A No-BS Tour of Modern Publishing Part III - The Traditional Industry: The Publishers
Many authors feel that the only “real” way to publish is to go through the well-established method of querying an agent, having your agent pitch to publishing houses, and then signing a deal where the author pays nothing and gets an advance from the publisher. This is called “traditional” publishing – or trade publishing for short. In this article I’d like to give some idea of what this industry really looks like from the inside.
Note: I’ll be focu...
Thoughts on my first World Con
Last week I flew to the far-off land of Kansas City, Missouri, to partake in what many science fiction fans consider a pilgrimage: I went to the annual World Science Fiction Convention – otherwise known as World Con.
Home of the Hugo Awards – which continually fight it out with the Nebula Awards for rights to call themselves the MOST PRESTIGIOUS science fiction literary awards – World Con is a pretty big deal. I packed all my geeky shirts (Dr. Who, Firefly, Stars Wars and...
A No-BS Tour of Modern Publishing - Part II: Making sense of the lingo
One of the biggest challenges an author faces in today’s publishing landscape is just trying to understand what’s what. Taking money from authors has become a billion-dollar business in the past ten years, and there are all kinds of terms floating around out there. As authors unravel one scam after another, the charlatans and pirates are forced to repackage their scams with fancy new terms.
But to make matters much more complicated, not everyone out there charging money is a sc...
A No-BS Tour of Modern Publishing - Part I: Author Motivations
The centre of all publishing is the author. Without the author, there is no art form. There are no manuscripts for agents to pitch, no covers for publishers to design, no books for stores to sell. Without the author, the publishing ecosystem would not exist.
So why is the author at the very bottom of the food chain?
If you are an aspiring author, or are just musing on how you’d like to one day write a book – welcome. My name is Bennett R. Coles and I’m an author. I&r...
A review of the motion picture Warcraft
Once in a generation, a motion picture masterpiece comes along which changes the way we think about the world. Warcraft is a visually stunning, epic drama which confronts the challenging issues that face us today as a society. Racism, environmentalism, the corruption brought by power and even parenthood are vividly explored in this thought-provoking work. If ever there was – a… single –
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