by Joseph F. Berenato
We've all heard the success stories: first-time author, turned down by every publishing house known to man, decides to self-publish an e-book and makes millions. Who needs a traditional publisher when you can horde all of the money for yourself, right?
The advent of do-it-yourself publishing websites like CreateSpace has made creating a book – either paper or electronic – remarkably easy. With the hardest part – writing the thing – presumably out of the way, all one has to do is create an account, upload the book, add some graphics for the cover, and boom: instant book. CreateSpace will even assign your book an ISBN number and help you sell it through Amazon.
by Brian Maloney
Whenever I visit my parents around dinner time, my dad has the television on. This is not uncommon. Around this time however, there are only a handful of syndicated comedies that he will watch. And most of them make me leave the room. When I complain to my parents about how terrible these television shows are, they reply that after working all day they just want to “veg out.” So what does this comment say about my parents? Like many Americans at the end of the day, my parents are tired of thinking.