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Title: Hello I'm not new, I'm an old member with a new name.
Post by: SkyDoc on April 24, 2011, 11:41:35 AM
Hello,

My name is Jim Gilliam, in my old life I was seadoc now my new name is skydoc. I first joined the forum in 2009 while deployed to the Persian Gulf with the Navy's Military Sealift Command. When I returned to the US and retired from the Navy I was unable to log on to the forum under seadoc since seadoc's old email address was no longer valid. I contacted Nick or one of the other administrators (I forget) explained the problem and rejoined under the new name of skydoc. Hey it's still me and I'll update my profile ASAP. It's good to be back with the group.

Jim Gilliam
Title: Re: Hello I'm not new, I'm an old member with a new name.
Post by: Amanda George on April 24, 2011, 11:45:04 AM
Welcome back to the forum, Jim!  You won't know me as I've only been here for a few months... it's good to meet you though!
Title: Re: Hello I'm not new, I'm an old member with a new name.
Post by: SkyDoc on April 24, 2011, 11:47:14 AM
Thanks Amanda it's nice to meet you. What kind of writing do you do?

Jim
Title: Re: Hello I'm not new, I'm an old member with a new name.
Post by: Laura H on April 24, 2011, 11:56:54 AM
Hi & welcome back to both the US and MWC.  Hope to see you around :D
Title: Re: Hello I'm not new, I'm an old member with a new name.
Post by: Amanda George on April 24, 2011, 11:58:22 AM
I write fiction for children, tweens and young adults... what about you? What do you write?  :)
Title: Re: Hello I'm not new, I'm an old member with a new name.
Post by: Skip Slocum on April 24, 2011, 12:28:36 PM
Welcome back.

Skip
Title: Re: Hello I'm not new, I'm an old member with a new name.
Post by: SkyDoc on April 24, 2011, 12:30:07 PM
Laura and Amanda,

Looks like you've been busy! I am the author of a suspense thriller, Point Deception. Young Tim Kelly begins an Indiana Jones style adventure in 1956, when he runs away from home to New Orleans (The Big Easy) where he survives an attempted rape and latter he is almost murdered in the French Quarter. Surviving the mean streets of The Big Easy, Tim lies about his age and joins the Coast Guard at the tender age of 14. Almost a decade later his award of the Silver Star Medal in Vietnam is eclipsed when he starts a riot in an Air Force officer's club. Returning to his home state of Texas with a less than honorable discharge to enter the shadow world of drug and human trafficking as an undercover narcotics agent sponsored by his old friend and mentor Rudolfo Guzman a kingpin in the ruthless Campeche drug cartel. When his cover is blown he is tortured and awaits the rescue that may come too late. Check out the book trailer Point Deception by Jim Gilliam.wmv on YouTube. The book has had some decent reviews. I'm presently working on the sequel called The Campeche Reprisal.

I'm having a ball writing, but the promotion of my book is something else again. I never realized!

Jim
Title: Re: Hello I'm not new, I'm an old member with a new name.
Post by: SkyDoc on April 24, 2011, 12:32:52 PM
Hi Skip,

Thanks. How are things with you these days?

Jim
Title: Re: Hello I'm not new, I'm an old member with a new name.
Post by: Amanda George on April 24, 2011, 12:45:34 PM
It sounds like Tim has been through more in his short life than many others do!  You've got a brave character there!  :)
Title: Re: Hello I'm not new, I'm an old member with a new name.
Post by: SkyDoc on April 24, 2011, 12:52:03 PM
As you know, first novels tend to be somewhat autobiographical, and since I actually ran away from home to New Orleans, lied about my age and joined the Coast Guard at the tender age of 14, my novel started as a fictionalized autobiography that soon took on a life of its own, becoming a Coast Guard story. It was almost as much fun to write as it was to live a good portion of it.

Jim
Title: Re: Hello I'm not new, I'm an old member with a new name.
Post by: 510bhan on April 24, 2011, 01:03:41 PM
Hi Jim - nice to meet you. :D Sounds like you're having a ball.The usual newcomer stuff to follow - just as a reminder. ;D ;D ;D

If you check the link below it should help you to familiarise yourself with how things operate around here.

http://www.mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=7415.0

You'll find other Blue stick-pin (Stickies) at the top of the various boards to help you learn the ropes and make your time here more productive and enjoyable.

Don't forget to read and comment/critique on other members’ work before you ask the same from them.


