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The Bridesicle

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Wish I’d invented the concept, but no, the Bridesicle comes from the weird and wonderful mind of Will McIntosh in his book “Love Minus Eighty”.

In McIntosh’s world, women who die young and beautiful are cryogenically frozen, and only unfrozen when a rich enough man comes along who’s interested in paying for the cure to whatever killed her. Lots of other cool, weird, worrisome and just absurd enough to be true elements in the book, but the Bridesicle stands out as the fuzz that makes the book peachy.

Written by Alan

June 14th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

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Marley & Me

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Marley Alford

Marley Alford

Was interviewed about Indigo the other day by Marley Alford for a youth magazine in the Hudson Valley. The magazine has a 500 word limit and I’m too talky for that, so Marley has generously allowed me to post the full interview on my blog, here. Thanks for sharing, Marley!

Written by Alan

May 2nd, 2013 at 11:31 am

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Speed the %^$#ing Plow

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SpeedThePlowDavid Mamet is going to self publish his next book. Or at least he claims he is. Could be one of those games you read about, get the other writers all excited about self-publishing then piss off to Knopf with your new manuscript. But what sorta guy who always writes about con artists would do that?

Interesting factoids from the article: Self-published books make up a quarter of Amazon book sales. That’s a lot of virtual paper for a young movement. Second factoid – going through an agency (ICM claims) can get you plum online placement not accorded un-agented self-publishers. Now this one I have to research. Sort of creepy when you think you’re at the forefront of a new movement but the cream is already being set aside for established players. Of course ICM could be playing one of those games where you convince a writer he’s getting special placement while you piss off to the bank with his royalties. But what sorta con-man publisher would do that?

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April 18th, 2013 at 10:36 pm

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Books have changed forever

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Mentioned Hugh Howey a couple days ago on one of my how-to epublish pages, and here he is again, being incredibly smart and insightful about the state of modern book publishing. This is a must-read article for anyone who thinks they have a book inside them (unless you’re a Great Dane with a book inside you, in which case… bad doggie, but also, mad skills with the pointing device, pooch).

As one more reach-around in this love-fest, you should check out articles about Howey in Wired, starting with his interviews with Geek Dad, then go buy his books — note that you can get the Kindle Edition of the first book in the Wool series free at that link.

Written by Alan

April 4th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

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Having a perfect ass, versus being one.

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The great thing about self-publishing is you get to talk about yourself a lot. The bad thing is you have to talk about yourself a lot. Actually it’s a little worse than that. When you’re writing you want to get out of yourself and get into your characters, but when you’re promoting your own work you spend way too much time thinking about yourself and you start to feel like an insecure teenager, constantly looking in the mirror wondering if your blooming self-absorption is showing.

On the other hand, a swollen head probably makes my butt look smaller. So, you know; silver linings.

Written by Alan

March 29th, 2013 at 2:59 pm

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Inked Magazine

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Inked Magazine Blog entry 2013-02-20

Inked Magazine Blog entry 2013-02-20

How cool are the people at Inked Magazine? I friended them on Facebook months ago and have really enjoyed all the tattoo images they push out. Today they highlighted my book on their blog!

Inked rocks. They totally got the whole transformation theme and the idea of becoming.

Written by Alan

February 20th, 2013 at 9:24 pm

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Indigo: Ink to Blood

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Announcing the release of my new fantasy novel, Indigo: Ink to Blood

Indigo: Ink to Blood book cover

Indigo: Ink to Blood book cover

Indigo is out at Amazon and Smashwords, and should be on the Apple Store, Kobo and the Barnes & Noble store in the next day or so.

I have so many people to thank I can hardly list them, but I will try to in just a bit. I am both grateful and absolutely in awe of my cover designer, Cheryl Taylor and cover artist Ken Taylor. And now, I need to pour some coffee, shovel some snow off the walk, and get moving on the second book in the series. If you like Indigo or have any comments at all, please let me know, or leave a review if you’re feeling generous! I’d love to hear from you.

Written by Alan

February 9th, 2013 at 1:17 pm

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Publish and Perish

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Great article from back in December on NPR about self-publishing.

They’re a little late to the party if they just discovered that self-publishing is not vanity publishing, but then they go ahead and promote a vanity publication house — Archway, the You-Pay-We-Publish arm of Simon & Schuster.

The comments section is interesting. One poster claims that traditional publishing houses will keep your book in print by printing a copy or two every year via print-on-demand, just to hold their claim on the copyright. Is there any evidence that’s true, or is this just the latest ranting of the conspiracy theorist mob? No idea.

Written by Alan

February 6th, 2013 at 11:33 pm

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TerrorLand!!!

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Pakistan is apparently planning to put up an amusement park at the site of Osama bin Laden’s former hideout.

Jihad

Jihadworld? Deathtothegreatsatanland? With rides like ZeroDarkThirtyMountain.

There are many paths up crazy mountain, but they all reach the same, shrill, defensive, paranoid, inexplicable peak, and one way to tamp it down is to put a waterpark on top of it.

Apparently the Pakistani park “will include a zoo, water sports, a mini-golf course, rock climbing and paragliding”. Living in up-state New York I can tell you this plan makes way more sense than fracking, so you go, Pakistanis. I honor the space where your mini-golf meets America’s insane Creationism.

It’s a small world after all.

Written by Alan

February 4th, 2013 at 9:19 pm

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Winter is Coming

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BusyWater

We’re walking in the woods beside the Little Beaverkill and I ask my daughter why moving water won’t freeze. She thinks about it and says, “It’s too busy.” Which is an awful answer, so I send a note to her science tutor asking for our money back. But she responds that it’s not a bad description at all: Still water freezes at 32F, but moving water wants to freeze and can’t, because the movement stops the water molecules from organizing into crystals. So in a way you could say it is busy. Which is also a bad answer. What’s this about water wanting?

So we come across another section of very still, unfrozen water at the base of a beaver dam and I ask my daughter why that water isn’t frozen. “Too lazy,” she says. Which makes perfect sense. Busy water. Lazy water. And water that just wants to get somewhere.

Written by Alan

January 24th, 2013 at 7:11 pm

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