@lgt41: I don’t have the time to do scientific research. Assuming this is the case, what an appalling reality. In the blog post, black cats are subjected to similar treatment. Awful!
Growing up, however, I remember believing it was a bad omen whenever a black 🐈‍⬛ crosses my path on foot or bike. But I’ve dispensed with the superstition decades ago because it turned out not to be true — according to my empirical knowledge.

In my debut Strangers in Another Country, “Betty and the Black Puppy” is part of the collection of tales. Betty is Scottish and a latter-day Francis of Assisi regarding all God’s creatures. In the story, the dog 🐶 is a symbol of… [I can’t let the cat out of the bag! Please fetch a copy, or read free Kindle Unlimited.)


Coronavirus lingers in air longer than previously thought, scientists warn | Science & Tech News | Sky News

Researchers find particles carrying the virus can remain in the air for several minutes after a COVID-19 sufferer coughs.
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@lgt41: Somebody like me a layman with a fear of germs (bacteria, uncleanliness, contamination, and infection) would’ve already arrived at a similar conclusion. Not rocket science, really. We catch the flu 🤧 or rather it catches us. Common-sense says that most germs have the potential to be contagious by airborne. My thoughts now alight on a reality where buses and trucks and other vehicles pass me on my regular daily paved public promenade. Such gigantic vehicles leave their trail—whirls of dust and only the gods can know for sure what else. But, but at such a time, at the start of spring, road-and-street cleaning is in full swing. My mind, (lungs, rather) consider the reality quite annoying — but unavoidable arguably, especially if one is big about regular walks. Such cleansing is of course part of essential services provided in one’s community as well as in tune with one’s predisposition if it relates to germs in general. Happy Easter!💥🐣🐣🐣💥

My response:
I agree that quality is a must, and that overexposure doesn’t help, though some book promoters would argue that it takes a year or longer for most books to get going. That may be true but I’m not convinced.

We know of quality books that don’t get the attention they deserve. Some “terrible” books do quite well.

I think it’s difficult to say what makes a book sell, even the experts get it wrong. Quality however remains an indispensable ingredient.


Larry (@lgt41)

My book is at last free from typos – would-be self-publishers should avoid my mistake!

At last, I allowed my book to get a proper update, which was long overdue. I did a couple of updates on my own because I was so used to proofreading essays written by others. But I fell short of doing a good job. The time had arrived for me to seek some help from an expert. And I did just that!

A professional editor & proofreader examined my book. And I can’t tell you how happy I am! The fact that typos & other minor errors are gone brought great joy to me. So refreshing to know that such “saboteurs” are gone. “Typos suck”!

It’s the golden rule that a writer should ALWAYS submit his book before publication to a professional editor and a competent proof-reader. Much common sense there, for writers, can be blinded to typos and other minor errors. Neuroscience offers an explanation for the “blindness”.

According to an article, I came across, “you become blind to details because when you proofread your work, your brain already knows the destination. That explains why your readers are more likely to pick up on your errors because their brains are on this journey for the first time, so they are paying attention to the details along the way and not anticipating the final destination.” (excerpt from “What´s up with that: why it´s so hard to catch your own typos” by Nick Stockton on website WIRED)

The work of famous/established writers receives three to four proofreaders. Submitting one’s book to an editor makes a lot of sense. But I went against my better judgment, which had really to do with trust and cost that were issues I faced.

About the lack of faith, I believe it’s imperative to find a competent and trustworthy editor. As you already know, self-publishing has become big business, and for anyone who wants to self-publish, the results can be rewarding or disappointing, or a bit of both. Will share some of that later on.

The cost for professional editing and proof-reading I’ve always considered to be way too high for my modest economy. But common sense and the sheer discomfort of such claims got the better of me.

And so, the errors that marred the book and irritated they caused a few readers have now belonged to the past – fingers crossed! Now I can focus more on practicing the ways of marketing my book to potential readers. The pros and cons that require patience and time!

Larry Taylor  (@lgt41 )