Been a bit buried with a few things lately, but I wanted to slip in a quick bit of news. For those of you who prefer your words in the spoken form, the third Garrison Gage book, The Lovely Wicked Rain, is now available for download at Audible.com, Amazon.com, and iTunes. It also happens to be narrated by the fantastic… Read more »
If you want to make money as an artist, or at least understand what’s happening to writers, musicians, and other entertainers in the age of Amazon, iTunes, and Netflix, you really need to read Anita Elberse’s book, Blockbusters. A professor at Harvard, her conclusions are grounded in plenty of evidence and ten years of research. I can’t stress enough how much… Read more »
I made a quick jaunt down to Crescent City, California for the North Coast Redwoods Writer’s Conference over this past weekend, staying an extra day so I could hike for a day in the Humboldt Redwoods State Park area. I was one of the guest speakers, and I spoke a little about craft and quite a bit about the changes… Read more »
Hiked to McNeil Point on Mount Hood yesterday, just under 11 miles round trip. Still feeling it a little today, not from the miles or the incline, but mostly the uneven terrain. Here’s a shot about halfway to our destination. Gorgeous day.
Nothing seems to stir up more disagreements among writers these days than all the issues related to pricing books. Unlike in traditional publishing, writers have lots of control about how they market their books on the indie side. And while there is no one-size-fits-all approach to pricing or marketing, it’s become pretty clear to me that few writers understand how… Read more »
Here’s a shot from Lithia Park in Ashland, Oregon. That’s the Elizabethan Theater in the background. Heidi and I went down for a long weekend to celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary. Saw two plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (The Tempest and an adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time), a movie (Guardians of Forever, great fun), plus some shopping, wine… Read more »
A quick summer update while I have a few minutes. My story, “Perfect Notes,” was just published in the Fiction River anthology, Universe Between. I really enjoyed writing this one. A number of years ago, a particular image of a piano player seeing his dead father at the back of a recital hall came to me, but I never quite had… Read more »
As a reward for finishing up some big projects, we decided to spend the night on the Oregon coast. This is the beach in Neskowin minutes before the sun went down.
If you’re not familiar with Amazon’s new subscription service for ebooks, here’s two articles for background: http://gizmodo.com/should-you-get-amazon-kindle-unlimited-1607137417 http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/review-amazon-unlimited-e-book-service-is-limited/2014/07/18/48ffa338-0eb5-11e4-b0dd-edc009ac1f9d_story.html Those articles both offer more than a knee-jerk anti-Amazon response, which you’ll often find in the media, but both sum up what I’ve been hearing from readers: meh. Been thinking about this a lot for the past week, as the debate on… Read more »
A dead girl on the beach. A private investigator haunted by his wife’s death. Get THE GRAY AND GUILTY SEA for FREE for a limited time. Set on the moody Oregon coast, The Gray and Guilty Sea is FREE as an ebook for a limited time from all of your favorite retailers. Readers have called the book, the first in… Read more »