Tag Archives: Essays
21 Days to a Novel: Tonight in Second Life for FFAC

21 Days to a Novel: Tonight in Second Life for FFAC

Tonight, starting at 6 PM PDT, I’ll be teaching my class, 21 Days to a Novel in Second Life. The event is part of Fiction For A Cure, which is part of Relay for Life in Second Life’s cancer research fundraising effort for the American Cancer society. Hit the link for information about the class […]

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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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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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Ebook Rentals? I don’t get it.

Ebook Rentals? I don’t get it.

I’ve been seeing a lot written about how the rental of ebooks is the next big thing on the digital horizon. Most often the argument is framed as “looking for the Netflix of ebooks.” On the surface, when framed like that, the concept is brilliant. After all, look what Netflix did for Blockbuster. Borders is […]

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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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The Night Shade Books/Skyhorse Publishing Deal: Why I’ll Take A Pass

The Night Shade Books/Skyhorse Publishing Deal: Why I’ll Take A Pass

It’s no secret that Night Shade Books has had financial trouble over the last several years. Jason Williams has been quite frank about their difficulties, both in public and in private conversations with me. I sympathize—Night Shade chose to expand their list just as the economy collapsed and as digital books sales became an increasingly […]

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