Publishing in the 21st Century

All of these sites contain excellent, up-to-date information on publishing.

  • The Writings and Opinions of Dean Wesley Smith Great site about publishing and the industry in the 21st century. A good place to start if you are considering self-publishing. Among other things, it makes an argument that, contrary to accepted opinion, authors don’t need agents, or in some cases publishers. It’s a whole new world out there and it’s changing every day.
  • Wall Street Journal This summer, Darcie Chan’s debut novel, The Mill River Recluse, became an unexpected hit. It has sold more than 400,000 copies and landed on the best-seller lists alongside brand-name authors like Michael Connelly, James Patterson and Kathryn Stockett.
  • The Passive Voice Written by Passive Guy, this blog is about writing, writers, disruptive innovation and the universe. An often sardonic and skewed look at the publishing industry.
  • A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing J.A. Konrath, one of the first traditionally established authors to turn to e-publishing, making a huge success of it. Here he talks about the industry.
  • Writer Beware ® Blogs A.C. Crispen and Victoria Strauss run a publishing industry watchdog group, sponsored by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America with additional support from the Mystery Writers of America. It shines a bright light into the dark corners of the shadow-world of literary scams, schemes, and pitfalls.
  • Science Fiction Writers of America SFWA is a professional organization for authors of science fiction, fantasy and related genres. Much of the advice is good for all writing.
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