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[sticky post]Moved to DreamWidth
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In light of the changes in the LiveJournal Terms of Service in early 2017, and the manner in which they were implemented, I moved to Dreamwidth. I had already been cross-posting for some years, but had been running full mirroring on the posts and allowing comments on both sites. I decided that I would continue to cross-post, but turned comments on the LiveJournal copy, change most of the existing posts on LJ to friends-only, and go through every so often and friends-lock the LJ mirror of new posts; not least because I saw no reason why I should provide free content for LJ's benefit when LJ started showing advertising on my posts to readers who weren't logged in even though I had a paid account.

I don't intend to entirely delete this mirror, as some of my friends are still here and not planning to move to Dreamwidth. You should, however, assume that this LiveJournal account may be deleted at some point. If you're staying on LiveJournal only, or using it as your primary feed, please follow the RSS feed for my Dreamwidth account.

Lots of my friends have moved, but I haven't tracked down everyone on Dreamwidth yet - please comment if you want to let me know where/who you are, including if you're staying on LJ so I can make sure I have your feed on my DW following page. ( I can do the equivalent of friending your LJ account so you can see my locked DW posts from your LJ account.)

If you're on DreamWidth and looking for me, I'm https://julesjones.dreamwidth.org/

Twitter is https://twitter.com/bookfetishist

I need to tidy my profiles
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 So now that I have accumulated some spoons and help re: self-publishing my out of print titles,  I should do something about tidying up my website and social media profiles. Not least because so many of them have references to a now-defunct publisher...

I was somewhat embarrassed to find that I've still done essentially zero of that on my primary website. I really should have edited the bibliography pages on the original hand-coded website. All I've done is with put up a couple of brief "he's dead, Jim" posts on the shiny new WordPress edition that currently consists primarily of announcement posts and a link back to the old site. This is why I asked for link-checking on the new editions, and am very grateful for the responses here and on Twitter. I'm going to impose on you lovely people again as I work my way through updating the website.

One of the things I need to do is take down the old cover art, because technically I don't have the right to use that any more, not even as thumbnails for reference so people can see if something looks familiar. I'd really rather not; I don't like finding myself buying a reprint of something I've already got because it has a new and unfamiliar cover, and I'd rather not annoy potential customers by doing the same to them. However, I suspect long term I may better off without them on the site even as thumbnails, lest they confuse people who go looking for something with the old cover art when they intended to buy the new edition. And then there are the ones on my DreamWidth/LiveJournal profile, which I have just looked at for the first time in months. Oops.
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Lord and Master re-issue
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I'm busy getting my Loose Id titles back into print with the sterling help of Alex Beecroft. First up is Lord and Master, with new cover by Alex below. What I would like before I drop this on my Official Author Website is some help with link testing. I'm using Draft2Digital to push the book to retailers other than Amazon, and they have a Universal Book Link which if clicked on will offer a selection of online stores, linked to the appropriate site for the location of the person clicking - eg USians choosing Kobo should be directed to the US Kobo website, Australians can choose Angus & Robertson amongst other offerings, etc. I've also found a Thing on the Amazon affiliate site which is to direct your website readers to their local 'Zon site but I have not got to grips with that yet...

Onwards. Please admire the new cover art, suitable for current fashions in romance novels, and then I would be really grateful if people click on the links and make sure they end up in the right place. Some of the retailers haven't accepted the push from D2D yet, but there seems to be a reasonable selection there already. With Amazon I'd also like to know if it shows you the paperback as well as the ebook.

Lord and Master cover art - man looking through WindowDraft2Digital universal link: https://books2read.com/u/38EMkZ

Amazon Australia: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07WQHPZBW
Canada: https://amzn.to/2HBeK5h
Netherlands: https://www.amazon.nl/dp/B07WQHPZBW
Italy: https://www.amazon.it/dp/B07WQHPZBW
UK: https://amzn.to/2My7oU8
US: https://amzn.to/2Zr7BKV

Incidentally, since writing Twitter has been discussing library ebook purchasing, here are some numbers: I've set the ebook price at $3.99 for purchase by individuals - my percentage of that varies by site, but I'll get somewhere between $2 and $2.70. At Draft2Digital I've also enrolled it in various subscriptions, including the Kobo Plus programme, which is Kobo's rival to Kindle Unlimited but doesn't require the author to make the book exclusive to them. Yay Kobo. :-) I've taken D2D's suggestion on the price for library purchases, that being $7.99, of which my projected royalty is $3.74 for One Copy One User, or $0.46 for Cost Per Checkout. Someone wants to give me money to make my book available to people who prefer or need to read for free? I will have some of that, please.

