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Interzone Enters the Electronic Age

Most markets these days accept electronic submissions, either via email or an online submission service such as Submittable.  A few of the established markets, however, do not.  Of the “big three” in speculative fiction, Fantasy and Science Fiction still accepts only … Continue reading

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Will the Indie Bestseller Please Stand Up

A fellow writer pointed me to an interesting article by Smashwords founder, Mark Coker, examining trends in indie/self-publishing.  The author looks at survey data from Smashwords sales.  For those not familiar with Smashwords, it’s the largest (or one of the largest) … Continue reading

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Data from the Slush

In my day job I do science, and something I’ve learned in my years is that our perceptions of the world around us don’t always correspond with what is actually happening.  I always try not to determine “truth” based on … Continue reading

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Amazon to Publish “Fan Fiction” through Kindle Worlds

Earlier this week, Amazon announced that it had reached licensing deal that will allow fans of some popular television shows and novels to write, publish, and earn money off fan fiction.  For those not familiar with fan fiction, its stories written … Continue reading

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Amazon Acquires Goodreads

Over the years, Goodreads has become a major player in the publishing business.  It’s a social networking site (with over 16 million members) that allows people to share and review what they are reading, and let the world know what they … Continue reading

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Amazon: Only the End of the Funnel?

Over the past few months, I’ve been following some of the research on how people find and buy books (see here and here and here, if interested).  All this research is interesting from the social science perspective, but it’s also … Continue reading

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Rumors of More Mergers

Publishing industry experts were saying that the merger of big six publishers Penguin and Random House in October was likely the first of several.  It looks like they may have been correct.  News Corp., the owner of publishing giant Harper Collins … Continue reading

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How Readers Discover and Procure Books

The last few weeks, I’ve been slowly working my way through the Pew Research Center report Younger Americans’ Reading and Library Habits (which is sad because it’s a short report).  The report has a chapter dedicated to how people discover and where … Continue reading

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“Big 6” Now “Bigger 5”

On Monday, Penguin Books and Random House, two of the Big 6 publishers, announced they were merging in order to better compete in the global marketplace.  The new company, to be called Penguin Random House, will become the largest book publishing … Continue reading

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Who’s Reading My Book and How Did They Find It?

Since I started writing for publication, I’ve become more interested in the reading habits of the public.  In June, I looked at sales figures for ebooks versus books from traditional publishers.  I’ve also explored the correlation between religion and speculative fiction.  … Continue reading

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