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An open letter to Hachette

This morning I received an email from Amazon, with details about the dispute with Hachette. It was a call to action, asking readers and authors to write to Hachette CEO, Michael Pietsch (Michael.Pietsch@hbgusa.com) and to CC Amazon (readers-united@amazon.com), asking that Hachette accept one of Amazon's offers to remove authors from the middle of the debate. It also made the case for lowering ebook prices and increasing the royalty paid to authors. I support both of these ideas, for multiple reasons. 

You can find the Amazon letter at www.readersunited.com.

I would encourage all readers and authors to read the letter and write emails of their own. This is a watershed moment in publishing. We can create something new and amazing here. So please, take action.

My email to Michael Pietsch appears below. 


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gun control and other one liners

Let's say for a second that somehow "better gun control" becomes less of the undefined boogeyman-esque tirade it is now and becomes an actual thing. At that point, you can be reasonably sure that a whole bunch of guns will go into hiding. Now you have a ton of guns floating around with no one monitoring them at all. Ammunition? Takes ten seconds to research how to make bullets online. You can even find a recipe for making gunpowder (planning to regulate seagull poop?). 

You're not taking guns from people. Mostly because they have a gun, and they will stop you.

And if you think that seccession or civil war is just some rightwing-nut-job pipe dream, you've likely never actually read history or news stories from outside the US. 

So basically, this isn't anything worth debating or arguing about. Which, of course, means it's one of the five favorite things that everyone loves to debate and argue about endlessly

Carry on.


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