And I see Amazon still thinks this is LGBT literature, sub-class erotica. I may have to do some emailing to customer services. At least it hasn't been filed under BDSM anymore.
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Not going to Worldcon
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I have a full membership for Dublin. I can afford to go money-wise. I can't afford it spoon-wise.

I made this decision last year, when it was rapidly approaching the time when I'd have to confirm with a friend whether I was going to be sharing a hotel room. I was hoping that I would have recovered enough from assorted medical mishaps by now, but I knew it was unlikely and it wasn't fair on the other three potential members of the party to cross fingers and wait. And no, I'm not up to it, even though I'll miss seeing my friends and going to interesting panels. Have fun, the rest of you, and bring back interesting stories.

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Hello, I appear to be a writer
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Only a month since my last post. Things are improving.

Anyway, in between my various medical appointments I have been working on getting some of my old Loose Id books back up as self-published ebooks. I could not have done this without the generous help of [personal profile] alex_beecroft, in the form of advice and some spiffing new covers. I should be hitting the publish button before the end of the month, and with any luck a good bit sooner than that should the medical problems push off for a bit. More later.

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The Best of Philip E High
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As the title suggests, this is a collection of some of High's many short stories, together with an essay by one of his editors. High was active from the 1950s right through to his death in 2006, and this collections spans decades. Naturally his older stories are old-fashioned, and they're unlikely to appeal to readers who aren't old enough to have grown up with this style of writing; but for those of us who are it's a pleasant walk down memory lane. As far as I remember I'd never read any of his short stories, but I read several of High's novels when I was a teenager, and this collection makes me want to find out what else of his has been brought back into print by the SF Galaxy imprint. If, like me, you loved his writing way back when, get a copy of this - there are some gems to be had.

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(Yes, those are mostly affiliate links. Also I wish to give some love to not-Amazon.)

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“If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again,” by Zen Cho
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Yes, still here. Sort of... Anyway, I finally remembered to download the Hugo voting packet last night. :-)

Byam isn't a dragon. Yet. It takes at least a thousand years, and if pesky humans see you and don't believe you're a dragon, you won't be. The only good thing about them is that they're useful for a second opinion on questions about the Way. And by the time you're into your third millennium you might find one who doesn't run away screaming at the first opportunity...

This is a lovely novelette drawing on Korean mythology; sweet, hilarious, and with a joyful ending even amongst sadness. It left me feeling happy, and glad that its well-deserved Hugo nomination brought it to my attention.

Available free at the Barnes&Noble SF&F blog.

There's also a short sequel at Cho's own website.

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2018 - a brief summary
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2018 wasn't a lot of fun, for reasons given at length in a locked post, but which can be summarised as I spent it being not well. I'm still not well, but things are slowly getting better.

On the writing front, Loose Id closed its doors after 14 years, leaving many of my titles without a home. My titles at NineStar Press are fine and I'm not having any problems writing new material, but I have to stay off the computer as much as possible for now, which means self-publishing the out of print works won't be practical for a while.

In summary: 2018 sucked, and I am grateful to my immediate management at my day job who did their best to make it suck a little less.

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A new short story
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Occasionally a silly idea seizes my brain and won't go away. If you aren't familiar with the #cockygate nonsense, this may not make a lot of sense.

Kevin the Knap: Volume 1 of the TrollBane Chronicles

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Loose Id has closed
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My primary publisher, Loose Id, has alas closed as of 7 May. My books published through them are now out of print, although you may see them on third party distributors for a short period while the out of print notices work through the system.

I do intend to make the books available again, but that takes a lot of time, which is a resource I'm rather short of at the moment. I'm also waiting on Loose Id to finish working on the rights releases for the cover art I'd like to re-use. I'm focusing on writing new material for now.

If you're still looking for something of mine to read, I do have books at NineStar Press under the name Storm Duffy, which are still available and will be for the foreseeable future.

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