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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.

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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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It would have been quicker to just post a link, don't you think?
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... and I don't see how this is a tip or advice?

Maybe it belongs to classifieds?
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My first post in this thread, though somewhat long, and probably too long for some readers, shows how one can "publish" literally millions of words on the internet without worrying about publishers. If one wants to self-publish one can get many a book "published" on one's own. I use lulu.com and eBookMall, but there are many other ebook publishers. In addition, writing at internet sites, as I say I am registered at over 8000, gets 100s of thousands of readers, even millions as i say above. This is both good advice and a good tip to struggling writers looking for readers. Many writers hang around at only a few sites, but there are so many sites where one can get readers, interact and discuss writing and publishing, etc.

I have posted the above somewhat long post to provide the kind of detail that tells my story. For those who prefer short posts, the popular internet site convention, I can only apologize for giving you a long read. When I come across a long post that does not look like it will be of use after reading a few lines I do the following: (a) just skim or scan, or stop reading. -Ron Price, Tasmania
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... and I don't see how this is a tip or advice?

Maybe it belongs to classifieds?
That'd be my guess, since he's promoting his work. Moved.
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This post shows how one can "publish" literally millions of words on the internet without worrying about publishers....
...or even being read. I have a million chimps working on that right now. There's always room for one more, if you're interested.
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Thanks Mike C. You raise a good point and one that concerns most writers but, if writers worry too much about readers reading their work, they may in the end be worse off than those chimps you mention. At the same time, a writer relies on feedback and, if enough comes in, he or she gets some idea of how he or she is doing with the public. Some famous writers took absolutely no interest in their reading public and, as T.S. Eliot once observed, as I paraphrase his remark above: "A writer needs to write with the possibility that all his work in the end will come to naught."

James Joyce's wife advised him to write books people understood. He kept up with his style, a style millions never understood back in the 1920s and 1930s, and don't understand now. But some regard his Ulysses and Finnegans Wake as two of the greatest novels of the 20th century. Finnegans Wake is a work of comic fiction, significant for its experimental style and resulting reputation as one of the most difficult books in the marketplace: it's very long, hard to understand and a turn-off for those millions I mentioned. -Ron in Tasmania
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Thanks Mike C. You raise a good point and one that concerns most writers but, if writers worry too much about readers reading their work, they may in the end be worse off than those chimps you mention.
Maybe so, but if a writer settles for internet publishing, it's generally a sign that they aren't at all worried about being read.
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I'll add a few words, hopefully not too many for some readers here, about the evolution of my online publishing. "Publishing" is, indeed, an apt word for the work I, and now millions of others, are now engaged in on the world-wide-web.-Ron
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GOOGLE-MICROSOFT

Part 1:

In the first year after I retired from FT work as a lecturer and teacher, July 1999 to July 2000, Google officially became the world's largest search engine. With its introduction of a billion-page index by June 2000 much of the internet's content became available in a searchable format at one search engine. In the next several years, 2000-2005, as I was retiring from PT work as well as the casual and volunteer activity that had occupied me for decades, Google entered into a series of partnerships and made a series of innovations that brought to their vast internet enterprize, literally billions of users in the international marketplace. Not only did Google have billions of users, but internet users like myself throughout the world gained access to billions of web documents in google’s growing index/library. As I write this revision of my original statement in April 2012, there are now some 8 billion pages of documents on the web, some 2 billion users and nearly 300 million websites.

The library that I came to in the first dozen years of my retirement from the world of jobs, 1999 to 2012, was a finer and more useful library than any of those in the small towns in Tasmania where I would spend my retirement. In 1994, at the age of fifty and as I was beginning to eye my retirement from FT work as a teacher and lecturer, Microsoft launched its public internet web domain with a home page. Web site traffic climbed steadily and episodically in those first years of extensive website activity, the years 1995 to 1999. Daily site traffic of 35,000 in mid-1996 grew to 5.1 million visitors in 1999. Throughout 1997 and 1998 the site grew up and went from being the web equivalent of a start-up company to a world-class organization. I retired from FT work at just the right time in terms of the internet capacity to provide me with access to information by the truckload on virtually any topic. This new technology had also developed sufficiently to a stage that gave me the opportunity, the capacity to post, write, indeed, “publish” is quite an appropriate term, on the internet at the same time. From 1999 to 2005 then, as I also released myself from FT, PT, casual and most volunteer work, Google and Microsoft offered more and more technology for my use, for my writing activity.