The moderators are easy to spot due to all the blue stars floating above our heads. If you have a problem, we are happy to help in any way we can.  ;) ;) ;)

510bhan
Global Moderator

Title: Re: Hello I'm not new, I'm an old member with a new name.
Post by: Amanda George on April 24, 2011, 01:31:52 PM
As you know, first novels tend to be somewhat autobiographical, and since I actually ran away from home to New Orleans, lied about my age and joined the Coast Guard at the tender age of 14, my novel started as a fictionalized autobiography that soon took on a life of its own, becoming a Coast Guard story. It was almost as much fun to write as it was to live a good portion of it.

Jim

In that case you are a very brave man, Jim!  I ran away from home but only got to the next village before deciding to go home so you have got a lot of guts IMHO!
Title: Re: Hello I'm not new, I'm an old member with a new name.
Post by: SkyDoc on April 24, 2011, 01:49:20 PM
Amanda,

Don't you know that all teenagers think they're ten feet tall and bullet proof? Thank God I outgrew that! My parents went through a bitter divorce and as an only child naturally I thought it was all my fault. I retreated to the sanctuary of books. I read Moby Dick in the fourth grade. Melville's classic opening line, "Call me Ishmael . . . " As you know Melville was a master in the use of the metaphor. Ishmael is from the Bible--in Melville's time (mid-1850's) the Bible was/is a best seller. I'm sure you know the story that Ishmael was the bastard son of the king and a slave girl. The jealous queen had Ishmael and his mother banished to the desert. Thus Ishmael became the symbol of outcasts and orphans. Even early on I was well aware of the symbolism as I left home to make my way in the world. Also notice that the line is "Call me Ishmael" not my name is Ishmael. We never know who the narrator is. Melville planned it that way. I certainly identified with Ishmael at fourteen. Later I would identify with Billy Budd.

Jim   
Title: Re: Hello I'm not new, I'm an old member with a new name.
Post by: BBBlogger on April 24, 2011, 03:02:36 PM
Welcome, Jim! :)
Title: Re: Hello I'm not new, I'm an old member with a new name.
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on April 24, 2011, 03:08:24 PM
Jim, it's great to see you back again - not to mention, apparently on dry land also unless you choose to go boating into non dangerous waters this time.  ;)

Also good to know you're still writing and apparently beginning to work on, or at least creating a plan to promote your work.

Best of luck all around and don't be a stranger here now.

Smiles,
Alice   
Title: Re: Hello I'm not new, I'm an old member with a new name.
Post by: Silt on April 24, 2011, 03:23:00 PM
Welcome back to the site.
Title: Re: Hello I'm not new, I'm an old member with a new name.
Post by: Amanda George on April 24, 2011, 03:32:43 PM
I don't know what to say to this other than wow!  You are an incredible man, Jim!

Amanda,

Don't you know that all teenagers think they're ten feet tall and bullet proof? Thank God I outgrew that! My parents went through a bitter divorce and as an only child naturally I thought it was all my fault. I retreated to the sanctuary of books. I read Moby Dick in the fourth grade. Melville's classic opening line, "Call me Ishmael . . . " As you know Melville was a master in the use of the metaphor. Ishmael is from the Bible--in Melville's time (mid-1850's) the Bible was/is a best seller. I'm sure you know the story that Ishmael was the bastard son of the king and a slave girl. The jealous queen had Ishmael and his mother banished to the desert. Thus Ishmael became the symbol of outcasts and orphans. Even early on I was well aware of the symbolism as I left home to make my way in the world. Also notice that the line is "Call me Ishmael" not my name is Ishmael. We never know who the narrator is. Melville planned it that way. I certainly identified with Ishmael at fourteen. Later I would identify with Billy Budd.

Jim   
Title: Re: Hello I'm not new, I'm an old member with a new name.
Post by: SkyDoc on April 24, 2011, 04:22:07 PM
Hello All,

Thank you for making me feel welcome. Happy Easter everyone!

It's like I never left. I've learned a heck of a lot about our craft since I was last here. Book promotion is a huge undertaking. Where did I ever get the foolish idea that all I had to do is write a good book? Good thing I'm retired so I don't have to sweat the day job thing.

Jim
Title: Re: Hello I'm not new, I'm an old member with a new name.
Post by: Amanda George on April 24, 2011, 05:19:30 PM
Maybe you could share your experiences with us, please Jim?  I'm about to head to bed but I'll check in here as soon as I wake up in the morning!  Nite all!
Title: Re: Hello I'm not new, I'm an old member with a new name.
Post by: SkyDoc on April 24, 2011, 05:46:24 PM
Good Night Amanda,

I put a little blurb on book promotion on the thread: Self-Publishing Central. It's a new thread recently started by NickDawes. Basically the two main promotional tools are an author website, preferably set up before your book comes out and the second most important thing is a book trailer. My trailer is on my website: http://www.pointdeception.com. check it out and let me know what you think.

