Traditional Publishing Industry


Was digging up some old files — found a haiku set I’d written in April 2010 on “the traditional publishing industry.”

P.S. Sense of humor required. Grammatical + spelling quirks are deliberate.

[Haiku Set: Traditional Publishing Industry]

1. Gang of Middlemen
Corporate greed +
Social-climbing = Work’s
Top Priority.

2. Wolfpire
Mister Vampire
Met Miss Werewolf, and spawned a
Lucrative franchise!

3. Zero Karma
Monkeys chasing tails,
Slipping on banana peels
They flung earlier.

4. Business Transactions —
Where we care not for
Suppliers or customers:
Ju$t the bottom line.

5. B.S.
“It’s all a game of
Luck and chance — there’s no need for
Marketing research.”

6. E-revolution
Dinosaurs, leeches,
and parasites will be flushed
out of the system.

[E-revolution is c/o Mark Coker @]

7. Thanks
For all the drama.
I’ll stick with something more sane,
Sensible & safe.

8. Good Gamblers
All good gamblers know
their stakes — I’ve better chances
Sticking with Indie.

9. I was blind
But now I see, that
the way to go is my own;
from you i’ll be free.

10. Fact vs. Fiction
Be responsible:
We’ll point fingers to not be
Held accountable.

=== The End ===

// sum-up of the traditional publishing industry ^^

// for a more serious/scholarly look at the publishing industry, check out my quite-popular post, Indie vs. Traditional Publishing.

// unrelated note #1 — here’s how a person surfed into my blog not too long ago! keywords = “jess c scott poetry analysis”


// unrelated note #2 — latest sketch [this was a preliminary study — i intend to do an improved version…when i’m not so busy/tired with homework + formatting files for future book projects].


that was based on Korean popstar, se7en.
the sketch below was based on Korean popstar, Rain.

bi rain, sketch

think i’ll draw some ladies later in the year, haha (i NEED to get started on proper “human anatomy” type sketches/studies, lol).

// unrelated note #3 — The Devilin Fey *almost* managed to cracked the Kindle top #1,000 in the past week (maybe it will, later). i got a nice screenshot of TDF taking the #1 spot in “Hot New Release in Bargain Books” (got the screenshot by chance / was Googling something else).

amazon screenshot

// unrelated note #4 — i have 3-4 more books i’ll be putting out by the end of this year. right now i have 6 (and the most deviant one is selling at the fastest rate, hmm…) — so i might “disappear” yet again for a while from online spaces/social media places/etc, to concentrate on the (quality of the) books + my summer “strategic marketing” course + my fall 2010 semester (3 upper division courses + one elective). it’d be nice and relaxing to just focus on those + doing some drawing/whatever on the side.

// unrelated note #5 — Proactiv works — glad i tried it out.


Writing Quotes


I can spend a lot of time reading & re-reading these favourites. I guess this page will be for quick reference.

* I’ve some quotes from my books here — for the people who locate my website by Googling “quotes by Jess C Scott.”

* Shout-out to “Billy (Age 4) and the Kids” (re: a love quotation).


14 Oct 07: Bad artists copy; good artists steal. ~ Pablo Picasso

8 Dec 07: There is an eloquence in true enthusiasm. ~ Edgar Allan Poe

11 Dec 07: I’m puzzled, I’m melancholy, I don’t know what to do with myself; I wish I weren’t alone! ~ Chopin’s notebook, Spring 1831

25 Dec 07: Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former. ~ Albert Einstein

25 Dec 07: It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed. ~ Albert Einstein


30 Jan 08: I couldn’t help it. I can resist everything except temptation. ~ Oscar Wilde

13 Feb 08: A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist. ~ Vladimir Nabokov

14 Feb 08: You have no conception of the quantity of miserable feeling that passes through me in a day. ~ John Keats

10 Mar 08: EGOTIST, n. — A person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me. ~ Ambrose Bierce

16 Nov 08: Be a good animal. Be true to your animal instincts. ~ D. H. Lawrence


1 Jan 09: Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence. ~ Henry David Thoreau

1 Feb 09: There is more to life than to increase its speed. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

12 Jun 09: Quality, quality, quality: never waver from it, even when you don’t see how you can afford to keep it up. When you compromise, you become a commodity and then you die. ~ Gary Hirshberg, founder, Stonyfield Farm Yogurt

