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Becke,

 

Funny how Nooks and e-readers have become indispensible to us in just a few short years.

They have certainly turned the publishing world upside down.

 

My fear is piracy.  I know a western guy in Asia who owns a bookstore/cafe.  But I saw on

a Website that he was selling 10,000 e-books for $50.  Obviously, he's selling pirated books, and authors like me--people who count on royalties to put food on the table--are getting cheated out of those royalties.

 

There is no easy answer to this problem, especially in a world where so many people want everything (music, movies, software, books, etc) for FREE.

 

Musicians can tour and make money from concerts even if they lose money due to their recordings being pirated.

 

But writers?  Most writers get small advances, so legitimate book sales mean everything to them.

 

OK!  Off the soapbox.  Let me take this opportunity to thank you all for having me.  I'll check back if anyone chimes in with questions.

 

Thanks to everyone at the B&N forums for loving books.

Ed Kovacs 

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Welcome Ed:

I read STORM DAMAGE during your last visit. Enjoyed it very much and now I look forward to reading GOOD JUNK. Can't wait to see what Cliff St. James's is up to now. Love that character!
Eadie - A day out-of-doors, someone I loved to talk with, a good book and some simple food and music -- that would be rest. - Eleanor Roosevelt
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EdKovacs wrote:

Becke,

 

Funny how Nooks and e-readers have become indispensible to us in just a few short years.

They have certainly turned the publishing world upside down.

 

My fear is piracy.  I know a western guy in Asia who owns a bookstore/cafe.  But I saw on

a Website that he was selling 10,000 e-books for $50.  Obviously, he's selling pirated books, and authors like me--people who count on royalties to put food on the table--are getting cheated out of those royalties.

 

There is no easy answer to this problem, especially in a world where so many people want everything (music, movies, software, books, etc) for FREE.

 

Musicians can tour and make money from concerts even if they lose money due to their recordings being pirated.

 

But writers?  Most writers get small advances, so legitimate book sales mean everything to them.

 

OK!  Off the soapbox.  Let me take this opportunity to thank you all for having me.  I'll check back if anyone chimes in with questions.

 

Thanks to everyone at the B&N forums for loving books.

Ed Kovacs 


Unfortunately, piracy is all too prevalent. I know several authors whose books have been pirated - they found out purely by accident. People who buy pirated books are robbing the authors but I doubt they realize it. Or else - hah! - they think the authors are so wealthy they won't miss it. ;-)

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Welcome back Ed,

 

Adventure to the nth degree???

 

So, I will say e-books are great.  You can pack a lot of reading on one of those and they travel so much better than many "printed books" when you are charged for overage on checked luggage...I found out the hard way.

 

So with all of your "adventures"-are you able to cross anything off of a "bucket list".  Writing a best seller is on mine but I don't know that it will ever happen!

 

Keep on writing..

 

J

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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@Becke:  I saw a recent stat that was sobering; only a relatively small number of fiction writers earn enough money to make a living from their books.

 

@eadieburke:  Thanks for reading Storm Damage and hope you like Good Junk even more. :smileyhappy:

 

@J: Not much progress on my bucket list; good luck on yours! 

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EdKovacs wrote:

@Becke:  I saw a recent stat that was sobering; only a relatively small number of fiction writers earn enough money to make a living from their books.

 

@eadieburke:  Thanks for reading Storm Damage and hope you like Good Junk even more. :smileyhappy:

 

@J: Not much progress on my bucket list; good luck on yours! 


Ed - I saw that, too. For every J.K. Rowling, there are thousands of authors who can't give up the day job. 

 

Does your bucket list include any traveling, Ed? Is there anyplace you HAVEN'T been?

 

Also, with all the traveling, when do you find time to write?

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Becke,

 

Last september, for a mere $80 at a far-flung US Embassy that shall remain unnamed, I had extra pages added to my passport.  I'm maxed-out; they won't add any more.  It's about as thick as a pastrami sandwich at a New York Deli.

 

On this contract I'm on now, almost no time to write.  I'm either working or racked out.  That's why I don't follow the maxim that writers must write every day.  It's simply not physically possible for me to do it, and keep my health.

 

AUSTRALIA!  I want to do Perth and the Gold Coast and wine country and the usual big cities.  I need at least one best-seller first, though!

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EdKovacs wrote:

Becke,

 

Last september, for a mere $80 at a far-flung US Embassy that shall remain unnamed, I had extra pages added to my passport.  I'm maxed-out; they won't add any more.  It's about as thick as a pastrami sandwich at a New York Deli.

 

On this contract I'm on now, almost no time to write.  I'm either working or racked out.  That's why I don't follow the maxim that writers must write every day.  It's simply not physically possible for me to do it, and keep my health.

 

AUSTRALIA!  I want to do Perth and the Gold Coast and wine country and the usual big cities.  I need at least one best-seller first, though!


Does that encyclopedia-sized passport get you through Customs faster or slower?

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Yeah, the fat passport it not appreciated at many Customs checkpoints I have to navigate.

I need to sign up for that express re-entry to the US--I can't remember the name of the program offhand, but I haven't had time.  LAX Customs can be really slow.

 

At other crossings, I have found that a twenty dollar bill and a carton of Marlboros can work wonders.

 

I just got the copy-edited electronic manuscript of Burnt Black from St. Martin's, and I am checking the fact-checkers when I have a free moment.  That's the 3rd in the Cliff St. James series and will be published in December of this year.

 

So I will have published a trilogy, and we'll have to see what comes next!

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Just got back from Jamaica and my husband paid $35.00/person in order to use the Mobay Club in Montego Bay and they escort you ahead of all the lines waiting to go through security. Not a bad price to pay when you don't have to wait in long lines and then there is all kinds of sandwiches, snacks and drinks to be had while waiting for your plane.
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EdKovacs wrote:

Yeah, the fat passport it not appreciated at many Customs checkpoints I have to navigate.

I need to sign up for that express re-entry to the US--I can't remember the name of the program offhand, but I haven't had time.  LAX Customs can be really slow.

 

At other crossings, I have found that a twenty dollar bill and a carton of Marlboros can work wonders.

 

I just got the copy-edited electronic manuscript of Burnt Black from St. Martin's, and I am checking the fact-checkers when I have a free moment.  That's the 3rd in the Cliff St. James series and will be published in December of this year.

 

So I will have published a trilogy, and we'll have to see what comes next!


Congratulations on your upcoming release! Come back and chat with us when it comes out!

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@Eadie:  That sounds sweet.  It's nice to use a little grease to make things run smooth!

 

@Becke:  Thanks for having me this week.  Hope we can do this again in December for BURNT BLACK.

 

cheers,

Ed

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Thanks so much for visiting with us this week, Ed! We'll look forward to your next visit!