By Dave Freer
Ok, apologies in advance. I have an abcess under a tooth, a roaring temperature, a con to prepare for and fair amount of pain. All Joy.
As a little bit of interest I got my royalty check today – due in March, reflecting the complete reporting for books available fro the entire six months July-December. It amounts to 800 dollars or so – for 14 books I think it is, which you may compare to the income we’re getting from putting CRAWLSPACE and other stories (including GENIE OUT OF THE VAT) – basically a novella, a novellette and some shorts – up on Kindle (no not the others yet) will comfortably earn that. I guess I am going to have to put them up as the rights become mine, and hope this continues as a trend. Any add in is good, and I’m also going to have to write more in existing series just for this market. I can’t live on the income generated by my traditional publishing efforts.
Anyway, I am off to Continuum in Melbourne this weekend – only I fly on Wednesday… so any readers here, I will be doing a few book giveaways at my reading.
I’ve got to judge a costume? /mask thing. Now this raises a hackle or two from yours truly. Because I am a punctilious sort of bloke (sometimes steam-punctilious) in doing any task of judgement. I despise the way many writing awards have become incestuous festering pools of politically correct nepotism, where, often as not, quality and enjoyableness of the read are the last thing ever considered. If I judge anything, I try desperately hard to be as fair as possible and professional as possible (which is why I won’t vote in the Nebs. I haven’t read all the works nominated. And I disapprove of noms where the names of nominees are visible.) I am aware of just what hard work goes into costuming. I am also aware that I am to sartorial elegance what Godzilla was to cheese. I hope they have some expert to advise – but in case they don’t what do I look for? hints anyone?