We Are All Allies

By Dan Koboldt

IKoboldtn some ways, publishing is a zero-sum game. There are only so many slots in the schedule of traditional publishers. Only ten books can occupy the top ten list, and only one can win the Hugo. Yet the most dangerous and pervasive threat to the aspiring author is not another author, nor is it a big bad publisher. Nor is it a certain online store. No, the biggest threat is the ever-shrinking reading time the average person has in our modern world.

Books once enjoyed very little competition in this arena. Now, time that was once given over to reading is spent on the internet, on social media, on Netflix. The geek who used to read forty hours a week now spends them playing Dragon Age. That’s why authors need to band together: to remind the world of the importance of books. To get them to choose reading over skimming and streaming. Mark my words, fellow authors, we will live or die by our ability to do so.

Read the full article at SFWA.org.

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13 Ways to Help an Indie Author with Their Book Release

Just thought I would point this out, since I have a release coming up that’s been scaled back to October 15!  Save the date!

By Helen Scheuerer

As the launch of Heart of Mist draws nearer and nearer, a lot of my readers have been asking: how do I help you with your book release?

Firstly, just asking a lovely question like that means the world to just about any author. Writing and publishing a book is a huge undertaking, and so any acknowledgement of this is greatly appreciated.

But of course, there are a number of other ways you can help authors with the impending release of their book…

Read the full article at WritersEdit.com.

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Why Flash Fiction is a Scam

It’s the latest trend in all the spec fic magazines.  Flash fiction!  Write a short story that’s anywhere from a hundred words to the upper limit of a thousand words or less.  Check it out!  More stories in one issue!  Isn’t that spectacular? Except that it isn’t.  It’s really a scam by magazine publishers.  It’s […]

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