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

Amazing Stories Featured in Concord Monitor’s A&E Section

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On Tuesday Steve Davidson, the publisher of Amazing Stories,  was interviewed by Sarah Earle for a feature in the Concord Monitor, one of New...

Serial Fiction for Beginners

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Serial fiction is old school and the best examples I can think of is probably comic strips, soap operas and the black and white...

Video: Cory Doctorow in Concord NH

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Cory Doctorow made a stop at Gibson's Bookstore (oldest book store in NH) yesterday, Sunday February 24th.  Amazing Stories was there to tape the...

Vital Editing

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Once you have written something with a great hook, a beginning, middle, and satisfactory ending... you don’t have those? Well, that’s a blog for...

Edit Edit Edit Edit — Are We Done Yet?

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So, your manuscript keeps getting rejected, again and again. You’ve researched the market and submitted it to only those houses that publish your genre....
Pulling back the publishing veil

Pulling Back the Publishing Veil: Contract language with regards to edits

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Today I want to concentrate a bit on the contractual aspects with regards to editing. Let's start out by mentioning there are two broad classifications...

Ray Gun Rewind – Invoking Inigo

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Hi, I'm Johne (John with a silent SEO'e') and I'm an Overlord. <lengthy pause> Ahem - I can see you haven't prostrated yourself yet....
Unstuck #2

Genres Get Unstuck, or My New Favorite Literary Magazine

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Prior to the 1991 introduction of SoundScan, record stores self-reported what was moving off their shelves. That system, open to bias and shaky math,...

Zoe Duff – Independent Publisher

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What do you do when you’re writing in multiple genres and don’t quite fit into contemporary classifications? If you’re Zoe Duff, you start up...

Publishing Primer

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Contrary to what they tell you when you take “Author 101” in college, writing a book isn’t necessarily the most difficult part of producing...

What Science Fiction Lacks

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Good criticism and brave critics. That’s what the science fiction field lacks. For decades now, most book reviews with in the field rarely give honest assessments...

Pulling Back the Publishing Veil: Editors and Their Roles

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One of the big advantages of signing with a traditional publisher, is access to industry leading editors. If you're new to publishing, you may have no...

Burn Your Books

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Welcome internet traveler. I will be stockpiling neatly organized bits into a collective known as a blog along this portion of your journey. Do...

Just Write

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The key to self publishing is to write. Often, this can be a difficult feat, much harder than it first sounds. For instance, I...

Rejection Slip Scrapbook

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We all deal with rejection in our own way. To some, anything that feels like the slap on the hand they got from touching...

Pulling Back the Publishing Veil: Return Reserves, Buy-in, and Sell-through

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One of my plans for my posts here at Amazing Stories is to focus on some of the aspects about publishing that a new...

A Way To End Ebook Piracy?

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I recently had my most-recent non-fiction book pop up on an illegal file sharing site.  Within a week, it had gotten 500 downloads. Needless...

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

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But How Do I Know It's Ready?: Dealing with submission fear and arrogance Welcome back. This is the sixth in my weekly series of posts...

Art + Fandom ≠ Fan Art, part II: Images of Galadriel

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Well it looks like I put my foot right into it in my previous post! Several people objected to my definition of the term...

Why Self Publish?

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Why am I self-published? Well, firstly, because I’m spoiled. I was just talking to my significant other, who happens to live a half a...

To Query or Not to Query

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There are two words in the English language that never fail to give me a painful case of writers block: Query Letter. Just the thought...

In the Hall of the Mountain King

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I was asked by Sol Cohen in April 1968 to succeed Harry Harrison as Editor of Amazing Stories. One hundred dollars a month, a...

Don’t Quit Your Day Job – Traditional Publishing by the Numbers

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If you've ever considered becoming a writer, surely you've heard the old expression, "Don't quit your day job." But what can you really expect...

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

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Why You Never "Sell" a Story: Understanding rights and licensing (conclusion) Welcome back. This is the fifth in my weekly series of posts on how...

Am I A Science Fiction Writer?

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Now that's an interesting question. We've just launched my first novel, Shh! It's a Secret: a novel about Aliens, Hollywood, and the Bartender's Guide, at...
Many paths

Publishing Options – Many Choices Now Viable

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Many fans of fantasy & science fiction have dreams of joining the ranks among their favorite authors someday. But as little as five years...

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

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Why You Never "Sell" a Story: Understanding rights and licensing Welcome back. This is the fourth in my weekly series of posts on how to...

Epic Fantasy Analysis Jan 24, 2013

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My intention is to do these analysis every 15 days or so.  This is the second in the series and is from data as...

Nothing New Under the Sun

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How does an editor manage to still be moved by a story when she has to sift through ever-growing stacks of unsolicited manuscripts, looking...

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

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Why Short Fiction?: The benefits of the short game to a writing career Welcome back. This is the third in my weekly series of posts...