Pricing and Professional Authordom Arrrg.

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SunflowerBit

My last post on professional authordom, prompted a bit of a discussion about pricing–another one of those things I’ve been deliberating as I prepare for the professional author makeover.  The discussion weighed the merits of pricing e-books rather than leaving them free.  As an advocate of free shit, I lean heavily in favor of finding a… Read more »

Avoid the Piss in the Pool–Get on the Pirate Ship

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TPBTapeBones

Last week, writer Andrew Hickey posted his thoughts on unprofessionalism in indie writing in a post entitled “Pissing in the Pool or  Why Readers Hate Indie Writers.”   In sum, the refusal of their authors to aspire to higher quality–in the product, in their writing, in their conduct–gives all indie writers a bad name.  “If you… Read more »

Pirates AND Writers, not Pirates VS Writers: Why you’re not on the other side

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TPBTapeBones

As previously mentioned, my blogs are being unified during the cazybusyness of NaNoWriMo. Not every post is migrating here, just the ones I want to add to. This one’s the first of a series of rants on the conflict between pirates and writers and why we think there is one at all. The music and… Read more »

End of Summer Cleaning

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Recently, I posted about my attempts to organize (read: simplify) this site.   It is still in a transition period, but hopefully stabilizing soon.  That is, after one more upheaval. In a further attempt at organization, I’m combing two of my blogs: Cheap Ass Fiction and Cheap Ass Fiction Fiction  Basically, I’m bringing the fiction… Read more »

Kip Manley Interview

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People have been publishing fiction electronically almost ever since the first two computers were hooked together; look at “webfiction” that way, and it’s suddenly ancient and vast and weird and impossible ever to grasp, much less comprehend. Kip Manley If you’re late to the party, here’s Kip’s intro from yesterday.  Kip Manley is the author… Read more »

Orbital Death Platforms, Necromancers and Greg X Graves: Webfic Festival Author #1

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A large orbital death platform continued its eternal fall around the Earth. Positioning rockets along its hull occasionally made an offering to Newton’s laws of motion. One long, thin cone projected towards the Earth. In the control room a long, thin man sat in front of a bank of consoles. A red phone crouched next… Read more »

The Internet Is Not for Marketing

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TV has commercials. So does radio. Buildings hold billboards.  Victoria’s Secret lingerie has Victoria’s Secret tags. Advertisers use these things as tools.  But TV, radio, buildings and lingerie are more than tools.  They do not exist to serve the advertisers. Neither does the internet. More specifically, the people of the internet do not exist to… Read more »

How will we get paid? part iii: Crowdfunding

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__________________________________ Part IV.iii of What Pirates Say To Copyright. (WTF? Start from the beginning) __________________________________ How writers will make money Way #3: Crowdfunding (WTF?  Start from #1) Crowdfunding is when fans decide they like an artist enough to give them money to continue making art. This is not a hypothetical.  Fans are already realizing that… Read more »

How will we get paid? part ii: Self-Publishing

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__________________________________ Part IV.ii of What Pirates Say To Copyright. (WTF? Start from the beginning) __________________________________ How writers will make money Way #2: We will sell our books (and whatever else we want.) (WTF?  Check out Way #1) For all the talk about our right to control how our writing is reproduced and distributed, few authors… Read more »