Monday Morning Randomness

If you want to do a guest post or interview for my week off next week, let me know!

The paperback version of 3024AD: Short Stories Series One is out now. I’d love it if you picked up a copy. If you want to buy it from your local indie bookstore, please send me their info and I will see if we can make that happen (I’d prefer this, BTW).

But if you want to save some money, you can enter to win a (signed!) copy in three places: Nerds Feather (soon!), the Cult Den and GoodReads.

In not-me news (pfffft I know you’re just here for me), E Cathrine Tobler has a new book out, which you need to read. It’s Rings of Anubis: Gold & Glass. I’m a bit more than a third of the way through it, and I highly recommend it. GoodReads | Kindle | Nook |

A great io9 post on low-budget films.

A Quick Note on the Amazon/GoodReads Thing

I wasn’t even going to write about this, but it’s still making the rounds, so I’ll throw in a couple things:

It is very unlikely that there is anything to get worked up over. Obviously, it’s big news from a who-owns-what standpoint. But I don’t think it’s an issue for a couple reasons:

  • GoodReads already draws from Amazon. A book doesn’t appear there until it’s on Amazon. So Amazon certainly isn’t going to mess with that.
  • In fact, they probably won’t mess with much. Maybe the ads system, which isn’t a bad thing, either. Or for gods sake, the interface. Give that some love.
  • It will be integrated with Kindle. More on this later, but my lips aren’t as firmly on Amazon’s rear as Howley’s are, but come on. This benefits authors all over the place. More reader access to reviews will only help- as I’ve mentioned before, this is just the direction it’s going.
  • Judging from the job postings, it looks like a lot will be improved- mobile, ads, analytics and marketing all have positions that will be added. Sometimes the big guys deep pockets are a good thing.

So… Everybody take a deep breath, get out of the lifeboats and let’s see where this goes.