Friday, May 31, 2013

Building Content: Think King Arthur, Not Genghis Khan

I'm rather bummed that most of my last few blog posts have just been links to my work-related posts at digitalrelevance. (That doesn't mean I'm going to stop doing it, just that I'm bummed about it.)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Kindle Worlds: Will True Communities Get Lost in the Amazon?

I'm not a fan of Amazon. I've heard too many horror stories, seen too much mistreatment, and watched the company scrub out the spirit of entrepreneurship and capitalism too often. Amazon is the online equivalent of Wal-Mart.

And I'm less than happy with Wal-Mart.

Having said this, it should come as no surprise that I'm not shaking the pom-poms about Amazon's newest venture Kindle Worlds, a marketplace specifically for fan fiction. Amazon has negotiated copyright agreements with a small handful of brand rights-holders to let their fan fiction writers publish their works free and clear of any copyright problems.

This may be the second-worst thing Fifty Shades of Grey has ever done.

I talk about the main players in this venture and what they have to gain and lose over at the digitalrelevance™ blog. Check out The Four Faces of Amazon's Foray into Fan Fiction: Kindle Worlds.

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Book Is Here!

Big announcement day! Presenting not one but two books with my name on the cover!

The first is Duncan and the Lonely Giant. I wrote it as a Christmas present for my younger son last November, but I only just now got around to getting it printed up, right in time for summer break.
Possibly coming soon to an e-reader near you.
This book isn't widely available, though — I printed only three copies. One for my son, one for my mom, and one for me. After I get a few opinions, I might take this one to Smashwords.

The other book is the previously promised e-book collection Seasonal Work. And you can actually read this onenow! Go get your copy at Smashwords, and don't forget tell me what you think of it.

Even if you don't like it.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Writing to the Smallest Audience

My first blog post with digitalrelevance is up over at their blog. It's about the idea of writing to just one person instead of to a broad, varied audience. Check it out, and make me look good at my new job.