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International Pixelstained Peasant Day

I've stayed out of the Grand Kerfuffle that has grown over on the SFWA LJ site.  I think that each writer has to make his or her own decisions about how much, if any, work should be posted on the Internet.  I think that the decisions that are right for one author have no bearing on any other author. 

For example, if I ran a website with hundreds of thousands of daily visitors, and advertisers paid me to place ads before all of those daily eyes, and my placing a novel up on my website lured more daily visitors, and I lived off the advertising on my site - well, I'd be putting everything up there for free.

And for another example, if I had a huge backlog of stories that I thought would never sell to a print market, but I wanted them to be read and loved, well, I'd be putting those up for free as well.

And for yet a third example, if I thought that reading the first chapters of each of my novels would convince readers that they wanted to read the whole thing, well, I'd be posting free first chapters.  And what do you know?  I *do* think that's the case.  And you can get to each of those first chapters from my website:


(Click on the cover of each book to find out a bit more about it, then click on the link for the chapter.)

My making this post is partially intended to join in the fun.  But it's also intended to remind folks that what works for one author doesn't work for all. 

Mindy, entering the fray, in her teeny, tiny way...


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Apr. 23rd, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC)
I completely agree. A chapter or three can lure people in.

I have no idea what this Grand Kerfuffle is, but it sounds ... Internety. Which is the most polite word I can think of right now.
Apr. 23rd, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
"Grand Kerfuffle"? What a great word! Did you make it up?
Apr. 23rd, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC)
But it's also intended to remind folks that what works for one author doesn't work for all.

Absolutely! That same rule applies to any group of people that tend to get all crammed together into little shoeboxes.

And Mr. VP could have used a dose of that reminder himself. ;)
Apr. 23rd, 2007 08:07 pm (UTC)
That was absolutely refreshing and my thoughts exactly. Thank you.
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