…Look, I’m sorry. You cannot expect to charge paperback prices for something made digitally and not have people look at you all cross-eyed. I self-publish books now. I have at least a limited understanding of publishing costs. If you’re an author and they’re telling you the only way to make back expenses is to charge that much for the Amazon e-book, see if you can figure out where they’re skimming money off of the top*.
PS: It’s also hurting (most of) your sales.
*Spoiler alert: everywhere. They’re skimming it everywhere.
Motivation: Justice Wing Halcyon Days is written by Eric Burns-White, who is my dude. I believe that this is how the youngsters put it these days, right? Yeah, he and I, we go back. And I’ve been telling him to publish his stuff for years.
I read some stuff this week, but nothing’s really standing out for me. I also was busy doing my own stuff, which also ate into my reading time. So feel free to sing out with your own book recommendations.
Kate DiCamello’s The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane was assigned to my youngest child’s fifth-grade reading class. I’m following along with it because of the pandemic thing, and… it’s good. Not ‘a good kid’s book’; just ‘good.’ My own kid loves it, mind. He’s also paying attention to it, which is even better.
Eric Burns-White had a rather alarming afternoon involving a collapsing ceiling (he avoided major injury), so I’m putting up his Justice Wing: Plan, Prototype, Produce, Perfect again. Every little bit helps, hey?
…Because tomorrow’s my birthday, that’s why.
People kept telling me to read Eric Berger’s Liftoff: Elon Musk and the Desperate Early Days That Launched SpaceX. I finally got around to reading it. It’s a hell of a book. It’s also written to be one hell of a movie, if only anybody with the right drama-to-nerd ratio can be found to make it. If you haven’t read it yet, make some time and check it out.
Eric Burns-White’s Justice Wing: Plan, Prototype, Produce, Perfect just came in the mail. Yup, bought it in paperback. There’s just something satisfying about seeing a print sale.
Simon R Green’s Drinking Midnight Wine‘s been out for a while, but I thought I’d give it a whirl. I liked Shadows Fall, after all. Or at least I did when I read it.
Balefires is David Drake’s collection of weird/horror fiction, and it’s quite uncompromisingly good. But, if you’d rather give the money directly to Baen Publishing – and I don’t blame you for that – the direct link is here. The ebook’s not available on Amazon anyway, for some reason.