just an FYI, 4ch*n trolls are using the Ukraine crisis as a means to stoke antiblack racism on Twitter. There's already a bunch of people believing this bait and blaming "SJWs", "those people" (i.e. black people), and "BLM". Racist trolls do this every time there's a crisis and it's absolutely disgusting. Don't fall for this divisive propaganda.
In the middle of the night on March 13, 2020, Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, was senselessly killed by police as she slept in her own home. Breonna was a daughter, friend, sister, and hero in her community.
Since her death, no one has been charged for her murder. The only semblance of justice that we have seen is the passing of the Breonna Law in Kentucky. But there is still much work to be done to ensure that other innocent people do not continue to lose their lives in the same manner.
Your name will forever be on our minds, in our hearts, and on our lips as we SAY YOUR NAME.
The bad hospital experience that led Aminta Kouyate to become a doctor.
Going to the hospital isn’t fun, it’s when people are typically at their most vulnerable.
And for many people of color, traumatic encounters with the health care system are a reason to avoid going to the doctor. But for UC medical student Aminta Kouyate, it sealed her decision to become a physician.
Aminta was an undergrad at UC Berkeley, tackling general chemistry and physics, when she woke up at 5 a.m. with debilitating abdominal pain. Doctors first suspected appendicitis — but when the imaging showed her appendix was fine, “the tone in the room changed immediately,” Kouyate said. She was left for five hours by an open exit door in a hallway in just a thin patient gown.
“I was told I could leave at any time because they were not going to give me what I was looking for,” she said. “They thought I was there to seek pain medication, that I did not actually have a medical emergency.”
Finally, a Black nurse noticed her sitting in the hall and made sure the doctors addressed her problem and gave her the care she needed. But the experience left its mark.
“Nobody should ever have to have to feel this way,” she said. “I thought to myself, ‘If I have anything to do with it, nobody’s ever going to treat another patient like this again.’”
The Justice Department has had a pattern or practice investigation ongoing into the Louisville Police Department since April 2021.
The federal charges against officer Joshua Jaynes, former Louisville detective Kelly Goodlett and officer Kyle Meany allege that they violated Taylor's 4th Amendment rights when they sought a warrant to search Taylor's home while knowing they lacked probable cause, and that they knew their affidavit supporting the contained false and misleading information and omitted other material information, resulting in her death. Goodlett and Jaynes have been charged with conspiracy for allegedly falsifying the affidavit for a search warrant, according to the justice department.
The federal charges allege that police officers falsified the affidavit used to obtain the search warrant of Taylor's home and that this act violated federal civil rights laws, resulting in her death. Former Louisville detective Kelly Goodlett and officer Joshua Jaynes have been charged with conspiracy for allegedly falsifying the affidavit for a search warrant, according to the justice department.
Charges have also been filed against Brett Hankison a former Louisville Metro Police officer who was involved in the death of Breonna Taylor. Hankison has been charged in a two-count indictment for deprivation of rights under color of law, both of which are civil rights offenses.
"We share, but we cannot fully imagine, the grief felt by Breonna Taylor's loved ones and all of those affected by the events of March 13, 2020. Breonna Taylor should be alive today," Garland said during a press conference.
When I Blazed the advertisement post for my book The Wingman, I got a lot of positive feedback: from the black mc, to the fresh idea of following a homeless man who stays homeless in the end... It was pretty gratifying for me to get such good notes!
But there was one criticism that kept reoccurring: the cover.
Now, I'm an adult. I've been online for a while now, and I thought I understood where this was coming from. Eighty percent of this hate is people just being put off by the idea of Blaze and hoping that, if they complained enough, Tumblr would remove it. Sure.
But then we found this unnamed expert who opened our eyes to the REAL problem!
Oh, right! It's the kernelling, duh! How did we not see it? Clearly, the font and the colorations were just ALL WRONG!
And you can't have a standard font with automated spacings! You need to hand-do that stuff, or people will think you published a book by yourself!
And they're right! So I talked with my illustrator, and we worked together to come up with a solution. For the kernelling AND the quality of the artwork!
See? Much better, right? The kernelling is now 100% hand-done, and you can see for yourself that having it fixes every problem people had with the cover! And that legibility is just so much better!
But I thought we could surpass our limits!
So we did.
The kernelling comment really impressed to me that the problem was just that a hand-drawn style—no matter how gorgeously done it was in five-year-old-kid authentic CRAYONS this time!—doesn't really look good. It doesn't sell that my book is a nitty-gritty serious book for adults! Why it looks like it might be made for children—Perish the notion!
It's the same reason you can't buy hot-pink cars. Other adults might laugh at you!
We can't have that!
So we went to work on a cover that reflects our mature and serious tastes as consummate professionals:
How about that! Now with 95% less color!! This is a cover you can take to the office with you. It just screams I do tax work for fun! With this book in hand, the guys at the office will feel outright inferior to your vast intellect! Girls will be indubitably impressed by your refined tastes.
