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Articles and posts about the business of publishing and how it affects SF, fantasy and horror.

How Much Will They Pay? Pricing E-books for Fun and Profit

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Since my first time up at bat I discussed how to know when you should self-publish, it is now time to answer the second...

Self Publishing for Beginners

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This week I became an author. After reading about Hugh Howey, I was inspired to collect the three installments of The Carrion Files into...

A Sneak Peek at The Flames of Shadam Khoreh

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The Flames of Shadam Khoreh Bradley P. Beaulieu In last week’s post, I discussed crowdfunding as a publishing strategy, ending with a list of crowdfunded books...

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part...

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Dear Editor...: How to submit short fiction Welcome back to my on-going and generally (kind of, sort of) weekly series on how to market and...
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Pulling Back the Publishing Veil: Life of Copyright Terms

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There has been much talk this week about the contract terms of Random House's new digital imprints. John Scalzi, president of the SFWA has...

Book Review: Bowl of Heaven by Gregory Benford and Larry Niven

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Bowl of Heaven - Gregory Benford and Larry Niven Tor - 2012 978-0765328410 (Hardbound) This is the first collaboration between two of our major writers, Gregory Benford...

Science and Fiction by Springer

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I'm on the editorial board, and an acquiring editor for, a new series by the European academic publisher Springer.  I'm busy but agreed to...

ASM Blog Horde Interview with Michael J. Sullivan

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Welcome to the Amazing Stories BLOG HORDE INTERVIEWS! The ASM Blog Horde is a diverse and wonderful species. I have the privilege of talking with all...

Sequential Wednesdays #5 – The Private Eye For the Public

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The publication of comics has drastically changed in the past 5 years.  As scores of e-reader devices hit the market to facilitate the millions...

Epic Fantasy Analysis March 14, 2013

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This is the fifth in the series and is from data as of 3/14/2013. Links to review previous data: 01/03/2013 01/24/2013 02/17/2013 03/03/2013   As always this data comes from...
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Interview with Pam Uphoff

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This week I interviewed another who had taken a less than traditional approach to publishing, Pam Uphoff. Pam has 12 titles on Amazon that...

Crowdfunding as a Publishing Strategy

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I’m reading a really cool book right now, but in spite of my best efforts, life has gotten in the way and I...

Is Ender’s Game Really Any Fun to Read?

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Troll the internet for “the greatest science fiction novels of all time” and Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game will be at the top of...

Hybrid Authors: The Best of Both Worlds

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I've been exclusively published through a small press. I've been exclusively self-published. I've been exclusively traditionally published. But I'm about to go "hybrid" and...

Lessons from the Tolkien Boycott

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How times have changed. Back in the late 60s, Ace Books found a loophole in the copyright for The Lord of the Rings that...

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part...

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Markets, Markets Everywhere: How to select the right market Welcome back. This is my ninth post on how to market and sell short fiction. This...

Flash Fiction

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We are inundated by fiction. Every trip to the few remaining bookshops has more and more books marching along the shelves, magically procreating like...

BLUE PENCILS AND BLOODY SWORDS: EDITORS OF S&S

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It's easy to discuss authors for their contributions are evident. You just have to read the stories. The great editors are harder to corral,...

Woman, You Make Me Sick and Other Adventures in Freefall

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These offputting objects killed the novel. Let's dance. 'Cos it's more fun reading in freefall.
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Interview with John McClure

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As I am preparing to self-publish my first novel, I thought I would talk to some friends who have gone down this road ahead...

Three is a Magic Number

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Yes, I'm old enough to remember "Schoolhouse Rock" and that ditty, along with "Conjunction Junction," still is taking up storage space for reasons I'm...

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part...

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Where Do I Look?: How to find short fiction markets Welcome back. This is the eighth in my (mostly) weekly series of posts on how...

A Blog Horde Interview with C.E. Martin

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Welcome to the Amazing Stories BLOG HORDE INTERVIEWS! The ASM Blog Horde is a diverse and wonderful species. I have the privilege of talking with all...

Better Than Oprah

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Several years ago I interviewed an author whose book had been turned into a movie. The book had been a selection of Oprah Winfrey's...

What Genre Are You Writing … And Marketing?

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Our multiplex world of discerning consumers is getting used to having what they consume laid out clearly and categorized. Literature is no different. Since...
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We Accept You, One of Us: The Cultographies Series

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Thanks to the mainstreaming of genre it's no longer disreputable in many parts of academia to declare an interest in and love of genre....

Epic Fantasy Analysis March 3, 2013

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This is the fourth in the series and is from data as of 3/03/2013. Links to review previous data: 01/03/2013 01/24/2013 02/17/2013   As always this data comes from...

That Next Project

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So you’ve finally finished writing your book. The manuscript has been edited more times than you care to remember and now you can just...

Demystifying Contracts #1: Novels – Ownership vs Rights Transfer

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Laying the Groundwork Welcome to the first in a new series here at Amazing Stories.  The other series include: Pulling Back the Publishing Veil Epic Fantasy Analysis...

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part...

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Where to First?: How to choose short fiction markets Welcome back. This is the seventh in my weekly (more or less) series of posts on...