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Jon Del Arroz’s History of Trolling and Harassing

4/17/2018: Del Arroz has filed suit against Worldcon.

2/19/2018: Per author A. Merc Rustad, Del Arroz is now asking people to give him money so he can sue WorldCon, comparing his struggle to that of LGBT people seeking marriage equality. As is his pattern, he paints himself as the victim, and distorts or outright lies about events. (For example, he claims he’s suffered “having my young children harassed on the internet through people trying to harass me into silence.” This appears to refer to his made-up claim that someone doxxed his children, as discussed below.)

He also says, “Most of you know me from conventions, and also know that I’m a fun person to be around, who’s never caused a problem or even been accused of such.” This is another blatant lie. He might be fun to be around in certain circumstances, but for him to claim he’s never caused a problem? Never even been accused of causing a problem? That level of dishonesty would be laughable, if he wasn’t also hurting good people in the process.

I’m not a lawyer, but I suspect most competent lawyers would crush this nonsense pretty quickly. It still creates a headache for the volunteers doing their best to run WorldCon, and to create an event free of the harassment and bullying Del Arroz has engaged in for years. My sympathies to all those having to deal with JDA’s latest publicity stunt.

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Author Jon Del Arroz recently had his attending membership to WorldCon revoked. This generated a lot of discussion. WorldCon stated that JDA was banned:

“…because he has made it clear that he fully intends to break our code of conduct. We take that seriously. Worldcon 76 strives to be an inclusive place in fandom, as difficult as that can be, and racist and bullying behavior is not acceptable at our Worldcon. This expulsion is one step towards eliminating such behavior and was not taken lightly.”

A Facebook thread suggests they also received complaints from victims of Del Arroz’s harassment.

Del Arroz, unsurprisingly, disagrees:

“With Worldcon’s statements about ‘intent’ to violate their rules, and failure to specify rules, this is a clear targeting over my politics because I’m a vocal Christian and Hispanic Trump supporter.”

This seems odd, given that nobody else has been banned for being vocal Christian or Trump supporters. One of WorldCon’s guests of honor is Hispanic, so I’m not sure where he sees race is a factor here. But rather than debate this particular incident, I want to focus on some of the discussion that followed.

Del Arroz’s defenders claim he’s a nice guy, and accusations that he harasses or trolls people are absurd. Del Arroz told me on Facebook that he doesn’t “escalate feuds.” He claims he’s just the victim of blackballing, harassment, threats, and so on.

I’m not saying nobody has ever given Del Arroz shit online. He alleges that people once doxxed his children and sent a glitterbomb to his house. Both were done anonymously. I have no problem condemning both incidents, whoever was responsible. I’ve also heard that people mocked him for his last name, which…yeah, that just seems racist to me.

ETA: It looks like the alleged doxxing was actually an individual referencing a fact about Del Arroz’s child that Del Arroz himself had shared on Periscope and in earlier tweets. (I’ve blacked out that fact in the screenshot, and would appreciate it not being brought up in the comments.)

But if you look through Jon Del Arroz’s interactions with others… Well, here’s a sampling of what people are talking about when they say Del Arroz harasses, insults, and trolls others, and distorts things for what someone once described as martyrbation. And, of course, for publicity and marketing…

My goal isn’t to trash Del Arroz, but to document a pattern of behavior.

Warning: there’s a lot of material here.

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Imprinted is Out Today!

Imprinted Cover ArtAs many of you already know, the next chapter in the Magic ex Libris saga is out today. “Imprinted” is a 15,000-word novelette set after the events of Revisionary. It’s told from the perspective of Jeneta Aboderin, the first person in history to perform libriomancy using e-books.

If you remember Jeneta’s project proposal from Revisionary, you’ll have a good idea where this story starts 🙂

I’d love to do more of this kind of thing. There are plenty more stories to tell in this universe, and other characters I’d like to explore. In part, it will depend on how well this one does. (Yes, that was a hint. No, it was not subtle. “Subtle” has never been one of my strong suits.)

Huge thanks to everyone who signal-boosted this one. It’s available electronically at the following links for $2.99:

A print edition is available via Amazon. I feel bad about charging $5.99 for the print edition, but I can’t really price it cheaper, given the self-publishing options there. And I wanted to at least make the option available.

You might notice there’s no link to Barnes & Noble yet. I’ve noticed this too. I’m not happy about it. All of the files and information are there, but have been stuck in processing limbo. I’ll update as soon as the book escapes.

If you feel $2.99 is a bit much for a 15,000-word story (which is totally reasonable), I’m planning to reduce the price to $1.99 in a month or so. But a lot of people had told me $2.99 was a fair price and they’d be happy to pay it. Since it’s the difference between about $2 in royalties vs. about $0.50 per copy, I figured I’d start at the $2.99 price point.

I like Jeneta’s character a lot, and I love the reveal in this story. I can’t wait to see what you all think of it.

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PS, As long as you’re out shopping for books, here are some other cool releases today!

