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It's the malware, stupid.
New York Times CEO Mark Thompson caused a minor stir a couple weeks ago when he gave a speech at an advertising conference declaring that
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I particularly liked this quote:

> News orgs: Please turn off adblockers.
> Reader: An ad on your site infected my PC w/ ransomware. Will you pay to get my data back?
>*crickets*
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Some eye-opening numbers this time around.
Data in the publishing biz is hard to come by. Without widespread sharing of data by retailers, publishers, agents, and authors, we are all left like the blind to describe different parts of the same but seemingly disjointed elephant. Two years ago, AuthorEarnings released its first report on a ...
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Currently it's available on Amazon.com. It will be available through Barnes & Noble and your favorite booksellers in the next few days as the Ingram database propagates through the various systems. We will update the latest retailer information on the book's store page (where it is available now). If you prefer Kindle, it's available for pre-order with release on May 25th, 2016.
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"Katherine Lawrence is an excellent story teller, and Yamabuki is a heroine worthy of all time. I am thoroughly enjoying this series of novellas. Even though I generally prefer a big, thick, juicy book with hundreds of pages, I find that the depth of knowledge Lawrence exhibits plays well to the shorter style. In other words, there is so much in each book, brief as they are, that the brevity makes it easier to digest, savor, and enjoy.

I love me some Yamabuki."
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"It’s interesting to note here that the Big 5 holds less than a quarter of print bestseller slots, and their unit sales, dollars, and author royalties are less than half of Amazon’s print business. This is a greater percentage than any other publishing type, but it again stresses the need for balance and perspective when the top publishers’ numbers are taken to represent the whole of the industry; they don’t even represent half of online sales in the format they are supposed to dominate."
Two years ago, the first Author Earnings report revealed the growing market share of self-published ebooks. With data on hundreds of thousands of titles, it was suddenly possible to measure the relative sales and earnings power of ebooks according to publishing path. By sharing this data, ...
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"If people don't want to be offended, they shouldn't go to comedy clubs? Maybe. But if you don't want people to react to your jokes, you shouldn't get on stage and tell your jokes to people."
Hello, precious flowers. I know it's been a difficult couple days for all of us, what with certain people interrupting certain other people (so rude!) and certain other people suggesting that said interruptors deserve to be hilariously gang-raped (so edgy!). In case you're not caught up: comedian Daniel Tosh made some rape jokes at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood, a female audience member informed him that "rape jokes are never funny," in retribut...
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The most comprehensive and useful submissions tracker spreadsheet I have found so far. This is nothing short of fabulous! All authors and writers who submit multiple pieces to multiple publications should check this out!
While at Launchpad, there was a discussion about various ways writers track their submissions. Some writers use a service like Duotropes, others use a simple spreadsheet, others still write them down in a notebook. I've always done mine in a spreadsheet, one that eventually evolved into a Google ...
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So today I have a guest blogpost up for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. What do you think?
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Six reviews now. The latest: Extremely well written. I really enjoy the writing.
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Katherine M. Lawrence writes about music she listens to while writing the Yamabuki books.
The soundtrack for Shogun Assassin is where my writing music started. Here Lone Wolf defeats three ninja women who are disguised as dancer acrobats in the circus de soleil of their day. Some writers like to immerse themselves in the place and setting of the action. We put on our music and takes us to another world. Music helps the author visualize place, mood and setting. And it is not just in samurai novels. Some of my readers ha...
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This is what Seinfeld and Maher (and yes, I think I might include Cleese as well, now) and other comedians who gripe about "political correctness" don't get.

