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The TARDIS Tag video
Posted 30 December 2013 / By Caleb J. Ross / Video

The Owl’s Perch (subscribe: http://www.youtube.com/foxesarentfelines) was kind enough to tag me in the TARDIS tag, which was started by Sue Moro (subscribe: http://www.youtube.com/suemoro). I’ll be honest, I feel like underqualified for this job. Sure, I’ve made many booktube videos over that last couple of years, but I’ve never actually watched Doctor Who. GASP! Que??????? But, I get the show’s concept (I think), which I hope was enough to let me do justice to this tag. Thanks so much to The Owl’s Perch for tagging me.

I anticipate some of you may hate this video. I criticize certain readers of Genesis (from The Bible, not from The Great Britain), Harry Potter, and maybe Doctor Who, though with the later criticization it’s more about me making fun of myself for never having watched the show.

Mentioned:
The Beasts of Upton Puddle by Simon West-Bulford
The Soul Consortium by Simon West-Bulford
House of Leaves by Mark Z.

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Video Review of Moby Dick, or The Card Game
Posted 23 December 2013 / By Caleb J. Ross / Video

Who can resist a card game based on Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick or The Whale? In this video I review the game, which I recently acquired by funding a Kickstarter campaign. Is the game fun? Definitely.

Mentioned:
KingPost channel (with gameplay videos): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJn6MICf0WlvGIRl6zkUDfw

What am I drinking? Founders Porter

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A Must Read for Small Press Publishers Looking for Authors
Posted 21 December 2013 / By Caleb J. Ross / Study (the world/the craft)

Shortly after posting my “A Must Read for Writers Looking for Publication” article, which insisted that authors manage their expectations when working with small press publishers, Jason Stuart, Editor in Chief of Burnt Bridge, asked “how do we small presses show transparency to the authors, show solidarity with their goals, build trust, and mostly, offer true value?” It’s a fantastic question, to which I rattled off a few things, but have since given the question some additional much deserved thought.

JasonStuartQuestion

Small presses, in contrast to large, established publishers, propose a fairly unique offer to authors. “Author,” says the small press, “we are each going to take a huge leap of faith with this relationship. I have little to no funding. Very little manpower. I have a day job that occupies most of my time. You, author, do not have an established fanbase. You are an unknowing in the world of publishing.

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The Party City Creeper – from the calebjrossvlog archives
Posted 16 December 2013 / By Caleb J. Ross / Video

On a mission to buy fake facial hair, I realize the real reason why Party City doesn’t sell creeper mustaches.

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A must read for writers looking for publication
Posted 15 December 2013 / By Caleb J. Ross / Marketing/ Study (the world/the craft)

Crawling

Inspired by Max Booth III’s post dissecting a small press author agreement, which he calls a “bullshit contract,” I’ve put together some information culled during my 10 years as a writer trying to become an author in the small press world. Warning: the following contains hard truths.

Who is this article for:

  • Writers/authors looking to get a short story published with a small press either online or in print (small press = a publisher that most people haven’t heard of)
  • Writers/authors who think having stories published with small presses will generate a sustainable living

Who is this article NOT for:

  • Writers/authors who have an agent (the agent should be doing the job of filtering out a publisher’s potential, not you)
  • Writers/authors who are not interested in small press publishing. If you are 100% committed to publishing (novels or story collections) with the traditional publishers (HarperCollins, Penguin, Random House, etc) then you can skip most of this article.
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Saving The Earth One Beer at a Time – from the calebjrossvlog archives
Posted 14 December 2013 / By Caleb J. Ross / Video

Recycling is good. Drinking the beer out of bottles in order to necessitate the recycling is better.

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S. by J.J Abrams and Doug Dorst – A Lazy Book Review w/ the Booked. Podcast
Posted 1 December 2013 / By Caleb J. Ross / Video

Fair warning: this is probably the dumbest thing I’ve ever done on this channel. And I’ve done a lot of dumb stuff. But you’ve been warned. Therefore, I’m free to dumb it up all the way to eleven.

I posted an initial thoughts video of S. a couple weeks ago. Now I’m back with my full review. But this one is different. See, I already reviewed the book on the November 27th episode of the Booked. Podcast. And rather than rehash my thoughts on my YouTube channel, I figure I would do what a truly lazy person would do and hire some sock puppets to re-enact parts of the Booked. Podcast conversation.

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