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  1. Love the thoughts and ideas. I think that payment itself takes different forms, particularly inside large organisations and clusters of organisations, public or private. That’s why people say “it’s amazing how much you get done when you don’t care who gets the credit”. Credit, in that sense, is a form of payment.

    Comment by JP — January 8, 2013 @ 4:11 am

  2. So…what you’re saying is that you’ve reversed your opinion on the value of non-commercial Creative Commons licenses? :D

    Comment by Zacqary Adam Green — January 9, 2013 @ 12:02 am

  3. Everything you say on the subject makes perfect sense to me, and I love the fearlessness with which you’ve posted so many complete works online. I just wish someone would offer a rational business model for novel writing in this age of fluid copyrights. If I’d written a novel twenty years ago, I know the hoops I’d have to jump through. I’d have to submit to as many prospective publishers as possible–often one at a time since so few accept simultaneous submissions–and damn near every one would have slightly different requirements. One wants the first fifty pages and a synopsis. The next wants the driest, last, and one other representative chapter. The next wants the first three chapters with an outline and précis. Then, if you were lucky enough to get past the bored, exhausted, underpaid readers, and if the next rung of gatekeepers didn’t flag you for doing something they don’t like, you might make it to the level of the editor who can still reject you with no explanation, reject you with minimal explanation, offer ideas to make the work acceptable, or buy the damned book.

    Comment by D. G. Grace — January 11, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

  4. Now, I see people who can’t string together two rational sentences uploading their crap to Kindle alongside brilliant first novels, and I’m TERRIFIED. I have my own urban fantasy novel just about ready to upload (I’m working with a designer to get a decent cover to upload with it) and I don’t know how to get it read by the right people. I know it needs to develop buzz somehow, be picked up by folks like Kirkus, Locus, and the New York Review of Books, but how? Do I just send gratis copies to each of them? Is there any way to get someone like you or China Miéville or Neil Gaiman to read this work for me? I’ve passed it before as many critical friends and family as I can, but they’re not fiction pros.

    Comment by D. G. Grace — January 11, 2013 @ 12:25 pm

  5. Hi there, I log on to your blogs on a regular basis. Your story-telling style
    is witty, keep doing what you’re doing!

    Comment by — July 24, 2013 @ 2:44 am

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