Self Q&A: Why You Can’t Pre-order Spellwright on Amazon Right Now
Q: Blake, why can’t I pre-order your book on Amazon?
A: Well, Blake, MacMillian (publishing conglomerate) and Amazon are fighting about ebook pricing.
A: It’s kinda messy. Likely not worth your Sunday.
Q: I like messy.
A: That’s not really a question.
Q: Bitch, please.
A: Fine, here’s MacMillian’s message to authors/illustrators and Amazon’s response. There are plenty of intelligent analyses of the situation. Check out such by Toby Buckell or by Charles Stross or by Scott Westerfeld or a like a million more at Bibliophile Stalker (scroll down to “Amazon vs Pan Macmillian”).
A: That answer your questions?
Q: That wasn’t an answer.
A: You know I love you man, and irony is a great thing, but after you said that I had to throw up a little.
Q: How much?
A: Not a lot.
Q: You shouldn’t do that. It’s pre-cancerous. You might get Barrett’s esophagus.
A: I don’t have Barrett’s esophagus. And if if I did, most cases don’t convert to esophageal cancer anyway.
Q: But you do eat a lot of sushi. There are higher incidence of esophageal cancer in Japan.
A: And Iceland, but so what? And where, really, are you going with this?
Q: It’s my esophagus too.
A: Right, right, right. But, moving on?
Q: I’m just a little worried about the fact that you seem to have an interior dialog. Most people have interior monologs.
A: Most people insist on putting a “ue” after dialog, prolog, or monolog.
Q: Oh, so someone’s the king of spelling all of a sudden? [bows] Your Highness of Eugraphy.
A: Don’t be like that. You’re dyslexic too.
Q: Mores the pity about that. So, wait, are you worried about this affecting Spellwright sales?
Q: Wow, that sounds very ration and calm.
A: I’m a pretty calm and rational author.
Q & A: [together] HAHAHAHA. You kill me, man. HAHAHA. No, no, no, you kill me!
Q: [looks around] Well, at least we scared everyone else off this post.
A: So, does this mean we should get back to writing?
Q: Yeah, why not.
Ten Minutes Later
Q: Dude, some one just email this to us : NYTimes: “Amazon Concedes on Electronic Book Pricing”
A: Well, that blew over fast.
Q: Way to write a blog post that was relevant for 10 min.
Q: Ooh, look Toby wrote a hilarious spoof of the Amazon statement.
Q: Oh, buddy. It’s gonna be okay.
A: Well, we still had that lively little exchange about esophageal cancer.
Q: That was fun. I’m sure people will think it’s fun. [Pats him on the head.]