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Steven R. Drennon was born in Lawton, OK, where he first started writing poetry at the age of 15. Since then he has collected nearly one thousand poems that he has written over the years. Those poems have recently been released as six separate volumes of poetry. He has also added two collections which include additional poems that had never been previously published, resulting in all of his poetry being available to the public for the first time ever.

In addition to this, Steven published an epic fantasy novel titled "Rise of the Raven" in the spring of 2011. Another fantasy novel titled "Three for Avadar" was released in early summer of 2011. Steven more recently released two suspense novellas titled "Desperate Love" and "Shattered Vows" in 2012, and he expects to release another in 2013.

Currently Steven lives in San Antonio, TX.


Jan
1
comment Create and publish collection of public domain poems from 19th century
Also, I'm not sure where you got the idea that US copyright lasts for 150 years, but that is not correct. The US has had a number of changes to their copyright laws, but basically any books published prior to 1923 are no longer protected. Books published after that had to have their copyright renewed every 28 years or they fell into the public domain. There were a couple of changes that happened between 1964 and 1998 that complicated things further, but the current coverage is for the life of the author plus 70 years. copyright.cornell.edu/resources/publicdomain.cfm
Jan
1
comment Create and publish collection of public domain poems from 19th century
There are a couple of different ways in which the examples you gave are currently available through Amazon. First of all, any that were submitted prior to the middle of 2011 were grandfathered in. The current Amazon policy went into effect in Feb. 2011, and started being really enforced about the middle of 2011. The second example are books that were converted from sources such as the Gutenberg Project and are available for free. There are others that may slip through the initial review, but Amazon usually catches those and removes them in time.
Apr
3
comment Is publishing to Amazon Kindle-alternative eBook markets worth the time and effort?
@Vass, yes you can. They each have their own processes and require a different format, but they are both available. You can go to pubit.com to create an account to manage your books through B&N. Kobo (Sony) and Apple also have their own programs now, but I haven't created accounts with them yet.
Dec
18
comment How to publish public domain books?
I was referring to the author re-publishing their own works in a collection somewhere later in time from the original publication. I personally could not take a collection of someone else's public domain works and publish them as a collection and thereby lay claim to a copyright of their individual poems. I added some more info to my answer to give a better example.
Dec
11
comment How can I catch more errors when I proofread?
lol - I wish I could take credit for being that clever, but it was an honest typo! :) Nice catch!
Sep
27
comment Which well-established vanity publishers offer publishing for money and how much money is enough?
Sorry, but I can't name any that are still in business. About ten years ago I was looking at vanity publishers for a project, but the more I looked into them the more discouraged I became. With my marketing background and my own self-publishing experiences I would be willing to bet I could do a better job than a vanity press.
Jun
13
comment Is there a quick way to know I have created a Mary Sue?
No worries, I have been trying to go through some of the questions to make sure they have five tags so that we get a broader reach for them. Editing was a stretch, but I felt that this pertains to writing styles as well as techniques. Looking at it now, I suppose that's more true about some of the answers than the question itself. :)
May
30
comment What are “industry leading royalties”?
I believe the official term is called "joint accounting", but it is more often referred to as basketing, as in put everything into one basket. If you are more concerned about the advanaces than the long term royalties, then you probably wouldn't care much either way. Ultimately, though, you stand to make more money by having them account for each book separately.
May
3
comment How does one break into the field of professional writing?
Superbly done! That is a very thorough answer!
Mar
24
comment How to convert DOI to citation information
I think this question would be better suited at one of the other SE sites. It seems more technical in nature.
Feb
22
comment Is “sparkle” the correct word?
Below is a link to a similar question. I don't agree that this question is vague or unanswerable. It's a simple yes or no type question with a request for other options. I don't think it is so much about a critiques as it is about proper word usage. writers.stackexchange.com/q/2280/2343
Feb
20
comment What are the advantages to setting a word limit for a short story?
I don't understand why this question was closed. I believe it is relevant to what we do as writers. While it borders on the edge of inviting opinion rather than clear answeres, I still believe it can be answered, especially since he asked about the "average" length. I don't think the genre really matters with a short, it's more about acceptable length. This might vary by publication, but it's still a relevant question.
Feb
19
comment How to handle taxes for a self-published book
You may want to check on that deduction of the employer's half. I'm not sure that is correct.
Feb
9
comment Kindle self-publishing, automatically update
Sorry, I deleted my original comment because I realized it was wrong (and even more confusing than Amazon's policy statement). Your response was appropriate, it just didn't seem to me that Amazon did a good job of explaining what happens or how the author could initiate the automation for customers.
Feb
9
comment Kindle self-publishing, automatically update
Two things here. 1) A customer sees on the book's page that the content has been updated and decides they want the new version. They must request it in order to get it. (Refers to Note at the bottom of your quote.) 2) The author contacts KDP Support to notify them that they have updated the book and want to alert their customers. KDP sends the e-mail and THEN the customer requests the new version. Option 1 almost never happens, which is why he needs to follow the steps for option2. This quote does not make it clear that they contact all your customers to give them that option!
Feb
9
comment Kindle self-publishing, automatically update
Actually I believe you missed the mark here. The second paragraph states that they will not provide a copy of the new version unless the author grants "explicit permission". They will also not automatically provide a copy of the new version unless customers ask for it. Sorry for the downvote, but you missed the point of the statement.
Feb
7
comment Would a paid-for review from Kirkus give me real insight into quality of my manuscript?
All very good points! If I was going to spend money on a newly finished manuscript, I think it would be better spent on an editor than a paid review service. Also, I would strongly hesitate before asking friends, relatives or acquaintance to review it. My experience is that they will seldom read the whole thing and always tell you it was great. These are people who care about you and are not going to want to hurt your feelings.
Dec
17
comment What to do when characters disagree with the plot?
Wish I could give this two votes! Listen to your characters!
Dec
17
comment Return to section context after a subsection
Indentation is a common and natural delineator for identifying related content. It helps readers to identify the relationship between your content. I agree with Lauren, "don't fear the blankness"!
Dec
5
comment How to associate my screenname with my books?
Ever heard of an author named "Trevanian"? He wrote a number of books that were wildly successful, including at least one, The Eiger Sanction, that was made into a major motion picture. The author's real name is Dr. Rodney William Whitaker. Does Trevanian sound like a name? ;)