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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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The Lessons of Phoenix Comicon

The Lessons of Phoenix Comicon

Phoenix Comicon was, as always, a wonderful and classy experience. Matt Solberg and his organization run a fantastic show which has grown like topsy. Each year more and more people show up, and each year I do better and better selling books and other items from my table. I gave my 21 Days to a […]

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House Slaves vs. Spartacus

House Slaves vs. Spartacus

Others, most notably Dean Wesley Smith, have written far more eloquently than I shall about the issue of the coming civil war between writers. I actually don’t expect the war to be very civil at all, largely because the internet is not a place which cultivates or rewards civility. In fact, the very title of […]

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Writing in the Golden Age of Ebooks

Writing in the Golden Age of Ebooks

My last post painted a gloom-and-doom scenario for the publishing industry. I wasn’t trying to be hyperbolic. I believe everything I wrote, and I wrote it in the vain hope that some folks in traditional publishing might read the warning and act to negate my vision of the future. Like most folks, I love books […]

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Ebooks: How Many Are We Really Selling?

Ebooks: How Many Are We Really Selling?

It’s no secret that I have been a strong proponent of ebooks. I’ve encouraged every author I know to convert their backlists into ebooks to be sold via their own websites, via Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and any other site that makes a reasonable offer. In one post here, I even lined-out the Nine […]

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Casting Call: In Hero Years… I’m Dead

Casting Call: In Hero Years… I’m Dead

In the past I’ve been asked by folks what I’d do if Hollywood came calling about a book of mine. I generally answer that I would “take the money and run.” I’m still of that opinion. But the other day I was given reason to think about my superhero noir novel, In Hero Years… I’m […]

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