Jim
Title: Re: Hello I'm not new, I'm an old member with a new name.
Post by: R Schm Fem on April 24, 2011, 10:04:51 PM
Welcome again, (even though I'm only a few days old mWC newbie), Jim!
Title: Re: Hello I'm not new, I'm an old member with a new name.
Post by: Amanda George on April 25, 2011, 08:55:34 AM
Good Night Amanda,

I put a little blurb on book promotion on the thread: Self-Publishing Central. It's a new thread recently started by NickDawes. Basically the two main promotional tools are an author website, preferably set up before your book comes out and the second most important thing is a book trailer. My trailer is on my website: http://www.pointdeception.com. check it out and let me know what you think.

Jim

Looking good!  :)  Where did you learn how to create a website?
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Post by: thatollie on April 25, 2011, 09:29:00 AM
Welcome back.
Title: Re: Hello I'm not new, I'm an old member with a new name.
Post by: Joe Mynhardt on April 25, 2011, 10:12:09 AM
Hi, welcome back.
Title: Re: Hello I'm not new, I'm an old member with a new name.
Post by: Hugh on April 25, 2011, 10:25:58 AM
SeaDoc, SkyDoc, LandDoc — whatever next — good to see you back.

Look forward to seeing more of your stuff.

Hugh
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Post by: SkyDoc on April 25, 2011, 11:18:18 AM
Hi Amanda,

Glad you liked my website. I got the idea from my friend Steve Weber in his great little book: Plug Your Book! Online Book Marketing for Authors. "Building your author Web site: Few people can benefit more from a Web site than authors. A simple do-it-yourself site can provide a huge visibility boost at very low cost. Getting involved: Some authors outsource their Web project, paying a designer $500 or more to build what amounts to an online brochure. That's a big mistake, because static Web sites with little content don't draw the repeat traffic that will sell your book." That is sage advice. I think you'll agree that my site is anything but static. Check out Steve's comments in my guest book. Steve's book is the best $17 I ever spent. Available on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk. There are several places on the Web that will let you set up a site for free. Not a great idea. I went to GoDaddy.com and purchased my domain. Along with that I purchased their application Websitetonight. You do not have to be fluent in html. The application is extremely user friendly. If you get stuck there is FREE 24/7 tech support. It is a win-win situation. My site is very easy to update. I take my relationship with my readers very seriously and I personally answer each and every email and/or guest book entry. Steve also advises that you check out author websites and he gives some good examples. One of the best of these is www.Scottoline.com the site of mystery writer Lisa Scottoline. Another recommendation was www.DavidBaldacci.com.


Bottom line is that a novel is a living breathing thing and as such it is in a constant state of flux. Your website must reflect that. STATIC IS DEAD!

Jim
Title: Re: Hello I'm not new, I'm an old member with a new name.
Post by: twisted wheel on April 25, 2011, 11:21:15 AM
Hello,

My name is Jim Gilliam, in my old life I was seadoc now my new name is skydoc. I first joined the forum in 2009 while deployed to the Persian Gulf with the Navy's Military Sealift Command. When I returned to the US and retired from the Navy I was unable to log on to the forum under seadoc since seadoc's old email address was no longer valid. I contacted Nick or one of the other administrators (I forget) explained the problem and rejoined under the new name of skydoc. Hey it's still me and I'll update my profile ASAP. It's good to be back with the group.

Jim Gilliam

welcome back jim
Title: Re: Hello I'm not new, I'm an old member with a new name.
Post by: SkyDoc on April 25, 2011, 12:01:15 PM
Hi Hugh I missed your mentoring. I'm busy writing the sequel to Point Deception titled The Campeche Reprisal and I'll be seeking your advice. You know me, I'm not at all bashful about picking your brain.

Thanks Midnight Candle it's good to be back.

Jim
Title: Re: Hello I'm not new, I'm an old member with a new name.
Post by: thatollie on April 25, 2011, 12:20:28 PM
SeaDoc, SkyDoc, LandDoc — whatever next — good to see you back.

Look forward to seeing more of your stuff.

