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Jun. 23rd, 2014

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[sticky post] LiveJournal Is My Backup Blog

This is my back up blog. It shadows my blogspot which is more frequently updated and better maintained.

Please feel free to friend me here, but be aware that I can not friend you back. I have maxed out my friend allotment from the LJ gods, sorry.

May. 23rd, 2014

Blogging - WIth Computer

In Which Gail is in #AmazonJail


Well, Gentle Reader, let's get to it, shall we? So...

Right now there are delays on shipping and an inability to pre-order many of my books on Amazon.

In case you were in any doubt, Amazon is, once more, playing at Monopoly.


Gail, go to jail.

Go straight to jail.

Do not pass go.

Amazon is throwing its weight about in a contract negotiation with Hachette. (Hachette is the parent company of both my publishing houses here in the States: Little Brown who produces my YA books and Orbit who publishes my adult series.)

What can you do?
Not a lot, I'm afraid. Generate some bad press by trending another hash tag on Twitter? It didn't do much good last time. Boycott or not buy books? That only hurts other authors. Amazon is just so big. Buy elsewhere if you aren't married to the UI.

What can I do?
With the likes of Patterson and Rowling also caught in the crossfire, I'm super small potatoes. Up against a Goliath like Amazon, I'm a veritable single sliver of hash brown in the great frying pan of life. With a deadline looming, I must simply continue on with the belief that if I keep writing and turning in on time I'll still have a career.

Don't look so worried. I'll be fine.

I do worry about my fellows. For that is the consequence of this game, it is authors who loose. The debuts who didn't get any attention because they had a May/June release. The second book in a series that was doing better than the first and now stagnates so the author doesn't get renewed.

In the end, this game is what we, the readers, have made it. And I include myself in this for I order tons of stuff on Amazon, including books. I have a Kindle. I'm attracted to the low price point and ease of use. I'm lazy. I've given away my power as a consumer in the pursuit of convenience. Amazon, I think, is teaching us all a lesson in the great economic sway of monopolies. (Yes, I'm aware the term may be technically misapplied, but it certainly feels like monopoly.)


I am not going to get into the "why don't you self publish?" discussion. (I've shorts up for you and they are unaffected.) Frankly, Amazon can and likely will one day chuck its weight around with the self-pub bottom line. Arbitrarily or "accidentally" deciding to change all the price points or something like. No author is safe, Amazon owns Park Place and all the best property. It's some weird addiction, we need them to survive and because of that they can break us. So we keep playing the game. (Beat that dead metaphor into the ground, Gail, beat it!)



It's a devil's dance to some really sad music.

At least I'm playing with the top hat.


GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1833 Sunday, September 1

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Mushroom Light

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Space Carpet

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
The public is very stubborn in refusing to read what neither amuses, interests, or improves—even when a publisher is actually so weak as to print such things.
by Eliza Leslie (1864)

PROJECT ROUND UP

Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third. November 4, 2014. Cover art to come.
Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First: Print pass (3rd edit) now, release date March 17, 2015.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Finished rough draft, cutting and trimming begins in July.


The Shorts!

$0.99 short stories (ebook only) Marine Biology, My Sister's Song, & Fairy Debt

Book News:
“Let no one enter the field of literature for the purpose of “making a living” unless as a very last resort.”
~ Around the Tea Table by T. De Witt Talmage (1875)
Quote of the Day:
“Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.”
~ Oscar Wilde

Aug. 15th, 2011

Gail Signing

Reno WorldCon 2011, Ho!

A quick Public Service Announcement. The release date for Timeless on Amazon is WRONG! It is still coming out March 1, 2012. My publishing house is trying to get Amazon to fix this error. Trying. Rest assured if any dates for my books ever change you will see it here long before Amazon knows about it.

I'll be gone most of this week and the beginning of next, Gentle Reader, to Reno, NV for World Con (August 17 ~ 21, 2011).

I am very much looking forward to this convention. It's been a while since I've been this excited for an event. Bellow I've posted my schedule and (depending on the vittles, the hour, and the company) you will probably be able to find me in the bar, in the con suite, or at the SFWA table the rest of the time.

Thursday

2 ~ 3 pm Futuristic Fashion & Wearable Art
(Panel in D05)
Fashion that can collect and broadcast video, bio-genetic art, LED tattoos... what's coming around the bend in RL and visible now in the latest science fiction?

7 ~ 8 pm Adventures in Ceramics Archaeology: a Field Report
(Presentation in A02)
In her other life, author Gail Carriger is an experimental archaeologist. Her talk will present the history of ceramic technology, utilizing samples of pottery from various cultures and ending with a focus on one particular kiln re-recreation and its humorous results.

Night: Girl Genius Steampunk Ball!

Friday

11 ~ noon Urbane Fantasies vs Urban Fantasy
(Panel in A04)
Urban fantasy is fantasy in which fantasy elements intrude into the real world. Mix that with a comedy of manners and you get something that is perhaps better described as urbane fantasy. And what do you get when you then throw in a dash of steampunk?

2 ~ 4 pm SFWA Table

5 ~ 6 Orbit Book Panel

Saturday

11 ~ noon KaffeeKlatsch AKA TeaTalk
(KK1)

2 ~ 3 pm Self Defense with a Parasol and Fine Teas
(Talk in Hall 2 Teen Lounge)

Sunday

11 ~ noon Autographing
(Hall 2)


I very much hope to see many of you there. I have set Twitter to send Tweets regarding these events daily but I don't think I will be online myself very much. Look for Retro Rack posts about the outfits seen at the convention in the weeks following my return.

Pip pip,
Gail

Gail's Daily Dose
Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

The Many Ways of Tea

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
In which Francesca and I discuss conventions at the Locus roundtable. Phrannish is my BFF and has been my Beta Reader for 20 years, so we rather chatter in the manner of very old friends. She is also an editor at Locus Magazine.

Timeless: Copyedits back in, awaiting galleys.
Etiquette & Espionage: The Finishing School Book the First: First run passes in.
Secret Project PPA: Only a twinkle in my little eye.

  
BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first!

Book News:
Parasol Protectorate on tumblr.

Quote of the Day:
"If when you are walking with a lady in any crowded thoroughfare you are obliged to proceed singly, always precede her."
~ Etiquette for Gentlemen, 1850
Daisypath Graduation tickers