Thursday, July 9, 2009

Items of Interest (Stross's How I Got Here, "From Publishers to Bookstores," Futurismic, Controversial Books, IROSF Debate)

Charles Stross's hiatus proved short-lived, and in short order he went back to telling the story of how he got where he is today, putting up parts ten, eleven and twelve, the last giving us "the end of the beginning," by which point he'd already got his well-deserved Hugo nod for "Lobsters" (I discussed it in my review of the Rewired post-cyberpunk anthology for The Fix), deals for Festival of Fools and Iron Sunrise and he was living in that land of which so many others dreams where
people were asking me to write stories, I had an aggressive, effective literary agent marketing my books, and a major New York publisher had bought two of them. It was a very odd feeling, a sense of standing on the threshold of something I'd been daydreaming about for twenty years.
By way of Jessica Strider's Sci-Fi Fan Letter we also get a post over at literary agent Nathan Bransford's blog offering an "insider's view" of the promotional dimension of bookselling.

As usual with this kind of information, it's not the kind of thing that an aspiring writer is likely to find some practical use for, which I guess also goes for Mr. Stross's account of his own early adventures.

Also in this round-up:

* Futurismic on "Just where are all the sexy computer games?" and a rare admission from a gaming industry insider that pirates might just be underserved customers.
* An old but interesting piece over at SF Signal about the most controversial books in SF.
* A debate over at IROSF regarding the future of short fiction in which people are saying some of the kinds of things people usually speculate about and keep to themselves-like the possibility that maybe the audience for short fiction consists entirely of aspiring writers.

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