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I can't believe I didn't mention this in my original post: My publisher found the artist (Greg Martin) who provided the gorgeous art for the cover by seeing his work online - where, essentially, he gives it away via some lovely art galleries, much as I'm doing with the book. Because he lets the world share his art, he made a sale. Yet more evidence to support the hypothesis that giving away creative work can increase sales!

Oh, and if anyone doubts the honesty or integrity of human beings, consider this: Since I posted my book for free download (with Creative Commons license), I've received a number of donations via PayPal - including one for the full, hardcover price! I'm deeply touched and pleased to see that people really are honest and want to support artists - enough of them, anyway, to counter the ill-will of a few pirates. Thank you so much.

Chris

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sf_reader
Nov. 19th, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC)
Giving away something you can't sell can lead to sales. I have had any number of photos purchased that way from my listings online. The most recent one was just this past month.

I don't know that I would feel the same way about giving away something which I already could sell.
mckitterick
Nov. 19th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
Well, clearly you CAN sell your photos and do it all the time! And it's because they're available online that paying markets can find and request to use them.
bogwitch64
Nov. 20th, 2010 12:07 am (UTC)
Chris...that's fantastic! Go you!
mckitterick
Nov. 20th, 2010 12:39 am (UTC)
I know! It makes me very happy.
vretallin
Nov. 21st, 2010 12:45 am (UTC)
Some of my faith in human kind is restored. That is awesome.
mckitterick
Nov. 21st, 2010 05:40 am (UTC)
This is one of the happiest things to happen to me in a while. Talk about squeezing blood out of lemons or getting lemonade out of a stone or something ;-)
silverfae
Nov. 21st, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)

OMG, Lutefisk!

I'm so happy for you. Totally fab.

and I have to catch up with you so I can get BUY a signed copy since I didn't make the launch event :)
mckitterick
Nov. 21st, 2010 03:09 pm (UTC)
:-D

Actually, you can get it cheapest directly from the publisher!

Edited at 2010-11-21 03:10 pm (UTC)
silverfae
Nov. 22nd, 2010 11:50 pm (UTC)
But I'd rather buy it locally, so I'm going to call the Raven and see if they have it :)
mckitterick
Nov. 23rd, 2010 01:12 am (UTC)
If not, tell 'em to order a few copies! Several people today mentioned wanting to buy it there....
(Anonymous)
Nov. 23rd, 2010 02:41 pm (UTC)
YES!
mckitterick
Nov. 30th, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Transcendence So Far
Thanks for the feedback! So glad you're enjoying it.

I pronounce it "three-verd."
obadiah
Nov. 30th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Transcendence So Far
Ah, rhymes with "Freebird!" :-D
mckitterick
Nov. 30th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Transcendence So Far
Oh, man, I wish you hadn't gone and said that.
obadiah
Nov. 30th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
Nyptyne Skynyrd
Sorry -- didn't mean to be cruel. At least the alien artifact isn't playing something that sounds like a certain Disneyland ride....
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