Hugh


SpaceDoc?
Title: Re: Hello I'm not new, I'm an old member with a new name.
Post by: SkyDoc on April 25, 2011, 12:52:28 PM
I'm a retired physician assistant the seadoc was from my Navy days--happily retired. Before the Navy I was in the Army jumping out of perfectly good aircraft. Thus the name skydoc. Although from time-to-time I've been accused of being spaced out, I don't have enough time in that condition to adopt the handle of spacedoc. Good idea though, maybe I should think about branching out into Sci-Fi.

Jim
Title: Re: Hello I'm not new, I'm an old member with a new name.
Post by: Amanda George on April 25, 2011, 04:00:23 PM
Thank you Jim!  I know enough HTML to create and upload pages but other than that I'm clueless!  lol  All of my current website (with the exception of the javascript for the guestbook and Mitzi's two counters) are all hand-coded!  My previous site was done in FrontPage!  I'm thinking of giving each of my characters a blog or a page on my site or something like that, but I don't want to encourage my readers to break the law by having a website when they are too young!   :-\

Hi Amanda,

Glad you liked my website. I got the idea from my friend Steve Weber in his great little book: Plug Your Book! Online Book Marketing for Authors. "Building your author Web site: Few people can benefit more from a Web site than authors. A simple do-it-yourself site can provide a huge visibility boost at very low cost. Getting involved: Some authors outsource their Web project, paying a designer $500 or more to build what amounts to an online brochure. That's a big mistake, because static Web sites with little content don't draw the repeat traffic that will sell your book." That is sage advice. I think you'll agree that my site is anything but static. Check out Steve's comments in my guest book. Steve's book is the best $17 I ever spent. Available on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk. There are several places on the Web that will let you set up a site for free. Not a great idea. I went to GoDaddy.com and purchased my domain. Along with that I purchased their application Websitetonight. You do not have to be fluent in html. The application is extremely user friendly. If you get stuck there is FREE 24/7 tech support. It is a win-win situation. My site is very easy to update. I take my relationship with my readers very seriously and I personally answer each and every email and/or guest book entry. Steve also advises that you check out author websites and he gives some good examples. One of the best of these is www.Scottoline.com the site of mystery writer Lisa Scottoline. Another recommendation was www.DavidBaldacci.com.


Bottom line is that a novel is a living breathing thing and as such it is in a constant state of flux. Your website must reflect that. STATIC IS DEAD!

Jim
Title: Re: Hello I'm not new, I'm an old member with a new name.
Post by: SkyDoc on April 25, 2011, 05:31:54 PM
One Tech at GoDaddy recommended WordPro. I also purchased a multiple domain kind of thing, but haven't gotten around to setting it up yet. I've got too many projects and not enough hours in the day. It's probably the same with you. One way to promote your book is by getting as many reviews as you can. If you're interested, I'd be happy to send you a signed copy to review. jgill12775 (at) optonline (dot) net I also did a e-zine piece on WritersWeekly titled Publishing Your Book is Not Enough. It has a lot of info on book promotion especially on Amazon.

Jim
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Post by: Amanda George on April 25, 2011, 05:41:25 PM
Thank you for the offer Jim, I really appreciate it but it would cost quite a bit to send overseas and I just can't afford anything like that right now (I'm £300 overdrawn at the bank) and I barely know you - that's not meant as a negative, I just don't give my address out online!  Sorry!  :(

One Tech at GoDaddy recommended WordPro. I also purchased a multiple domain kind of thing, but haven't gotten around to setting it up yet. I've got too many projects and not enough hours in the day. It's probably the same with you. One way to promote your book is by getting as many reviews as you can. If you're interested, I'd be happy to send you a signed copy to review. jgill12775 (at) optonline (dot) net I also did a e-zine piece on WritersWeekly titled Publishing Your Book is Not Enough. It has a lot of info on book promotion especially on Amazon.

Jim
Title: Re: Hello I'm not new, I'm an old member with a new name.
Post by: SkyDoc on April 25, 2011, 06:10:15 PM
No problem. I understand. Been there done that. Almost got the T-shirt. Anyway, I'm more than glad to help the promotion of your books anyway that I can by sharing any hard won experience I've managed to gather along the way. There's just so much more to the craft of writing than just writing well and getting your work published. I started writing Point Deception during a long deployment to the Persian Gulf with the Navy. Sea duty is a great writing environment. Then I woke up and found out that I had to do a lot of the book promoting myself. Oh well most new writers overlook this little detail.

Have a great day!

Jim
Title: Re: Hello I'm not new, I'm an old member with a new name.
Post by: Amanda George on April 26, 2011, 06:27:52 AM
Thank you so much for understanding, Jim!  :)