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Yeah, that guy



Y’all know Rick Locke. You know, the Temporary Duty guy.

Dude is writing a sequel, but he absolutely refuses to finish it without more oxygen. (I know, I know…these creative types and their needs.)

Go. Check it out. Say something nice to him. Give him a money. Give him several moneys.

Don’t make me go all Jerry Lewis up in here.




Comment from Mike C.
Time: June 27, 2012, 8:25 am

Never heard of him…

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: June 27, 2012, 2:16 pm

I donated him some money…hope he gets his oxygen generator soon!…I was recently in the hospital with a blood clot in my lungs so I’m feeling kinda sympathetic, having turned blue (I’m told).

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: June 27, 2012, 6:01 pm

“Go all Jerry Lewis on us”! You are sick and evil and I want you to know that there are international agreements prohibiting that, madam, signed by everybody but the French (OK, and the Chinese, but nobody has ever successfully dubbed a Jerry Lewis movie into Chinese).

However, if you insist on resorting to nuclear option threats, I’ll yield now and toss the guy some money… starting by buying his four-star rated book for my Nook for the pathetic cost of $2.99. Hope he gets some of that…. how does that whole ‘being an author and getting paid for it’ thing work anyhow?

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: June 27, 2012, 6:28 pm

That’s the cool thing about self-published fiction, Some Vegetable (and you’ll notice that Ric’s book is self-published): The author gets a fairly high percentage of the selling price. So, with a book priced at $2.99, the author receives more per copy sold than he likely would on a conventionally-published book selling at 7 times the price.

And, oh yeah–NOT happy news from Ric!

Comment from naleta
Time: June 27, 2012, 6:45 pm

I had already bought and read Temporary Duty. I went and gave him some cash toward the oxy generator. Purely selfish on my part. I want to read the sequel!

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: June 27, 2012, 7:25 pm

Absolutely. You can expect 1 dollar per book you sell through a publisher, and you can get 40% per copy of the sale price with an e-book you self-publish. The fact is, publishers are a rip off, and so are agents. They take a perpetual slice of your work, forever, as long as its published, and you get a tiny portion of it. There wouldn’t be a book at all were it not for the author, but the author gets screwed.

Comment from mojo
Time: June 27, 2012, 7:29 pm

Bad news:

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 27, 2012, 8:45 pm

That’s the link in the post, mojo. Interesting comments in his thread, by the way. I’m always eager to read recent anecdotal information about cancer…there’s been a lot of it in my family and no happy endings.

Comment from Mitchell TAFKAEY
Time: June 27, 2012, 8:51 pm

Very sad news. I bought the book.

Comment from Ric Locke
Time: June 27, 2012, 11:27 pm

As far as book royalties for self-publication go, omnia planeta in dos partes divisus est: Those that let Amazon do business in a relatively rational manner (US, Canada, UK, Western Europe), and those that impose ridiculous regulations and/or require kickbacks, etc.

For Type I countries, I get 70% of the sale price less a very small amount for storage & delivery. At $2.99 each it averages a little less than $2 a copy sold. In type II countries I get half that. For comparison, a typical “traditional” paperback deal would be 8% of cover price or 15% of “net” — and “net” being such a nebulous concept, publishers typically abuse the Hell out of it. For an $8 paperback, traditional royalties would be around $0.65 down to $0.20 or so. Needless to say, I prefer Amazon.

Stoaty should be tooting her own horn a bit. She did the “cover” image for me, and pleased me 100%.

The response to my appeal has been nothing short of astonishing. I think of myself as an irritating and polarizing individual who doesn’t deserve that many friends… Oxygen is on the way, with luck to arrive tomorrow, and there is (as you might say) a bit of a reserve remaining. Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart.


Comment from Shawn Ehrhart
Time: June 28, 2012, 12:17 am

And that is exactly how it is supposed to work! Good for Mr. Locke and extra-good for all who bought!!!

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: June 28, 2012, 1:08 am

I guess Canada is one of those Type II countries…the book’s not listed on amazon.ca …I see it on amazon.co.uk and amazon.com though.

…I don’t have an e-reader anyway…I donated on the PayPal 🙂

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: June 28, 2012, 5:04 am

Keep on pluggin’ Locke, you have real talent.

Comment from Nina
Time: June 28, 2012, 6:23 am

Dang, Ric…I’ve got to wait for payday, and since you’ve got the machine, I guess I’ll chip in for some o’ that oxygen. 🙂

I hate hate cancer. About the time I read about Ric’s demon, I was getting the news from my doc that mine might be on the retreat. It’s fooled us before, but I hope I lick it his time. And I hope hat Ric can hold it off for as long as possible, too.

Because I want to read the sequel, too, dadgum it!

Oh, and yeah, I want the cancer to die, not Ric. That.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: June 28, 2012, 6:25 am

Haven’t read his book, but I tossed a few into the pot. I have asthma, so I know how much it sucks donkey balls to not be able to breath….

Comment from Oceania
Time: June 28, 2012, 6:34 am

Next we’ll have re-runs of the Beserker Wars

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 28, 2012, 10:04 am

I think it’s easier for people to grasp a specific, goal-oriented plea for money. The constant presence of a tip jar is not a satisfying consumer experience. Dude needs a machine to breathe, on the other hand, opens wallets.

Best of luck, Ric. Incidentally, Warrick Locke is an awesome name; why on earth do you go by a shortened version?

Comment from Oceania
Time: June 29, 2012, 4:22 am

Tips? Tips?
Good Lord!
Pay your employees!

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