by John Gibson
On-Line Chat Transcript
[Jon3] = John Gibson
[Thumper6488] Same ol,
[Jon3] Hello Oh, yes, I'm here. Just being quiet, getting to know you all.
[chinyere] I hear ya brother
[Thumper6488] Oh, let me introduce him, Jon3, is the author John gibson
aalbc> Hello Alll, Welcome John!
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[Thumper6488] Hello, troy
[Jon3] Hello all
[SisterDi] Good evening John
[chinyere] Thumper you heard of a publishing company called toExcel?
[Thumper6488] Hello, thandie, How are you doing?
[SisterDi] Hi, Troy. I fianally made it
aalbc> Glad to "read you" Sis Di!
[Thumper6488] Chinyere: No, I haven't heard of it. Sorry.
[chinyere] How about xlibris?
[thandie] Type HEREHi everyone..I'm doing fine thumper
[SisterDi] Do you have any format? or can we just ask?
[Thumper6488] Chinyere: Nope, sorry. Another blank
[Thumper6488] SisterDi: You can just ask away
[chinyere] Hi thandie, sister di, jon 3
[Jon3] Hello Chinyere
[SisterDi] Ok, John, is any part of Dummy true?
[Thumper6488] John: I wanted to wait until we had the session that I loved your book.
[Jon3] Hahahah! No, not at all. Everything is from my head.
[chinyere] How long did it take to get Dummy published?
[SisterDi] Well, according to Thumper, you must have quite and imagination
[Jon3] Whew! About two years. Went through al of the usual avenues. Tough job.
[chinyere] I know. I'm going through the same thing, man
[Jon3] Yes, it's really difficult, but don't give up. It'l be worth it.
[Jon3] Chinyere, what are you writing?
[SisterDi] Do you know anyone who does ghost writing?
[Jon3] No. Sorry.
aalbc> Tell us more about the Greenfield Publishing Group what any other author we might know
[SisterDi] Just wondered. I have a story that needs to be told, but I'm not a writer.
[thandie] Jon, is there any one thing that you could call your inspiration for the theme of Dummy?
[chinyere] A novel about a man whose fed up with working for some tired old company and seeks to change his situation despite all kind of
- objections, even from his girlfriend.
[Jon3] Well, while writing another story, bits and piece of DUMMY began to form. The inspiration Humm, I guess it was just the story itself. It
- sort of took me over.
[SisterDi] Most girlfriends object the most. Afraid to mess with the status quo. finanaially that is.
[Thumper6488] John: How did you decide to write about spies and counterspies and all?
[Jon3] Well, as a young fellow, the spy thing was everywhere, what, with all of the wwii stuff around. I hope I'm not dating myself too much
[chinyere] Say john--- is Dummy your first novel?
[Jon3] DUMMY is my first published Novel. I've written four others. and writing a sith
[thandie] John, did you try to publish the others before?
[Jon3] No, there were not gtood enough. They were more of a learing experience.
[SisterDi] Do you this it will be easier to get your others published now that Dummy is successful
[thandie] It takes a real writer's writer to say that about his own work
[Jon3] I would like to think so. Not so sure, though.
[SisterDi] You could save them with rewrites, couldn't you?
[Jon3] Yes, I try to be as real about what I write as I can.
[chinyere] How long did it take you to write it, Dummy I mean.
[SisterDi] How long have you been writing?
[Jon3] No re-writes. The problems with the other four were structural. aND IT TOOK ABOUT 8 1/2 MONTHS TO WRITE.
[SisterDi] Did you start with short stories? or plunge right into books? LOL
[Jon3] I've been writing about eighteen years.
[Jon3] Long time
[chinyere] Not bad, you must have been smoking the keyboard!
[Jon3] I could never write short. I don't know why, just couldn't
[Thumper6488] John: I know you had to have spent some time around Congressmen to have the Sentaors behavior down pat. You're not an insider or
- anything or you?
[Jon3] Well, Thumper, I would like to say, yes, but it was intensive research
[Jon3] I lovethe political areana
[chinyere] So haw many other genres do you write in, other that the suspense spy mystery type?
[thandie] what's there not to love with all the intrigue and novella type drama
[Jon3] Actually, I love the thriller stuff, but in a future book I'm planning to write a genarational sage, with suspense thrown in
[SisterDi] How do you take all your little ideas and put them together to form a book with a plot and direction.
[Jon3] It normall begins while writing a current book. so many ideas come that won't fit the one that I'mwriting, so I archive
[Thumper6488] John: So did you talk to retired CIA agents about their techniques?
[chinyere] Did the publishers try to get you to change any part of your work, and if they did what was your reaction to it.
TO Thumper6488> I hate not having read the book! But I guess you can;t do everything..
[Jon3] I read, read, read!
[Jon3] Well, no. They were pretty satisfied. Did change a few small things, but that was all
[chinyere] Small things like what-punctuation?
[SisterDi] Wow. Some people have to change a lot
[Jon3] Most technical things, like usage
[Thumper6488] John: You had me going trying to figure out who Eddie was.
