Thursday, December 15, 2005

ALTERNATIVE PUBLISHING

In today's volatile publishing world, Lee Goldberg's blog A Writer's Life points readers to an intriguing approach, found at The Spriggan Mirror:

This page is the home of an experiment in alternative publishing.

I'm Lawrence Watt-Evans, author of some three dozen novels and hundreds of short stories, articles, etc. One of my best-known series has been the Legends of Ethshar, consisting (as of 2004) of eight novels originally published by Del Rey Books or Tor Books and seven short stories that appeared in various anthologies.

Alas, no major mainstream publisher is interested in continuing the Ethshar series at present. On the other hand, I had several readers saying they desperately want to see more. I decided to see whether enough of them were willing to put their money where their mouths are to finance more Ethshar stories -- and perhaps eventually continuations of other series that no longer have major publishers.

To my surprise, there were enough. My fans came through, and I have now written the ninth Ethshar novel, financed entirely by reader contributions rather than an advance from a publisher.


Click on over to The Spriggan Mirror for more info (and, until New Year's Eve, a free online novel) ...
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