Re: [SFC] Introducing myself
- on 31/1/2003 17:41, DerHexer@... wrote:
> I just realized that I've been reading science fiction for 50 years. I canHi DerHexer, and welcome to the list! Now, Chad Oliver: there's a name from
> date that accurately because it was 50 years ago, when I was 7, that we moved
> to a house two doors down from the town library. I walked down and picked up
> a copy of Chad Oliver's Mists of Dawn.
the past. Just last week I found a Ballantine first edition of his 1960 book
'Unearthly Neighbors' and read it in one sitting. I was rather impressed and
I'd like to look out for more of his work, but he seems to have been sadly
forgotten, if his entry in the Nicholls/Clute 'Encyclopedia of SF' is
anything to go by.
> I prefer hard SF as opposed to fantasy. I like good characters, good plots,There's also the HardSF list at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hardsf; you'll
> suspense, and plausible science and settings. The characters have to have a
> problem to solve or a struggle to win.
probably find a comfortable niche there as a well-read list member!
- The world of publishing is collapsing in on itself. More and more it's
following the route of business in general in the US--only bet on sure
things. One of the ugliest phrases in business is "bottom line."
Long-term investment is six-months...a year at most. Congress can't
think beyond the next election
Polly! cover <http://parsina.com/polly.html>I'll use my latest book,
Polly! <http://parsina.com/polly,html>, as an example. Nobody wanted it.
(I hear the cynics saying, "Well gee, maybe it's a bad book." I scoff at
such ludicrous suggestions. Scoff, do you hear! Spider Robinson enjoyed
it and gave me a nice blurb.) It's short, technically a novella by
Nebula Award standards. But so was Jerzy Kozinsky's /Being There/ of
several decades ago, and that was published as a book. It's a satirical
fantasy that doesn't fit into any standard marketing niche. I had one
editor tell me frankly that she didn't know how she'd market it. My
agent at the time didn't want to handle it because he said no publisher
would be interested in something that didn't fit into a clear category.
Other agents told me the same thing--and publishers these days don't
want to bother with unagented mss, even from established writers.
(I think I'm a competent writer. 30+ published titles should be some
indication, even if I've never had a bestseller. My accumulated
experience tells me /Polly!/ is a good book.)
I finally found a small press, Midnight Showcase Fiction, who has
confidence in it. They also reprinted the other titles I mentioned;
"real" publishers don't want to bother with old midlist titles by
non-bestselling authors. "Bottom line" again. But MSF is a shoestring
operation that has absolutely zero budget for promotion. So if I want
anyone to read the book (and I sorta do), I have to flog it myself.
Frankly, I think the best use of a writer's time is to write. I've
restarted work on a new Jade Darcy book, and I'd rather be working on
that. But I believe in /Polly!,/ too, and I'd like people to meet her.
So...here I am. I hope you'll give her a try.
> Works for me. I like Mr. Goldin's works and do not mind any info on
> upcoming works of his. And as you said, better than spammers.
> Granpa G
> --- In email@example.com
> <mailto:sciencefictionclassics%40yahoogroups.com>, "MaggyJ"
> <incognitas@...> wrote:
> > Well why not?Not every author can get the publicity they require
> from a publisher these days..and have you seen the paucity of choice
> in some bookshops.Plus how many independent bookshops are actually
> open and working on the high street these days and promoting new or
> old writers?Online shopping is killing off the trade and while Amazon
> is very good at promoting authors not all sites bother.So if online
> book trading is here to stay why not online self publicity.I note that
> CJ Cherryh is also promoting a new line of ebooks on her site and if
> there was an author who didn't need to self promote I would have
> picked her.
> > Just be glad that I moderate the spammers and allow the novelists a
> chance.Far better than being bombarded by dating agencies and pron sites.
> > --- In firstname.lastname@example.org
> <mailto:sciencefictionclassics%40yahoogroups.com>, "mjbphotos"
> <mjbphotos@> wrote:
> > >
> > > Are things so tough in the science fiction book world that
> well-known authors have to self-promote? Yikes!
> > >
> > > Mike B
> > >
> > >
> > > --- In email@example.com
> <mailto:sciencefictionclassics%40yahoogroups.com>, "StephenGoldin"
> <stephen.goldin@> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > My name is Stephen Goldin, and I'm the author of over 30 science
> fiction & fantasy novels. In the past several months I've had 3 of my
> older science fiction novels republished by Midnight Showcase Fiction:
> ASSAULT ON THE GODS, MINDFLIGHT and MINDSEARCH. MSF also recently
> published my newest novel, a fantasy satire called POLLY! of which I'm
> quite proud.
> > > >
> > > > Rather than go into long detail here, I'll just say that you can
> learn more about me and my books at my personal website,
> http://stephengoldin.com <http://stephengoldin.com> I have a second
> website, Parsina Press (http://parsina.com <http://parsina.com>),
> where copies of these and many of my other books can be bought.
> > > >
> > > > Any questions?
> > > >
> > > > Keep reading,
> > > >
> > > > Stephen Goldin
Stephen Goldin <http://stephengoldin.com/>
Have you met Polly! <http://www.parsina.com/polly.html> yet?
Try PollyTheism <http://pollytheism.blogspot.com/>.
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