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F.A.Q’s

Throughout the years I’ve spent attempting to either create a blog or hanging out on a forum, there have been dozens of questions asked concerning who I am and what my status is. Below are some frequent questions that may help you understand stand this website and me a little better.

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Q: What does the initials ‘H.A.’ mean?

A: Henry Allen

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Q: Is H.A. Parker your real name?

A: No, it isn’t.

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Q: Where did you get the name from then?

A: It came to mind while I was trying to fall asleep.

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Q: Why did you decide to go with the name?

A: Because most of my family and friends think they know me already from all the talking that I do. It is often surprising for them to see how I try my best to bemuse them. I enjoy appearing as a rather mysterious fellow and I would like to keep my appearance that way.

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Q: Why don’t you reveal your true name?

A: Out of the experiences I have had creating either websites or forums, I learned that at least one out of the dozens of forum members tend to ‘stalk’ me on the internet. Any of the information I used and posted on the sites have been exposed on the web for personal attacks. While some people do know who H.A. Parker is, most of those people are either family or friends.

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Q: Are there any exceptions to revealing your true name?

A: Whenever there is a need to conduct business or familiar issues, that’s when I reveal my true name.

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Q: Do you have Face Book?

A: Yes.

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Q: Don’t you have a group called the ‘Resurrection’ on Face Book?

A: I do, but those forums are for friends and family members only.

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Q: Can you explain what were the other websites you created?

A: Most of the websites I created are for experimental and exposing purposes. My oldest blog I recently deleted because most of the information  was either copied from previous sources and it lacked originality i.e., there were no web articles I created for readers to share. Hopefully with this new blog, I’ll be able to use this as a means to get my name out there without too much trouble.

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Q: Will you create more blogs?

A: Of course I will, but they would not be for publicizing books.

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Q: Why didn’t you create a blog about your book sooner?

A: I wasn’t sure if I was going to be successful with my writing career. Most people who self publish only do so for families and friends. In my case, I got sick and tired of hearing how competitive the publishing industry is.

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Q: Did you try finding a literary agent?

A: I did try–dozens of times. Most of the agents I kept looking for were either against science or Christian fiction which my book engages in precisely both.

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Q: What made you go with self-publishing?

A: Although I’ve been warned a million times not to go down this route, I chose to go down this route in hopes to test out the waters. Numerous authors have been known to be approached by literary agents for selling their books.

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Q: Are you aspiring to be one of them?

A: Maybe, it just depends on how my books sell.

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Q: What’s the difference between you and everyone out there who calls themselves ‘Self-Published’?

A: The difference is quality. Although you’ll find dozens of aspiring writers out there wishing to call themselves novelists, the truth of the matter is that they probably aren’t and their writing is just downright crappy. Even though I don’t count myself any better than the rest of them, I am willing to pull my book off the shelves if readers find more than enough grammatical, logical, and formatting mistakes throughout the manuscript.  No reader should have to go through the time and effort to buy a book that endlessly frustrates them.

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Q: What would you consider the limit of mistakes?

A: Anything that is more than just five. Although my policy statement should read three, I say five if it includes a combination of errors apart from the grammatical ones.

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Q: How many books are you wanting to sell?

A: At most, I’d like to see myself having at least 10,000 copies sold, if not more.

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Q: What if you don’t sell enough?

A: I can only consider two alternatives: a). I’m not making myself known out there or b.)The book sucks.

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Q: How long have you been working on the book?

A: I’ve been working on this book for six years at least. My writing has been a gradual evolution from the crappy, childish, amateur writer to an intermediate professional.


1 Comment

  1. John Michael Cummings says:

    re: book review request by award-winning author

    Dear Resurrection Blog:

    I’m an award-winning author with a new book of fiction out this fall. Ugly To Start With is a series of thirteen interrelated stories about childhood published by West Virginia University Press.

    Can I interest you in reviewing it?

    If you write me back at johnmcummings@aol.com, I can email you a PDF of my book. If you require a bound copy, please ask, and I will forward your reply to my publisher. Or you can write directly to Abby Freeland at:

    Abby.Freeland@mail.wvu.edu

    My publisher, I should add, can also offer your readers a free excerpt of my book through a link from your blog to my publisher’s website:
    http://wvupressonline.com/cummings_ugly_to_start_with_9781935978084

    Here’s what Jacob Appel, celebrated author of
    Dyads and The Vermin Episode, says about my new collection: “In Ugly to Start With, set in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, Cummings tackles the challenges of boyhood adventure and family conflict in a taut, crystalline style that captures the triumphs and tribulations of small-town life. He has a gift for transcending the particular experiences to his characters to capture the universal truths of human affection and suffering–emotional truths that the members of his audience will recognize from their own experiences of childhood and adolescence.”

    My short stories have appeared in more than seventy-five literary journals, including North American Review, The Kenyon Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and The Chattahoochee Review. Twice I have been nominated for The Pushcart Prize. My short story “The Scratchboard Project” received an honorable mention in The Best American Short Stories 2007.

    I am also the author of the nationally acclaimed coming-of-age novel The Night I Freed John Brown (Philomel Books, Penguin Group, 2009), winner of The Paterson Prize for Books for Young Readers (Grades 7-12) and one of ten books recommended by USA TODAY.

    For more information about me, please visit:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Michael_Cummings

    Thank you very much, and I look forward to hearing back from you.

    Kindly,

    John Michael Cummings

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