Monday, June 22, 2009

Trade Reviews - Orion by Roscoe James

Three reviews.

Reviewing site : You Gotta Read
Rating : You Need To Read
Reviewed by : Heather

Amid the towering monuments of Manhattan's concrete jungle, Pamela Wilkinson wasn't looking for a white picket fence and roses. She didn't yearn for silk sheets and gentle caresses. She wanted something else. Something different. Something good girls aren't supposed to crave and good boys know nothing about. She wanted more than the pull of rope against her wrists, the smell of leather in her nose, and the loud clang of the dungeon door slamming shut on her heart. She wanted the forbidden dance of master and submissive.

Horatio Sloan, wealthy eccentric and not easily denied, demanded more from Pamela than just her body. From a small art gallery in SoHo to the cold marble floor of his study, he would take from her more than her soul, demand more than just her heart, and possess her darkest, most secret place...

Her mind.

In Orion you follow Pam through her journey of finding and experiencing a new way of life. You watch her struggle with knowing what she wants while knowing that most people would find it completely insane. In the opening scenes of the book, Pam tells you that she doesn’t want just the average sexual relationship but someone to dominate her mind.

I was mesmerized by Pam’s journey into submissive. I was one of those people who would look at the pictures of leather, chains, collars, etc and think… Nasty. James puts your mind into another frame, allowing you to understand what is going through the mind of a submissive. It’s not about the sex or kink, but about pleasing your mate.

Anyone that is interested in BDSM really should read Orion. This book was thought provoking to say the least. James has created a world in which you are allowed to learn the inner workings of the mind of a submissive and a dominant. Following Pam through her journey, her decisions to become a submissive, the struggle of finding a Dom, her inner turmoil, and eventually her trial as a Dom will keep you intrigued and turning the pages.


Orion
Contemporary
CinLee
Loose ID
May 19, 2009
9781596329737
http://www.roscoejames.com/
4.5
E-BOOK

After spending an interesting evening at an erotic photography show, something deep within Pamela Wilkinson was stirred. A fantasy, a desire that she is just now aching to have realized. But all of her dates are complete failures at giving her what she needs and even her best friend doesn't understand what Pamela wants. During her birthday party, her friends give Pamela a dog collar and leash, which she promptly puts on. After teasingly leading Pam around on the leash, her best friend hands off the leash to a stranger while she powders her nose. Jolie has no idea what she has set in motion.

Horacio Sloan is immediately fascinated by the drunken woman at the end of the leash. He even warns Pamela that someone might take her seriously, but she doesn't deny that at all. Each week he finds himself at the bar, flirting with her across the distance until finally one week he brings his assistant along. Soon Pamela finds herself in a limo with a man who is a complete stranger and ends up spending the night at his isolated mansion. Frightened and fascinated, Pamela knows this is the one man who will give her fantasy life and he would not disappoint her.

I'm still catching my breath from this one. Each word flickers like a flame from the heat between Pam and Horacio. Horacio is a definite alpha master yet shows a gentleness in his handling of Pamela that borders on the exquisite. Pamela is a well fleshed out character, showing her internal struggle of wanting her fantasy at the same time as fearing it. If you like your stories hot, ORION by Roscoe James is not to be missed. The BDSM D/s elements are very strong in this book and elemental to the story but are written very well.

Wild and hot, you won't be putting this book down. ORION by Roscoe James is an exquisite story you won't want to miss.

Title: Orion
Author: Roscoe James
Publisher: Loose ID
Publisher URL: http://www.loose-id.com/
Reviewer: Amanda Nelson
Rating: 5 stars
Heat level: O

Pamela Wilkinson knows she wants more from a man, but that man is hard to find. While visiting an art gallery in Soho, she finds what she is missing…someone to make her own. So far, none of her dates seem to understand what she is seeking, until she meets the man. The man has been watching her every Friday night, up until the night. It was the night that Horatio Sloan came to complete her. She did things that she never thought she would ever do, and not only did them but found herself to be totally turned on by them. Horatio took her on a journey that began with a single word.

