Hiatus on Manuscript Submissions

Posted: September 18, 2018 in Uncategorized

See Sharp Press will not be accepting manuscript submissions from new authors until further notice. (We will, though, continue to accept submissions from our current authors.)

The primary reason for this is that since I founded it 34 years ago, See Sharp Press has been a one-man operation, with yours truly doing all of the work, but for occasionally hiring other graphic artists, editors, and publicists on a contract basis.

And I need a break.

Since 1984, See Sharp has published 50 books, an equivalent number of pamphlets, and, of late, a number of e-books. I’ve been working almost continuously the entire time, often putting in 50-, 60-, even 70-hour work weeks, and it’s been 22 years since I took a vacation.

We have four very good books in the pipeline, and they’ll all appear next year. Once they’re out and I’ve had some time to rest, it’s quite possible See Sharp will once again begin accepting manuscript submissions.

If and when that happens, we’ll notify you on this blog and on the See Sharp Press web site.

In the meantime, we’ll continue publishing new material on this blog, and the already contracted books will appear on schedule.

Best wishes to all,

Chaz Bufe

Publisher, See Sharp Press


“Without music, life would be a mistake.”

–Friedrich Nietzsche (can’t find the source for this, but widely attributed)

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“Why don’t people who don’t play music just get it over with and kill themselves?”

–Mick Berry, co-author of The Drummer’s Bible

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“Real musicians don’t dance.”

–bumpersticker sighted in Tucson circa 2010

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“Women dress for women, musicians play for other musicians.”

— G. Michael Turner

(The only quibble I’d have with this is that there’s also a certain feeling of power when you’re on stage and have lots of people up dancing — “Hey! Heh, heh! I’m making them do that!” — and it doesn’t matter if you’re up there in a 7-piece, it’s still “I’m making them do that!” — which probably tells you more than you want to know about the mentality of musicians.)


“I would very much like to watch my favorite baseball team [San Francisco Giants] play incredibly poor baseball in their own ballpark without having to hear the racist, mouth-breathing drone that is the tomahawk chop. Knock that shit off, Braves fans.”

–Kenny Kelly, Giants Lose Ninth Straight

(Kenny might have added never wanting to again hear the racist “war whoop.” Here, he’s distilled in a few words why I hate the Atlanta Braves ownership and the Braves’ [presumably Trump-worshipping, goosestepping] fans. This is no reflection on the players, some of whom are great, but this demeaning racist shit has gotta go. Any of you Braves fans reading this who claim you aren’t racists, get a clue: if you’re doing this disgusting shit, you are racists — or at absolute minimum engaging in racist behavior. Own it.)

 


(No links here to document anything. No need. Those who pay attention to multiple news sources and have some respect for objective reality already know all of this and/or can easily check it with google, Bing, Yahoo, or Duckduckgo [no record of your doing it] search. The members of the cult are immune to evidence.)

Let’s talk instead about the Trump Cult, the approximately one-third of registered voters who worship the glorious leader and take his latest lies as the gospel truth — never mind his daily contradictions and/or the abundant video evidence of him saying the exact opposite of what he most recently said — and the approximately half of white male voters who are members of the cult.

Rather than asking “What the hell is wrong with them?” let’s take as a given that they’re bad at evaluating evidence, aren’t the sharpest tacks on the board, search for even the sketchiest evidence confirming their biases, can’t read scientific studies contradicting their beliefs, are angry and frustrated, and want to lash out and hurt the first handiest scapegoats.

So, how do we on the left appeal to such people? Showing them evidence that they’re wrong doesn’t work. It just further maddens them. It might and probably does help with those on the fence, but it doesn’t help with hardcore, true-believing cultists.

So what does work? Rational argument and evidence don’t.

First off, offer them a better alternative — something that will address their desperate, day-to-day needs, the needs that produce their anxiety and fear. (Medicare for all comes to mind as a good first step).

Then show them the obscenely luxurious lifestyles of the 1%, the parasites who don’t work and live off the work of the rest of us. Ask them if that’s fair. If those doing no work deserve such luxury. (That the cultists will get no benefit from Trump’s tax scam will help here.)

Then ask them what’s wrong with their daily lives. How do they want things to be? What do they want for their kids?

Show them how Trump et al. can’t and refuse to deliver. And in turn be prepared to deliver — in spades.

The Obama/Clinton corporate-whore Democrats can’t and won’t deliver — remember Hillary’s “no we can’t” mantra, heaping scorn on Bernie’s common-sense, mildly reformist proposals. So the corporate, do-nothing Dems have got to go.

If we do all this, we might peel as much as 10% or 15% off of Trump’s core cult supporters.

The rest will remain the type of people who would have forced Jews onto boxcars 75 years ago.

But they’re a minority. (Thank what passes for god.)

If we can peel off that 10% or 15% and offer even mild relief to the miseries afflicting the others (and all us), that’ll do it.

For now.

La lucha continua.


graphic by J.R. Swanson

FREE ENTERPRISE, n. A system in which a few are born owning billions, most are born owning nothing, and all compete to accumulate wealth and power. If those born with billions succeed, it is due to their personal merits. If those born owning nothing fail, it is due to their personal defects.

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— from The American Heretic’s Dictionary (revised & expanded), the 21st-century successor to Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary. (The link goes to 50 sample definitions and illustrations.)

American Heretic's Dictionary revised and expanded by Chaz Bufe, front cover


Ambrose Bierce

LABOR, n. One of the processes by which A acquires property for B.

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–from The Devil’s Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce


Wrath of Leviathan front coverOur new release, The Wrath of Leviathan, by T.C. Weber, is now available. It’s book 2 of the cyberpunk BetterWorld trilogy, and is available as a physical book and also as ePub, Mobi, and PDF e-books. Set against a background of an even more repressive security-state USA, with monopolization of the media by a manipulative megacorporation, MediaCorp (think Fox and Facebook combined and on steroids), The Wrath of Leviathan continues the tale of a group of hackers and activists who’ve resorted to illegality to break the stranglehold of the government and MediaCorp on the communications and political systems, and who are being hounded mercilessly and murderously as a result.

The first book of the trilogy, Sleep State Interrupt, was a nominee for the 2017 Compton Crook Award for Best First Science Fiction Novel.

If you’re a reviewer or blogger, review e-copies of both Sleep State Interrupt and Wrath of Leviathan are now available via NetGalley.

The final book of the trilogy, Zero-Day Rising, is scheduled for publication in 2019.