Marketing

Top Post de Octubre en Amazing Stories

Libros Hubo muchas reseñas de libros el mes pasado. Gary Dalkin reseña la colección de 10 historias Feast and Famine: Book Review – Feast and Famine by Adrian Tchaikovsky. Steve Fahnestalk nos recomienda el libro The Heavens Rise de Christopher Rice (el hijo de Anne Rice, para más detalles) en Book Review — A Spooky […]

What You Pay For

Sometimes I see a review on Amazon that makes me do the puppy thing – you know, cock my head and make that little “baroo?” noise. A friend shared a link to a book with an improbably high original price (marked down to free, for now, though) and seriously questionable antecedents, and after I laughed […]

The Artful Collector: Art Hierarchies #2: “Fine Art” is Better than “Illustrative Art”

Please don’t shoot the messenger. I’m not responsible for the “high” and “low” art divide—into which categories we’ve shoved “art we collectively treasure” vs “art we collectively enjoy,” respectively. I’m just here to generalize, and to report that the “art” vs “illustration” distinction still exists, and that no matter how much love and money we lavish […]

The Power of Free

Face it, no-one needs to buy a fiction book. It’s not like underwear, or food, or a roof over their heads. It’s entertainment.

Website Review: Star Wars dot com

For fans of classic space opera, one of the most iconic movie franchises ever produced in the genre is arguably that of the Star Wars saga. Not surprisingly, one of the most informative sites on the web pertaining to all that is Star Wars is the aptly named www.starwars.com.

A Science Fiction Primer

Media SF – in all of its varieties – is firmly and uncontestably rooted in the literature (whether it acknowledges its sources or not). The problem for the audience of media fare is that the mainstream definition of “sci fi” is overly broad, encompassing bad examples along with the good and offering no inherent means for distinguishing one from the other .

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part 29)

Making your first professional sale does not improve your probability of making your next one. Now and throughout your writing career (assuming you intend to have a writing career), you will always face the same challenge: to write the best stories you can and to keep them in front of professional markets until they sell.

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part 28)

Cool Stuff That Might Happen (or Not): Awards, Best of Anthologies, Movies Welcome back! This week I’ll be looking at some of the cool things that just might happen to you after you’ve published a story or—more likely—a lot of stories. And while I have your attention and since we’re discussing awards this week, for […]

The New Doctor and the Spin Behind It

The BBC is a weird organisation. The night after the first episode of the first series of Doctor Who aired, their news site broke the news that Christopher Ecclestone was leaving at the end of the series. Earlier this year they ran a story confirming Matt Smith would be sticking around for season eight in […]

Marketing 101: Authors and Reading Communities

I’m a member of two really large and really great reading communities: Goodreads /r/Fantasy on reddit Recently in /r/Fantasy there was a post about self-promotion. And I was pleased to see that I was called out specifically as someone in the community who “does it right.” So I thought it was worth mentioning what I […]

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part 27)

Bonjour / Hola / Ciao: Selling foreign language rights (conclusion) In parts 25 and 26, I began another mini-series on your options for re-selling your stories after they’ve been published for the first time. If you haven’t already, you really, really need to go back and do your homework by rereading these earlier posts: Part […]

Who Is Your Audience, and Why Should You Care?

The artistic process, whether painting or prose, is admittedly the child of self-expression. The long-standing image of the cloistered artist in her studio — hunched over her writing desk or standing before her canvas to create from the depths of her soul — is surely a truism. Artists create from the heart; we dive deep […]

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part 26)

Bonjour / Hola / Ciao: Selling foreign language rights Last week, I began another mini-series, this one on your options for re-selling your stories after they’ve been published for the first time. If you haven’t already, you really, really need to go back and do your homework by rereading the following earlier posts: Part 4 […]

Photographs, Fantasy, Cover Design and Neil Gaiman

Let’s take a break from looking at artwork. Let’s look at some photos instead. Most people like looking at photographs. Usually these are family photographs, sometimes in an album, sometimes projected on a screen with an old slide projector, sometimes stacks of prints and polaroids. Do you remember that? There’s that sense of nostalgia that […]

Le paysage éditorial de la science fiction et de la fantasy en France – 1ére partie – Les grands éditeurs indépendants spécialisés.

Le paysage éditorial de ce que nous appelons en France, les littératures de l’imaginaire est particulièrement riche. Nous commencerons cette série de trois articles qui vont y être consacré par les grands éditeurs indépendants. Ces éditeurs ont eu un rôle important dans la relance du genre après la crise dont l’édition SF fut victime dans […]

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part 25)

A Writer’s Magic Bakery: Selling your stories again (and again, and again…) Welcome back to my series on marketing and selling short fiction. Last week, I wrapped up a mini-series on everything that happens after you finally sell a story, including handling short fiction contracts, working with an editor, understanding what your first sale really […]