In this episode I talk about why you might want to pursue a traditional publishing deal, starting with short stories in magazines, (and SF has many opportunities to get published in magazines) or develop a following as an indie publisher.
I think the main takeaway is that you don’t have to choose one or the other. You’re going to write more than one book in your career, and each new project is a new decision on the best path forward.
I’m doing my best to understand how these markets are different, how readers consume them, and what the future might hold.
Also, what does all this mean for the “field” of science fiction when established taste-makers don’t seem to acknowledge that the indie market exists and is rapidly outpacing the traditional market?
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January 23, 2019
In this episode I riff off some thoughts Michael Sullivan posted in /r/fantasy on Reddit:
“People are quick to note that traditional publishing doesn’t have a good track record with regards to innovation. But can’t the same be said about the traditionally published AUTHOR who keeps operating as they always have (signing contract after contract even though the pay is less and there are other avenues that produce more income)? This seems like dinosaur behavior to me.”
I do my best not to rant here or specifically call people out. I’m talking about behaviors I’ve seen in writers as they try to navigate a very confusing time of transition in the publishing industry.
One thing I forgot to mention is that having a clear idea of your goals as a writer will help you determine what path you want to take… but being open to all this change will help you recognize opportunities when they arise — and they will.
Should you hire an accountant? Maybe not. I’m using one, but I talk about why and what questions you might ask yourself before making the decision.
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Kurt Vonnegut on graphing plots.
People interested in short science fiction and fantasy often ask for help picking an SF/F magazine to subscribe to. After four years of reading and reviewing, Rocket Stack Rank is in a good position to offer some advice, and the start of the year is a good time for it, since people are making (or trying to live up to) their New Year’s resolutions.
January 6, 2019
In this episode I talk about some things I wish I had known when I first joined a critique group. Should I have joined an accountability or mastermind group instead? How do critique groups work and what are some common pitfalls you might need to look out for?
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If you’d take a second to subscribe to my youtube channel, you’ll help me get to a 100 subs so I can set a custom URL, which would be great.
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