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Thank You All, Very Much

Thank You All, Very Much

The last month and a half have been a whirlwind for me—so much so that I’ve spent more time out of my house than in it. Phoenix ComiCon was very successful, and two weeks after that I was in Columbus, Ohio for the Origins Game Faire. The weekend after that found me in Albuquerque for [...]

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Getting Physical With Books

Getting Physical With Books

I’ve been a huge proponent of digital publishing down through the years. In fact, I take great delight at watching other pundits holding forth on discoveries they’ve made, which are identical to things I was saying five years ago. These would be things concerning the pricing of books, the rise in popularity of series fiction [...]

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Upcoming Convention Specials!

Upcoming Convention Specials!

Convention season begins in less than ten days, with Phoenix Comicon here in Phoenix. This is a great show, which has gotten bigger each year, and I’ll be in attendance once again. Not only will I participate in some panels, but I’ll be teaching my 21 Days to a Novel seminar and, for the first [...]

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Ask Dr. Sinisterion: Who do I back in the GOP Primary?

Ask Dr. Sinisterion: Who do I back in the GOP Primary?

(After months of having been absent from blogging and off the radar, please welcome back Doctor Sinisterion. He assures me that he’s successfully fought extradition, so should be a regular here once again. Here is his latest dose of insight about the world from a decidedly and distinctly unique point of view. —Mike Stackpole) Doctor [...]

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Milestones

Milestones

I apologize for having gone silent on the blog for a month or so. Things have been insane (as you will see below), but in a good way. There are times when creativity grabs you by the throat and won’t let go. I’d complain, but since creativity is my bread and butter, you work hard [...]

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Price isn’t the point

Price isn’t the point

Discussions have been raging for a while among self-published authors about ebooks and price points. They break down into three major schools: The Buck Stops Here School. For these folks, 99 cents is the price point. They see a lot of sales of books at that price point, figuring that no one is going to [...]

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When is Crap crap?

When is Crap crap?

In a recent blogpost, J. A. Konrath addressed the fears by some writers that their quality work will sink unnoticed, unloved and (worst of all) unpurchased in the great “Tsunami of crap” resulting from everyone self-publishing. He quite correctly notes that this fear is nonsense and promulgated by house slaves. He suggests that their predictions [...]

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