 

2017 Writing Income

I’ve been blogging about my income as a writer for a decade now (taking last year off to explore writing income data from a different angle). We don’t talk much about money, and writing tends to be romanticized more than a lot of other jobs. My goal is to provide a reality-check about writing as a career. You can’t draw broad conclusions from a single data point, but it’s better than nothing, right?

Previous Years: Here are the annual write-ups going back to 2007: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015. In 2016, I did a survey of almost 400 novelists about their income.

My Background: I’m a primarily “traditionally published” U.S.-based SF/F author with 13 books in print from major New York publishers. The first of those 13 books came out from DAW in 2006. I’ve also sold about 50 short stories. I’ve never hit the NYT or USA Today bestseller lists, but my last five books have been lead titles for my publisher. In late 2015, I mostly-quit my full-time day job. Since November of 2015, I’ve worked 10 hours a week for the State of Michigan, and spent the rest of my time as a writer and stay-at-home Dad.

2017 Summary: Writing doesn’t always provide the most stable income from month to month or from year to year. 2016 was my best year as a writer, thanks in large part to a three-book deal I signed with DAW. I spent 2017 working on those books, and didn’t sign any new deals. As a result, my gross income (after my agent’s commission but before any of my expenses) for 2017 dropped to $42,652.70, down from $76,777.32 the year before.

Here’s the graph of my writing income since 2002, which is as far back as I have records for.

Annual Income Graph

The three largest checks for 2017 came from the mass market publication of Revisionary, the delivery payment for Terminal Alliance, and the hardcover publication of Terminal Alliance.

I do have another novel on submission, which I’d been hoping to sell last year, but publishing can be a slow creature. Hopefully that will turn into a nice boost for 2018.

2017 Breakdown:

  • Novels (U.S. editions) – $32,512.01
  • Novels (non-U.S. editions) – $6430.08
  • Self-published Work – $1819.48
  • Short Fiction & Nonfiction – $1641.13
  • Other – $250

Breakdown of 2017 income

I didn’t actually sell any nonfiction last year; that $1641 is all from short fiction. I only sold a few stories, but they were to good markets. One anthology (Shadowed Souls) even earned out and paid royalties, which I believe is a first for me with anthologies that pay professional per-word rates.

Expenses: A lot of that income went right back out the door for quarterly estimated tax payments. The joys of self-employment, eh? As always, there will also be at least a few thousand dollars in other expenses, from convention travel costs to postage to other business expenses like website hosting, cellphone business use, and so on.

2018 Goals: I’m going to finish Terminal Uprising, though it’s likely that book won’t see publication until early 2019. I also have that novel manuscript my agent has been shopping around, and I just sent them a pitch for another project that could be a lot of fun.

Next week’s release of “Imprinted” will tell me how much of a market there is for novellette/novella-length stories in my existing worlds. I’m hoping to do more of that in the future.

Ultimately, I don’t have anywhere near as much control over the financial side as I’d like. But I want to refocus a bit, and push myself to try new things as a writer. I also want to remember to have fun with it all.

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New and/or Cheap Books, by Me

This is a shameless self-promotional post, aimed at anyone who may have come into possession of book-related gift cards and is looking for suggestions of what to buy.

Prices are in the U.S. I’m not sure if those prices are matched elsewhere.

Thank you, and we’ll return to your regularly scheduled content soon…

$2.99 for Goblin Quest or The Stepsister Scheme

The first books in my Goblin and Princess series are both available for just $2.99 in ebook form. This is a great way to try out my stuff, if you haven’t already. The goblin books are humorous fantasy/sword & sorcery, and the princess books are fantasy action and adventure about a trio of kick-ass fairy tale princesses.

$2.99 to preorder Imprinted

“Imprinted” is the next chapter in the Magic ex Libris series, and comes out on January 9. It’s a novelette, not a full-length novel, and is set about eight months after the events of Revisionary. Little Red Reviewer just posted the first public review of this one, and called it:

“…a fast paced, fun, and satisfying read. As always, Hines writes characters who leap off the page. I love how he writes character development and their relationships with each other.”

There will be a print edition as well, but for the moment, only the ebook is available for pre-order.

$.99 for “Chupacabra’s Song”

“Chupacabra’s Song” is a short story set in the Magic ex Libris universe. It’s a quick read about Nicola Pallas, set before the books when Pallas was just a teenager. The story shows how Pallas discovered her bardic magic…along with her love of Chupacabras.

Terminal Alliance

Finally, while it’s not on sale, I’d be remiss in not mentioning my latest book. Terminal Alliance is the first in the humorous “Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse” trilogy, and is available in hardcover, ebook, and audio formats.

Imprinted Cover Art Chupacabra's Song - Cover Terminal Alliance Cover Art by Dan Dos Santos

SPOILERS: The Last Jedi Review and Discussion

I did it! I dodged almost all spoilers for The Last Jedi for more than a week until we were finally able to go see it.

I was a little nervous — reactions seemed really polarized for this one. Some people loved it, others hated it. Some of the hate was from trolls who couldn’t stand the idea of a franchise where white dudes weren’t front and center, but not all.

Personally? I loved it. And after a little spoiler space, I’ll talk about why…

SPOILERS AHEAD

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