Michael A. Stackpole

Michael A. Stackpole

Last weekend at World Fantasy Convention 2010, I sat with Michael A. Stackpole (one of the pioneers in independent e-publishing) and we talked about the current state of publishing, ebooks, and indie publishing. We also discussed ebook pricing and the $2.99 price point (and J.A. Konrath) that I blogged about last month. We talked about lots more, too. Sixty-five minutes later, we’d recorded a dynamic conversation on these subjects–and one that’s probably controversial on some points.

Here’s a little preface. I agreed with Stackpole’s points about 90% of the time here, but not necessarily on every point. But who agrees with everyone all the time, especially when the subject is an emotional one?

I think Michael is a very intelligent and great guy, and I’m really grateful to him for our conversation. As I mention at the start of the interview, his 21 Days to a Novel exercises got me started when I got serious about writing novels and I love following his blog and his updates on Facebook and Twitter.

This interview will probably also appear on AdventuresInSciFiPublishing sometime over the next few months. By the way, the Rhiannon Frater interview that I mentioned to Michael during the interview has not been conducted yet.

I’ll have more coverage from WFC 2010 coming up, including interviews with Guy Gavriel Kay, Laura Resnick, Elizabeth C. Bunce, and Daryl Gregory. Here’s the video I filmed of Michael A. Stackpole interviewing Dennis L. McKiernan, one of the Guests of Honor at WFC: parts one, two, and three.

Last warning: there is a curse word or two in here (the main one occurs in the minute after 34:00), so cover your kids’ ears at that point 😉

The audio player is below. Enjoy! There’s some really meaty stuff throughout the interview, all the way up till the end.

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7 comments so far


Can’t believe no one commented on this! Moses, thanks for taking the time to do this interview, and thanks for posting it. Was incredibly informative. Very good listening material. Nice work!
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November 9th, 2010 at 7:39 pm
Moses Siregar III

Thanks, Kevin! I think a lot of people listened to it (I heard from some), but yeah no comments here until now 🙂

You’re very welcome and I’m glad it was interesting to you. I knew I’d learn some interesting things from him. I did.

November 9th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Hi Moses,

I think I slipped through a crack in the internet and landed in 2010.

I’m glad I did. Great interview.

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