September 29th, 2010

SG1- reading

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Yesterday was a bad day that could have been so much worse: There was a shooter on the UT campus. I have way too many friends who were working there, on their way to work there, walking near there when this happened.

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In better news, I'll have one more Giliead and Ilias short story, called "Rites of Passage" coming out next year. It'll be in Black Gate issue 16 or 17.

These are prequel stories to the Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy, and the earlier ones are on my web site, linked from the Excerpts and Short Stories page.


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RevolutionSF is doing a series on Uncanny Un-Collectibles : Missing Comic Book Trades 1940s to 1960s


Mindy Klasky: How to Support Authors You Like This is a good list, of the four simple things most people who buy books tend to do anyway.

I think the thing about people being angry for being asked to support authors was more about the trend that was talked about on Dear Author at one point, where some romance authors were recruiting readers for "street teams." Among other things that really weren't good ideas, they were telling people to take their books out of the stacks in the back of the bookstore and reshelve them on the tables up front. This is a bad, bad idea, and a bad, bad thing to do to the author and the store. Publishers pay to have certain books in that premium space, and if a sales rep checks up on the store and finds other books in their space, the store can get into a lot of trouble. Also, if stores find other books placed in that space, they're very likely to just return them to the publisher and not reorder.

And really, crazy stuff like that is never helpful. As someone points out in the comments of that post, the most helpful thing is word of mouth. If you liked a book, tell people that you liked it. In person, online, wherever. That's the best advertising (and often the only advertising) books get.