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I Need Your Help! We were Discriminated Against

 

 

We were told that if we did not stop holding hands we would be escorted out by security. This upset us terribly. I know Costa Rica is not America but they had to have rights and discrimination laws here, right?

 

When my partner, Geovanny told his friends on Facebook, immediately there was overwhelming support.  We rallied the support from a wonderful lesbian activist group who gathered over 200 people to demonstrate in front of the building.  But it went on, we filed a complaint with the courts and now, the case is at Costa Rica’s version of the Supreme Court. What happens here is very important and this is why I need your help.

 

No matter what your religious beliefs, discrimination is wrong.

 

It’s very important because the bar/casino is spreading lies saying that we were kissing and acting sexual with each other. (Which as you can see from the unedited video from Youtube is a complete lie) and they’ve drummed up two witnesses to say this (one of whom coincidentally happens to work at the Parliment. Payola?)  They say all this even though as you can see from the videos below none of it is true.

 

You can see the videos yourself here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFIJk6pi6PE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZRKGxTJjcw&feature=related

 

 

If we win this case, this could help change laws everywhere in Costa Rica forever.  No longer will gays, lesbians, straight couples, transgenered couples not be allowed to hold hands in public.  There will be equal rights at this casino and therefore will be a benchmark for this country and all of Central and perhaps South America.

 

What’s worse is if we lose this case, the Casino can come back and try to sue us! Imagine that.

 

I’m asking if you will please write a quick email to the supreme court below and tell them that you support us and that you will not stand for discrimination and will not visit Costa Rica, nor tell your friends or family to go to Costa Rica until there is true equality there for couples of all types.

 

Every single email matters. It takes just seconds to do. Whether you’re straight or gay or anywhere in between, whether you’re black or white or green, imagine if you were just trying to eat dinner with your partner and you were arrested for holding hands in the street. Does that sound right? This is the full and final decision and once the court rules on it, they never change the laws. That’s why it’s important that we win this case.

 

Simply copy and paste these emails and please remember to mention our Case Number #Exp 1149-81-0007-CO

 

Here is where you email:

discrimination@onlyincostarica.com

 

Here’s an example of what you might say. It can be very short:

 

Dear Magistrate,

I am in full support of Geovanny Delgado Castro and Jeff Rivera. Discrimination should not be tolerated whether it is against gays, lesbians, blacks or Asians.  And furthermore, my family, my colleagues, my friends, and I do not plan on coming to Costa Rica until this issue is resolved in a fair and just way.  The WORLD is watching.  Please, make the right decision with their case: #Exp 1149-81-0007-CO

 

 

 

 

Coming Full Circle – Back to Self-Publishing (Again)

Now, here I am, 7 years later and so much has changed in the industry. Although the majority of aspiring authors still dream of landing an agent and getting published, there’s a huge movement of those who were rejected by the industry or are disgusted by the practices of the industry that they’ve decided to go independent. And since it’s now easier than ever to self-publish with the Kindles, Nooks and Kobos of the world, even major authors are taking those risks.

I’m about to do the same thing. I do have some books that are the perfect match for major or small publishers for example my graphic novel, Forever My Baby that is being published by Blue Water Productions.  But the majority of my novels, I will be self-publishing. Then, I can always sell the print rights to a major publisher later. To me, print rights are just another ancillary right like the film rights or the merchandising rights that you might want to sell.

Why wait to see if you’re going to get approved, validated, vetted?  Why wait for someone to say, “You’re good enough” or “go back and get a bigger platform” before you move forward with doing what you really want to do? In my case, my goal always was to tell the stories I’m passionate about, build my fanbase and market directly to them.

I don’t need a major publisher for that. I feel like they’ll be in the way.  I can get a freelance editor who has the skillset to edit my book that came from one of the major houses. I can get an agent or manager or someone like my friend, Dr. Ken Atchity from Story Merchant to go and sell the film, foreign rights etc when the time is right but otherwise, why bother?

I know first hand, that when you land a book deal with a major publisher, you have to do just as much marketing on your own as you do when you self-publish, so then why am I giving away 90% of my money? Doesn’t make sense.

I’m excited about this new opportunity and want to do more and more writing and more and more connecting with my fans.

There’s going to be some exciting books coming up that I’m very passionate about so hold on, we’re about to go on an amazing ride.

 

Changes in My Life

Forever My Baby NovelFriday, June 17, 2011

Isn’t it funny how things change in your life?  I guess if they always stayed the same then it’d get boring but for me change allows me to really focus on what I want. Is this what I want? Am I doing what really makes me happy?

I had one of those moments lately when I thought to myself, “hey, yeah, it’s great I’m interviewing a lot of celebrities, I’m rubbing elbows with the who’s who of publishing but is that what I want? Why am I doing all that?”

And I came to the conclusion that the main reason I am doing all of that is to afford myself the time and resources to do what I really want, to write my novels.  That’s what I’m most passionate about. I also love helping people succeed, making their path to publishing a little easier than mine was.  That’s why I do consultations and help people get ready for a literary agent, to independently publish, etc.

So then, I thought: “Wait a minute, I already have all the time and resources to write my novels. Why not just do it?”

In fact, we all do. I write the same amount of hours I did when I had a day job. We’re all given 24 hours a day. There are people like my friend, author Pat Tucker who is a mother, a full-time journalist and still manages to crank out literally a novel every 2 weeks. So, money and time can’t be used as an excuse.

Although I will do occasional interviews and articles with celebrities and power players of my choosing (like the upcoming article on Marc Anthony’s concert), and will consult with a few select clients I have on publishing, 90% of my energy is going to be focused on writing my novels in this phase in my life.

My next novel, coming up is a graphic novel called, Forever My Baby which is being published by Blue Water Productions and is being released on Monday, November 7, 2011.  It is the prequel to my first novel, Forever My Lady.  It’s a blast to write but oh, Lord what a lot of work!