Monthly Archives: May 2011

Contract Critical!!

For those of you with agents, for those of you with IP lawyers for contracts, for those of you even hoping to sell a book into traditional publishing, the Passive Guy, a former attorney, on his blog, The Passive Voice, … Continue reading

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New Poker Boy Collections

As I get done with deadlines and head back to a big push on the short story challenge, I’ve been doing a few short story collections. You can see the titles of the collections and covers down the right side … Continue reading

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Dave Farland and Passive Guy

Passive Guy put up some great thoughts from Dave Farland about indie publishing and the future of publishing in general. Fantastic stuff, folks. Worth the read from two of the smarter people working in this business. http://www.thepassivevoice.com/05/2011/publishers-and-agents-are-trying-to-figure-out-how-to-skin-their-own-authors

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Mining the Authors

http://www.thepassivevoice.com/05/2011/strip-mining-the-authors/ This blog by Passive Guy, a former attorney, may be one of the most important posts you will ever read as a writer or near-professional writer. This post, combined with Kris’s most recent post on surviving the transition shows … Continue reading

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Ever Thinking of Signing a Contract?? Read This!!

If you have ever signed a contract and your publisher is coming back to you with an added clause to sign, or if you are thinking of signing a contract with a book publisher, this blog by J. Daniel Sawyer … Continue reading

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I Thought My Early Covers Sucked

Wow, agents who are doing books are starting to have the books appear and guess what? They don’t have a clue what they are doing any more than the rest of us did when we started. And that’s worth 50%??? … Continue reading

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Michael A. Stackpole Hits It Again

In a great post about the future of publishing, Michael A. Stackpole once again just flat calls things as they are. Worth the read, folks. Great post, Mike! http://www.michaelastackpole.com/?p=2547

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Think Like A Publisher #11… Electronic Sales to Bookstores

Just over a year ago now, Kris was standing at the end of an aisle in a Safeway grocery store as I came around the corner from the deli section. She was staring at one of those huge end-caps of … Continue reading

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Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing: Killing a Career

This myth just gets more and more annoying by the day. And finally, with all the new stuff about indie publishing, I figured it was time to take a hammer to the myth. If you catch some hints of annoyance … Continue reading

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You Think I’m Harsh

I get a lot of feedback around the web and from writers that I am harsh. I don’t see myself as being harsh, just honest. Telling it the way I’m seeing it from thirty-plus-years of writing, editing, and sitting in … Continue reading

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