I was totally blown away by this book. Mr. James has managed to intrigue, entice and mesmerize me with this story. Instead of being the usual punishment and reward book that so many BDSM books are, this one showed me what a true Dominant/submissive relationship should be. Mr. James had the terminology and the action that made me fully believe in this relationship and what love can do to a person who craves this lifestyle. When Pamela was without Horatio, I felt her pain and when she was with him, I felt her total obedience. The characters, plot and scene playing were all so well written that I was able to totally lose myself in the story. The analogies used throughout the book were totally unexpected in an erotic story, yet they fit like a glove. The sex was everything that I would desire in a D/s relationship, the anticipation was very exciting and the climax was even more so. If all of Mr. James’ books are like this, I have a lot of reading to catch up on. I can’t say I’d recommend this book for light summer reading, but I would highly recommend this book for some late night titillation.

Amanda Nelson
Just Erotic Romance Reviews

You can get your copy here.

Thanks for dropping by.

Roscoe James

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Author Interview by Lydia Hirt (give her a warm welcome)

Lydia Hirt has been told she hides her nerdiness well and has been frequently reprimanded for correcting the grammar of superiors. With an obsession of books and the written word (and a secret skill at the Set® game), Lydia renounced the Chicago advertising world to join the publishing realm. Currently freelancing at Lake Claremont Press, she’s attempting to whittle down her pile of 22 pair of shoes to spend the summer in New York City, attending the New York University Summer Publishing Institute. Thrilled to join the Publishing conversation and keeping her fingers crossed on finding a job in Publicity, Lydia can be reached at novelwhore at gmail dot com or http://www.novelwhore.wordpress.com/.

Lydia recently interviewed me for an article she wrote for Beneath the Cover. She was kind enough to allow me to post the interview here. The full article can be read here. And I highly recommend it. Give her a thumbs up and add your two cents worth with a comment at the end.
So…on with Lydia’s interview.

How did you get started in writing romances? I decided I wanted to take a serious run at writing as a career. Breaking into fiction writing with one of the big publishing houses (or even finding an agent) is less likely than being struck by lightning (a statistical fact). E-books provide the structure and discipline of a traditional publishing house without the print side (though some are doing that as well). The most sold genre in e-book is erotic romance. So the answer is pretty simple. I’m here to hone my craft and build a resume.

Given the recent shakeup in the print industry - restructuring, rethinking of the print business model, drop in sales, and growth in the e-book industry to the tune of 100%, I firmly believe I’ve chosen the right place at the right time.

On a more personal note (evil grin) I like it. There is no more challenging genre. Romance is timeless (Romeo and Juliet) and plumbs the depths of mankind’s most intimate place. The heart.

Why did you choose the erotic vs. more mainstream genre? Again, access. The readers are there and the publishers are servicing the market. They’re always looking for new talent. But I must ask, why not? Eroticism goes hand in hand with romance – the natural next step that could be left at the bedroom door with a scene break. Erotic romance might be considered the ‘Director’s Cut’. Where romance walks through the bedroom and discovers what happens next.

Here are the opening lines to a book of mine that will be published shortly. Maybe you’ll find the answer here. I can’t take full credit for the idea of these words. I’ve adapted the thought from an author unknown blurb I came across. But it says very well what we all know to be true. The most active sexual organ is the mind.

He whispered in the dark.
“Tell me where to touch you so I may drive you insane.”

She smiled.

He blew on her ear.
“Tell me where you find the greatest pleasure.”

Her skin exploded in a million tiny bumps.

He trailed his finger down her spine and insisted.
“Tell me of your most intimate place that I may rape and ravage you beyond all reason.”

She kissed him softly and whispered back.
“Touch my mind.”