9 Jul 09: Do it big or stay in bed. ~ Larry Kelly

29 Aug 09: My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way. ~ Ernest Hemingway

06 Sept 09: “The one on my board right now.” ~ What Frank Lloyd Wright said when asked which of his buildings was the most beautiful

14 Dec 09: It’s not about the fall, it’s about how high you bounce right back up. ~ Beyoncé (Larry King Live)

Dec 2009:  just found out i have a 21 y/o brother. deadbeat dad!! — Dec 09, on #omgfacts


11 Jan 10: Endless Effort, Endless Endurance, Endless Modesty. ~ Bi Rain

5 Apr 10: Infirm of purpose! Give me the daggers. ~ Lady Macbeth

6 Apr 10: I don’t regret for a single moment having lived for pleasure. I did it to the full, as one should do everything that one does. There was no pleasure I did not experience. I threw the pearl of my soul into a cup of wine. I went down the primrose path to the sound of flutes. I lived on honeycomb. ~ Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis

12 Apr 10: It is into “the gall of his envy” which Claggart infuses “the vitriol of his contempt…for the sly escape of a spontaneous feeling on Billy’s part…answering to the antipathy of his own.” ~ Herman Melville’s (oh yeah!) Billy Budd

27 Jul 10: “I criticize by creation, not by finding fault.” ~ [Marcus Tullius Cicero (Ancient Roman Lawyer, Writer, Scholar, Orator and Statesman, 106 BC-43 BC)]

27 Jul 10: “Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” ~ Steve Jobs

15 Oct 10: “The only way to get massive success is by taking massive action on a consistent basis.” ~ Weston Lyon

15 Oct 10: “A narcissist does not hear the naysayers. At the Trump Organization, I listen to people, but my vision is my vision.” ~ Donald Trump

15 Oct 10: “Naysayers rarely contribute much, and they usually don’t amount to much. Don’t find a fault, find a remedy.” ~ Henry Ford

3 Nov 2010: “I’m driven, I know what I like and I don’t care what others think.” ~ Kat Von D


27 May 2011: “The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools.” ~ Herbert Spencer

30 May 2011: “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

30 June 2011: “Don’t allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.” ~ may this ever be etched on every self-respecting person’s mind.

12 July 2011: “The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water, but to walk on the earth.” ~ Chinese Proverb

13 July 2011: “Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess.” ~ Edna Woolman Chase (editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine from 1914-1952)

9 Sept 2011: “Hollywood money isn’t money. It’s congealed snow, melts in your hand, and there you are.” ~ Dorothy Parker


24 June 2012: “When I chased after money, I never had enough. When I got my life on purpose and focused on giving of myself and everything that arrived into my life, then I was prosperous.” ~ Wayne Dyer

25 June 2012: “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.



13 March 2013: “Now you can kick that f***ing door down + say what you have to say.” ~ Jared Leto / 3oSecondsToMars (on artists’ ability to use new technology to get the word out)

And too many to list :P

Some great places to search for quotes:

Brainy Quote

Spiritual Blog (Sri Chinmoy)

Forbes: Top 32 Quotes Every Entrepreneur Should Live By

Thoughts on Success: Thoughts and Reflections From History’s Great Thinkers (Forbes Leadership Library)

Inspirational Quotes (FB Page, with great visual graphics)

Rainism Dance Video


I spent about one month learning the dance routine for “Rainism” [a song by Korean pop artiste Rain (the Ninja Assassin guy!)] — always liked watching people dance. Decided to give it a shot since life is short.

–> It’s harder than it looks coz it’s FAST

That’s what I get up to when I’m not reading/writing/studying. The one thing I loathe about anything writing-related, is the amount of time one can spend sitting one one’s arse…I like to move. I like physical activity (random dance + swimming + yoga = top choices). I hate it when my joints feel stiff and/or inflexible. I hate staring at a screen for hours. I don’t think there are very many activities that are more unhealthy than the latter, lol.

By the way, I never realized how cool an album “Blood on the Dance Floor” [BotDF MJ / Michael Jackson] was/is too. I passed it so many times in Singapore when I used to amble around CD shops…finally got a copy here for $5 on a whim the other day. Man, I think the album is more bad than “Bad”! I currently own 4 MJ albums and will be getting the remaining 3 soon [“Off The Wall”, “History” and “Invincible”]…R.I.P Mr. Michael Jackson.