Sunday, June 19, 2005

Banned at Mindsight

I made about five posts at the Mindsight forum and was banned in one day. It's an amazing tankfull of POD dweebs who can't stand real information about publishing. The group was among the first to be ripped off by Publishamerica and still haven't learned anything. They just go from vanity press to vanity press long after the word has been out three years ago.

Two things, since I didn't clarify the assertion enough: the folks who frequent Pod-dy-mouth can be morons. They are vanity press bandwagoneers; anti-commercial publishing sore losers in the game. The idea that POD vanity presses are taking over the publishing world is laughable. They're taking over the slushpile and that's all. Any book can be obtained from a store and the special order desk. Real books are found on the shelves. That's how you tell the difference.

Of course the only way a Mindsighter gets a book in a store is to buy it first and consign it in a Kansas store.

Here's one that's screaming off the presses.

Or this one from the moderator who bought boxloads of his own book from Publishamerica. Who Needs a hero? A space cliche straight from the Turkey City lexicon.
Space Western
The most pernicious suite of used furniture. The grizzled space captain swaggering into the spacer bar and slugging down a Jovian brandy, then laying down a few credits for a space hooker to give him a Galactic Rim Job.

Who indeed.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny how you called POD authors not real authors, you modified your blog to not call you an author anymore.

Mark you truely are a shame. That's why people are banning you, learn from what you're doing.

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"the folks who frequent Pod-dy-mouth can be morons."

There are many ways to have a discussion or even a spirited argument with others without instantly racing to the bottom and resorting to insulting generalizations about their intelligence or character.

The substance of your messages isn't what gets you banned, it's your abusive, petulant style that gets the job done.

6:27 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

No it's the vapid sheeplike stances of the POD club. They're not authors, and since this title requires a real contract I'm not there yet, thus the change, which by the way was a charge by one of you. You see I put my actions where my words are. You two can't say that can you?


8:17 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

I am a journalist though which is what my books are. What are you two?

8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For what it's worth, I think Mindsight is an awful place--then again 99% of all writing forums are unbearable concentration camps of intolerance and totalitarian affability. They annihilate any independent thought and conveniently hide behind the flimsy defense of, "Well he was trolling...he was was the WAY he made his point which upset everyone...please be nice to everyone" (meaning kiss ass & agree on all points and if you disagree please kiss ass twice as much so as not to upset the herd)

You're all hypocrites! {troll face} {troll face}

--The Blogless Mitchell Warren

8:57 PM  
Blogger Gregory Block said...

I don't know whether the novel "Who Needs a Hero?" is a "space western" according to the Turkey City lexicon, but I just loved reading the lexicon! It is a must-read for any writer, especially science fiction and fantasy writers. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

Although there is a lot of disagreement on the pros & cons of POD publishing, and I may not agree with Mr. York's mode of expression, I do appreciate learning of this very legitimate tool for avoiding common literary foibles.

9:21 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Thanks Mitchell. Well said as ever.
You're welcome Greg. It's not my preentation, it's the factual information thay the newbies don't want to hear that riles them up. You're still new, but farther along toward reality than most. keep going and create something an agent wants to represent. There's just no other way.

6:25 AM  
Blogger Lynn Price said...

Mark claims:
Here's one that's screaming off the presses.

How many times have we discussed your lack of cognitive skills? I see that you're still singing the same tired song about how our company is a POD. But I do thank you for the free publicity. Steven' Shrewsbury's fine book Godforsaken is currently listed as being unavailable on This is due to the fact that he is in pre-release.

I'm fairly certain you are unfamiliar with this concept, so I'll explain. This is a five month period in which commercial publishers send out review copies to all the reviewers like ForeWord Magazine, Publisher's Weekly, and in Steven's case, all the sci-fi magazines. He has two reviews coming up in a couple months.

For some reason you've decided that you detest our company, as I've spent time attempting to educate you numerous times in the past. I can't figure out your motivation only that I must have rejected a submission of your at some time. I truly don't know. But if you want to hate us, I'm fine with that. I know you want to tarnish our reptuation in any manner, and again, knock yourself out. But I seriously doubt you'll have much of an audience. POD companies don't have their books revewied by Bloomsbury Review, Publisher's Weekly, ForeWord Magazine, Apex, nominated for IPPY's and ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year. Why? Because it requires a marketing team and POD's don't have marketing teams. Nor do they advertise unless the author pays for it. POD's don't obtain book signings for their authors and have competitive return policies. PODs don't advertise.

In short, knock yourself out with your confusing diatribe against our company. I didn't see you at the BEA this year. Maybe next year?
Lynn Price

9:41 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

Nobody saw Dan Brown at BEA either but my friend Lewis Perdue was there. Where were you and Behler at the LA Times Festival of Books this year? I would think an Orange County publisher would have come up and set up a booth next to iUniverse?

You're not qualified, Ms. Price, to judge my cognitve skills anymore than you are as a publisher. Well, of vanity press authors you are, all of whom, save maybe a couple were PA cheeleaders when I was sying he's a crook. How much did Charlie charge you to get out of your PA book? I paid nothing; just pounded them with bad press while folks like you attended the PA convention. Late to the party indeed like the rest.

I've never submitted a book to you, an instant publisher using POD. I wouldn't submit to anyone who uses a system set up for no demand. Yesterday you were a vanity press scam victim and now a commercial publisher. An overnight success publishing Mindsight Forum vanity writers since 2004.