Orion by Roscoe James - http://www.loose-id.com/


How long did it take to get published? In 2000 I wrote a full length mainstream novel (95K words). In 2002 I sent over 260 queries to agents. All rejected. My writing career ended. In October of 2006 I decided to give writing one more try. I started investigating the publishing industry in 2007 and discovered e-books midyear. I spent time on the loops, forums, and blogs narrowing my selection to a specific publisher. In September 2007 I wrote a 45K novella and subbed. It was accepted in Jan of 2008.

Feeling you had when your first book was available? Great! Hard to explain. There is a feeling of accomplishment that comes with being part of any of the arts that is very fulfilling. I wrote 310K words last year and, good or bad, they all carry that same feeling of creating something from nothing that you’ll never find in a traditional nine to five job.

Ebooks vs. physical books? The future. I just checked. I have seven paperbacks on my nightstand. When I finish reading them what should I do with them? I much prefer an e-reader to a stack of paperbacks. If we are realistic about paper use, buying habits, and convenience, there is only one way books can go. Electronic. When we consider the average weight of a book bag or backpack carried by students to, from, and at school is around fifteen pounds, e-readers make even more sense. Take the backpack away and give our students an e-reader. FYI – I don’t have an e-reader yet only because the two big names (Sony and Kindle) do not allow downloads in Mexico. The first one that opens up their market will get my business.

What do you see as the future for the romance genre? Growth. Constant. Matters of the heart will always be first and foremost in the minds of modern society. After my complete failure in 2002 I discovered something that surprised me. The number one purchasers of fiction books (as a category) are women. The reason? Romance. I was in the dark on that one. I also believe romance (whether comedic, heartbreaking, or erotic) is one of the few genres that will stand on its own and endure. If you look at my DVD shelf you’ll find Matrix, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings (all of all of them) - and every one of those movies has a romance thread. You’ll also find Out of Africa, You’ve Got Mail, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and Notting Hil. There are no more dark and mysterious places than the hidden rooms of the heart. We may not all own a light saber or be saving the world from evil but we all have a heart and experience desire.


Publishing overall? The traditional business model that has dominated what and how we read for over a hundred years is under attack. Cumbersome, limited, and costly are some of the words I’ve seen used in recent months to describe that model. When we consider music, movies, and encyclopedias (with current search engines when was the last time you cracked open an encyclopedia to learn something?) we can easily see the spread of entertainment and learning into the electronic business model. My real question is – what is the publishing industry waiting on?


Is this the career path you dreamt of? Writing? Yes. Did I believe I would ever have the opportunity to pursue that dream? No. Why? The industry business model. The e-publisher has opened a lot of doors for a lot of new authors and every month you’ll see an e-author offered an opportunity with a print publisher.

What are your biggest struggles? Craft. Not telling the story but putting the story on paper. I find my vocabulary is limited, my grammar atrocious, homophones a mystery, and my comma use appalling. However, if you were to read through my small body of work you would find constant improvement. I work at learning my craft. When reading a book we want the printed page to disappear leaving only a movie in our mind. That’s where craft comes in. Ask a million people and nine-hundred-thousand will tell you they have a story and could write a book. The reality is another.

Do you find yourself having to defend your career? (I assume you’re referring to the erotic nature of my work) Nope. The family and extended family are well aware of what I do and support me completely. The first thing someone studying art and painting learns to do is to draw the nude form. When studying photography you study… the nude form. Rodin did blatantly erotic sketches when not creating sculpture. Should I mention D. H. Lawrence? I could go on. My work is not about its erotic nature. My work is about the story. The writing.

What’s the impact of being male in a female dominated genre? Good question. Right off the top of my head a word comes to mind – challenging. There are, in fact, some publishing houses that will not accept romance or erotic romance from a male author. Any book for any genre must be written to appeal to that genre’s readership. Every group of readers has expectations. I have no doubt that I am still learning what those expectations are.

