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>All of this stuff seems pretty insignificant after yesterday's events in
>Colorado . . .
>Made me think, "Where are our priorities as a society, mine as an
>I am a hot-headed, idealistic, romantic, young(-ish) teacher. As a
>combination, those qualities can often be boiled down to foolishness.
>Mary Ann, I apologize for my comments. I believe that a lot of this has
>arisen within the group becasue of miscommunication (or
>Obviously, those who have freely shared ideas here are not driven by the
>desire to publish their original material. Anyone can sign on here and
>silently plagiarize--You are not doing that. You are an active and, to
>valued contributor to this group, and when you come across an idea you
>you approach the person for permission to use it.
>The more I researched your books, the more I suspected that you started
>self-published (as you since indicated to me). I respect that
>I used to work for Borders as a Local Interest book buyer and dealt
>with self-published authors. Regardless of the quality of their books,
>were people, by and large, who put a lot of effort and, often, a lot of
>own money into the production of these books. They also spent a great deal
>of time pounding the pavement, trying to get stores to carry their books.
>Very few of these folks ever broke even on the deal. I realize how much
>and effort it takes to get to the point where you are listed on
>You should be proud of your efforts.
>I suppose the lesson here is that anyone (including Mary Ann) who has ideas
>they may wish to publish, should be careful about putting them out on the
>internet--here or anywhere--without a copyright.
>Once again, Mary Ann, I apologize. I thought you were one of the wolves
>there. I was wrong.