Not exactly picking cotton

A few days ago, the outgoing vice-president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America made some stupid comments about electronic media and called any writer who gives work away online a “webscab.” I’m from the union-heavy state of Michigan and the word scab ain’t one we like so much around here. Many arguments and counter arguments were made but MJ Rose said it best today when she said it’s really a non-argument. Poll after poll and study after study showing giving it away for free increases a product’s customer base.

None of that really concerns me all the much, but one of the funniest thing to come out of all of it is the declaration of:

International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day!

Now technically, the official date isn’t until April 23, but I want to do it today. Every few months I get an email from someone asking where they can get a copy of my first novel, Lunchbox Hero, so I’ve been thinking about posting it online in some form and I think this presents enough of an excuse to do it now. I still have some great fondness for this book and it was shortlisted for the 2003 CWA Debut Dagger.

The text is published exactly as I last left it except for some of the character names. After I decided to stop pursuing publication for Lunchbox, I cannibalized several of the lead characters and their back stories for my current novel. To avoid any confusion I have changed these names in Lunchbox Hero.

I’d love to know what you think of it, so drop a comment here or send me an email.

So now, I’m proud to present, the Coping With Sanity Publications presentation of the 2003 Debut Dagger Award Nominated novel LUNCHBOX HERO

**UPDATE** If anyone tried to view this earlier and had formatting problems, those have been fixed. Carry on.

3 thoughts on “Not exactly picking cotton

  1. This is a great post, Bryon.I can’t tell you how nervous I’ve been the past few years publishing my first few novels with Everybody seems to have an opinion on this, and a lot of them are purely anti-Lulu.Fast-forward to this year. Lulu is now paying all travel expenses for me to go around the country to start writers groups, to do bookstore events, and to do events at libraries. All the while, promoting my books. In addition to all travel expenses, my time is billable such that it equates to a modest 5-figure advance. This while traditional publishers are cutting their author tours.I’ve started organizations so far in 8 cities, and I hope to expand to 30 by the end of 2007.These are real people who are coming out to these events, real writers, and I’m building a readership one city at a time. I spoke Saturday in Wilmington, North Carolina to an audience of about 20 people.Sometimes you’ve got to go with your gut, even when everybody tells you you’re wrong.Great post, Bryon. And good luck with your novel!

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