On Pseudonyms

Interesting article here on choosing to write under a pseudonym, and why an author might want to do so. I think a lot of authors, particularly those who write in genre, choose pseudonyms for a combination of these reasons. What if you’re a scholar or a journalist in your everyday life? It makes sense for […]

Ads in eBooks

The Wall Street Journal just did an article on companies exploring the possibilities of adding ads to eBooks. I’m a bit torn on how I feel about this. On the one hand, I see a great deal of potential here for being able to keep eBook prices as low as possible, even without print revenue […]

Best Of

We’re absolutely blown away to have gotten a “Best Of” recognition in our very first year, with our very first title. That’s right, Cold Iron & Rowan Wood, a book blog you should really be reading, decided that Erekos is the best book put out by a small publisher that’s crossed their path this year. […]

Gift-Giving Problems Solved

We love digital books. Love ’em. They’re convenient – they go everywhere with you, and bookmark your pages for you, and you can keep thousands in a teeny little space! They’re usually pretty cheap, and if you’re buying from somewhere like Candlemark & Gleam, well, they’re pretty darn nicely laid out, if we say so […]

Five Things – Some Thoughts

Grasping for the Wind recently did a post on Five Things Every Aspiring Author Should Know. I agree with most of what he says here, but I do have a few quibbles and comments. 1) No, you should not demand a Special Writer Cocoon (or a gazebo at the bottom of the garden, or anything […]

A December special!

Regardless of what you celebrate – Hanukkah, Christmas, Diwali, Kwanzaa, Eid ul-Fitr, Giftmas, Festivus, or anything else that makes you happy – December tends to be a time for joy, light, and scrambling about buying things for people. In honour of that, Candlemark & Gleam has decided to offer a December special! For the month […]

Gimmicks, tiers, and so much more

I have to admit, I’m quite looking forward to Jonathan Safran Foer’s experimental book. This article does a great job of talking about why he did it, and what he hopes to get out of it. I’ve seen art books done like this – cutting out bits of pages to make images or reveal certain […]

Sourcebooks takes on digital

The publisher of Sourcebooks, Dominique Raccah, recently wrote a piece on digital publishing and what eBooks mean for publishers. You need to read it. No, really. You need to read it. Go. I’ll be here when you get back. *crickets chirp* Yeah, good, no? Dominique says what I think many of us in the industry […]

On design and professionalism

A friend just passed along this post of Tobias Buckell’s about the sale of Realms of Fantasy magazine to Damnation Press. His comment? “I thought, how bad could it be? Then I clicked. Now I know better.” It’s true – that website is painfully bad. I was trying to browse their titles, and what I […]

NaNoWriMo: A Publisher’s Perspective

November is upon us, and in the world of letters, that means NaNoWriMo. For those of you who’ve been living under a rock – or off the internet – for the last few years, NaNoWriMo is the fun little abbreviation for National Novel Writing Month, a project of the Office of Letters & Light. It’s […]