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A SUMMARY OF RON PRICE’S INTERNET PUBLISHING
“HIS CUP OF PUBLISHING TEA”

Part 1:

I have outlined below(in 1400 words and four pages(A-4 font-14) several categories of my writing and of my writing projects of varying sizes, genres and subjects on the internet. Readers can gradually get into whatever categories of my work they desire, if at any time they do in fact want to read any of my work today or over the next few days, or over the next few weeks or months, years or decades. The following items went onto the internet in the period, the dozen years from 2003 to 2015. The following outline is a presentation of what might be called my marketing strategy, my business plan, a plan and a strategy given the limitations of my technical internet skills and, of course, as time and personal circumstances permit. I noticed that "Mike C" suggested I post a link. That was a good idea and I will do that in future posts which are, like this, a long one.

I sometimes refers to this plan as my modus operandi, my MO as they say in the who-dun-its. It is a strategy that has evolved during the 18 years that I've had my own personal webpage: 1997 to 2015. In some ways what I write below is an outline of this small literary business, how I operate it, how I have built it up, its raison d’etre and where it seems to be going if, indeed, it is going anywhere at all—and certainly from my several perspectives it is. I had no idea back in the last years of the 20th century, as I was finishing by career as a teacher and tutor, lecturer and adult educator, that I would come to have millions of readers. It would have been inconceivable then, and it is hardly even believable now.

Of course, as that famous poet of the 20th century, T.S. Eliot, who wrote was is perhaps the most famous poem of that century--The Wasteland--has emphasized: a poet and author should be prepared to see, in the end, that of all of his writing has been a complete waste of his time. Fame and wealth will elude me, but with 32 years in classrooms as a teacher and another 18 as a student, I've had enough recognition and positive feedback to last me a lifetime. Half a century in classrooms interacting in a host of ways with literally 1000s of people over those 50 years has been enough interaction for a lifetime. Cyberspace and a little interaction in real space is enough for me now.

Part 2:

Half a century in educational institutions has been a relevant background for my present and various roles of writer and author, poet and publisher, editor and researcher, online journalist and blogger, scholar and my own personal office assistant. These are roles in which I have reinvented myself in these years of my retirement from the job world: 1999 to 2015. Most of my writing is free of any cost, although some of my self-publishing material costs anywhere from $3 to $20 at self-publishing sites like Lulu and eBook Mall. I have made about 10 cents/per annum since I first self-published and so this is no money-making exercise...nor is this post intended to help other writers make money. If I was interested in making money, and if that was my aim: I would starve and never be either rich or famous.

There are three general categories of printed matter, of my own writing, that I have placed on the world wide web. These categories are:

1. Books:

1.1. The Emergence of a Baha’i Consciousness in World Literature: The Poetry of Roger White. This 300 page ebook is available at Baha’i Library Online at this link: http://bahai-library.com/price_poetry_roger_white Parts or all of this book can be accessed at many places on the internet.
1.2. A paperback edition of the above book is available at Lulu.com for $11.48 plus shipping costs from the USA. This self-publishing site also has a five volume, four book, work. That work is a study in autobiography entitled Pioneering Over Five Epochs. It now totals some 2600 pages, or four 650 page books. It is available as an ebook in three parts at: http://bahai-library.com/author (Readers have to type my name 'Price' into the search box to access my writings) It has now been reviewed and approved for publication as an ebook by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States.
1.3 My internet set, also entitled Pioneering Over Five Epochs at: http://www.ronpriceepoch.com/index.html ...has some 60 books at 80,000 words per book. The site is in the 5th year of its 4th edition. Readers need only google the words: Pioneering Over Five Epochs to access my website or, as I say, go to this link: http://www.ronpriceepoch.com/

2. Internet Site Postings:

Essays, poems, parts of my autobiography or memoir and a wide variety of postings, of my writings, in smaller, more manageable, chunks of a paragraph to a few pages are all free and can be accessed by simply: (a) going to any one of approximately 8000 sites or (b) typing some specific words into the Google search engine as indicated in the following:

