A Brief List of Standard Answers For the Amazon/Hachette Thing

Because it will be useful to do this, to refer people to later: Various complaints/comments/questions about the Amazon/Hachette negotiations and my commentary on it, that I’ve seen online, or have been sent to me via e-mail/social media are below, paraphrased, with my responses. Ready? Here we go. Why do you hate Amazon? I don’t hate Amazon. … Continue reading A Brief List of Standard Answers For the Amazon/Hachette Thing

The Mallet of Loving Correction: Now Out! Muse of Fire: Now Out! Plus: 15 Years!

First things first: The Mallet of Loving Correction, my second collection of Whatever essays and my second book release of 2013, is now officially out and ready for your enjoyment. The limited, signed hardcover edition is available via Subterranean Press and major online retailers (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, Powells), with the ebook edition coming … Continue reading The Mallet of Loving Correction: Now Out! Muse of Fire: Now Out! Plus: 15 Years!

Amazon’s Kindle Worlds: Instant Thoughts

The Twitters are abuzz today about Amazon’s new “Kindle Worlds” program, in which people are allowed to write and then sell through Amazon their fan fiction for certain properties owned by Alloy Entertainment, including Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars, with more licenses expected soon. I’ve had a quick look at the program on Amazon’s … Continue reading Amazon’s Kindle Worlds: Instant Thoughts

Note to SF/F Writers: Random House’s Hydra Imprint Has Appallingly Bad Contract Terms

Random House recently started Hydra, an electronic-only imprint for science fiction stories and short novels. But, as noted by Writer Beware here, the terms in a Hydra deal sheet shown to them are pretty damn awful: * No advance. * The author is charged “set-up costs” for editing, artwork, sale, marketing, publicity — i.e., all … Continue reading Note to SF/F Writers: Random House’s Hydra Imprint Has Appallingly Bad Contract Terms

The Panic About Kindle’s Text to Speech: Still Silly

This article attempts to explain why my and some other authors’ sanguine attitude toward the new Kindle’s Text-to-Speech capability is misguided (or more, “right response, incorrect reasoning”); in essence the argument is that we’re only looking at how computerized voice reading sounds now, as opposed to how it will sound in the future, when it’ll … Continue reading The Panic About Kindle’s Text to Speech: Still Silly