Why do you believe your books are popular? The same factor that makes me work harder to understand what my reader wants is also my greatest asset. My writer’s voice. I bring a unique perspective and voice to romance. Through his eyes becomes very real when reading my books (even when writing from the heroine’s point of view). When I finally place my finger firmly on my reader’s pulse that unique point of view and voice will keep me in the forefront. This is why my pseudonym is male and you’ll find my picture, not some avatar, on most my web sites.

How do you reach out to your target? Reach has a lot to do with site traffic as determined by your publisher. People are becoming more accustomed every day to purchasing on-line. As an author your best asset is the exposure your publisher has developed over the years. But you’ll also find me on MySpace, Twitter (wait, you did, didn’t you), my blog, my author web page, different forums, group loops, and other writing forums. You look for opportunities where you can. The best advice I’ve had to becoming known as an author was simple. Write, write, write. I work fulltime at that.

You post excerpts, blurbs, covers. You look for exposure and make sure your name is coming up on the search engines.

How have you found success? Discovering what the reader wants to read and writing it. I have a book coming out the 19th of this month with Loose Id. A sub-genre I had never considered writing. Actually, a sub-genre I knew little about six months ago. This book started as a six-thousand word post at MySpace that I wrote for the sole purpose of entertaining my friends. The small post was so popular and drew so much attention that a publisher took interest. That post is now buried somewhere in the middle of a 56K word novella about BDSM and the Dom/sub lifestyle. The publisher is so excited about the book that it was fast tracked from first author full to published in two months. A very short turnaround. I’m working on the follow up as we speak.

Any endeavors that have failed? Sure. A lot. Biggest failure to date has been the wholly male point of view approach. I did that with my two earliest books because, frankly, it was safe ground for me. And while the books have a very passionate fan base I’ve learned that the female romance reader wants to hear from the heroine as well. They want the person they identify with to have a voice.

What is the most satisfying aspect of your career? One morning I started by day by checking my e-mail. I discovered a mail from a reader that pretty much sums up the satisfaction of writing. A woman (I assume – only signed with initials and I couldn’t tell from the address) wrote after reading Forever’s Not Enough. To paraphrase she started out by calling me a bastard. Then she explained that I’d kept her up until four in the morning because she couldn’t put the book down and I’d made her cry twice. That’s what romance writing is all about.

But a better answer might be - Having taken the journey.
Thanks for dropping by.
Roscoe James

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Pirates of the crazy-bein'

Fame, fortune, and great hours. Oh yeah. That’s what an author gets for all his hard work. Think about it. The author sits down and dreams up a story. Where did it come from? The author’s mind. An invention conjured from the author’s imagination. Daydreams turned into reading entertainment. Everyone daydreams. Some more than others to the chagrin of their teachers and bosses. Most people today can type. If they can’t type they can write. And if they can’t write they can pick up a tape recorder and record their imaginings and get someone else to do all the really hard work. Typing. Anyone can make up a story, get it on paper (or electronic media), and find an audience. Just post it on the internet. Add a button that says [Download Here] and you’re all set. Go for it! I mean, how much effort can be involved in creating the next Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, or Romeo and Juliet? We’re just talking about words, right? Words are just a bunch of letters put together in a predetermined order. No big secret there. The dictionary will give you that little tidbit of information for free (sorry, you might have to make an investment there). Yep, fame, fortune, and great hours can all be yours for the time it takes to type up a few pages of text.

Not. Let’s analyze the effort that went into one of my more recent releases. Bastina’s Necklace. Liquid Silver Books. Yeah, I know, a shameless plug. The final draft (the book you can read by going to http://www.liquidsilverbooks.com/ – another shameless plug) has (any one of my editors would kill me but I refuse to write these figures out) 70,217 words, 312,548 characters without spaces, 2,314 paragraphs, and 6,105 lines. Here’s a little nugget of knowledge that surprised even me. The book also contains 67,866 spaces. Yep. Spaces. Empty space. Blankness. Nothingness. My imagination must have gone on strike 67,866 times. Anyway. Those are the numbers. The stats. Kind of like a baseball player’s averages. The yards a football player advances the ball. The square meters of brick a bricklayer can construct in a day. The number of cartons of milk that comes out of the dairy’s plant each day. Cars built by Ford or Honda. The number of times you did whatever it is you do that provides your home, comfort and food for your family, and makes you feel good about yourself. You know what I’m talking about.

