Possible opportunities

Ever since that piece in the Huffington Post ran about me, I’ve been getting quite a few emails from sympathetic folks, even some donations for the mini van and I am eternally grateful to you all. In the meantime, I still have to find a way to make a living for the long-term. There is a book I wrote specifically for my oldest daughter while we were living out of the van. She was going through a lot of depression and the only way I could think of to help distract her from dwelling on our situation in a negative way was to keep her mind busy.

I did this by writing a few pages at a time about a girl called Yeracenna. She grew up poor and experienced what it was like to be abused, neglected and ignored. That didn’t mean she was worthless and she would soon discover that poverty doesn’t define who you are. It is a situation that is dealt with by learning her way through it. It didn’t take long for my daughter to identify with the main character and the world she lives in. I entitled this manuscript “New Descendant” as I also included in this story elements from our cultural background. Although my maternal side of the family is Filipino, my father’s side of the family are the Black Cherokees from Tennessee. I grew up around several different cultures and that influence can be seen in this story.

On a different project, I am working on another little book about my first experience with homelessness all the way up until now. I intend to release these on Kindle as it is free and fairly simple to use. Who knows? Maybe someday a major publisher will pick it up for hard copy but in the meantime, I will keep writing the only way I know how.

Of course, not to be left behind is my youngest daughter who now wants a story of her own so that is yet another project I am working on!

It is my hope that folks who read what I write can see what life is like on your own without a support system to stop you from falling through the cracks. Life may not be a bed of roses but it sure does feel better once you remove the thorns!

P.S. – Oh yeah, occasionally you will hear me on radio shows but when those come up, I will post the link to the station so you all can have a listen if you’re able to!

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About invisibull

Let's see now, what should I say on here to make people think I'm more interesting than I actually am...I'm a single mother of two with a passion for helping others less fortunate than myself. I like to write, finished a book and am working on another. Other than that I live a real-life video game where the goal is to get out of homelessness and provide a better future for my kids. Peace!
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7 Responses to Possible opportunities

  1. Galaxian says:

    The cracks in what was once called the U. S. social welfare safety net have yawned so wide by now, it’s surprising that half the population hasn’t fallen through. That many extremely poor people have dishonesties and defects of character is used as as a convenient excuse for their “betters” to sit in judgment upon them, invoke the principle of less eligibility, and consign them to Spencer’s rubbish heap. Somehow, the idea that judgment belongs to God never enters the discussion.

    Nonetheless, assuming that one is still alive and well, reasonable long-term chances remain, given sufficient assertiveness, patience, and the avoidance of fatal socioeconomic mistakes when deciding day-to-day personal conduct. However, best done fairly soon. The situation is getting less favorable to the poor with each passing hour. For those without access to private financial means, it may soon be too late.

  2. Jose_X says:

    Can you charge something like 25 cents for the Kindle ebook? [I don’t have a Kindle, so I wonder if 25cents is something realistic.] A small amount (but greater than zero) may make it very easy for some to take a chance and contribute; however, if the story doesn’t catch on, not too many will read it (even if one day it turned out to win a Pulitzer).

    Also, having a happy ending, twists, excitement, etc, will likely make it much more popular (so that people who read it recommend it). If something goes viral (eg, “hey, guys, this is worth your time and money if you get bored”).

    Do charge something. It’s a way for others who want to read it to contribute a little. If 10,000 people (friends of friends, etc) ever read it, it would mean $2K slowly over the upcoming months or few years with minimal effort on your part, while you work on something else.

    Simultaneously, start to release bits of it (maybe a chapter or section at a time) on the Internet, say once a month.. with instructions on how to buy the ebook and maybe even a donations button. Those who can’t wait (or who want to have the ebook version for convenience or who want to contribute $) will buy the ebook.. however, consider maybe changing the storyline on the web. This will keep people coming back even if they read or heard about the ending on the ebook.

    The key is to keep creating content and new approaches (ie, plan ahead of time) that will hopefully keep enticing and growing an audience. And keep creating things since all it takes is one lucky break in the future to draw attention to everything else you have that has been ignored (under-read).

  3. Jose_X says:

    Let me add to consider writing to address the hopes, fears, etc, of people out there. I am sure that in a less spectacular but very real and painful sense, many people feel alone and could use a story about hope, triumph, (and even a wizard or two) here or there.

    As for worrying about a “real publisher” taking up your story, that is nonsense. Real publishers don’t have efficient systems in place or foresight to have them take risks in many cases. Amanda Hocking was rejected yet now appears to be a millionaire because she bypassed real publishers who had given up on her. [I’ve already mentioned Nina Paley who also received a very low-ball expectation of what sales could be like.] The Internet is a new game in town, and it is enabling the authors themselves to bypass the costly middlemen who were optimized for markets (costs, expectations, etc) of times of yore.

    Get cracking writing Ms. Invisibull. 🙂 .. and learn from your daughters (as well as absorb ideas).

  4. Hi there,

    I am a producer, working with RT America, looking to have you in for a live interview to talk about your what is really going on on the main street, with real people like you, who had been suffering but remain on her feet and with a positive attitude.

    This will be a 5 to 8 minutes long interview and we can schedule at 4, 5, 7 or 8 pm EST time. We have studios in LA, Miami, DC and NYC, but also can arrange a video chat interview via Skype (we can talk about details if you are available and interested).

    Please let me know if if this is something that can work with your schedule and availability.

    I look forward for hearing back from you soon.

    Best regards,

    Roselena Ramirez
    Producer
    rramirez@rttvamerica.com
    RTTV America
    1325 G Street NW Suite 250
    Washington, DC 20005
    (202) 942-2410 (office)
    (202) 739-1750 (Cell)

    http://rt.com/
    http://www.youtube.com/user/RTAmerica

  5. Jose_X says:

    Techdirt publishes stories like this all the time… (and note that Mike does not mind being copied):

    http://www.techdirt.com/blog/casestudies/articles/20120504/06511518781/paulo-coelho-ebook-sales-jump-way-up-thanks-to-099-sale.shtml

    >>We recently wrote about Paulo Coelho convincing his publisher, Harper Collins, to run an experiment, in which they offered up nearly all of his ebooks for just $0.99 (the one exception being his most famous book, The Alchemist). In the comments, we had an interesting discussion, in which someone suggested that even dropping the price by 90% would mean it was unlikely that he got 10x more sales to make up the difference. Others pointed to similar experiments — such as those by Valve, in which dropping prices by large amounts increased sales by much, much larger percentages.

    >>Paulo himself contacted us to share some of the initial results — pointing out that, according to Amazon, the sales of a bunch of his books increased between about 4,000% and 6,500%. Yes, that’s multi-thousands of percent increases. I would think that more than made up for the difference in price…

    Results may differ, but discounts advertized to the world can really help give a boost to sales. Another “new” story there covers how Dan Bull cracked the UK charts with a free song and series of youtube videos promoted on the Pirate Bay (“Sharing is Caring”). Songs were free, yet he asked people to contribute and they did.

    BTW, I am writing up some software for Linux to help promote free and open. I’ll probably come here and post again when I have something definitive to offer to help authors and artists (and anyone else) that allow their works to be shared by others. [I’ve been thinking about this for some time, but I am slow myself.]

    Hope you are doing well, Invisibull.

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