2.1 Approximately 8000 Sites:

I post at a wide range of poetry, literature, social science and humanities sites, physical, biological and applied science sites across a diverse mix of subjects, topics and intellectual disciplines in both popular and academic culture. The list of these sites is available to anyone interested by writing to me at: ronprice9@gmail.com. But a simpler method for readers to access many of my postings would be to:

2.2 Type Sets of Words At Google:

There are literally hundreds of sets of words now that will enable readers to access my writing at various sites. If you type, for example, Ron Price, followed by any one of the following words or word sequences: (i) poetry, (ii) literature, (iii) religion, (iv) Baha’i, (v) history, (vi) Shakespeare, (vii) ancient history, (viii) philosophy, (ix) Islam, (x) Australia Baha’i and (xi) pioneering over five epochs, et cetera, et cetera, you will get anywhere from a few sites to over 150 sites arranged in blocks of ten internet locations. This last site, “pioneering over five epochs”, is a particularly fertile set of words to type into the google search engine, although there are other sets of phrases that will yield a fertile list of my writings in prose and/or poetry.

The main problem with this latter way of accessing what I have written is that my work is side by side with the items of other writers and posters who have the same name as mine and/or the same topic. I have counted between 4000 and 5000 other Ron Prices and I'm sure there are more. You may find their work more interesting than mine! There are some wife bashers, a pornographer or two, car salesmen, evangelists, media celebrities, indeed, a fascinating array of chaps who have different things to sell and advertise, different life trajectories and claims to fame than my life and my offerings. If you type/google the words Ron Price followed by some topic/word of an academic, literary, poetic or subject of personal interest, you will: (a) eliminate some of the other Ron Price’s and (b) have access many sites with my writing.

3. Specific Sites With Much Material:

Some sites have hundreds of pages of my writing and these sites are a sort of middle ground, a different ground, between the two major categories I have outlined above. The Baha’i Academics Resource Library(BARL) (or Baha’i Library Online), for example, has more of my material than at any other site. My writings are listed there under: (a) books, (b) personal letters, (c) poetry, (d) biographies and (e) essays, among other categories/listings. The Roger White book is at BARL under “Secondary Resource Material>Books>Item #changes. I find this site useful personally, but some of the poetry is not arranged in a visually pleasing form. Readers should click on “By author” at the top of the access page, then type “Price” into the box and some 50 articles/documents will appear/be accessible.

There are some sites at which my writing is found in a very pleasing form with photos and pictures and general settings to catch the eye. Some site organizers have their location beautifully arranged. I leave it to readers to read what pleases them and leave out what doesn’t. When one posts as much as I do, one often writes too much, says the wrong things or upsets an applecart or two. It's part of the process. In cyberspace, as in the real world, you can't win them all. The pioneering over four epochs word sequence is, as I’ve said, a useful word package to access some 150 sites with my writing and has no competition from other ‘Ron Prices.’

Concluding Comments:

I had no idea when I retired from full-time employment in 1999, from PT employment in 2001 and from much volunteer work in 2005, to write full-time that the internet would be as useful a system, a resource, a base, for my offerings as it has become. There are, as I say, literally millions of my words in many a genre now on this international web of words that I have written in the last dozen or so years (2002-2015). From the early eighties to the early years of this new millennium I tried to get published in a hard or soft cover, but without any success.

My guess is that in the years ahead the world will be awash with books and various genres of printed matter from millions of people like me posting various quantities of their writing. In some ways the world is already awash with print as it is awash with audio-visual products. The print and electronic media have got something for everyone these days, probably more than most people can assimilate.

What I write will not be the cup-of-tea of all readers. This goes without saying. If that is the case readers are simply advised to drink someone else’s tea from someone else’s cup. There is something for everyone these days in both hard and soft cover and on the Internet. If readers don’t like my work or someone else’s go to sources of printed matter they like.

For those who already do or may in the future come to enjoy my writings, I hope the above is a useful outline/overview. For those who don't find what I write attractive to their taste, as I say, the above will give you a simple handle to avoid as you travel the net. I wish you all well in your own endeavors in the path of writing or whatever path you travel down.

Ron Price Updated:
29/10/' 12 to 1/5/'15.
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married for 48 years, a teacher for 32, a student for 18, a writer & editor for 16, and a Baha'i for 56(in 2015).

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