I don't hate anyone including Bush. I disagree that what you are doing is publishing. It's a new vanity press publishing her friends. I submit to NY agents and publishers. That's how you know it's real. Thanks for stopping by.

5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


You claim that you're a journalist based on your two POD books, yet you deny others author status based on their POD books. LOL!

Have you ever had so much as a review, article, or essay published in a periodical that paid you for your writing?

Face it, your a wannabe writer. Welcome to the club.

5:28 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

I'm a journalist based on my BA posted right here and my published clips, posted right here. My books are journalism. Take a logic course nitwit.

5:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I'm a journalist based on my BA posted right here and my published clips, posted right here. My books are journalism. Take a logic course nitwit."

Despite what has become your trademark, the salutary insult that closes your reply, I tried to give you the benefit of the doubt. I looked here and at your web site linked to your complete profile for links to any professionally published writing. I found none. There are some links here, such as "FDA" or "CSU Budget". Assuming those might be some of the published clips you refer to, I clicked on those and was taken to an MSN web site which, after I created an account so i could access them, told me the page couldn't be found.

If you have any professional credits that can be read online, the links to them should be explicity labelled.

Point me to them.

11:02 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

They're word files of my published newspaper stories. They open fine but in a Word document. You know I don't have to justify anything to a troll. The clips are there, as are the books and DIPLOMA. Go screw yourself.

5:54 AM  
Anonymous Don said...

Mr. Blecha
I have no idea who you are or have had the pleasure of reading any of your works. However, I have read the book "Who Needs A Hero?" by T.M. Hunter and found it to be very entertaining and very well written.
I, myself, am a published author. I have a short story published in an anthology of short horror stories dedicated to Stephen King and published through Catalyst Press in New York, New York. I also have two books published here in Canada that are doing very well. My Canadian publisher is JBC Online E-Publishing.
As you can see, I didn't go through a P.O.D. publisher (PublishAmerica), nor through Vanity Press (Xlibris), but took the hard route where I knew that my work had to pass the scrutiny of professional editors and proofreaders before being published in a book.
I just want to say to T.M. Hunter that I truly enjoyed reading his book and I am looking forward to reading more of the adventures of Aston West in the sequel.

9:03 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

Oh yeah online E-publishing is the big time. No doubt you're a Mindsight member. They usually say things like this as part of the circle jerk.

6:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have Microsoft Word and have been using computers for some considerable time and know how to access and open files.

"The clips are there,"

WHERE? I asked you courteously to tell me where the articles were. You won't tell me. Instead you shoot more insults.

I conclude there are no articles, otherwise you'd be proud to have people read them. If they could find them, which they can't.

You're a complete fake.

7:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark, those docs you say are there are cached on your machine, which is why they show up for you. But the links for an outsider lead to non-existent pages. Simply uploading and linking to them will not work due to quirks in MSN.

12:49 AM  
Anonymous Don said...

I'm not going to get into a pissing contest with you. What works for some doesn't always work for others.

6:09 AM  
Blogger Gregory Block said...

Please note that my remark was favorable only concerning the "Turkey City Lexicon"; I haven't read Mr. Hunter's book, and cannot comment on its literary worth (although I may give it a read).

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, it fits more in the "Used Furniture" area, versus the "Space Western"...but I do have to agree that the lexicon is quite a nice little tool...

Hero has little to no literary worth, but then, I only wrote it to tell a story people might want to read.


5:02 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

MSN is foiling the clips for you due to browser settings, but I have files that others have accessed in that same system. The newspaper does not archive the stories beyond when the six months they were published. You can use that against me if you want. Frankly I don't give a shit. It's a bunch of nobodies projecting they're unimportance on others of greater substance. Pure trollery tactics. Editors have opened the files successfully so trolls seem to have a problem. Hmm.

Todd just write another book and submit it to real agents and publishers. There are no shortcuts including Behler, Winterwolf and that Michigan company. This is all family publishing their friends. It isn't real.

12:28 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Yeah I just checked the clips. Each one downloads from the MSN website. The problem is yours; it's not coming from my cache files, but doenloading straight from the site. Moreover, I've accessed them at college computer systems and in libraries. You are the problem troll.

12:34 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Calling a journalist a fake is defamatory and thus, libelous. Especially when it can be proven false as this claim of yours can.

12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark, I was just suggesting that you may have issues with others being able to view those files. I sure can't see them. That's no reason to call me a troll.

2:54 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

The files are vewable to others. I tell you what though I'll store them on Yahoo and link there as well on my webpage there.

Somebody called me a fake. I take issue with that, wouldn't you?

8:36 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

As I said the files download from the site each time but Word documents can crash. I intend to switch to html files because of that.

8:37 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

I added them to my complete profile link on this page. A couple aren't working still, but they will when I'm done.

1:31 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Links have all been moved to Yahoo.

10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

um...these articles seems to be on a college webpage...sun dial...I thought you meant serious journalist.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

These clips from the college newspaper with a readership of 37,000 students and the entire city of Northridge if not the whole San fernando valley. Go screw yourself you stupid troll.

11:16 AM  
Blogger Ano said...

I remember when my only clip was a short story in a college literary magazine, and I said I was a "published author" because of it. Then I grew up.

OK, your turn to call me names and use your amzing gift for writing unimaginative, banal expletives.

9:01 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

You're late to the party. Grow up yourself. College clips at least in newspapers count for the purposes of work. Go insult someone else. I'm not in the mood.

9:08 PM  

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