I don't blog here much anymore. Alas, there is very little free time in my life these days and over the years this LiveJournal has seen less and less love and affection from yours truly. But for a long time it did have one specific use that kept it relevant: I would post my blog entries on my retrospective series for Realms of Fantasy.
Well that series ended a while back but I'm happy to be posting about my RoF Retrospective series one more time as I tell you that the book Realms of Fantasy: A Retrospective is now available for purchase in both paperback and Kindle editions. As those you familiar with this blog and the retrospective series know, back when I worked for this magazine I assembled a complete set of RoF and decided to read every story because I decided that was the only sensible (or perhaps insane) thing to do. From there I blogged about every last issue and story (about 100 issues and 600 stories) over the course of several years. Now Warren Lapine, of my former publishers for Realms of Fantasy, has collected all of these entries into book and put it out through his publishing company.
And as a super happy bonus, we have recruited none other than Shawna McCarthy to write the foreword. Shawna is the founding editor of the magazine, the only person to be involved with every last issue, and she also happens to be the person who first hired me onto the magazine. This project would not feel right without her participation, so I'm thrilled to have her aboard.
While each entry is still availabe for free on my blog, many of these entries have been updated and/or revised, so I consider this book the author's preferred edition. Shawna's foreword and my introduction are also both exclusive to the book. Each entry also comes with that cover to that specific issue, and I've been told by Warren that in paperback form this feature will be in color. If you're fan of Realms of Fantasy, this book marks the perfect posthumous chapter to this wonderful magazine as you get to explore each story through the eyes of one of the magazine's editors.
Workong on it was always a labor of love, but I'm glad that Warren approached me to publish this as a book. I hope those are interested enjoy it.
Needless to say I #@&% psyched about this!
Next up on the old itinerary is outling the next novel. How about everyone else? Keeping busy?
So recently I've been seriously dabbling with the idea of self-publishing. In particular, I've been toying with the idea of self-publishing a sword & sorcery novella. I'll be the first to admit that when I send a story out on submission--as I have with this one--and it gets rejected time and again, the editors are usually right. It belongs in my trunk.
But in this case, I don't think it's so cut and dry. For starters, there are only so many worthwhile markets for novellas. On top of this, there are only so many worthwhile markets for sword & sorcery. And when your fiction is Rated R--as this piece is (along with most of what I write)--this limits your market options that much more. Translation: I ran out of quality markets for this story very quickly. On top of this, the previous stories I wrote in this universe have all found a home ...but none were even close to 22,500 words, the length of the story in question. But knowing that I have sold three other stories in this world gives me a little extra confidence that this story is still worthwhile enough that I should explore other options. My confidence in it really hasn't wavered at all.
So with this in mind, I thought I would reach out and invite anyone who has any thoughts about self-publishing to share their observations and/or experiences. No need to go in flying blind if I don't have to. Mind you, if I do decide to self-publish it probably won't be for a while yet. If I go this route I'm interested in laying out money for a copy edit, real artwork for the cover, etc. If I'm going to do this I want to do it right (right by my personal definition for me going this route, so no one should be offended by me writing this). And while I could make these investments right now if I want to, I'm more inclined to wait for a more opportune time, probably early in 2016. I also won't rule out the possibility of sending this story back out into the wilds of the traditional publishing circuit if in the interim a new market opens up that suits this piece. Again, I'm not 100% sure that I am going to self-publish, but right now I feel like I probably will.
So with all this said, I'd love for people to share their thoughts and especially their experiences in the world of self-publishing. Asking about this now should give me plenty of time to make sure this is actually the route I want to follow, and if it is I'll have more than enough time to plan things out properly. So please, folks, have at it. No thought is too big or too small if you're inclined to chime in.