Let’s analyze some more. My typing ability is pretty good (another shameless plug – anyone need a secretary?). Just typing from text (put a book out there and ask me to copy) I can hit the upper fifties in words per minute. On a good day with creative writing I can churn out five-thousand words. I’ve done that several times. But that’s a good day. Creative writing is a little different from copying a book. A creative writer doesn’t see a written page in his or her head. I’m sure everyone works a little different but mostly we see events. Kind of like going to a movie, sitting on the front row, and typing the story out as the events unfold on the screen (sorry, could you run the movie back – I missed that dialogue). And we certainly want to make sure we go to a good movie when writing. But wait. What if we get a third of the way into our movie and we suddenly decide we don’t like where the story is going? Simple. We have this key called backspace. Works great. We just get rid of some of those words that came out of our imagination (Bad. Bad imagination. Shame on you) and we type some more words. New words. Better words. So…given the time involved in forming the images, interpreting them (what the hell is a woman with purple hair doing in my imagination? Note to imagination – get real), all that backspacing to change the reel in the projector, and getting the story from imagination to written word our typing speed might drop a little. Let’s just say that when the old imagination is firing on at least five of its eight cylinders that I can type about twenty-five creative words a minute. That means that Bastina’s Necklace (shameless plug coming – http://www.liquidsilverbooks.com/) required forty-six hours to type. That’s right. For forty-six hours of my time (a week’s worth of nine-to-five) I was rewarded with a science fiction thriller full of love, sacrifice, and romance. Something my readers have taken great pleasure in. How do I know? They told me (nothing like fame to make your day). Sorry? What’s that? Reader’s that thought I could have done a better job? Oh, right. There is that. Yep, you caught me. Fame is a two sided coin.

But back to my article. The reason I tried to get your attention to start with. For one week’s worth of typing you too can bask in the glow of adoring fans, watch your bank account swell, and enjoy the feeling of satisfaction that comes from creating something out of thin air. Just like this article. Right?

Where did I put that bridge? The one with the FOR SALE sign on it. And, of course I achieved this heady feat all by myself. Oh yeah. All by my lonesome. Not. Again. Truth be told my effort was supported by the publishing house (Liquid Silver Books – yep, more shameless plugs coming), the publisher (Tina Burns), the acquisitions director (Tracey West), my line editor (Katie Bryan), editorial director (Terri Schaefer), art director (April Martinez), production, administration, legal, and a host of others (believe it or not). Who are these people? They’re the credits at the end of my movie. The movers and shakers behind the production of Bastina’s Necklace from submission draft to final published edition (plug, plug, plug, plug). Just in case I haven’t expressed this properly let me take a second to say thank you to these people. A very heartfelt thanks.

Okay. The plugging and accolades are over. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty. The inspiration behind this particular creative moment. The reason the movie started running in my head today.

While my imagination was taking a break (my imagination has union rights that would make the UAW run for cover) I was forced to occupy my mind with other things. As is custom I was checking out the news and an article at MSNBC caught my eye. Music industry battles Spanish computer buff – Pablo Soto’s story may be every computer whiz kid’s dream – or nightmare (copyright MSNBC). Just the title brings the readers imagination into play. I can see the big, bad music industry with tanks and an invasion force of lawyers in fatigues, field equipment strapped on their backs, .45’s holstered, M16’s in their sweaty little hands, sneaking up on computer whiz kid Pablo Soto. MSNBC even provide a photograph of a perfectly normal looking guy (well, looks like a kid) who launched a computer program in 2001 that facilitates downloading software, music, movies, e-books – anything electronic that can be found or placed on a server connected to the internet – for free. This software was specially (and purposefully – that part’s important) designed to avoid the loopholes that spelled the demise of Naptster. The long and the short of it is Pablo Soto created a program that facilitates piracy. From reading the article I was left with the impression that Pablo’s program is, in fact, the very best program available for this task.

