Posts Categorized: Commentary

The Future of Pyr: Reply Hazy, Try Again


Editor’s note: I believe Lou Anders leaving Pyr is a red flag for the imprint. I also believe that Anders is a very good editor, art director, and person. Nothing in this article is intended to discredit his ability. Publishing is a casino, as Kameron Hurley’s coined phrase goes. Sometimes things just come up snake… Read more »

The Series is Dying. And the Internet Is Killing It.

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You’ve heard of A Song of Ice and Fire. It’s a little series by a guy named George R.R. Martin. The first book, The Games of Thrones, debuted in 1996 to much critical fanfare. The novel won the 1997 Locus Award and was nominated for both the 1997 Nebula Award and the 1997 World Fantasy Award. The… Read more »

Breaking Down the Hugos: Careful Like


Why am I doing this? Got me. I think I’m doing it because the Hugo Award is important to me. It’s the one award I believe has significance outside our insular community. It has name ID, and that has power. Data also has power. With data we can explain the world around us. We can… Read more »

Amazon vs. Hachette, a cage match


Amazon, after discouraging customers from buying books from publisher Hachette (Orbit), has abruptly escalated the battle by refusing orders late Thursday for upcoming Hachette books. Although this situation has generated a great deal of anger, it’s worth pointing out this is not new behavior as in 2010 Amazon removed direct access to Macmillan (Tor) books. And, of course, we all… Read more »

Weird How This Stuff Happens


You may remember that, some months ago, I wrote a piece declaiming a certain fantasy author who somehow manages to never get called out by his peers for saying sexist things. The purpose of that article wasn’t so much about that specific situation as an observation of a larger phenomenon: ultra-successful people get away with… Read more »

Interweb is in the Hugos’ Megahurtz

So, some news happened today. Speculative Fiction 2012: The Best Online Reviews, Essays and Commentary has been nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Related Work of 2013. [Editor’s note: IS SOMEONE SCREWING WITH ME?!?] Although my name is on it, next to one of the finest bloggers in the field, Jared Shurin, I feel we can… Read more »

Why I’m Excited Today…

John Love has a new novel. Who’s John Love ? He’s a British dude who wrote one of the best novels of 2012 that no one has heard of–Faith. Built around the idea of aegrescit medendo, which is a Latin medical phrase meaning, ‘The cure is worse than the disease’, Faith is the story of a near mythical… Read more »

Observations About the Editorial Process in Publishing

For the past two years, or so, I’ve been doing a lot of early reading for authors. The first wave of these novels will be out at some point in 2014 (and a few are already out). Participating in this process has been enlightening as manuscripts developed from outlines, to partials, to alpha drafts, to… Read more »

Duck and Covers: Literary Agencies as Publishers?

[cp_dropcaps]I[/cp_dropcaps] love the business of publishing. It’s like a game of blackjack where you’ve got a card sharp on one end and a drunk-off-his-ass college kid on the other. The card sharp plays the game by the book. He stands on 15 when he’s supposed to, recognizing the odds generally favor a player who doesn’t… Read more »

Analogies. Because. The Publishing Debate.

This recent debate on self publishing versus traditional publishing feels a lot like the schisms within Christianity. Bear with me on this one. Assuming publishing as a whole is akin to Christianity writ large–your Orthodox, Mormons, Methodists, Pentecostals, etc.–then the Big-Five are the Roman Catholic Church and the self-publishing community is the Evangelists. Think about… Read more »