboration with another webook.com member, named Andalib Marx, without any advance payment, or any idea if anyone would ever purchase a single copy.  Once the manuscript was completed, I spent months trying to get it published, going through this website's Agentinbox feature.  No one was interested.  I finally decided to self publish, using the facilities of createspace.com, which charges no fee.  The novel is now available as an e-book for $2.99.  Anyone who logs on  at  can get a free look inside at the opening chapters, but so far, I haven't been notified of one single purchase. I have come to the conclusion, that when it comes to being a writer, no matter how good your writing is, don't quit your day job. 
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Posted: 9/27/2014 5:55 PM PDT
Why do you write? For a paycheck?
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Posted: 9/25/2014 7:54 AM PDT
I may have unexpectedly got myself a large number of people to purchase one of published novels.
On Sunday morning I was at the Long Island Railroad's Huntington Station, where a group of Anti-Climate Change protesters were arriving, to take a train into New York City, where they'd take part in a major organized Protest. They all seemed to be in a pleasant, friendly mood.
I spoke to one of them, and told him that I'm a writer and that I'd written a novel about the results of Climate Change. He was very interested.
He said he'd purchase a copy, even before I told him anything about the book. The people around him also sounded very interested.
I wrote down my name and the book's title "A Gatored Community" and where to locate it on the internet. I gave it to him, and told him a few basic details.
http://www.amazon.com/Gatored-Community-William-DAndrea-ebook/dp/B00MPTZLK8/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1411480840&sr=1-3&keywords=William+D%27Andrea
Then the train I was taking, which was going in the opposite direction, came in and our conversation ended.
That evening the TV News reported that there were 300,000 people taking part in the demonstration. Now I wonder if the guy I spoke to, told others demonstrators about my book, and if he did, how many would actually purchase a copy?
I know this is just daydreaming; but are 300,000 copies of my e-book, which costs $2.99 a copy, from which I'd receive a 35% royalty payment, going to be sold? 
On the other hand, some elements of my book would be considered not-politically correct, and I wonder if I might receive threatening e-mails?
Of course, like I said, this is all daydreaming; and as of this morning, not one copy has been sold.
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