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Degrees of Slavery

Degrees of Slavery

While I was at the World Fantasy Convention in San Diego, a bit of a controversy blossomed around my use of the phrase “house slave” in a blog post I wrote here back in May. Barry Eisler, in a guest post on J. A. Konrath’s blog, mentioned my use of that phrase; so he caught [...]

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Swimming Lessons for House Slaves: You can’t make a living swimming

Swimming Lessons for House Slaves: You can’t make a living swimming

One of the myths being purveyed by the seriously entrenched House Slaves—the career House Slaves if you will—is this: “You can’t make a living epublishing.” They’ll cite all sorts of numbers, proving that their income from ebooks is but a paltry fraction of what they make through traditional publishing. To abandon traditional publishing and jumping [...]

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Swimming Lessons for House Slaves: No one will swim for you.

Swimming Lessons for House Slaves: No one will swim for you.

Dean Wesley Smith and Kris Rusch have done some great posts about the economics of digital publishing and turmoil that the independent publishing revolution is causing among writers. As brilliant as the essays are, and they really are must-reading, the comments readers have posted in response reveal two things. First, there are a lot of [...]

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Swimming Lessons for House Slaves: The Buddy System

Swimming Lessons for House Slaves: The Buddy System

In my last swimming lesson post, I pointed out that tradpub professionals like to convince writers that creating ebooks is far too complicated for any normal mortal to accomplish. For them, it is. These professionals have a) never done the job and b) remain willfully ignorant of the technology’s capabilities. As far as they’re concerned, [...]

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