• 4 weeks until the release of The Mermaid’s Madness [Amazon | Mysterious Galaxy]! Early reviews are starting to pop up. Romantic Times called it quick-paced, engaging, and a great read. Rhonda Parrish, who won the NCADV auction for an ARC of the book, posted a nice review here. ::Happy dance::
• I’ve said before that it’s okay to write crap in a first draft. For me, this helps me get to the point where I can figure out the story and rewrite to actually make the thing work. Dean Wesley Smith offers an alternate approach.
Welcome to everyone who showed up after yesterday’s Neil Gaiman Facts post! Lesson to self: if you want more blog traffic, joke about Gaiman groping Ellison. Huge thanks for the linkbacks, the comments, and the extra Gaiman facts. (The comments include some very funny suggestions.) Y’all gave me a serious case of the warm fuzzies 🙂
No love, however, to the very small minority who simply copied and reposted the whole thing without asking. Way to harsh my warm fuzzies, people.
I was torn about whether I should even say anything. I’m not planning to go all DMCA on anyone’s ass over this, but it bothers me. Maybe I’m oversensitive after dealing with the whole Google Settlement mess, I don’t know. But here’s the deal: reposting someone’s work without permission is rude. It’s also illegal, but in this case I’m more annoyed by the rudeness.
The primary reasons I post stuff like the Gaiman list are because it’s fun and because I love entertaining people. It makes my week to get comments from folks telling me they laughed so hard their significant other came in from the other room to find out what was going on. It’s a high like nothing else, and I love it.
There’s a secondary reason, though: the crass, greedy, totally commercial reason. When I write and post this sort of thing, it brings new traffic to my sites. New people who might remember my name, who might decide to stick around on the blog, who might even decide some day to go out and buy one of my books.
If you repost the whole list, you’re taking away some of those new visitors. Is it a terrible, crippling blow to my success as a writer? Not at all. But it is rude. So don’t do it, ‘kay?
Enough on that. I love 99.44% of you, and I’m not going to let the other .56% spoil things. So as a reward for reading this far, here are a few more Gaiman facts. Enjoy!
Neil Gaiman writes faster than Harriet Klausner reads.
Neil Gaiman solved the Rubix Cube in 7 minutes. One-handed.
Chuck Norris could roundhouse kick Neil Gaiman in the head. But Neil Gaiman could write Chuck Norris out of existence.