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Dan is the Bram Stoker-nominated author of Plague of Darkness, Solomon’s Grave, and the critically-acclaimed Margaret's Ark. Writing as G. Daniel Gunn, he released Destroyer of Worlds and the novella (written with L.L.Soares) Nightmare in Greasepaint (Samhain Publishing),. His short stories have appeared in Cemetery Dance, Shroud Magazine, Apex Digest and many more. He and his family live in New England.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

ebooks - more expensive than paperbacks!

OK, I have a Palm Tungsten E2 coming soon, finally joining the 21st century - OK, still a few years behind the times, but that's how I usually work. I'm a used car guy, too, normally. BUT... to the point of this rant. A new book is released, say in hardcover. 26 bucks or so, using King's BLAZE as an example. Now, with Palm's Palm Reader software, I should be able to buy the e-book and download it, read on my thingy. If I want to pay $17. Or, wait! How about this: Dean Koontz's THE GOOD GUY, a book I want to read, hardcover on sale at Amazon for $15 (paperback is out now I think, or coming soon - say for $9). How much if I want to download the electronic - cost-free (except royalty and profit) version? $23!!!! There is NO INVENTORY, people! No storage, shipping costs. And NO - I work with computers - there's NO COST to transmit the book. If there has to be a number, let's call it 1/1000th of a cent.

And yet...?

Of course, the conspiracy theorist in me knows the answer: the biggest chunk of the cost of a book - this is absolutely true, I haven't gotten to the conspiracy part, yet - is the $ paid to the distributor. These folks get the books out to the bookstores, supply Amazon & co. They're valuable, for printed books. They're useless for e-books, obviously, since there is no printed product. But they are the link between publisher and store. They carry a lot of weight, and are obviously using it to say: nuh-uh! You will not charge people for e-books any less than a hardcover or trade paperback, because more people will use their Palms to download them at a reasonable price, and we'll make nothing! How dare you! (of course, the publisher and author will make money...)

Downloading an audio book, READ TO YOU, by a professional, is cheaper.

Shame on you, book-making people. Shame... shame...

By the way, if you're wondering, the entity in the publishing biz who gets the smallest cut (usually under 10% of wholesale) is, you guessed it, the author who wrote the thing in the first place. Of course, we're dime a dozen - I don't mean that cynically, it's true. Even so, I WANT TO BE ONE OF THOSE... WAAAAAHHHH...

OK, gotta go. Sorry for not posting an update. I'm around 20% done with draft 2 of WORLDS IN YELLOW... or DESTROYER OF WORLDS... or THE CLOCK.... or ARMAGEDDON OUTA HERE......

Dan

Friday, June 15, 2007

THE END (72,600)

Thanks again for the prayers and words of support. Barbara had touched a lot of people, and it showed by the enormous outpouring of support and love this week. Our prayers now for her family.


On the writing front, I actually finished the novel, typed those wonderful last two words "THE END" last Friday. I've now begun the laborious task of working on the second draft. The second is always the most difficult, as I go - literally - word by word, sentence by sentence, and change it. On top of these obvious fixes, now that I know how the book progresses later, and ends, the beginning has a lot of changes plot-wise, subtle things I need to add, etc. I'll start giving titles for my progress based on percentage done with the second draft, I suppose. Life's gotten in the way this week, even today didn't get out at lunch to write since I have to leave early to get the girls for their check ups. Still I suppose 6% complete is better than nothing.


Some other news: the German edition of Solomon's Grave has a release date: November 2007, by Otherworld Verlag (http://www.otherworldverlag.com). And we have cover art! Check this out:



If you click the Home option on the side menu here, you can click on the image and see it in more detail. It looks great! Looking forward to this (though, like the Italian edition, I won't be able to read a word of it, lol).


Dan

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Barbara Jones June 8, 2007






Barbara Jones June 8, 2007



Barbara (Stanton) Jones, a loving and compassionate woman who gave of herself throughout her life, passed away at her home, surrounded by her family, after a courageous battle with cancer on Friday evening, June 8, 2007. She was 39 years old.

Barbara was born in Winchester. She was raised and educated in Arlington. Barbara was a 1986 graduate of Arlington High School. She went on to further her education graduating from Fairfield University in 1990 receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and English and a Masters Degree in Education from Lesley University in Cambridge. Barbara worked as a Special Education Teacher in the Belmont School System for a number of years. She has been employed at Bank of America (Formerly Bank of New England & Fleet Bank) since 1990 as a Senior Program Officer working with foundations, trusts, and endowments. Barbara was involved for many years with Special Olympics in Arlington. She was also on the Parish Council of St. James Parish in Arlington. Barbara and her husband Chris moved to Burlington in 1997 where they made their home.

Barbara enjoyed spending summers growing up with her family in Marshfield. In more recent years she enjoyed spending time both in Marshfield and Plymouth during the summer. Barbara’s life centered around her husband Chris and her two children, to whom she was totally devoted. Barbara will be remembered as a gentle, kind, and caring woman who will be deeply missed by all those who loved her. Barbara was the beloved wife of Christopher Jones. She was the loving mother of Emma S. and Christopher J. She was the daughter of Ann Stanton of Arlington and the late John J. Stanton and daughter-in-law of Lianne S. Jones of Arlington and the late James P. Jones. She was the sister of Patricia Tomsyck & her husband Randy of Wakefield, Joan Clark of North Berwick, ME, John Stanton & his wife Sharon of Baltimore, MD and Paul Stanton & his wife Jane of Arlington. She was the sister-in-law of James P. Jones & his wife Denise of Franklin. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Agnes Church, Medford St., Arlington (Massachusetts) on Tuesday June 12 at 10 a.m. Visiting hours will be held at the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn St., Burlington (Exit 34 off Rt. 128, Woburn side) on Monday from 4-8 p.m. Memorials in Barbara’s name may be made to the

Arlington Boys & Girls Club Special Olympics
60 Pond Lane
Arlington, MA 02474.
Thanks for the extra prayers, everyone. Barbara took a sudden turn yesterday, passing away around noon, very quickly and with her family close. The above obituary was taken from my cousins Kevin & Janet, at the Sullivan Funeral Home.
No writing news this week, obviously. It can wait until later....
Dan

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Barbara

I didn't post an update on the book at the start of this week because there wasn't a whole lot to report, but I'm in the final stretch now so should have some good news tomorrow.

In the meantime, I'd like to make a request for some prayers for my cousin Barbara Jones, who is fighting the late stages of cancer and could use some prayer to help her out, maybe even get a miracle or two if it's possible. For a cure, something the doctors might have missed or something new, that ever-elusive miracle we're down to hoping for, and her wonderful husband Chris and their young children, for strength and support. Now more than ever this young family needs all the help they can get.

Thanks
Dan