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Sunny today, but cold. Currently, it's 36˚F, with the windchill at 26˚F. I didn't get to sleep until after six a.m., and I am very nearly a zombie at this moment.

You know, when you are telling women what they have to do to be a good feminist, you've failed as a feminist. This goes double if you also happen to be male.

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Day before yesterday, I got this comment to the LJ from mrs_ralph: "I suppose you aren't allowed to sell photo ops or autographed head shots either. How the heck do they expect the low paid authors to make a living? (that's a rhetorical question...I'm too aware of the answer.)"

Generally speaking, no we're not. A bookstore hosts an author, it expects no competition whatsoever from the author for what little revenue the event may bring in. But I think this raises a larger question, one I've been asking since about 2003 or 2004, when I tried to sell Low Red Moon merchandise on Cafe Press and failed miserably. Why can't authors approach merch this way, the way that other "celebrities" do? You can be an actor who played a minor character in a TV series that was cancelled thirty-seven years ago and people will happily pay to have their picture taken with you. They'll pay for your autograph at an event. But authors? No way. I mean, there might be five authors on earth who could get away with that, maybe. But mostly we are treated entirely differently from actors, musicians, and so on. And it's weird. And sometimes it's weird and financially inconvenient.

That said, I have decided to keep all the dates that have been announced for the Fungus Among Us mini-tour to support the release of Agents of Dreamland. I spoke with Katherine Duckett, my publicity person at Tor, and they're announcing the schedule this afternoon. The tour will begin here in Providence on February 25th, at Lovecraft Arts and Sciences at the Providence Arcade on Weybosset Street. There's now a Facebook page for the launch party.

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Yesterday, I spent a couple more hours on "Tupelo (1998)," and then I put together everything else for Sirenia Digest #132. This morning, as I type this, Spooky is mailing it out to subscribers, who should have it waiting in their inboxes. I hope you enjoy it. I'm very pleased with this story.

Today, I get serious again about work on the Next New Novel.

Spooky goes out into the world and brings back amazing sights for her agoraphobic, sky-fearing beast. I know there's a story waiting in this house:



Resistance, Peace, and Compassion,
Aunt Beast

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eluneth
Feb. 6th, 2017 06:00 pm (UTC)
Aunt Beast, I look forward to your Cambridge tour dates - not sure yet which one I'll be going to, but I'm happy I'll have two to pick from.

Why can't authors approach merch this way
I remember starting to wonder about questions like this when Neil Gaiman posted a Dutch book trailer for Anansi Boys, and I/probably everyone else immediately wondered, why aren't there more trailers for books?

I remember a few years back you made that wonderful cigar box of Dancy's belongings - would you consider doing art/merchandising projects like that again?
greygirlbeast
Feb. 6th, 2017 06:28 pm (UTC)

why aren't there more trailers for books?

have you seen the trailer we did for The Drowning Girl?

I remember a few years back you made that wonderful cigar box of Dancy's belongings - would you consider doing art/merchandising projects like that again?

The Dancy box was really a one-off art piece sort of thing, alas.
eluneth
Feb. 6th, 2017 06:38 pm (UTC)
Of course! I watched it again after leaving that comment - so lovely (and now I want to reread the book).

Regretfully I understand the desire not to attempt to replicate that kind of project. I loved seeing that come together, though.
Attila Veres
Feb. 6th, 2017 06:03 pm (UTC)
tour
I wish I could attend one of the dates, this tour sounds like a singular event. Too bad I live in Europe. I hope it will turn out to be something you would enjoy.
aarongp
Feb. 6th, 2017 10:47 pm (UTC)
I know there's a story waiting in this house:
Oh, yes. Definitely a story there.

Today, I get serious again about work on the Next New Novel.
Sounds great. I hope you are able to find a good way back into the material.
sovay
Feb. 7th, 2017 04:17 am (UTC)
I hope you enjoy it. I'm very pleased with this story.

It's a very good story.
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