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by J. T. SHEA
May 16th, 2011, 5:02 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Chances are, you won't get rich.
Replies: 12
Views: 1670

Re: Chances are, you won't get rich.

'We all dream of this kind of a boon.' Do we? Chances are you won't get rich in any endeavor. But people do. If quiet, literary, pretty customary and run of the mill is what you aspire to, you may get it, but are unlikely to get more. I strive to avoid either reading or writing quiet, literary, pret...
by J. T. SHEA
May 13th, 2011, 6:39 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Forum Launch Party for Jacob Wonderbar!
Replies: 42
Views: 7743

Re: Forum Launch Party for Jacob Wonderbar!

It's obvious, Sommer. Jacob repels water! But Nathan, don't fire any more rockets at Omaha, Nebraska. The USAF might misunderstand and fire back!

Great shot of your son, Robin! Great pics, everybody! Books and cake and cats, what's not to love?
by J. T. SHEA
April 30th, 2011, 10:47 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Zombie-Proof House!!!
Replies: 10
Views: 2403

Re: Zombie-Proof House!!!

Brilliant! And also proof against bill-collectors, religious converters, ex-wives, and boring friends! My house could do with a makeover. All I need is a thousand tons of concrete and some shuttering...
by J. T. SHEA
April 26th, 2011, 3:24 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Retroactive Idea Thievery
Replies: 6
Views: 2703

Re: Retroactive Idea Thievery

Steal Banks' time machine, go back in time to the seventies and bump him off. Then write another novel about a writer who steals another writer's time machine, goes back in time, bumps him off and writes another novel about a writer who steals...

BTW, a Flavorzoid sounds like an edible robot.
by J. T. SHEA
April 24th, 2011, 2:39 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Is Hardback Windowing Costing Too Many Paperback Sales?
Replies: 8
Views: 1295

Re: Is Hardback Windowing Costing Too Many Paperback Sales?

Very few buyers out there for $25 hardcovers, Nathan? Nobody buys hardcovers anymore, David? Depends on the hardback, I suppose. And the discounts, which are a paradoxical aspect of windowing. Windowing vs introductory offers is a classic reversible situation, with no single correct answer. I buy lo...
by J. T. SHEA
April 22nd, 2011, 9:10 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: DIY Pub
Replies: 13
Views: 1589

Re: DIY Pub

You're right, Margo. I like horses too much too. Though I couldn't eat a whole one. I'll just have to send the whole horse. Once I find a quarter mile of wrapping paper...
by J. T. SHEA
April 22nd, 2011, 1:33 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: 99 Cent E-Books and the Tragedy of the Commons
Replies: 10
Views: 2213

Re: 99 Cent E-Books and the Tragedy of the Commons

PassiveGuy, what's a 'mass market e-book'?
by J. T. SHEA
April 22nd, 2011, 1:11 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: DIY Pub
Replies: 13
Views: 1589

Re: DIY Pub

Yes, Margo! I love indiscriminant cheerleaders. It's the outfits and...Oh, wait. That's not what you meant. Ok, I won't send the faery novel on pink paper. And no glitter pen. And no confetti. But can I still send a horse's head to the first agent who rejects me? But I do feel mutually validated now...
by J. T. SHEA
April 21st, 2011, 7:46 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: 99 Cent E-Books and the Tragedy of the Commons
Replies: 10
Views: 2213

Re: 99 Cent E-Books and the Tragedy of the Commons

Interesting, PassiveGuy, but I never said the e-books were more expensive than a paperback OF THE SAME BOOK. In particular, I don't expect many publishers to launch a mass market paperback at the same time as the e-book. Six of the ten e-books you list are as or more expensive than a typical mass-ma...
by J. T. SHEA
April 21st, 2011, 7:08 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: The European E-book Market
Replies: 13
Views: 1292

Re: The European E-book Market

I do not consider either of us terribly entrenched in our particular views, David. I believe we are both in information gathering and sifting mode in a changing publishing world. My ultimate personal concern is how best to publish my trilogy and later novels. I imagine you have similar concerns. I a...
by J. T. SHEA
April 21st, 2011, 6:38 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: 99 Cent E-Books and the Tragedy of the Commons
Replies: 10
Views: 2213

Re: 99 Cent E-Books and the Tragedy of the Commons

But, as I and others have pointed out elsewhere in these Forums and on Nathan's blog, the best-selling e-books are as much or more expensive than mass market or even trade paperbacks. It seems readers value such e-books more than some writers do!
by J. T. SHEA
April 21st, 2011, 6:12 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: DIY Pub
Replies: 13
Views: 1589

Re: DIY Pub

Heyjude, don't call yourself pathetic and cynical. That's our job. Gotham writing courses? Now THERE'S an idea! Forget the Smart Car. It's so small it may not even hurt the people you run over, much less kill them. Steal the Batmobile! Anyone who survives getting knocked down will be incinerated by ...
by J. T. SHEA
April 21st, 2011, 2:15 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: The European E-book Market
Replies: 13
Views: 1292

Re: The European E-book Market

Good story, David! Your friend honestly admits only inconvenience stops him from stealing. So he probably would steal a car if the law was enforced more laxly. And I don't think cutting the price of all new cars to $500 would help the very large problem of car theft. Thanks for the invitation to fur...
by J. T. SHEA
April 20th, 2011, 10:35 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Double agents?
Replies: 4
Views: 1498

Re: Double agents?

Double agents? Blofeld? That's it! I'm hiring James Bond. I want my readers shaken, not stirred, and 007 can liquidate the opposition. The pen may be mightier than the sword, but it doesn't stand a chance against the Walter PPK. Moneypenny can handle my paperwork. And Q can make me a Kindle disguise...
by J. T. SHEA
April 20th, 2011, 6:19 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: The European E-book Market
Replies: 13
Views: 1292

Re: The European E-book Market

Thanks David for all your replies. You won't be surprised to hear I disagree with your first three points. I agree with point 4. I also agree with points 5 and 6, but only within their limits, meaning I agree some people will do such things but do not consider their piracy justified. I mostly disagr...