In which we flit over the first shortlist of the year and some charitable links, sweep though a fortnight of culture consumed, and then leap with both feet into the pet subject of Inside Indie Press.
BSFA Awards Shortlists
QLD Flood fundraisers for writers & readers:
After the Rain: http://bit.ly/AtRFloods
Authors for Queensland auction http://authorsforqueensland.wordpress.com
QWC appeal launches Saturday, on Twitter at @writersonrafts
What Culture Have we Consumed?
Tansy: no books for me, shockingly! More Big Finish audio plays. (http://tansyrr.com/tansywp/no-end-in-sight-for-big-finish/
Alex: Agatha H and the Airship City, Phil and Kaja Foglio (http://randomalex.net/2011/01/14/smellink-verra-nize-indeed/); Transformation Space, Marianne de Pierres; Dust, Elizabeth Bear (http://randomalex.net/2011/01/18/dust-by-elizabeth-bear/); two stories from James Tiptree’s Her Smoke Rose Up Forever (spoilery discussion at http://dreamsandspeculation.com/2011/01/15/january-tiptree-discussion/); The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss (http://randomalex.net/2011/01/19/the-name-of-the-wind/). Also begun a rewatch of BSG...
Alisa: No Ordinary Family, Dexter season 5
(diversion on the subject of Whether Alisa Should Watch Doctor Who)
Pet Subject: Inside Indie Press
Big news in TPP space is the closure of Speakeasy.
Is there an obvious point at which a project becomes a non-viable project?
How do you know that you're ditching a project just because the stories don't fit your particular idea/viewpoint?
The older books are harder to use as examples because lots of things about them were learning.
Horn - first to break even BUT i got caught on the selling to bookstores so i ended up having to sell 80% of the print run after review and buzz copies (1/4 of the print run) to break even.
Pay scales, writing contracts, competing with the US indies...
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