Back to Work…Summer Almost Over

I have had a reasonably successful summer either selling my Prodigal Band Trilogy   books or having many downloads of my FREE PDF e-book The Prodigal Band.

And I have had decent success with simply views of the various pages on the OmegaBooks  site in general as well as this OmegaBooks blog which I have not updated in a while. But I have been busy.

I am working on a “spin-off” novel featuring a minor character in my trilogy books, a fan of the ‘prodigal band’, called Bobby, born in Texas, living in California near the Bay Area in the fictitious city of Richmont. I have also been ‘beta-reading,’ so to speak, a work by a Christian author who has published books in the past as well. And keeping up with the latest news, political, spiritual, cultural, psychological, etc. And NFL season is almost upon us…I may get back to watching football again what with the anthem protest stuff pretty much secondary–if players want to protest it is their right, but just don’t insult your fans like a few players did last year (for instance: insulting your Cuban-American fans by supporting a man who wore a Castro t-shirt before his team played Miami in 2016 is kinda dumb, I’d say. Freedom of speech is cool–insulting your fans isn’t!)

It also pains me to report that WordPress banned a news site I really liked, Fellowship of the Minds, yesterday, for “violating terms of service.” I have no idea what terms of service this site violated because this site did not promote hate or violence, which would violate the terms of service. Nor did WordPress tell the holders of the site which term of service they violated. It is known that they did report on the Facebook etc. banning of InfoWars Alex Jones. Is that what got them banned? Because my non-book-oriented blog  here also reported on this in three posts on three consecutive days. Will this blog also be banned? Folks, in the USA we have what’s called the Bill of Rights, the first article of which relates to Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press, among others. Maybe this site did in fact violate the terms of service; I do not know how. But either they did, or WordPress is just following the lead of the other tech giants. A company called Automatic owns WordPress, and I have no idea who owns Automatic. I do know one thing: Fellowship of the Minds was run by a true Christian who called himself Dr. Eowyn. I do hope religious persecution was not the cause in this case. And they weren’t even Trump supporters!

In the next post I hope to explain more about my books characters and the why of them.

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This site is now the OmegaBooks WordPress Blog site

After about a month of trying to get BlueHost to give me back my domain “omegabooks.com” and (using ICANN and Whois as excuses for not doing so!) failing to get the domain “omegabooks.com” back, WordPress handed me a “reprieve” of sorts by letting me set up a new domain, omegabooksnet.com from where one can download the FREE PDF e-book, The Prodigal Band, as well as (soon) purchase the printed books published in the 1990s, Battle of the Band and The Prophesied Band. For the last three weeks I have been getting the site prepared for this adventure in Independent Publishing and marketing. Today, April 30, 2018, I was able to get the site presentable, and also get The Prodigal Band registered with the Library of Congress ($55 fee).

Since omegabooksnet.com is now the official OmegaBooks site, this WordPress blog site will be the BLOG for omegabooksnet.com where I will discuss how and why I began the book series in the 90s, the creation of the characters and scenarios and such. Since I have deleted the “blog” and “book” pages previously at the top of the page in the “menu,” I am re-posting the original “blog” article, below.

Chapters of Three Books will be added soon.

UPDATE: The “chapters” will be added to the Battle of the Band page on omegabooksnet.com, The Prophesied Band page on omegabooksnet.com, and the The Prodigal Band FREE PDF page of omegabooksnet.com, and in fact, the Prologue has already been added to that page!

Chapters, or rather, parts or sections of chapters, will be posted in the “Book” menu section soon, and here at the “Blog” I will discuss what was posted and why I posted what I posted. If one is a certain spiritual bent some of the words posted might offend. Sorry. But anyone who believes a writer can’t develop a character’s way of speaking or way of living in order to prove a point later has likely never tried writing a book let alone develop book characters.

Notice (if you have read the home front page) the use of the word “Band.” Gee, guess what kind of “band” I am talking about? Growing up in the 1960s? Now, what kind of bands predominated in the 1960s…and the 70s and the 80s and the 90s and the 2000s?

Rock and roll bands? Yep. (Note–I am white. If I was black they might be rap groups or “soul” groups or Michael Jackson-types)

Meaning, guess what the main characters are? Rock stars. Yep, sex, drugs and rock and roll, with some cussing thrown in (BTW, I almost never cuss, and do not use the “f” word…my characters do. Sorry.) But when I was growing up, the one thing I had in common with boys and girls of my generation–I grew up on Long Island, not some far west Texas ranch run by a fundamentalist Christian family where girls always wore dresses or skirts and boys always wore button-down long sleeve shirts and jeans or nicer pants for church led by a fundamentalist preacher–well, the one thing I had in common was love of rock bands and music (really, that was the one thing that kept me from being “D-list” in high school…I actually made it to “B-list” by my junior year! And I even tried out for a couple of local rock bands–they were all over the place! I will discuss that at some point). So, about the only way I “conformed” to kids my age was listening to rock music and discussing or seeing various rock groups (I never did see the Beatles except on TV. Oh well.) So, there I was a writer of fiction from the time I was 8 or 9…seriously.

Now I could have written about just average teenagers. But I wanted characters a bit more exciting and “push the envelope” than just young folks like me. So I developed the characters I developed and, over time, they became rock stars. (Keep in mind, I was pretty good at electric guitar and could sing at the time. Meaning, I wanted to be a rock star though I am female and there weren’t very many female rock stars then.) Since I never did become one, I figured, well, if I didn’t become one, maybe I could write about one? Or a band that (fictionally) made it big?

So, there I was in the mid-1990s when an extraordinary experience happened to me in the mountains and deserts of far west Texas, where I am now.

