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sartorias has a great essay on why she and rachelmanija are publishing Hostage, second book in their series The Change, through Book View Cafe rather than waiting on a big publisher--though the first book, Stranger, came out through Viking.

It's a thoughtful read, and not at all a diatribe: in fact, it includes comments from their Viking editor, Sharyn November, talking a little about how things look from the publisher's angle.

Link to the essay is here.

There are so many choices and possibilities these days, when it comes to publishing, and the hows and whys of people's decisions make interesting reading.


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Jan. 6th, 2015 05:22 pm (UTC)
Possibilities is it exactly. The stigma for self-publishing and small press is so . . . so twentieth century!

The problem for all forms of publishing is getting the word out.
Jan. 6th, 2015 05:24 pm (UTC)
That's the truth. The image that has come to me over the past year is of a huge, weighty blanket that wants to smother everything. You keep on trying to poke up at it, but it takes so much strength and effort to lift it up even a little. You strain, but eventually you have to relax, and down comes the blanket. But every now and then you can lift it for a bit! That's always gratifying.
Jan. 6th, 2015 05:31 pm (UTC)
I like that image.
Jan. 6th, 2015 05:41 pm (UTC)
I am very fond of Sharyn November, who gave me great advice too, long ago. :)
Jan. 6th, 2015 05:44 pm (UTC)
I am very fond of her too: she took the time to answer an email from a complete nobody (me), which I wrote after seeing her on a Readercon panel (my first-ever con, in 2007). And she's remembered me from time to time when something comes up relating to Lloyd Alexander, whom we both love.
Jan. 8th, 2015 03:21 am (UTC)
"The stigma for self-publishing and small press is so . . . so twentieth century!"
True. I've also thought that the gathering of pre-publication subscribers is an old system which has just re-emerged after several decades of twentieth-century focus on big publishers.
The whole article was heartening to read (except about publicity) - thank you for the link.
Jan. 8th, 2015 03:28 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed it! There are so many possibilities these days.
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