Part 2:

The Internet has become emblematic in many respects of globalisation. Its planetary system of fibre optic cables and instantaneous transfer of information are considered, by many accounts, one of the essential keys to understanding the transformation of the world into some degree of order and the ability to imagine the world as a single, global space. The Internet has widely been viewed as an essential catalyst of contemporary globalisation and it has been central to debates about what globalisation means and where it will lead. It is not my intention here, though, to discuss the complex and burgeoning questions related to globalization.

There are now several hundred thousand readers, perhaps even millions, engaged in parts of my internet tapestry, my jig-saw puzzle, my literary product, my creation, my immense pile of words across the internet--and hundreds of people with whom I correspond on occasion as a result. I try to limit my correspondence, my emails, with others in cyberspace. If I did not I could spend virtually all my time posting and responding to the words of others. And there is more to life than internet publishing. This amazing technical facility, the world wide web, has made possible what for me is clearly a literary success. If my writing had been left in the hands of the traditional hard and soft cover publishers, where it had been without success when I was employed full time as a teacher, lecturer, adult educator and casual/volunteer teacher from 1981 to 2001, these results would never have been achieved.

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I have been asked how I have come to have so many readers at my website and on my internet tapestry of writing that I have created across the world-wide-web. My literary product is just another form of published writing in addition to the traditional forms in the hands of publishers. The literally hundreds of thousands of readers or, as I say above, perhaps several million, that I now have at locations on my tapestry of prose and poetry, a tapestry I have sewn in a loose-fitting warp and weft across the internet, are found at over 8000 websites where I have registered: forums, message boards, discussion sites, blogs, locations for debate and the exchange of views. They are sites to place essays, articles, books, ebooks, poems and other genres of writing. I have registered at this multitude of sites, placed the many forms of my literary output there and engaged in discussions with literally thousands of people, little by little and day by day over the last decade. I enjoy these results without ever having to deal with publishers as I did for two decades without any success.

The last ten years of internet posting, 2002-2012, have been immensely rewarding. When one talks one likes to be listened to and when one writes one likes to have readers. It is almost impossible, though, to carry literary torches as I do through internet crowds or in the traditional hard and soft-cover forms, without running into some difficulties. My postings singe the beards of some readers and my own occasionally. Such are the perils of dialogue, of apologetics, of writing, of posting, indeed, I might add, of living. Much of writing and dialogue in any field of thought derives from the experience each of us has of: (a) an intimate or not-so-intimate sharing of views in some serendipitous fashion or (b) what seems like a fundamental harmony or dissonance between what each of us thinks and what some other person thinks. In some ways, the bridge of dialogue is immensely satisfying; in other ways the gulfs over the valleys of life are unbridgeable. When the latter is the case and when a site is troubled by my posts, I usually bow out for I have not come to a site to engage in conflict, to espouse an aggressive proselytism but, rather, to stimulate thought and, as I say, share views. And so, for now, I remain yours sincerely and I look forward to hearing from you should you desire to write again.-Ron Price, George Town, Tasmania, Australia.
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Some of the following information about Churchill was obtained in a bookshop in Kensington(1) just before leaving London for Tel-Aviv Israel on 3 June 2000. That information resulted, with some additions, in a prose-poem. More than a dozen years later into my retirement from a 50 year student-employment life (1949-1999), I added a sort-of postscript to that prose-poem after watching a film on TV about Churchill.(2)

