Will Hindmarch explores the idea of being able to skip combat the way you can skip past dialogue in some games over at Gameplaywright.

Bookish Things

Looots of bookselling stuff this week, cats ‘n’ kittens.

SFWA, showing support for authors — especially those from IPG whose Kindle buy buttons have been yanked — is redirecting the links on their site away from Amazon and to other online bookselling venues. You should read Jacob Weisman’s comment at #17, clarifying what happened and why. Weisman is with Tachyon Publications, which is distributed by IPG and thus he and his writers are affected. This is important, kids.

Laydown dates, street dates, on sale dates, pub dates, release dates — they’re not all the same thing, and that means some books can be found on the shelves before their official pub date. (And it’s not necessarily a laydown violation.) Andrew Wheeler explains this, and how it affects author’s sales, bestseller lists, and a publisher’s decisions to buy more books from their authors.
Publishing Perspectives asks, “Should Barnes & Noble Drop ‘Booksellers’ From Its Name?” My vote is no.

Paypal sticks their nose in where it really doesn’t belong, policing the content of books on Smashwords.

An update on Jim C. Hines’ struggle to find out why Amazon suddenly dropped the price on his ebook. Answer: because their computers told them that at some point, Kobo had dropped it. Didn’t matter that he’d since brought the prices back up. No one seems to have done a cursory check to see, yeah, they’re $2.99 across the board again.

First, Google told a bunch of indie bookstores that it was removing them from the Google eBook affliiate program, then it did the right thing and reinstated them.

Nathan Bransford with some thoughts on ebook DRM: how it works, how it fails, and how it could work better to be more fair.

On the Melville House Books blog, Dennis Johnson asks “Why should the price of ebooks be on the floor?”

This isn’t specifically about bookselling, but then again it is: “I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave.”

Writerly Things

Chuck Wendig interviews Seanan McGuire. OMG FANGIRL /SQUEEEEE

Michael Stackpole on why “you don’t need a lawyer, trust my contract” is a big red flag.

Agent Michael Bourret and editor Molly O’Neil answer questions about middle grade fiction in part 1 of a two-part blog series.

Lilith Saintcrow on detaching yourself from your work. Very wise advice.


A really great interview with the ladies of Community.


Blue dunes on Mars. I wanna go.

Look at this tiny thumb-drive-sized Linux computer. How cool is that?

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