Today we welcome Ben Erlichman, the founder and executive editor of Splickety Magazine, to 3 Questions Wednesday.
(1) Do you watch any reality TV shows? Why or why not?
Ben: In general, I avoid reality TV. When the idea of reality TV first came out, I was enthralled with the concept like millions of other Americans. Now, also like millions of other Americans, I’m sort of sick of this trend. Even so, I found myself watching this last season of ABC’s The Bachelor with my wife.
I’m happy to admit that I didn’t initiate watching the series and that I just happened upon it while she was watching it. I’m not as happy to admit that this season pulled me in and I was genuinely interested in knowing who the Bachelor would choose as his bride at the end of the series.
For me, reality TV is mostly unrealistic, despite its name. Sure, some of the cat-fights between the girls competing for the Bachelor’s affections were probably real, but both my wife and I noticed several instances where it was obvious that interactions or events were scripted and planned just for the sake of creating conflict and tension on the show. It’s moments like those, when the nonfiction of reality TV calls upon fictional elements to enhance the final product, that I don’t like.
(2) What are your thoughts on e-publishing?
Ben: E-publishing is a fantastic opportunity for authors to put their work out there for people to purchase, for readers to access that material, and probably mostly for e-retailers like Amazon to get richer and richer, but hey, kudos to them for leading the way.
Personally, I have had to reassess my goals as an author/writer when it comes to e-publishing. Do I want to forsake my original dream of being published via a reputable royalty-paying publisher and brave the tumultuous waters of e-publishing? The argument I’ve struggled with is that the waters in traditional publishing aren’t exactly calm right now either.
So I’ve decided to split the middle on this issue: I’m still pursuing traditional publishing, but I’m also releasing a collaborative novel sometime in the fall with my critique group in e-pub format, sort of as a platform-building initiative and sort of to see what happens and how much success we realize. It’s a test. If it goes well, then maybe I don’t need a traditional publisher after all. We’ll see, I guess.
(3) Which do you prefer? Facebook or Twitter?
Ben: I’ve always been a Facebook guy, but Twitter has grown on me, very recently, in fact. Facebook obviously lets you do more, but if I had a dollar for every MafiaWars, Castleville, Zynga Poker, or Birthday Calendar request I’ve received, I could probably buy an Italian sports car. Or feed a third world nation for a week. That’s a more noble cause.
Twitter offers the capacity to reach people instantly via SMS texts and the like, if they’re willing to hear from you right away, but my biggest issue is that I haven’t pursued Twitter because I already have so many things going on that I just haven’t made it a priority. I definitely see it as an area of expansion as far as my personal marketing and platform-building goes, so I hope to utilize it more in the future.
For the time being, I’ll stick with Facebook, despite their lousy stock performance. Good thing I’m too poor to have bought any when it launched.
Thank you, Ben, for joining us on 3 Questions Wednesday! For a chance to win a digital subscription to Splickety Magazine, leave a comment below.
In 7th grade Ben Erlichman saw the movie Congo on TV. It was so bad that he wrote a parody of it that was set in Australia and featured murderous kangaroos instead of gorillas. So began his writing career.
The author of five books (all currently unpublished), Ben is the founder and executive editor of Splickety Magazine, your source for quick fic with kick. Splickety specializes in publishing flash fiction stories of 1,000 words or less and has featured best-selling authors Brandilyn Collins and Robert Liparulo. Future issues will host Eva Marie Everson, Susan May Warren, James L. Rubart, DiAnn Mills and others. Find out more about Splickety Magazine on their website, http://www.splicketymagazine.com.
Ben Erlichman lives in Glendale, WI with his beautiful wife Ashley and his young son Liam. Aside from running Splickety and writing, he maintains a day job, and serves as youth pastor for his church. In his free time he likes to sword-fight, play sports, play video games, and manages to find a variety of other ways to get himself in trouble on a regular basis. Please befriend him at http://www.facebook.com/ben.erlichman and follow @BenErlichman on Twitter.