Robert Arthur Lytton Balfour, 3rd Earl of Balfour (1902-1968), once said that Winston Churchill’s The World Crisis: Vol.1-6 was a history of himself. The famous historian Edward Gibbon, the author of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, was also accused of not knowing the difference between himself and the Roman Empire. Both men, it could be and has been argued, saw the meaning of their life in their works. There were times when these men did not want their readers to know what they meant, and they framed their words in ambiguity and ambivalence. There were times when they were not even sure what they meant themselves, given the immense complexity of the issues and topics. Their works were, in part, a working out of their own lives, their times and the meaning of life itself, their life and their society's.
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My own amusement is my motive, and will be my reward,” wrote Gibbon in the opening pages of his autobiography, “and my imagination is always active to enlarge the narrow circle in which Nature has confined me; I fill up the silent vacancy that precedes my birth, by associating myself with the authors of my existence……The satirist may laugh, the philosopher may preach; but Reason herself will respect the prejudices and habits, which have been consecrated by the experience of mankind.”(1) “In the investigation of past events, our curiosity is stimulated by the immediate or indirect reference to ourselves,” wrote Gibbon, “but in the estimate of honour we should learn to value the gifts of Nature above those of Fortune; to esteem in our ancestors the qualities that best promote the interests of society; and to pronounce the descendant of a king less truly noble than the offspring of a man of genius, whose writings will instruct or delight the latest posterity.”(1)
What Gibbons says in the above paragraph, was true to a significant extent of how Shoghi Effendi(1898-1957) saw his writings. I have been reading his writings for 50 years: 1963-2013. There is no doubt that these sentiments are also true of my own autobiographical and analytic prose and poetry, works that I have been writing for at least two decades: 1993 to 2013. I could write a great deal about these sentiments. But I will briefly state that: the imagination and reason certainly enlarge the circle in which the circumstances of birth and socialization, of location and of employment, have confined me. In the investigation of past events my curiosity is stimulated and, after half a century of reading the works of several men of genius, I feel as if I am, to some extent at least, their offspring. -Ron Price with thanks to (1) Edward Gibbon(1737-94), Memoirs of My Life and Writings, editor, A.O. J. Cockshut, Regburn Pub, 1994.

The Guardian knew what he wanted to say
in the fullness of characters he described,
in their contradictions and inconsistencies,
in their twistings and lifespan turnings,
in their unmanageable mysteriousness,
beyond any simple and factual theory,
as his imagination strove to enlarge
the narrow and complex circle of his
experience, as I strive to enlarge mine.

Sometimes he daubed a person
with a single epithet; sometimes
he was encumbered by the rigidity
of a psychological concept, but
always within a commitment to
his own narrative voice and the
coherence which it created for
him, and for us, as he created,
nay recreated:..Baha’i history.

Ron Price
4 /6/’00 to 3/4/’13.
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The following prose-poem, which I see as an extension of the above piece, was written after watching The Gathering Storm on ABC1 TV.(2) The title of this film came from volume 1 of Churchill’s 6 volume history of WW2, and the film was about Churchill’s years 1934 to 1939. As I wrote in the first prose-poem above, this 6 volume history was, in part, Churchill’s working out, by means of his literary activity, his own life, his times and the meaning of life itself.

I write this prose-poem because watching this film, The Gathering Storm, and writing about it here also helped me to work out my own life and times in its own small way. This often happens as I write, as each of my prose-poems fall onto paper.-Ron Price with thanks to (2) ABC1 TV on 2/4/’13 from 12:10 a.m. to 1:40 a.m.

Your dealing with bipolar disorder,3
your life with BPD, helped me see
myself, Winston....During all those
years of the gathering storm a new
plan was put into action, a plan the
world had little intimation of at all.4

You seemed to deal with your many
episodes of that black-dog by means
of: art, physical work, smoking, and
drinking, impatience and grumbling.

My story was very different thanks to
an anti-psychotic, an anti-depressant,
a mood stabilizer: the wonders of the
pharmacology of modern psychiatry in
which medicine was beginning to take
off just as you passed-away in those
1950s when I was starting teen-life.

I wonder what medications you would
have been given, Winston, if you were
alive and doing your work in this age?

You seem to have had the milder form
of BPD with no psychotic-breaks, just
mild mania, Winston, which must have
been the source of all that energy, and
all those 43 books.......mirabile dictu.5

(3) Churchill(1874-1965) was a great leader dealing not only with international strife but his own mental struggles at the same time. In his 30s, he complained to his friends that he was hounded by the “black dog of depression.” He sat in the Houses of Parliament and contemplated suicide. Churchill told his doctor that he had to be careful where he stood in a train station:

“I don't like standing near the edge of a platform when an express train is passing through,” he told his doctor. “I like to stand right back and if possible get a pillar between me and the train. I don't like to stand by the side of a ship and look down into the water. A second's action would end everything. A few drops of desperation.”

The black dog would follow him the rest of his life. When in his mild manic phases he was personable, but his moods could change quickly. During periods of high mania he would stay up all night writing, eventually producing 43 books on top of attending to his political duties.

(4) In 1936 the North American Baha’is, under the encouragement and guidance of Shoghi Effendi, began to plan the first systematic teaching program for the implementation of Abdu’l-Baha’s Divine Plan. That first program went from 1937 to 1944. I have now been associated with extensions of that Divine Plan for some 60 years.

(5) This is a Latin expression meaning “marvellous to relate.”

Ron Price
3/4/’13.
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