And ladies, if guys see you reading this book, they'll be so intimidated at your agglomeration of literature that they'll leave you alone!
And yes, this is 100% hand-done kernelling too! What a savings!!!
Gee... I don't know... something just feels... missing.
It felt like we needed some passion!
So we went ahead and borrowed from the Romance Genre of book covers to make a third design.
HAWT!! Now that's how you do a book cover! It's just so original and steamy!
But, oh nose! Now we can't decide which is the best cover to use!
Now it's up to you to vote on which cover is your favorite! Leave a comment or reblog with your thoughts. If you haven't seen it (or just want a reminder), the original post can be found here or you can buy The Wingman at any of these outlets:
Barnes & Noble, ThriftBooks, Bookshop.org, BookFinder, or Amazon
Below the cut is my serious review of using Blaze to advertise The Wingman. Read it to see if Blaze is a good fit for you!
This parody of Clinch Cover's Art was made in part using free Unslpash stock photo's by Justin Essah, Meg Jerrard, and Mathew Schwartz.
Okay, now that that's over—serious business time!
As you may know, I bought the largest Blaze package at $150.00 USD for approximately 50,000 impressions.
This was in effect from Thursday, April 21, 08:38 to Friday, April 22, 08:38.
Overall, I got 58,193 Impressions. This broke down into:
7 comments (a few of them were my own.)
1 Follow (which was probably due to me adding them first)
and 11 shares off of Tumblr.
I had two people purchase The Wingman. One print, one e-book. Meaning I had a net loss of about $130.00USD. And the post I Blazed has had precious few notes on it since Blazing.
What does this mean to the book industry?
Well, it means advertising sucks. For one thing.
We meticulously combed the meta qualities of my serious post to be widely appealing and upbeat (qualities that get lots of reblogs). I know many people think that means I was cheating, but keep in mind—despite gaming the meta content to be marketable, I lost money.
This, unfortunately, tracks with similar experiments done on Facebook and Amazon. If you're trying to advertise your stuff as an indie artist/author—DON'T! Tumblr is selling about the same impressions that other sites are using at about half the cost... actually, less than that, if you take in the fact that people find Tumblr advertisements amusing.
It is important to note:
This was NOT a high traffic day, so doing a similar experiment on a Friday/Saturday may yield slightly better results.
Tags are a roulette. I did my best to tag appropriately, but there is most certainly a better method to utilize tagging.
I did not follow up with a second Blaze on the same post to see if the extra advertising would reach different people. I suspect it will, but we deemed it too risky to Blaze the same serious advertisement twice. Ideally, an advertisement builds goodwill so people will like you; ours had mixed results on that front. A second Blaze would've stretched people's patience too much. Especially since there appears to be Blaze purists who want Blaze to only be used to meme on people.
Overall, being a novelist is harder than ever. At least with image art, the artist's work gets to speak for itself. The Art of Writing has to evolve, and the Art of Storytelling is trending toward shorter one-off posts or things in which other users can participate.
TL;DR: It's better to use Blaze to advertise yourself than it is to go anywhere else. But Blazing alone will not help you market your books. Expect to lose money.
"This is not Iraq or Afghanistan......this is a relatively civilized, relatively European city"- Charlie D'Agata
"These are not refugees from Syria. They are Christians and white" - NBC News, Kelly Cobiella
"It's really emotional for me because I see European people with blue eyes and blonde hair being killed" -David Sakvarelidez
Then Prince William of United Kingdom: "For our generation, it's very alien to see this in Europe. We're all right behind you."
We think that's where it stops but no the Prime minister of Bulgaria, Kiril Petkov Petkov comes out to say this wisdom “These are not the refugees we are used to… these people are Europeans, these people are intelligent, they are educated people.... This is not the refugee wave we have been used to, people we were not sure about their identity, people with unclear pasts, who could have been even terrorists…”
What the hell do they think they are doing??!!?!?!?
Going on the TV and saying that
Do civilized people say things like that?
Because the people in Asia, Africa and South America are dumb terrorists who lives in caves and are so used to bombs and dying, it's their daily life and a normal activity but IN EUROPE NOO these are human beings with loves and stories and dreams not like anywhere else.
War is not normal, shouldn't be normalized in other countries just because they're not European white, blonde with blue eyes.
Wars in Asia and the Middle East and Africa And South America are not normal. Wars on black, brown, Asians are not normal.
Kids being killed because of politics is not normal.
Yes, we feel sorry for Ukraine because innocent people are dying, but the hypocrisy that is shown on the news is maddening and disgusting.
Kashmir, Uighur, Palestine, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and anywhere else where the media doesn't cover.
We support all of you, and it doesn't hurt less because you don't look like me.