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

Digital Only Publishing – Think Twice Before You Sign

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Not long ago, my publisher (Orbit) released a new work by Lilith Saintcrow, The Hedgewitch Queen and they released it ONLY in ebook format...

Five Signs You Should Self Publish

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With all the changes going on in publishing these days, new writers are often left wondering if they should just publish their work themselves. While...

What I Mean When I Say…

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Over the last year or so, I’ve noticed something when I’ve conversed with people (in person or through email), posted things on my blog,...

The Dangers of Ignoring the Ebook Revolution

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On January 8th, the long awaited final edition in the Wheel of Times series was released in hardcover.  The ebook, however, was no where...

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

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Why Are You Writing?: Deciding on the writing career that you want Welcome back. This is the second in my weekly series of posts on...

Attention Grabber

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The single most important step for a reader is the initial act of choosing what to read. After that, everything else is just a formality of literary cultivation. You read, you absorb and you grow. But it’s that first step that determines who you are as a reader. So, what books grab “your” attention?

Opening Salvo

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Hi. I’m glad you’re here. Come in, make yourself comfortable, and let me introduce myself. My name is Keith West. I’ve been reading science...

What Was I Thinking?

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I’ve never written a blog. I’ve never had the urge to write a blog. So imagine my surprise when I bumped into a fantastic...

Brave New World of Publishing – ebook Effects On Genre Fiction

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ebooks have enabled new opportunities for both traditional and self-published authors. Barriers to entry have been lowered, gatekeepers have expanded and both readers and writers are benefiting from this brave new world.

Epic Fantasy Analysis Jan 3, 2013

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November 2010 was a watershed moment with regards to the ebook revolution. That was the month I saw my sales go from a modest...