Monday, November 26, 2007

Jim Baen's Universe 10 - Eric Flint

Eric Flint talks about in his column about people with fears that everyone giving away free work samples will drive the price down for all authors, and why that isn't right.

He also mentions a popular author in one subgenre (like Alternate History, for him) can raise the profiles and sales of other authors with people trying to find similar work.

He does say that the 'try before you buy' or expansive fair use thing will lose perhaps some sales, but also is good in a marketing sense - people that buy the books and think they suck, and tell many, many people they suck won't do it if they can check things out and see if they like it in advance.

This is what he says, in part, to quote :
"To go back to the question at hand, what would be the effect on book-buying if all authors started doing the same thing?

Well, obviously, one of the effects would be that every author would lose some sales. Not every reader who examines an author’s work for free is going to like it.

Fine. Those are not sales any intelligent author wants anyway. Word of mouth works both ways. I don’t want someone who dislikes my work to pay money for it. Whatever short-term gain I make is more than offset by the long-term damage of having negative word of mouth running loose out there. Which it will, don’t think it won’t—if the reader paid money for it. But what I’ve found is that readers who investigate my work for free and then discover they don’t like it, don’t have any hard feelings about the matter. In fact, I know of several instances where they recommended me to someone else, whom they thought might like my work even if they didn’t."

There's also an article by Norman Spinrad talking about hard sf, and by Resnick saying that Jurassic Park is not likely, but Pleistocene Park is possible.

JBU0210 : Laws of Survival - Nancy Kress
JBU0210 : Darwin's Suitcase - Elizabeth Malartre
JBU0210 : Double Secret Weapon - Tony Frazier
JBU0210 : Misfits - Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
JBU0210 : Christmas Eve at Harvey Wallbanger's - Mike Resnick
JBU0210 : Fossilized Gods - J. Simon
JBU0210 : Second Banana - Way Jeng
JBU0210 : The Art of Memory - Barry N. Malzberg and Jack Dann
JBU0210 : Countdown to Armageddon 2 - Edward M. Lerner
JBU0210 : Fish Story 10 - Eric Flint and Dave Freer and Andrew Dennis
JBU0210 : Inheritance - David Wesley
JBU0210 : Queen's Mask - Barbara Tarbox
JBU0210 : A Holy Terror - Ambrose Bierce


Alien desperate dog school.

4.5 out of 5


Origin observation visit destruction.

3.5 out of 5


The perils of merchandising yourself, the hero. With added supervillain annoyance.

'"Listen, kid," I say. "When you get trapped in an alternate dimension by a resurrected god, and have to watch all your friends die while you barely escape, and then spend two freaking years trying to fight your way back to Earth, only to find out that they've turned your life into a cartoon while you've been gone, then I might listen to what you have to say about my authenticity or lack of same. Until then, watch the damn show, buy the damn toys, and shut up!'

3.5 out of 5


Weathering the conflict.

3 out of 5


Rigging the reindeer game.

2.5 out of 5


"Super God Power Team saves universe!"

4 out of 5


Ship steal sneaking and shooting.

3.5 out of 5


Death car.

3 out of 5


Twelve hundred year terrorist displacement.

3 out of 5


Joining the underseasaur team.

3.5 out of 5


Out of time Weather AI sentience upgrade.

4 out of 5


Political escape becomes stand and fight.

3.5 out of 5


Hurdy-gurdy stakeout death.

3 out of 5




4 out of 5

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