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(Some Guy)   You had me at "Neil Gaiman caught with seven stewardesses in a Wichita bus depot"   (terribleminds.com) divider line
    More: Satire, Neil Gaiman, Wichita, midgets, Jonathan Franzen, George R. R. Martin, Suzanne Collins, speculative fiction, The Hunger Games  
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2011-07-27 12:35:30 PM  
Silly article is silly.

Note the giant BOOKS FOR SALE link to the right of the article? This guy's just grabbing for attention to get some traffic on his site. It's tough marketing your work as an indie author. I'll be doing the same thing in a few weeks when my books are published. Hope I get greenlighted too...
 
2011-07-27 12:36:55 PM  
7 to 1 odds, eh?

A fellow could have a good time just watching.

Sounds good to me.
 
2011-07-27 12:39:22 PM  
Well that was a big waste of time.
 
2011-07-27 12:44:26 PM  
...
 
2011-07-27 12:55:50 PM  
Um, yeah.
 
2011-07-27 1:10:47 PM  
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*sniff, sniff*

...and a man.
 
2011-07-27 1:32:03 PM  
I'm getting a kick out of these replies as I am reading "American Gods" for the first time

/on page 123
//Shadow!
 
2011-07-27 1:37:13 PM  

uknowzit: I'm getting a kick out of these replies as I am reading "American Gods" for the first time

/on page 123
//Shadow!


Just finished "listening" to that and Anasi Boys over the last two weeks. Two of the best books I have ever read/heard.

American Gods is great. Anansi Boys is better.
 
2011-07-27 1:38:07 PM  

egomann: uknowzit: I'm getting a kick out of these replies as I am reading "American Gods" for the first time

/on page 123
//Shadow!

Just finished "listening" to that and Anasi Boys over the last two weeks. Two of the best books I have ever read/heard.

American Gods is great. Anansi Boys is better.


thanks Ego

will add to queue at library
 
2011-07-27 1:39:35 PM  
Thought it was true. Neil Gaiman IS a pussy and we badly need writers who aren't afraid to get drunk and rape a donkey or two. Am I right?
 
2011-07-27 2:14:55 PM  

Raindogday: Thought it was true. Neil Gaiman IS a pussy and we badly need writers who aren't afraid to get drunk and rape a donkey or two. Am I right?


I have a couple of speculative fiction manuscripts. The main problem with his demands is that it's really hard to maintain a rockstar lifestyle on a writer's pay. Not that it'll stop me from trying if I can sell.
 
2011-07-27 2:27:32 PM  
Well . . . there is this guy . . .

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\\can't go to sleep
\Alan will find me
 
2011-07-27 2:42:28 PM  

RivenSilver: I'll be doing the same thing in a few weeks when my books are published. Hope I get greenlighted too...


Physical books?

I'm doing some research into publishing. Just curious, but I'd be interested to hear something of how you're going about it (nothing you don't want to tell me of course).
 
2011-07-27 2:43:43 PM  

Weng: Raindogday: Thought it was true. Neil Gaiman IS a pussy and we badly need writers who aren't afraid to get drunk and rape a donkey or two. Am I right?

I have a couple of speculative fiction manuscripts. The main problem with his demands is that it's really hard to maintain a rockstar lifestyle on a writer's pay. Not that it'll stop me from trying if I can sell.


Sounds good, but just remember, donkey rape is free.
 
2011-07-27 2:55:52 PM  

Raindogday: Thought it was true. Neil Gaiman IS a pussy and we badly need writers who aren't afraid to get drunk and rape a donkey or two. Am I right?


Worked for Hemingway...
 
2011-07-27 3:32:15 PM  
There is no lack of actual awesome stories about writers, especially poets. Poets are motherfarking rock stars already.
 
2011-07-27 3:32:57 PM  

escherblacksmith: Well . . . there is this guy . . .


Exactly. Alan Moore is to Neil Gaimen in terms of 'rock star' as Iggy Pop is to David Cassidy.

(No disrespect to Gaimen's talent, but Moore is talented and Waaaayyy farked up)
 
2011-07-27 6:27:45 PM  

Aidan: RivenSilver: I'll be doing the same thing in a few weeks when my books are published. Hope I get greenlighted too...

Physical books?

I'm doing some research into publishing. Just curious, but I'd be interested to hear something of how you're going about it (nothing you don't want to tell me of course).


Createspace.com and through kindle. If you've done research in publishing you know that new authors don't get very much in the way of publicity from a publishing house that signs them. Likewise, there's not much in the way of editing being done anymore. They're all stripped down to cut costs, since traditional publishing houses are dying a slow death. With those two incentives gone, you're best off publishing on your own and doing your own marketing--hence, I believe, the purpose of this article.

I'll be publishing two at once; a 150k word speculative fiction epic and a 75k word lulzy fantasy romance that I wrote in 2 weeks while waiting on my first book's editor (a friend of mine; I wouldn't hire an editor).

It's a lot more work than traditional publishing. I've read through both my manuscripts probably a dozen times for editing purposes and at this point I'm so sick of them just thinking about opening the documents hurts. In addition to that, you've got to make your own cover; createspace has a web app that helps you with a lot of that, but you still need an original image unless you want to use one of their crappy stock photos. Personally I paid a guy on deviant art $50 for the rights to use one of his, but you can use morguefile and photoshop if you want -- I'll be doing that for my first book's cover.

It's a lot more work, but it's also a lot more rewarding, as long as your work is good and you're good at marketing. For an $8 paperback sold through createspace's distribution channels, you receive about $2 (I'm not sure on the actual royalty percentage there) and with kindle, you get 70% royalties on e-books over $2.99.
 
2011-07-27 6:40:32 PM  
Get drunk and write. Sober up and do some antics. Repeat. If you are a rockstar, it will show. (you can't stay drunk all the time. It takes the edge off.)
 
2011-07-27 6:43:59 PM  
About The Author
Chuck Wendig is equal parts novelist, screenwriter, and game designer.


I assume those parts equally suck like his blog.
 
2011-07-27 7:08:08 PM  

uknowzit: I'm getting a kick out of these replies as I am reading "American Gods" for the first time

/on page 123
//Shadow!


Three words: Queen of Sheba.

/shudder
//Utterly fantastic book
 
2011-07-27 7:26:08 PM  
Were there still stewardesses, I doubt they'd be found in bus depots.

The rest of that shiat could totally happen, though.
 
2011-07-27 8:30:01 PM  
"I'm talking, Terry Pratchett needs to go and take a shiat in Dan Brown's mailbox"

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2011-07-27 10:02:33 PM  
Two words: Harlan Ellison.
 
2011-07-28 11:11:33 AM  

lake_huron: Two words: Harlan Ellison.


I really liked the stuff he did for Star Wars.

/trollface
 
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