Who Is JTC?
*JTC. I'm the author of all this: John T. Cullen, a pseudonym for Jean-Thomas Cullen, who also writes as John Argo.
Believe it or not, I'm trying as much as possible to keep myself out of the way so readers (and writers) can enjoy what's on this site. I'll post a bio later, but just know that JTC is my acronym for John T. Cullen. That's not actually modesty, but brevity & practicality. I want visitors to focus on the free reading (ARCs, galleys) on this site, but in the bigger picture, on the concept behind Galley City and what these developing ideas can mean for you in your writing life and career.
Don't press now; save links for later. I have not just a website but in fact a webplex or network of linked websites dedicated to my online publishing (since 1996) at Clocktower Books. For more info on all that, there's a Clocktower Books Museum site in my webplex.
And Again, Focusing
While you're here, I would rather just have you focus on the Galley City conceptboth on my work featured here in free galley form as a guide and example (besides hours of free, enjoyable reading), *AND* the potential for writers (you, the creative world) to find happiness and satisfaction with the ideas being developed here.
Not Selling Anything. I'm not selling anything (except optional Amazon or B&N affiliate links to my work, if you choose). More than anything, I wish for visitors to stop and read. Moreoever, I'm sharing ideas that I hope you the writer and you the reader and you the artist will find interesting, helpful, and uplifting.
Bottom Line. The Galley City project began in November 2018 as an impulse by me to revisit the HTML novels process of 1996 and after. It quickly appeared to me that, in order to make my case to you the writers and readers, I have to be empathetic to how these things can add a dimension to your life. Not just what I'm doing, but what you can do for yourself. Most of us were up against a brick wall with the small number of publishers in NYC; now we're increasingly up against a new wall just as bad, mainly driven by the glut on the market of over a million new books a year. Agent Jeff Herman (link at right; I have his 2017 edition) talks about a powerful concept he calls Ignored Writer Syndrome. I'll discuss many topics like that later as I continue developing this website. I don't guarantee that publishing HTML novels on your site, to be read in HTML format, will make you richer, slimmer, or nicer looking. I will suggest that it automatically increases your chances of being noticed (marketing, brand awareness, etc.). I cannot hurt. I recently got a fund appeal from Wikipedia (which I support), in which the Wikipedia staff claim that 99% of people using their pages do not contribute; not even the three dollars they ask, which are partly used to pay the credit card fees for the transaction. What this tells us, dear writer and reader, is that if we accept reality (the world on its terms), most persons now as in the 1990s want stuff for free. That's actually some of the best, easiest advertising we'll ever see (unless they steal the stories and republish under their name, which is very rare and usually leads them only to bad places; be aware, but I won't let it deter me).
Stay Informed on the Industry. By publishing your own material in HTML format online, you are indeed part of the industry, no matter what anyone says. Read up on industry sources, like Publishers Weekly, which issues a free daily newsletter. Here's an informative article for example: What’s the Matter with Fiction Sales? (PW Oct 26, 2018). Above all, remember this: the cash flows from readers. Nobody, including the Big Five, has any real clue where the next E. L. James or Stephenie Meyer or other indie (independent) author will pop up. Readers will determine that, so you need to get out there and do your best to give readers a shot at your work. Today, HTML novels can generally be read not just on PC/Mac type machines, but on Droids and Kindles and other hand-held, traveling devices hooked up to WiFi in the atmosphere.
Toward the century and millennium break, we became too distracted by e-commerce and the explosion of portable devices and other issues (like always faster, faster computers
) and lost sight of the fact that we are evolutionary constructs that function at biological velocities. That does include deeper valence shells of whizzing electrons (everything does) but in terms of meaningful structures, we are constrained by our tactile (physical) and metaphoric (cortical) mechanics. When I publish my novel in all formats (p-book, e-book, and HTML novel) I have discovered this amazingly deep feeling of satisfaction. I'm in control here. The book is open. The pages are fluttering. Is it the wind, or is it a ghost, or is it you, dear reader? Or some combination of those three? Or even something as yet unguessable? We'll find out more as we spend time on this Galley City project. Think about making the idea yours, of harnessing it for your creative energies. I'm having a blast, and thank you for visiting.
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