Archive for the ‘my magazine’ Category

The Number Makes It Real

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Yesterday I received my ISSN number from the government for my magazine Beneath Ceaseless Skies.  Of course I’ve been operating for six months already and publishing for three. I’ve gotten reviews in The Internet Review of Science Fiction and Locus, and last week I learned all about nominating for the Hugo Awards. But somehow getting that official label from the FCC made it all seem a bit more real.  Pretty cool.

Empires Fall but Enclaves Rise

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

The Washington Post Book World had two interesting articles last Sunday, both of which taken together show two different data points on the ever-changing landscape of modern commerical publishing.

An essay about the recent funeral of legendary publisher Robert Giroux, of Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, used the retrospective of his long literary career buying such seminal 20th-century works as The Catcher in the Rye to comment on the very different and currently shifting nature of commercial publishing. The essay was more geared toward mainstream literary fiction rather than any specific genre, but its overall mood seems quite reflective of the current times.

And a column by Michael Dirda, noted reviewer of SF/F and a Guest of Honor at Capclave 2008, listed many of the best and brightest among the small presses that have emerged in the last decade. Most of those on his list are SF/F presses like Wildside and Night Shade–I don’t know if that’s because Dirda, with his SF/F reading experience, is more familiar with SF/F small presses or if it’s because there are more small presses in SF/F than in other genres.

The small press movement is very important to me because they publish far more short fiction than the larger publishers–not only anthologies and collections but many magazines–and also because this year I joined their ranks in my own small way by starting a magazine.

It will be fascinating to see where things go from here, especially in the world of short fiction. If Clarkesworld Magazine and its clever publisher Neil Clarke are any indication, audio short fiction may be one of the new frontiers.

Artwork and Podcasts

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

I’m still knee-deep in stuff for my magazine Beneath Ceaseless Skies, including licensing new cover art and finalizing our first audio fiction podcast. It was great at Capclave two weekends ago to see some F/SF editors I had met over the summer at ReaderCon and to meet several more.

Now if I could only find the time to write a bit myself….

Slushing from the Beach

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Or trying to, at least–the siren’s call of the breakers just over the dunes is mighty tempting. :) I’m here on the annual trip with my music buddies. We all met 10+ years ago through various bands and studio projects; now we hardly play anymore, but every fall we go to the beach to drink and sit around.

The premiere for my magazine went very well last week–a few technical glitches, but we worked around them. Reaction has been extremely positive so far, which is extremely gratifying–a nice initial validation of my vision.

I’m planning to head to Capclave for the day this Saturday, with a big sheaf of magazine flyers. There’s a panel on online magazine publishing that I could sit in the back of the room for and nod my head. :) But for now, I think I’ll succumb to that siren’s call of the waves.