[Jon3] Hahah. Good. That's what I was trying for
[SisterDi] Do you have an agent or did you go directly to the publisher/
[chinyere] How did you find an agent? I'm striving to find one as we speak. It's tough man, to find one that really wants to represent you.
[Jon3] I don't have an agent. I'm trying to locate one now to market the film and other rights. But I went right to the publisher
[Jon3] Yes, it is tough
[Jon3] I'm still trying as well
[SisterDi] Sometimes that works if you happen to be or have just what they are looking for.
[chinyere] For what- you're alreadt published!
[Jon3] Yes. We just have to stay persistent
[Jon3] The other rights. Film, TV etc
[Thumper6488] I think the movie would make an excellent film, I wish you luck on selling the rights.
[Thumper6488] book, I meant book.
[Jon3] I have to thank you for all of your support. Thumper
[chinyere] Who were some of the writer's whose works inspired sparked the urge to write in you?
[SisterDi] I'm sorry I haven't read your book, yet, but from Thumper's description, sounds like you have a hit on your hands. I would think you
- might want to run contracts by a lawyer, too.
[SisterDi] LOL @ Thumper!
[Jon3] Umm, James Baldwin, William Goldman, Many of the spy/thriller witers, Sidney Sheldon
aalbc> John: We had a discussion recently on the value of Book Reviews -- What is your take?
[Jon3] Oh, yes, I've been in contact with a lawyer.
[chinyere] I like Richard Wright, brutal and to the point.
[SisterDi] I've read two of Sidney Sheldon's novels recently and I don't find them all that. ......
[Jon3] I read that. And I think that book reviews can only help.
[SisterDi] Not like James Baldwind
[chinyere] I beg to differ
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[Jon3] About Sidney Sheldon, not the recent ones, get the early ones MASTER OF THE GAME etc
[SisterDi] Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison
[SisterDi] OK, the two I've read are recent
[Jon3] I'm lost
[Thumper6488] Slow up everyone
[SisterDi] Tell me Your Dreams and something else, oh, I know, Nothing Lasts Forever
[chinyere] Don't be lost, John. This is your show and you're the star
[Jon3] My dreams - to be the best writer that I can be
[Jon3] haha, thanks thumper
[Jon3] I mean chinyere -
[chinyere] No problem
[Jon3] No, I'm good
aalbc> Jon tell more about yourself. Are you supported by your writing? If so how long?
[Jon3] No, not yet, but that, I hope, will be taken care of shortly. I do research in a lab
[Thumper6488] John: Do you believe that the true world power is not the president, but someone(s) pulling the strings behind the scene?
[Jon3] Oh, absolutely. i believe the pres is just a figurehead these days
aalbc> Yeah Hillary is in control (smile)
[Jon3] eah, that's probably right
[chinyere] Do you find yourself changing stuff as you type away? Or do you make all the changes at the end of you first draft?
[SisterDi] Actually, the government was not really set up for the Pres to be in sole power, you know..
[Jon3] True - Congress, Senate
[SisterDi] and Judicial
[Jon3] Yes, sorry
[Jon3] Oh, and unofficially, the media
[chinyere] Have you ever lost any work in your computer? Just vanished into the labyrinth of files? That happen to me once--five chapters down the
- hole! I wanted to SCREAM!
[Thumper6488] John: The senator's wife being an assassin on the side was a nice twist.
[Jon3] Aw man! I would have had a fit. No, thank goodness
[Jon3] I really look for different twists. In the new book that I'm writing, it's really becoming a challenge
[SisterDi] Unoffically? LOL The media has definitely become the fourth branch of gov.
aalbc> Chinyere, Always back up! Would you believe I trashed this entire web site one night! But I had it restored before too many people
- noticed. You can usually restore loss data on a harddrive
[Jon3] I must stop you all for asecond and tell you that I'm really glad to be here, and I appreciate that you are here as well
[SisterDi] Chinyere. I do not use a Mac. But they do give good advice. Save, save, save!!
[Thumper6488] John: We're glad to have you.
[Jon3] Now, on to the next
[SisterDi] I'm glad to have met you, John.
[chinyere] John, it's a pleasure.
[Jon3] Me, as well
aalbc> John it is indeed a pleasure. Please email some biographical information I'll add it to the web site -- I should have done this a while
[Jon3] I will, soon
[SisterDi] Well, John, looks like besides an agent and a lawyer, you need a PR man!! LOL
[Jon3] Or woman
[chinyere] So much to ask, so little time? How long is this forum?
[Thumper6488] John: Do you think you would have had an easier time selling your book if it was a book about relationships instead of intrigue and
- spy rings and murders?
[SisterDi] Of course.
[Thumper6488] Chinyere: The forum is one hour.
[Jon3] I'm not sure, but I think so
[Thumper6488] I know as being part of a reading audience that is always on the look out for more variety+
[Jon3] I hope that changes for us, though
[SisterDi] Relationships are old news, unless it is about something different, like interracial
[Jon3] I would like to think there is room for all of us, but we seem to latch onto one thing and beat it to death
[Thumper6488] John: I do too, I think it is beginning to change, we just have to get the word out.
