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Amazon’s Offer to Authors: a reality check

Amazon’s Offer to Authors: a reality check

Amazon floated a trial balloon in their dispute with Hachette to “take authors out of the middle.” Gigaom.com has the full text here. Within minutes of the letter’s publication, warriors on either side of the fight decried the letter as a cynical PR ploy, or praised it as proof that Amazon truly is sympathetic to […]

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Backing the Wrong Horse: Why choosing sides in the Amazon—Hachette feud is a moron’s choice for writers.

Backing the Wrong Horse: Why choosing sides in the Amazon—Hachette feud is a moron’s choice for writers.

Let me state at the outset that the following is likely to outrage writers and publishers. Those who deign to comment will dismiss me as being ignorant or mistaken or secretly in agreement with the “other side.” I want to be clear: the “side” I’m taking in this discussion is mine and mine alone. I’m […]

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Heroes! the Anthology, now on Kickstarter

Heroes! the Anthology, now on Kickstarter

Heroes! is a project that began as the 2013 Origins Game Fair anthology. As we did with Time Traveled Tales, Silence in the Library and the authors in the anthology have entered an agreement to bring the book out on a profit-sharing basis. It’s a great deal for the writers, and that means we can […]

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Remembering Aaron Allston

Remembering Aaron Allston

I’m not good with death. I’ve been lucky enough that very few people who I have gotten to know closely have died. None of them have I known for as long or as well as I knew Aaron Allston. His death hurts. It hurts deeply. I haven’t succeeded in writing about his death before today […]

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And We Have A Winner!

And We Have A Winner!

The Gencon contest has produced a winner. The Judges and I had a tough time sorting through all the submissions. The creativity of the contestants really put a smile on our faces—and made me happy for the future of the human race. If the Zombi Apocalypse comes, I’m sure the contestants will be among the […]

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Two 4-day Passes to Gencon Free!

Two 4-day Passes to Gencon Free!

As I noted in my previous post, I have been traveling a lot. I’ve been away from home in July more than I’ve been here. Fact is, I love traveling and attending conventions. And, thanks to the folks at Gencon, you have a chance to travel, too. Gencon, the “Best Four Days in Gaming,” and […]

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Why I’m Signing the New Night Shade/Skyhorse agreement

Why I’m Signing the New Night Shade/Skyhorse agreement

As has been bruited about all over the ‘Net, Skyhorse heavily amended its letter of agreement to authors earlier this week. I’ve finally been sent a copy, got a chance to review it, and have decided I’ll sign. The agreement isn’t perfect. I still have my royalties cut, but not nearly as drastically as before. […]

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