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Writing Questions

Okay, let's do this again. While everyone is having fun without us at DragonCon (and OMG I wanted to go so bad this year), let's do writing questions: If anyone has a question about writing and/or publishing in general, or about my writing, comment with it here and I'll answer it in a later post if I know what the answer is.


From WriterBeware: Postage Promotion: From publicity companies (some competent, many not) to the marketing packages hawked by self-publishing providers such as AuthorHouse (typically overpriced and largely ineffective) to completely worthless pseudo-services (email blasts, online catalogs, book fair "representation"), self-published authors these days have near-unlimited opportunities to spend money on self-promotion.

Such as this one, from self-publishing service Outskirts Press: put your book cover on a postage stamp.


This reminds me of the Hercules/Xena stamp people. Back in the day, they would steal fan art off websites, use it to make fake stamps (claiming that they were real ones issued by other countries) and sell them on Ebay.

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Huh. The United States Postal Service is selling the software for printing out your own stamps on their site for $20.95:

Turn your photos into real postage! Life is filled with wonderful moments. Now you can capture them all on real U.S. postage. Show off your family. Highlight a special event. Introduce a new arrival. Or give your pets the exposure they deserve. Whatever the moment, now you can share it… with Customized Postage using PhotoStamps.

...or, put your own book cover on a stamp yourself for a lot less than what Outskirts Press is charging. That's quite a nice mark-up they have there.

Question: as a published author, do you find it necessary or desirable to continue your education in writing? I mean, do you still take classes and learn now things that you find you can apply to your writing? Or do you just find reading people's work is what teaches you new things?

This reminds me of the Hercules/Xena stamp people. Back in the day, they would steal fan art off websites, use it to make fake stamps (claiming that they were real ones issued by other countries) and sell them on Ebay.


No waay.

Yeah, it was really a huge rip-off. People would make these gorgeous high-res Xena or Hercules wallpapers, and post them on fandom art sites, and the ebay sellers would download them, put them on stuff and sell them as licensed products. Of course, ebay wouldn't do anything about it. The stamps were particularly stupid, because they picked some pretty unlikely countries that these were supposedly issued by.

Just, wow.

I'm imagining the promotional material with the set of stamps: "Uzbekistan thinks Gabrielle is gay for Xena too! Gain new appreciation for the world-wide hit show with this delightful commemorative collection of faux-Greek mythology stamps from the former Soviet state and honorary Uzbeki citizen Sam Raimi...."


That was pretty much it!

Writing question:

How do you organise your preparation & research notes when you're working on a project? With all the amazing world-building you do I'm assuming you must have copious notes you need to refer back to and keep in some semblance of order!

And have you found some amazing software secret re: the above that you can share? I'm trying Scrivener myself but am not yet fully convinced...

Please forgive me if this has been asked before. What is your favorite thing (book or short story) that you have written and why?

Question: I love the Ile-Rien books, but I came across them quite by chance - they never appeared in bookshops and were never promoted in the United Kingdom. What happens when books go out of print? Can the author regain the rights to sell them to another publisher?

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