More later.

Back to Work…

I was away from computer for about a week doing other business and am now back to working to finish two other books, one for sale on Amazon Kindle and the other a free PDF download from this site or by e-mail–this book, Prodigal Band, will be a free download for about a year, then will be for sale on Amazon Kindle. (Note: since it takes a lot of money to publish-print books by a book printer while any book can be put up on Kindle or Nook or Smash Words, there is no point to an indy publisher spending money to print books when I would have no idea how many to print for a profit. I would have to gauge how many books ought to be printed by gauging sales from Kindle books…know what I mean?

Plus, I have to set up my purchased OmegaBooks domain on WordPress. I purchased it from BlueHost but not being a techie it was too difficult to set it up on BlueHost with the WordPress add-ons. So I have to wait until the end of March to set the domain site up, then start setting up the free download site and advertise the Kindle books and the print books (my first two books printed in the latter 90s).

So, if you like the site and are interested in my books, print or Kindle or free, bear with me and OmegaBooks.

Why I Formed OmegaBooks in 1996

Instead of going to literary agent after literary agent groveling before them and getting no positive response whatsoever–letter after letter “rejecting” my first novel, Battle of the Band–by the end of 1995, I decided that even though I had very little money on me (I had to borrow money from my husband who had other plans with money he had gotten from selling a piece of land he won by helping fund a legal battle our side won), I had no other recourse but to self-publish my book that I had been, on and off, working on since I was a teenager! And to self-publish books, you need a “self-publisher,” right? So I  needed an independent publishing company with myself as SOLE PROPRIETOR, and, since it was my final recourse, I called this company OmegaBooks–the Greek letter “omega” which looks like an upside-down “u” is the final letter in the Greek alphabet and is also a reference to Jesus Christ at the “Second Coming” as the “alpha” (first Greek letter) and “omega” at His Second Coming.

Note: In case you are now wondering, yes, I am a Christian. A real one, not just some religious doctrinal one. So to speak, I’m really not “religious.” What Christ founded with His apostles and disciples quickly turned into man-made doctrines, symbolism, denigration of what Christ really taught, “money changing,” a form of Pharisee-ism–“Churchianity,” not “CHRISTianity”!

Though I did have too many books printed of Battle of the Band–it was my first go, right? Folks the only way to learn when you are beginning a venture is to make mistakes so you learn from your mistakes–I did eventually make a small profit from my second novel, the sequel to Battle of the Band, The Prophesied Band (for one thing, I actually got the number of copies printed I knew I could make a profit from). Plus, I had also gotten through that some method my husband got money, money for myself to get this second book printed (plus I was able to pay my husband back what he “lent” to me ).

And, in both cases, how did I sell my books with very little money for advertising?

By NOT ADVERTISING! I sold my books at book fairs and things like Writer Conferences (I am a member of Texas Mountain Trail Writers, and was their newsletter editor in the late 90s) and just placing them in local store venues. I also wrote “press releases” for the local “once-a-week” newspapers, so that locals knew that I had completed books for their reading enjoyment. Folks, I paid ZERO to sell my books! And, while I didn’t sell a lot of books, at least I sold more books than writers signing on with “vanity publishers,” paying them thousands of dollars and then having to push their books themselves! Paying thousands, and getting nothing but deep in debt!

And, while I am finishing up the final version of the third book in the Prodigal Band series, The Prodigal Band (to be uploaded soon at my forthcoming domain site on WordPress so that one can download it FREE for a limited time), as well as my Amazon Kindle book, Shine Over Evil, I am investigating and working on a project that could help self-publishing authors to KNOW that their books will SUCCEED when they may be discouraged like I was that they’ll never make money off their creations.

Ina nutshell, I want to SUCCEED “my way”–not by “selling my soul to Big Publishing” (the literary industry’s version of “selling their soul to the devil” so-to-speak, like supposedly all rock bands have to…which, of course, my trilogy definitely addresses!).

 

Welcome to OmegaBooks

Welcome to OmegaBooks, which was formed as a SOLE PROPRIETORSHIP in 1996 to publish and paperback print my first novel, Battle of the Band, the first novel in a series originally called the Prodigal Band Trilogy.

In 1998, I published and paperback printed the second novel in the “trilogy,” a sequel to Battle of the Band, called The Prophesied Band.

In 2000, I started working on the final novel of the trilogy. But raising children and having a family to take care of (my husband was away from home as a medic, often) as well as home school my children–I am a Texas certified teacher and guidance counselor–I had to put off completing the series.

Then, when my children were off to college, I took an office manager job in 2010 which lasted almost five years. In June, 2015, I retired, and that was when I began working on my novels again.

I recently completed The Prodigal Band which for a period of time can be downloaded as a PDF file for free. I will set that up shortly once my domain is set up (I own the domain but have to move it as the original host provided me with password and other issues that drove me crazy! I had some tech savvy ten years ago–now so much has changed. So I will, when permitted by the previous host I purchased the domain from, be moving the domain to WordPress,  which will allow me to upload the file for free download for about a year. After that, that and the other books will be available on Amazon and other downloadable book store options. Smashwords has books for such stores as “Toshiba Book Place” (I have a Toshiba laptop). And any other venues I can find.

A Kindle book to be formatted, Shine Over Evil, will be ready in a few months to be purchased and download from Amazon for the Kindle format.

Sections of chapters for the various books will be posted shortly for reading pleasure.

I will not be discussing what is in these chapters yet. But get ready for a series of stories that “popped into my head” as a teenager and “morphed” into what they did become.

I was a teenager in the 1960s…maybe that will give one a clue. Plus the use of the word “Band”… Band, eh? Hmmmm….