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DragonCon and Catching Up

DragonCon and Catching Up

I think I am mostly recovered from DragonCon 2011. It was, as always, a wonderful experience. It’s an overwhelming spectacle, with friends everywhere I look. If it weren’t for the need to sleep, I don’t think I’d ever have seen the inside of my hotel room. Without doubt the high point of the convention was […]

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Abracadabra: Books are Magazines

Abracadabra: Books are Magazines

The Magician stands on stage and invites a volunteer from the audience to lend him something. Not a piece of jewelry, or a dollar bill, but a book. The volunteer—an author—hands him a copy of his latest tome. The Magician places it on a stand and waves a hand at it. “Behold, a book.” He […]

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Homeland Security Services

Homeland Security Services

I’ve not been blogging much in the last two weeks, but I have a good excuse. Much better than “My dog degaussed my thumbdrive,” or whatever the kids say these days. Here it is: I wrote a novel. This novel is really important for a number of reasons that I’ll go into below. First, let […]

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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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Protect Yourself: Sample ebooks before you buy!

Protect Yourself: Sample ebooks before you buy!

I spend a lot of time writing and talking about electronic publishing. One of the issues that comes up from both writers and readers is this: With everyone publishing out there, how do I know what is good? (The author version of that question is, “With everyone publishing out there, how can I make my […]

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Ebook Golden Age: Diversity Returns

Ebook Golden Age: Diversity Returns

The response to my last series of posts has been fantastic. One of the subjects a number of folks have asked me to talk about is how ebooks will change the nature of what we write. I think it will have a huge impact, and a wonderful one. It’s this aspect of the Golden Age […]

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