Open Floor Sunday

The floor is yours.  Ask your questions.  Make your comments. You know the rules. If it has to do with publishing, it’s fair game. But no politics – not unless it is essential to the topic. Also, if there’s a particular topic you’d like one of us to blog about, let us know. We’ll be dropping by during the day to comment and answer your questions.

The floor is now yours!



  1. First question: Why is it that you can sit undisturbed forever if you’re only reading content, but a cat will inevitably materialize in your lap seconds before you were going to reach for thr keyboard to comment?

    Second (and possibly more relevant) question: I’m trying to puzzle out the relative merits of two different approaches to the emerging new landscape of the publishing world. I see two basic models for making use of the “flatter” landscape afforded by the growing number of pathways around the traditional publishing model’s chokehold on shelf-space. One approach would be to pick a particular mechanism for getting content out (SmashWords, small-press, whatever) and try to concentrate as much material in the place as possible. The other would be to fire off small packets of work via every possible avenue.

    The latter would (in theory, at least) expose many more prospective readers to at least *something* with your name on it. But while the former would mean encountering a smaller number of potential readers, those who do stumble across the work will see all of it — hopefully increasing the chance they might find something that interests them. I’m leaning toward the big-pile-in-one-place idea, with the knowledge that word-of-mouth is on your side (assuming the stories are good enough for people to talk about them). But that could just bemy inherent laziness talking, manufacturing a rationale for avoiding the more labor-intensive option.


      1. Well, yeah, there is the “only human” aspect here, too. My time for writing is severely limited most of the time. So I don’t have enough “product” to cast the net as widely as I’d like.

  2. Steve, I say go with the shotgun approach. Send some of your work out to traditional publishers. There are still readers who will only buy from the established houses. But — and this is the big but — if you are offered a contract, make sure to have an IP attorney go over it with a fine-toothed comb. While you are going the traditional route, go the small press route as well. Don’t make me send the orcs out with clubs to kneecap you for not sending to NRP [VBEG]. Do some self-publishing if you want. Just be sure to have it well-edited and formatted if you do. Do NOT trust the smashwords meatgrinder to do it all for you.

    As for your really important question about cats, the answer is simple. They’re cats. It’s what they do.

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