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May 29, 2012 / benrovik

We’ll always have Balticon

Back to the grindstone after a weekend of panels, whimsy, costumes and sleep deprivation. Balticon is always good fun. My wife literally grew up going to the con (her first one was at one year old), so it’s a place full of family friends for us, in addition to being a great locale for meeting and hearing from authors, publishers, and bloggers in the sci-fi scene.

A few more takeaways:

  • LightningSource got extremely good feedback from authors who use a print-on-demand service; much more so than CreateSpace or Lulu.  I’d been leaning towards CreateSpace already, because it’s an Amazon subsidiary and so seemed nicely integrated with the Kindle store, but I clearly need to do more research.
  • Podiobooks.  I can fully understand why readertypes love the idea of free, high-quality, serialized audiobooks.  But does it really work for authors?  I’ve got a bunch of recording and mastering experience, and I can imagine it takes a lot of energy to put an audiobook together.  If you’re just giving all that work away on a donation-only basis, isn’t that a lot of investment down the tubes that could have been spent on something else?  (Like writing, for instance?)  Apparently not!  Self-published authors swear by the site.  Especially since I own recording equipment and talk for a living (as an actor and storyteller), I’d be able to do most of the production side myself to a reasonable level.  So maybe that’s worth pursuing after all…
  • The authors of Ridan Publishing are fascinating and inspiring people, and so is their intrepid publisher Robin Sullivan.
  • Noodles and Company is a delicious place to eat, but only for the first four meals in a row.

Hope you’re having a lovely week!  Now that the con’s over, I’ll be back to work on the next Mechanized Wizardry book, which I expect to have out in the summer.




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