So, here's the full work and some detail crops. Click them for the full view.
Jay Lake posted a good one on an email he received about Kindle users boycotting books over $9.99, and the resulting comment thread was enlightening and somewhat weird.
Here's my comment:
I think it's crazy to think that "almost all Kindle users honor the $9.99 boycott of digital books." I have a Kindle and a Sony and the Kindle Reader on my iPhone. I buy textbooks, programming books, many books over $9.99 for my Kindle. Most of the Kindle users I know also buy books $10 and up. Maybe the boycott only applies to fiction?
The "no publishing costs" error is also common. Time is money, and I know how much time it takes to convert, test, review any book that goes from one format into another--and the crazy things that happen to characters, line-spacing, paragraph styling, chapter headings, tables of contents, when books are fed through automated converters. It's a costly process.
I'm wondering if what's really happening here with the pricing is that Green is out in hardcover, and Tor wants to drive buyers to it. Seems like good sense to me. Tor can, at any time, go in and change the Kindle price to suit the market, to suit the shift to a new edition, to suit any ebook strategy they're working. It's not like the book price is printed on the cover. It's changeable.
Here's what I know about item pricing for the Kindle:
A publisher can set any price between USD $0.99 and $200, and the publisher will always receive a set percentage of that suggested retail price, even if the product is sold at a promotional price by Amazon. The standard is 35%, but I imagine the big pubs negotiate a far better rate.
Sharks are wonderful. Show some shark love with desktop wallpaper. Here's a digital painting I did a while ago formatted into various standard screen sizes.
Download your size here:1024 x 768
Click the pic below to see the full-sized 1024 x 768 version:
In Windows, click the size you want, right-click and select "set as my desktop background" (You may need to expand the image if you get the little magnifying glass--so one more click).
Painted this tonight, part of some work I'm doing for a bunch upcoming scenes in Saltwater Witch. This is Phaidra, and she's a total ass-kicker...I mean, serious business. Still tweaking, but I'm liking the way this is turning out. The darkness underwater is a tough tough place to paint a scene.
We got a thumbs up from our resident Miyazaki expert, my son Christopher. Overall, Ponyo's fun, crazy, funny, sweet, touching. Fantastic and creative animation, as usual from Studio Ghibli. Love the look of the ocean, especially from below the surface. Brilliant stuff.
I'm in the middle of a four page painting and layout rush for Saltwater Witch. I know I've said it before, but I think I have finally landed on the format I'm going to use for the rest of the story, a more traditional layout with fairly standard bubbles, also trying to put more into one page. I've been very loose with the material so far, but I think compressing four or five panels into one normal-sized page makes the whole thing look more dynamic, more concentrated. I like the look. What do you think?
Oh, and you should see the pages I'm working on right now. Mr. Henderson...uh oh...
Catch it all right here: Saltwater Witch.
Check it all out here: Saltwater Witch