Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Fan-funded Pop

So I think this new video from Saint Savior is pretty sweet. What's sweeter is that it was entirely fan-funded via Pledge Music. I remain perplexed why she hasn't plain exploded the charts. (This Ain't No Hymn was one of my Top 10 favorites last year.) Here's hoping that this new release sends her over the top. At least the Guardian is paying attention...

But Saint Savior's new project got me to thinking, will crowd-sourcing be the future for all creative works? Even starting out in this novel writing business wasn't cheap, and I had the luxury of supportive friends like Jon Steller and Jordan Kimura, who gave me some serious discounts on their services. But how cool would it be to have someone like JS Rossbach do some sweet hand-painted watercolors for the print editions?

Speaking of which, if anyone wants to have their original art featured on three or four book covers...


Monday, May 28, 2012

Be The Prosciutto

From author April L. Hamilton's Indie Author blog...

Dear Indie Booksellers:

Whether your operation is brick and mortar, strictly online, or a combo plate of both, you have an important role to fill in the communities you serve. It makes me sad to see shop after shop shuttered, and I miss the ones I used to frequent. So please, know that as both an author and a consumer, I want you to not only survive, but to thrive.

But many of you, those whose daily operational thoughts and actions are totally dominated by fear of being driven out of business by Amazon and the few big chains that are still in operation, need some tough love. As you read this, bear that thought in mind: I'm tough because I love.

Also bear in mind, as you feel the blood rushing to your face and your jaw clenching in anger while you read, there are some distinct advantages to being a small, indie outfit (as you probably know better than I do), and there are indie booksellers that are doing just fine without so much as a glance in Amazon's direction; I will get to that by the end of this post, too. Okay, deep breath; here goes...

If you or someone you know cares about the survival of indie bookstores, this is the article to tweet around. Read the rest here.

In other news, I've just finished my internal medicine rotation and am back to writing and doing laundry. I did spent a lot of time thinking about how to properly kill off Rei Acerba while I was debriding all those decubitus ulcers. I'll post a progress report soon. ^_^


Friday, May 4, 2012

Kristine Kathryn Rusch: Royalty Statement 2012

Today I'm featuring an unexpected guest post. Background: The following post was originally posted on Kristine Kathryn Rusch's business blog. Shortly after it was posted, the entire site was brought down by malware. She then reposted the story on an unlinked blog she uses for a pseudonym. That post got taken down too. Kris Rusch is one of my favorite commentators on the topics of writing and publishing. She has over 30 years of experience in the industry, and her voice has been critical to my decision making as an author-publisher.