Free Writer

Rated 4.56/5 based on 9 reviews
A novelist learns how the publishing business really works.
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About JDeWayne Pierce

I write about a future with endless wonders and fantastic technologies. Places where fulfilling lives are ahead for anyone brave enough to dream of greater things to come.
I wrote my first short story, that was not a homework assignment, at the age of 10. Most likely it was the result of growing up as a "Base Brat" courtesy of the USAF. I always had a different outlook on things.
I have lived in the following States of the USA: VA, TN, MT, MS, IL, TX and have visited about 35 or so of the other States. I have also lived in Okinawa, Kuwait, Vietnam, Puerto Rico, Cuba and Saudi Arabia.
My most memorable vocations have been; US Marine, Radiochemist and Chemistry Shift Supervisor.
My hobbies are also quite diverse; Amateur Astronomy, Astrophotography, Philately, Numismatics and Amateur Philosophy (I say what I think).
I live with my wife Patricia, and my imaginary time machine in Rock Spring, Georgia.
Look for my second novel Earth Steps Forth-Power of the Cross early 2018.

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Review by: Ecrivain Hongrois on Jan. 5, 2019 :
This has a hidden message for every (would be) writer.
Desperate or not, think about what are you willing to give up..If anything.
Well done.
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Review by: Dawn Pierce on Nov. 12, 2013 :
I found the ironic humor refreshing. The publisher is a character you love to hate despite her history.
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Review by: Michael Carter on Aug. 9, 2013 :
This had some interesting things to say about writers and publishing, usually in an ironic way. Is it saying that publishers are vampires, sucking creativity out of people and shaping it to their own needs? Maybe. It's a fun read; clearly the author is as sick of Paranormal Romance as I am, but surely the point of this tale, is that, nowadays, every writer can be a "free writer" and write and publish whatever they wish, even if its Daddy Porn [how can there be such a large interest in this??].

I thought the story lacked a bit of focus, but was enjoyable and thought-provoking; I love anything about writing and writers [try Smashwords Writers Duel by Jonathan Strickland!]
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Review by: Leslie Messer on Aug. 8, 2013 :
Great short read! I wouldn't want to come across this publisher in a dark alley or maybe even in the light of day. She is one creepy lady!
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Review by: Mae Endy on Aug. 8, 2013 :
Nice job capturing the scene as it relates to talented writers and their encounters with publishing companies.
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Review by: Artie Margrave on Aug. 7, 2013 :
Loved this. A lot of subconscious admonishings for both writers and publishers. Be very wary when meeting a publisher, but make certain it's in daytime and the publisher's office has at least a window.
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Review by: J.M. Hardin on Aug. 6, 2013 :
It was the perfect find as I got ready to publish my first short story and it makes me that much more glad new authors have Smashwords to get our stories out.

It's a short read, but even if you have no plans of writing anything yoruself, let alone publishing anything, you have to read Free Writer. Even if you just want to see how it was in the bad old days.
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Review by: Jonathan Antony Strickland on Aug. 4, 2013 :
Good short story of a author dealing with one of the most god awful publishers to ever grace the writing world.

As someone who too has dealt with a simular subject (I'm talking of a story I wrote on here called "Smashwords Writing Duel". That's my plug over with!) this was a nice change and funnily enough only this week in the pub I was disscussing with Mick Carter (a writer here on smashwords as well) that bloody zombies, vampires and werewolves get far too much coverage.

This was a good story and the next time I'm in my local bookstore I'm going armed with my chainsaw, wooden-stakes and silver bullets to deal with all that crappy teenage fiction that seems to be flooding the market.
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Review by: S. J. Qualls on Aug. 3, 2013 :
Wow, this was a good short story! You have to read it for yourself, I wouldn't want to give anything away. It doesn't take long and you will be glad you read it. It made my day!
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