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Guest Post by Gordon Hopkins
So here's the deal: When I decided to write my first novel, I was working as an insurance investigator. I had just moved from San Francisco to Hartford, CT and I hated it. There are no words to describe how miserable I was living in Hartford. Creative Writi...
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Douglas Preston's Fail-A-Thon Continues
In his continuing press junket to prove to the world he's a one piston shy of a two-stroke engine, Douglas Preston did a brief interview with the American Booksellers Association . Same old nonsense, but I had some new thoughts. So a fisking I shall go... B...
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More Authors Guild Nonsense
I was willing to ease up my constant critiques of the Authors Guild, because last week they did something I thought was a step in the right direction. They blogged about how publishers need to increase ebook rates . Good for the Authors Guild, for addressin...
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Amazon and Reviews
Those who follow my blog know that I believe Amazon has been incredibly beneficial to authors, whereas the Authors Guild has been incredibly beneficial to publishers. In the past week, both Amazon and the AG have done things that have made me rethink my pos...
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Nothing is perfect.  Incorrect or bad reviews are generally obvious & ignored. It's easy to see when someone is grinding an axe or is off base.  If I'm really looking at reviews, I always look at several star levels because tastes vary. I hate stream-of-consciousness, bad editing, & flowery language, but like first person narration.  Others feel differently, so the star rating doesn't really matter.  I don't care for just a thumbs up or down for a book review.  Hard enough figuring out a 5 star rating - I keep wanting 1/2 stars.  I'd never use YouTube for book reviews.  I want to look up a book, skim reviews on the same page.  Videos are a waste of time.
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Subscription Ebook Services
I recently posted about the new changes to Kindle Unlimited , and in the comments someone said: Several times you state as a fact that readers want a subscription service. I'm a reader. I'm a heavy reader as a matter of fact. I couldn't possibly be less int...
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I agree. When I read, I read a lot. When I don't have time, I don't read (aside from all the reading that I do all day as part of my work). I don't want a subscription; I've even let most of my magazine subscriptions lapse. When I want more to read -- fiction or factual -- I'll go find something and buy it. And aside from the occasional church sale where I buy a bag-o-books for a buck, I'll be buying ebooks that I can read on my computer/phone/Kindle whenever and wherever I want.
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Fisking John Scalzi
From the Department of My Horse is Too High, Someone Give Me a Boost... I've been out of the loop for over six weeks. Massive computer failure, coupled with with a long vacation, limited my Internet activity, which means I missed all the drama over the rece...
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Joe's Letter to the Assistant Attorney General
The Hon. William J. Baer Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division United States Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC 20530 Dear Whomever Has The Thankless Job Of Sorting Through Bullshit Letters to Assistant Attorney G...
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Fisking Douglas Preston
Douglas Preston, the brains behind the brilliant think-tank Authors United (see what I did there?) was interviewed by Salon today as part of a media barrage meant to show the general public how stupid he is. There were also "articles" in the New York Times ...
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Authors United Epic Fail-O-Rama
More nonsense from Authors United. Their letter to the Assistant Attorney General in crazy bold italics , my level-headed responses in regular text. This is a long one, because their letter was so long. Tomorrow I'll spank the Authors Guild, which did somet...
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Ebook Subscriptions Q & A
Q: Joe, I hate Amazon, and I hate their new Kindle Unlimited terms. Joe sez: Opt out. It's voluntary. Q: They're an evil monopoly. Joe sez: They're neither . But if I felt that strongly about a company, I wouldn't work with them. Q: But they're the only way...
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I'm with Joe here. There's nothing wrong with the new Amazon rules for KU.

I fault Amazon frequently for the fact that KDP Select exists at all, and that you can't make use of the company's best marketing tools or of KU if you sell your book through any other outlet. I think that's despicable. But the new rules for payment are an improvement of KU.

People who get used to gaming the system always bitch when the rules change.
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Guest Post by Keith Hunter
As
writer/entrepreneur, Joe Konrath, stated in a recent posting , Amazon's Kindle
Worlds allows writers to create stories in another author's world. I was one of
a handful of writers fortunate enough to be invited to submit a story for the
opening of Konrat...
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Guest Post by Bryan Higby
My name's Bryan Higby. I guess that’s what you do in a first time blog - introduce yourself, right? I’d prefer not to bore you with rehashing the last twenty plus years of my life as a writer. Suffice to say I have had two short Fantasy novels published usi...
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