Tag Archives: industry

On short-run printing

This is something that’s come up a few times in different contexts lately, and I thought I’d tackle the subject to clear up some misconceptions. Printing. Yes, it still happens. Actual, physical, paper books are still constructed out of dead trees, ink, and glue. They still get shipped out and put on bookshelves, then bought […]

Publishing Options: Introduction

I had a very interesting conversation last night with an author who submitted a manuscript to Candlemark & Gleam. I was seriously impressed by his work, but it had some holes in it and could stand to be gone over again. I sent him a letter with some suggestions and critiques, and asked if he’d […]

Thoughts on Gay YA

So by now, most everyone interested in YA lit has seen the #YesGayYA tag on Twitter, and knows that it comes from a discussion on Genreville about two authors who were asked to “straighten” a character by an agent. You’ve probably also seen the followup/rebuttal. I’ve got some Thinky Thoughts on the matter, so I figured […]

A note to the pessimists

Lifted from a response I left on Cat Valente’s blog, regarding the “sky is falling” attitude around publishing right now, and how publishing is collapsing, etc etc woe is us: I firmly believe that publishing is not dying. Not even standard-model dead-tree publishing. Because you know what? People are reading more now than ever, and […]

Ad-Supported Reading

We’ve talked a bit before about ads in eBooks and whether or not it’s a good idea. Personally, I come down on the side of it being a good option – but you have to have both a free, ad-supported version and a paid, pure version of an eBook in order to make it a […]

Apps and Interactivity

One step closer to getting approved for the App Store, hooray! Soon, I hope, we’ll have a dedicated app created for Hickey of the Beast, available for both iPhone and Android. At this point, it’s just a matter of getting the folks at Apple to acknowledge that we’re real humans with a legitimate publishing interest, […]

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 […]

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 […]