[chinyere] Oh, and back to my previos statement, I saved it all. Everything was saved. And then one day--God it was so awful. I'm pretty sure the
- neighbors thought I was getting murdered or something.
[SisterDi] The media. If it sells, copy it!!
[Thumper6488] I'm seeing a small emergence happening with the mystery and suspense genre for black authors
[Thumper6488] John, are you going to continue in the genre?
[Jon3] I think that's a good thing.We should expand
[SisterDi] That's true, Thumper.
[Jon3] Actually, I like thrillers, but I am going to change a bit into generational
[SisterDi] Have you heard of Evelyn Coleman's book?
[Jon3] Huumm? Don't think so.
[chinyere] John, what do you think about the world of publishing these days? Do you think it's become a bureaucratic mess? What is your take on
- self publishing?
[Jon3] Oh oh, absolutely. A terribly turn of events.
aalbc> Please describe "generational"
[SisterDi] It's billed as what a woman will do for her man, but Lord what the woman does?
[Jon3] It's a shame that talented writers can't get published
[Jon3] I'll get it
[SisterDi] That's true about talented writers
aalbc> The industry will have you believce talented writers and Good books get published
[SisterDi] John, you'll get what?
[Jon3] Generational: The family, the offspring, their offspring, and the trils they all go through. It's really going to be, I think, agreat book
[Jon3] The book, Coleman's
[SisterDi] Sounds good
[chinyere] In your opinion, do you think it's "vanirty " for a writer to publish his on work in spite of all these set backs? Would you do it
[Jon3] No, not vanity. Writing is difficult, and after all of that work, get it out any way that you can
aalbc> Jon# Evelyn participated in a discussion with us last year, I believe she may have been the first author to participate.
[SisterDi] Oh. the name of it is What A Woman's Gotta Do and it's about genetic research and a tribe in Africa who have ancient knowledge.
[Jon3] Wow. Tell me a little more
[SisterDi] Well this tribe has information on how to control melanin
[SisterDi] IOW to create a white race.
[Jon3] Interesting. Boy, am I going to have a lot of reaeding to do
[Thumper6488] Evelyn's book is titled What A Woman Gotta Do.
[SisterDi] And these white men are using info from a tribe of Blacks in Africa to create a white race
[Jon3] Another in the basket
[Jon3] Book to get, that is
aalbc> Check out Coleman's AALBC page http://aalbc.com/evelyn.htm complete with a Thumper review and audio interview
[Jon3] As soon as we're done
aalbc> John You have about a minute left any parting thoughts?
[SisterDi] It sure surprised me once I got into it!! LOL
[Thumper6488] We have a few more minutes. Is there any last minute questions for John?
[Jon3] Thanks. You all were great1 And thanks to you Thumpewr, for inviting me
[chinyere] Control melanin? Sounds reminiscent of something Hitler would do.
[Jon3] Also, all of you writers,keepm plugging away
[SisterDi] Thanks, Troy, I will. AFter I've read the book! i was impressed with her reaearch. She even mentioned Achebe Chinua
[Thumper6488] John: Man, Thank you. you wrote a damn good book. It's solid and tight. I enjoyed the hell out of it.
[SisterDi] Things Fall Apart
aalbc> The transcript of this chat will be posted shortly
[chinyere] John, thanks for all your input.
[SisterDi] Yep, Hitler exactly
[Jon3] You, as well, for being here
[chinyere] Good luck, buddy
[Jon3] Thank you all
aalbc> Peace John, Don;t forget the bio!
[Thumper6488] OK, everyone, that's about it for this session
[Thumper6488] OK, everyone, that's about it for this session
[Jon3] Sure thing
[SisterDi] Thanks for you time, John and I'm going to read you book as soon as I finish Monica and Hillary
[Thumper6488] Thanks for coming. Next month it's Ring Around The Moon.
[Jon3] Yes, very good
[Jon3] I'll be here,
[chinyere] aalbc be a sport, give us one more hour! I got more questions to ask!
[SisterDi] Is it in paperback, yet? Yes, I'm cheap!! LO
[Jon3] If I canget the time to get the book and read it. It's been pretty hectic lately
[Thumper6488] Yes, it's in paperback
[Thumper6488] Good Night eveyone!
[SisterDi] I'm off to Amazon.com
[Thumper6488] SisteDi: Barnes and Noble
[SisterDi] 'night Thumper, John
[chinyere] Hey john, I'll be looking for your next book!
TO Jon3> John you may actually stay on as long as you want the time constraint is there just so that you don;t get worn out?
[chinyere] Good night,all
[Jon3] any time
[chinyere] Say, what's it going to be titled anyway?
[Jon3] TRACK THREE
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[SisterDi] Ooo, what's it aBOUT
[Jon3] Long story - Bay of Pigs, Cuba, another political thriller Also, a black female co lead
[chinyere] Sister Di are you a writer?