Dear reader

I realize that Nosepeople, the blogsite,  hangs solitary in cyberspace.  I haven’t been able to do too much with it and you have not discovered it yet. If you have seen it, it hasn’t gripped you.

I have to admit that I am an amateur when it comes to blogging.  I would love to set up the site so that the blogs I’ve done are easily accessible.  Max is, as you should know, a pseudonym.  a pen name .  Be that as it may, Max Penman is the driving force behind this blog. The work that has been written through the persona of Max Penman has taken some interesting twists and turns through a number of genres.  Max is a great persona as a driving force for various unpublished projects, however, while he is a good face for something like, The Instructional Tale of Pierre D’Artiste and Perhaps even, The Unclaimed Soul, The Shadow of the Tower, is a different kind of  story it requires a more gender neutral name as it is an adolescent or youth story with some gothic type aspects to it.  This is not a Max Penman kind of story.

Something you might be interested in is that I amurrently I am in the process of re titling the story and the reason why.  This came about as the result of having read some of the ins and outs regarding how easy it is for Ebook writers to get caught in a copyright snare. Epublishers search for palagerism, but their strictures can be set a little high.  The Shadow of the Tower, or something close to that has been used by the BBC and as a collection of historical literature related to a play aired on tv in the UK years back.  The first claim for that title is theirs and if I were to try and publish using the same title, despite the originality of the story, it could be scooped as palagerism. Something worth remembering if you are authoring for an Ebook platform.

As far as pen names (Noms de Plume if you prefer the more elegant French), many authors use them for various reasons.  Usually it is not to simply hide behind, but is as I mentioned, a way to avoid being linked to too many different genres. They might write a series of crime novels in their own name, then branch off into a more romantic, or gothic or sci fi novel.  To avoid reader confusion, a pen name on any of these would make sense.  Greg Overshank might work on a crime novel, but one with a more romantic, or gothic twist might suggest a more gender neutral of even feminine name.  I like the Overshank crime novels but Romantic or gothic novels are not my cup of tea. In that case, if I assumed it was a typical Overshank novel, I might be disappointed and wary of Overshank novels from now on. Thanks to an appropriate pen name, Greg Overshank remains the writer of crusty crime novels to his crime novel fans while Arnel Silvane is the favorite author of gothic romance for others. Same writer different pen names.  Perhaps Greg Overshank is actually the pen name of Dr. Don March, auther of a series of academic works on Renaissance Architecture.

So, please don’t be upset with Max or wonder who he is.  If you really want to know, check out the owner of the site.  But, be clear, this is Max Penman’s blog.  It’s his stories and his humor that you will find on these pages.  True, Max and the owner are pretty similar in style, but Max Penman is a great name for a writer of humor and a writer who seeks, but may not find, to be a prolific author. And, as I said earlier, he is the driving force behind this blog so without further ado I return this blog to its rightful owner, Max Penman.

As was mentioned, there is some retitling of a novell that is otherwise ready to enter the world of ebooks.  It will surely have a different author, but I will help promote it and hopefully make it available on this site. This brings us to another question regarding self-publishing.  How do you determine the worth of a book.  Do you give it away to establish a name, or charge a pittance for the same reason? or do you charge what you think it may be worth compared to other more mainstream novels?  Something to think about.

Soon, Max