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Your period game is wack, mad binbong in the krilz. I sometimes use jargon to troll non-English speakers, sometimes real, sometimes not. Bird up, you smell me?

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Mkay, yeah, who would want to visit hawaii

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Can you detail out your experiences with "publishing?" I see a lot of comments in awe of this, frankly, trivial thing.

I know of many YA authors who have agents and publishers that will not touch anyone who is self-published, and contractually require them to abstain from doing so. If something was already self-published, it will never be picked up for major publication. Maybe in the early days where that was still an interesting rags to riches story, but I was surprised to find how vilified that process is when to me it sounds like the definition of proactivity.

I am assuming that you've essentially self-published your novel, and did not go through Big Publishing to do it, else you wouldn't be running your own AMA and would be linking to / referring to your publishers as required by contract.

Further, you spoke about carrying the novel "through editing." Did you self-edit, or have an editor review? Especially with YA, an editor's role is aligned completely with a publisher because they will edit the story to increase target audience stickiness + product potential, so it isn't merely proofreading.

Any marketing or ad budget (besides word-of-mouth social like this AMA)?

Did you consult anyone regarding these issues? Were you aware of them?

Or did you simply DIY the whole thing?

I'm interested to know as again the aspiring writers I work with all seem to have the same issue of self-publishing leading to success being a fairy tale pushed by those interested to profit from mass amounts of self-publishing, and for NYT bestseller levels you will either not find or see a cover-up regarding their self-publishing days.

Good luck!

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Most of us would be terrified to know what kind of loonies and extremists walk amongst us. It is only natural that LE and counter terrorism folks want tools to not only track dangerous individuals, groups and other entities but to also identify and anticipate them.

The true terrifying part is not "the loonies and extremists walking amongst us" it is the realization that LE and counter terrorism could use these same exact tools to dampen, dissuade and otherwise eliminate the non-loonies and not-so-extremists and their points-of-view.

If you don't think the government works, and try to gather as a group to protest or counter it, you can easily be labeled anti-government or an agitator and put into the same pile as those other people that directly seek to illegally harm the government and those who support it.

The right to gather as a group and the right to peacefully revolt are directly at odds with anti-privacy measures in the name of "protecting the homestead."

There have been movies and fiction about this: imagine an algorithm so far reaching it can determine a simple taste or opinion only eventually leads to dissent, and labels that a threat?

Of course those categories are prioritized (thankfully the gov is still run as a business, though black budget suppression systems are an advantage nobody can surpass), but it is always a wary debate tactic to resort to referring to nuclear options.

It happened when bitcoin was basically communicated to governments as child sex-slavery enabling technology, for example.

So really it being "only natural" for LE to want to anticipate danger because they seek to retain power as well as "protect the haystack." The right to dissent should not be confined to "within the rules of the system" and should be able to address the system. AKA, the haystack next to the haystack is all needles.