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Dave Freer on Royalty Payments, and e-books

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Ever wonder how book publishing really works from the author’s perspective?

Well, you need to check out Dave Freer’s new blog post, which is at the Mad Genius Club’s blog site.   He discusses royalty payments, e-book publishing, advances, and more to the point, how publishing really works with regards to authors.  Excellent and illuminating.

If you haven’t heard of Dave Freer by now, you should; he’s a very fine writer of all sorts of SF&F, but most especially of the comic variety.  Read “Rats, Bats and Vats,” “The Rats, the Bats, and the Ugly,” or “Pyramid Scheme” (all with Eric Flint) and enjoy them immensely — but do so after you’ve read his blog post, which is listed below:

Written by Barb Caffrey

July 15, 2010 at 8:26 am

What ELFY is About

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Today’s subject is simple: what is my book, ELFY, about?

ELFY is about Bruno (né Jon), a young, rather confused person from a parallel universe which houses the Elfy Realm.  The reason for his confusion is that the Elfy High Council, which is afraid of Bruno’s potential power, has had him intentionally mis-trained, to the point where Bruno feels he has no power at all.  He gets sent to our version of Earth, ostensibly to study the aberrant mage currents coming out of Northern California, and is promptly captured by two people who mean him no good: the parents of his love interest, Sarah.  They are protegés of a charismatic minister who is masquerading as a human, but isn’t; instead, he’s a Dark Elf, who’s intent on corrupting as many humans (and Elfys) he can get his hands on, and has started with Sarah’s parents.  When Bruno’s mentor, Roberto, tries to save Bruno, he instead gets captured by Sarah’s parents (which allows Sarah to hide Bruno), upping the drama and complexity immediately.

Because Bruno’s been lied to about everything, including his age, how much power he has, who and what he is, etc., he doesn’t think he has a thing to offer anyone, and he doesn’t know how he’s going to fight that Dark Elf.  But he’s wrong about the former, as Sarah shows him from the start, and in the process of ELFY he figures out how to successfully defeat the Dark Elf, save his mentor, forge an unusual yet powerful romance with Sarah, and return to the Elfy Realm in triumph.  Bruno learns that no matter how screwed up things are, life as we know it is worth fighting for, love is worth fighting for, and becoming yourself is the most powerful gift of all.

As for how ELFY starts, it’s as follows:  Bruno (né Jon) is a prisoner who’s listening to two adult humans fight.  These are the two people who’ve captured him; they are the parents of his love-interest, Sarah (née Daisy — kind of).  Within the first two pages Bruno actually hits the man (Sarah’s father, who hasn’t told Bruno his name and won’t, though he eventually finds it out via other means) across the back.  Bruno is a short person — he’s three feet tall — and that’s as close as he could get to hitting Sarah’s father upside the head. 

When that doesn’t work, he goes into the kitchen to feed himself because Sarah’s parents don’t think he needs to eat ’cause he’s magical (being an Elfy); that’s garbage, and Bruno knows it, but they won’t listen to him.

Fortunately, that’s when he meets Sarah, their daughter, who’s also been badly treated by her parents, and they go to discuss an immediate alliance so they may escape her parents’ clutches forever.

All of the complexities that follow are due to a 240,000 word plotline — and the complexities include: why is Sarah’s house haunted?  What is that Dark Elf doing on Earth, as they are deadly enemies to humans and Elfys?  Why doesn’t Bruno remember more about his parents?  And why won’t everyone stop telling Bruno about the facts of life, ’cause whenever they do, he faints?

ELFY is a comic urban fantasy/mystery/romance, folks.  It’s tough to sum up a big, fat fantasy (or BFF) of this nature in a short blog post/article like this one.  But it’s a fun book, an interesting book, and a deeply romantic book, all in its satirical way; I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about it.  I know that I am proud of writing it, and also proud that I completed it while Michael was still alive to enjoy it, too.

Hoping this helps — and that the formatting will work this time,

Barb Caffrey, who writes the Elfyverse — and all points west.

Written by Barb Caffrey

July 15, 2010 at 12:03 am

Posted in Elfy, Elfyverse, Writing