SQUEEE! New Skyland Book I Is Finally Launched!

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Hey world! Today after almost a year of work – on top of work on Skyland Book II, general blog transformations, and numerous other projects – today, I am FINALLY launching the new Extended Edition of Skyland I: Abominations.  Extended edition? Extended edition?  Who does an extended edition of a novel? I hear you. This took nearly a year to… Read more »

Frustration – and VICTORY – at WIPO

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Today is a good day. The treaty will be a reality and should be signed by Friday. — World Blind Union (@BlindUnion) June 25, 2013 Only one week into the World Intellectual Property Organization’s conference in Morocco, and the diplomats have done their job! Well, some of the diplomats anyway. Over the course of the… Read more »

Writers, Writing, and Getting Paid – Reblog: “The Great Release”

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LISTEN to this! A recent playwright’s post displays a beautiful illustration of the plight that many, many writers face as they fight to keep a tight hold on their work. Read the whole damn thing. “Let’s explore this idea that “giving away” my scripts devalues them. My plays are valueless, as long as they sit in a drawer…………………. Read more »

I Need Your Help: Get Amazon to Free Skyland!

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As many of you already know, earlier this year my book Skyland Book I: Abominations came to rest quietly on the digital shelves. Now, it needs your help. I need your help. After some… uh… disagreements over distribution in the Smashwords catalogue – which distributes to all the major online ebook retailers – Skyland was published separately to Amazon, which accepts public domain… Read more »

I’m Not Crazy! Others Break Into The Public Domain

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When I first used CC0, the public domain “license”, on Stories About Things in 2011, I’d only ever seen it in two places: Falkvinge.net (the blog of the Pirate Party founder – no surprise there!) and Your Face is a Saxophone (yeah, that’s as awesome as it sounds.) No basic googling turned up any big time indie writers using it. Not even… Read more »

Writing to Publishers – Noordhoff

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January has brought us yet another example of bad behavior from publishers. Earlier this month, a math teacher was convicted for linking to pirated answer sheets. While as a fiction writer, I am always saddened to see novels taken down in the mass book burnings of the internet age, even I have to admit it’s even harder… Read more »

Professional Authordom And Pen Names Arrrrrg! AGAIN.

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Newbie writers hear it a thousand times: Just write the damn book. Don’t worry about what comes after. Here’s the thing. After arrives a lot quicker than you think. With a handful of stories and a finished novel, I know I have to put on my big girl pants and be professional. I’m an indie author,… Read more »

Cover Art

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This is the Moon. The pockmarked thing in the foreground, that is.  The white thing in the sky is Earth.  Specifically, the first picture of Earth from the moon.  Seemed appropriate for a collection entitled WORLD.  Even more appropriate about the new and often-perceived-as alien landscapes of the digital generation. If it looks familiar, and… Read more »