Here at Amazing Stories we’re always very happy to see our efforts helping our contributors because they’ve been helping us so very, very much.
Which means that we’re extremely pleased to bring you this announcement from Douglas Smith who has been writing a series on the business of writing and publishing for us almost from our opening day –
Amazing Stories blogger and award-winning author, Douglas Smith, has a new book coming out in September, his first non-fiction project and one that will be of interest to any of our readers who are also short story writers.
Playing the Short Game: How to Market Sell Short Fiction is based on the popular blog series Doug wrote for Amazing Stories in 2012-2103. However, the book is completely updated and reorganized, with a lot of new material.
Here’s an extract from the introduction by multi-genre, multi-award-winning writer and editor, Kristine Kathryn Rusch:
We short story writers have needed a book like this for decades. I’m glad Doug decided to write it. Read and reread this volume. Because you’ll learn something each time you do.
And take Doug’s advice. It’s spectacular.
Don’t take my word for it. Turn the page and dive in. By the time you’re done, I’ll wager you’ll be recommending this book to your writer friends—just like I have.
—Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Here are some highlights of what the book covers:
The Fundamentals: The different types of writers. The benefits of short fiction. Rights and licensing.
Selling Your Stories: Knowing when it’s ready. Choosing markets. Submitting stories. Avoiding mistakes. How editors select stories. Dealing with rejections. When to give up on a story.
After a Sale: Contracts. Working with editors. What your first sale means. Dealing with reviews.
A Writer’s Magic Bakery: Selling reprints. Foreign markets. Audio markets. Selling a collection. The indie option.
Becoming Established: Leveraging your stories. Discoverability and promotion. Career progression in short fiction.
Special Discounts for You
The book will be released in both ebook and print editions in September 2014, but as a special offer by Doug to Amazing Stories fans, you can preorder your copy now at special discounts from his bookstore using the following links and coupon codes:
Ebook (all formats) for $5.99 (reg $7.99 preorder / $9.99 after Sept 1). Use coupon code AS-SHORT-E at checkout.
Trade Paperback for $15.99 plus shipping (reg $17.99 preorder / $19.99 after Sept 1). Use coupon code AS-SHORT-P at checkout