"Much has been made about comedy as art during this whole affair, often coming with some variation on “comedy is supposed to challenge people.” The questions then become, “Who are you challenging and why?” Are you trying to challenge an established power structure, or are you going after people who are already mistreated on a regular basis? Are you trying to poke holes in a pristine facade that is carefully maintained or are you just recycling stereotypes like a shadow puppet Punch and Judy show?"
“But why aren’t rape jokes funny?” you ask. They are…kinda. …. Ok, I’ve now learned I can’t start blog posts in media res. Let me back up a bit. Last night…
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It's funny how we get so wrapped around the flag pole on PC, when it comes down to simple decency and kindness. The fact we keep doing all these intellectual calisthenics to get a handle on how we should treat others might suggest we aren't as adept at self-deriving goodness and wholesomeness as we'd like to self-deceive ourselves into believing.
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writer, designer, geek
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writing, design, editing, book and magazine layout, video post, Drupal, css, html5, photography, cooking, snark
Employment
  • Laura Lis Scott
    Author, 2004 - present
    Fiction and non-fiction. Blogging and non-blogging. Books and non-books.
  • Toot Sweet Ink
    Publisher and Editor, 2013 - present
    Independent publishing in print and digital. Contemporary fiction, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and non-fiction.
  • Pingv
    Co-Founder + Chief Creative Officer, 2009 - present
    Online strategy, design, UX, and development of websites and web applications. Eleven years' experience in Drupal.
  • Drupal Association
    Advisory Board. Formerly Board of Directors, 2008 - present
    Worldwide non-profit organization supporting the use and development of Drupal open source software.
  • Freelance web designer
    Web designer, 1995 - 2005
  • Freelance designer
    Art Director, Graphic Designer, 1999 - 2005
  • pingV
    Drupal Consultant, 2005 - 2006
  • freelance video
    Editor/Producer, 1995 - 2006
  • pingVision
    President, 2006 - 2009
  • BlogHer
    Contributing Editor, 2006 - 2011
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books • design • tech • space • life
Introduction
There is no gate.
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My groups.drupal.org user ID is "42"
Education
  • Columbia University
    School of the Arts
    MFA
  • University of Chicago
    English
    BA
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What media companies don't want you to know about ad blockers
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New York Times CEO Mark Thompson caused a minor stir a couple weeks ago when he gave a speech at an advertising conference declaring that

My Story Submission Tracker Google Spreadsheet is now Freely Available |...
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While at Launchpad, there was a discussion about various ways writers track their submissions. Some writers use a service like Duotropes, ot

May 2016 Author Earnings Report: the definitive million-title study of U...
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Data in the publishing biz is hard to come by. Without widespread sharing of data by retailers, publishers, agents, and authors, we are all

Editorial love and the question of who hires whom … by Laura Lis Scott –...
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So infinity scientists walk into a bar. Editor—This is very unbelievable. Infinity isn’t a real number. Nobody will believe this. And what d

The Colonel's Secret Service available in paperback
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Currently it's available on Amazon.com. It will be available through Barnes & Noble and your favorite booksellers in the next few days as th

Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: Cold Rain: Yamabuki and the Warlord Prince...
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Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Cold Rain: Yamabuki and the Warlord Prince (Sword of the Taka Samurai Book 2) at Amazon

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Cold Rain: Yamabuki and the Warlord Prince (Sword of the Taka Samurai Book 2) - Kindle edition by Katherine M Lawrence. Buy it once and read

February 2016 Author Earnings Report: Amazon’s Ebook, Print, and Audio S...
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Two years ago, the first Author Earnings report revealed the growing market share of self-published ebooks. With data on hundreds of thousan

Music to Write By. Samurai Stories
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The soundtrack for Shogun Assassin is where my writing music started. Here Lone Wolf defeats three ninja women who are disguised as dancer a

How to Make a Rape Joke
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Hello, precious flowers. I know it's been a difficult couple days for all of us, what with certain people interrupting certain other people

Punching Up
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“But why aren’t rape jokes funny?” you ask. They are…kinda. …. Ok, I’ve now learned I can’t start blog posts in media res. Let me back up a

Inside the Mirrortocracy
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There's a problem with Silicon Valley and the subcultures that imitate it. It's a design bug woven into people's identities and sense of sel

Chapters 2 & 3 from A Spy in Stilettos
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Last week I posted Chapter 1, where we meet Melody has she has to handle a drunken guest at the mansion where she's working as a parlor maid

First chapter of The Candidate's Maid: A Spy in Stilettos
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Thank goodness that this political season is bringing about change. Every presidential candidate still in the running has vowed to wipe out

A political story with a spoonful of snark (an excerpt from a novel) — M...
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Thank goodness that this political season is bringing about change. Every presidential candidate still in the running ha…

Announcing A Spy in Stilettos: A Comedy of Manners, Politics, and Sex
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My new book. So this happened this week. The book (as in my book) is available in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle. (Other ebook platforms t

A Spy in Stilettos (The Candidate's Maid Book 1) by Laura Lis Scott — Re...
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"Shamelessly idolizes New York values!"--a presidential candidate not from New YorkMelody Baker needs a job. She gets one as a maid. Does...

A Spy in Stilettos: The Candidate's Maid, Book One
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”Shamelessly idolizes New York values!” —a presidential candidate not from New York ”A quick read! You can hold this book in small hands!” —