Pablo is painted as a child that left school at sixteen to support his family. That he was living a modest life and doing the best he could to get by. That his program is the result of his devotion to something he holds near and dear – designing computer programs. These are all actions and attitudes that societies applaud (with the exception, maybe, of North Korea). There is no greater story than that of the underdog triumphing. And rightly so. This smacks of hard work and dedication. Of integrity and an altruistic nature that should only be admired. And he did all this, created the number one P2P program in the world, and gave it away. For free! He continues to give it away for free. I still haven’t found his logic in wanting to help support his family and dedicating valuable time to something just to give it away for free. But who am I to question Pablo Soto’s motives? I’m just an author that can whip out a novel in a week.

Let’s backtrack a little. That book, Bastina’s Necklace, the movie in my head that a gaggle of other people dedicated time and effort to? The one that you may have purchased with money you worked hard to earn? The book I typed in just a week? I lied. The creative writing, rewriting, erasing, re-thinking – the creative process - actually took about four months worth of very hard work. Then there’s the time all those other people I mentioned invested to polish and shine and make the book the very best it could be. And did I mention that I write fulltime? That writing is what I have aspired to as a career? That, just like Pablo, I really only want to make sure my family is taken care of. And I should add that all those other people involved in the production of my book share aspirations very similar to Pablo and me. They just want to earn a living, provide for their families, have a home, and feel good about what they do.

Enough of that. Let’s get back to Pablo and his altruistic nature.

I think Pablo may be onto something here. We should all create something and just give it away. Everything we do should be free. Hell yes! The new capitalist formula for living a safe and healthy life. Free! The hell with all those movie production people that feed their families making sure the latest blockbuster that entertains you (and, might I add, makes you smile) is the very best it can be. Forget about the music producer that paid for the studio time to bring you the latest from your favorite singer or group. The damn studio time should be free! I’m liking this. So the manufacturer of said studio equipment, musical instruments, and the place all this angst and creative work takes place should be free as well. We’re on a roll, Pablo. Maybe some computer manufacturer will just give me a new laptop. I’ve worn the keyboard out on this one (all that typing). All those books out there by all those award winning authors should be free too. Just think of authors sitting at their computers (dedicated to what they love, just like you, Pablo) spending their time to create the latest and most captivating read they possibly can. All out of thin air. All for your entertainment. Their life would be so much simpler if they could just give it all away. No publishers to deal with. No line edits. No proof reading. No cover art to be anguished over. Sorry if the book doesn’t read quite as well as it used to. I couldn’t find anyone to work on my book for free. Nope. No cover. Misspelled words? And? Sheesh, the book is free! What the hell do people expect?

And if everything is free then what the heck do we need to do anything for? Why go to the office? Your house is free. Food is free. Energy is free (let’s all go tell the middle-east that we are no longer paying for crude, that Pablo said it should be free). Let me send an e-mail to all those people that helped in the production of Bastina’s Necklace and let them know that as much as I appreciate all their hard work and commitment to my endeavor to entertain the masses that I want--no, I demand that it be made available for free! Immediately!

Hang on. This is starting to smack of socialism. Well, more like hardcore communism. Maybe we should run over to the ex-Soviet Union and ask the people if they’re ready to return to the 80’s and let the government provide their housing and stock their stores. Just like the good old days. Or maybe Pablo should go live in North Korea for a year.

Sorry, Pablo. I’m being a little tough on you. The only thing you did was create a computer program. How people use it is up to them. Right? And the cocaine producers, drug lords, and pushers are just making a product available for the masses. Right? The problem is with the people that use the illicit drug industry’s prodcuts. Doesn’t matter that their product is addictive. Doesn’t matter that the use of their product clouds judgment and makes good people do bad things. All those people attached to the illicit drug industry are just trying to support their family, right? Put food on the table. Now I’m starting to get the picture.

So, Pablo, tell me. I guess the clothes on your back, the car you drive, the apartment you live in, the food you eat, the occasional cerveza you enjoy, are all free as well. What? I didn’t catch that. Maybe not. I don’t recall finding any free apartments, meals, or cars in Madrid the last time I checked. So I guess you do something else for a living. Wait tables? Wash cars? Collect garbage? Hey, I have a job for you, Pablo. We want to paint the outside of our co-op. We’ll hire you and when you finish we’ll fill you in on the new capitalist system. Free. We’ll be sure to say thanks and how much we appreciate your work though. What’s that? Not interested? I guess not. Maybe I should let the reader in on our little secret. Might help them understand the joke. Pablo’s program may be free but the advertising space he sells that appears on the computer desktop of anyone that uses his program isn’t. That’s right, Pablo Soto, the kid that just wanted to help support his family and, I feel, might be an adamant supporter of the new Free Capitalism scheme, receives income from advertising space sold to appear in conjunction with the use of his free software. So, basically, when the new summer blockbusters hit the screens Pablo is very happy. Thousands of people are just waiting to download their free (pirated – as in stolen) copies using Pablo’s program. Imagine how long it will take to download something as big as a movie. All that exposure time for Pablo’s advertising. Gotta hand it to you, kid. That’s pretty slick.

Son, take some advice from someone that actually likes to be paid for his hard work and effort. I read MSNBC’s article. Caught a few blurbs from you. Got the gist of what’s going on and, son, this boat won’t float. You are, in point of fact, making money through the promotion of an illicit activity. Your free program which generates income for you promotes the blatant theft of the hard work of a hell of a lot of other people. It would not be illegal for me to sell a gun to the guy down the street as long as I comply with the laws and regulations that govern that sale. It would be illegal for me to sell that same gun if I knew, directly or indirectly, that the guy down the street planned on committing a crime using that gun. That’s called common sense. Most activities performed by the human race are governed by that little pearl of wisdom. Here’s the advice. Cop a plea while you can. Take the genius of your ability and go to work for a software company. Become a very vocal and knowledgeable advocate against the piracy and theft of other people’s hard work. Beg for mercy and hope you get it.

Wait! I just had a thought. Someone can just hack Pablo’s program and install their own advertising. They can start a small competing business. They can hack every new version he comes out with. You don’t have a copyright on the program do you, Pablo? Sorry. Didn’t catch that. Let me check. Yep, here it is. Copyright xxxxxxx.com 1999-2009 Reserved. That’s just the web site. I’m not about to download the software. P2P software is notorious for having Trojans and stealing information from your computer. Oh, and look at this. Pablo has an XXL version that only costs $19.95. Any hackers out there? I can’t imagine that Pablo will mind. You can download the program with Pablo’s own program. Hack it. Then give it away for free. Who wants to be the director of marketing? Someone aggressive. You want to take every bit of market Pablo has.

A question for you, Pablo. Your program and your small company is your dream, isn’t it? Something that came into being through your imagination and creativity, right? You enjoy the fame and fortune of that creative spark on a daily basis, I bet. Maybe not too much right this minute but you have in the past. And given your position on this whole murky ‘I don’t support piracy but I earn money off the best damn piracy program in the market’ thing I don’t guess you’ll mind if someone in China decides to steal your program and make a little money off of it. I mean, what the hell is a little imagination and creativity worth?

A small post data for my readers. Pablo Soto has sold or given away more than 17,257,127 copies of his program. And I’m absolutely sure all those people are only downloading public domain material. Right? Just give me a minute. I know I’ve got that bridge around here somewhere. I have no idea why the city keeps taking down my FOR SALE sign.