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by orbivillein
Wed Sep 23, 2015 10:54 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Limitation of nonexclusive electronic rights
Replies: 8
Views: 2117

Re: Limitation of nonexclusive electronic rights

A consideration of why nonexclusive electronic rights time limitations matter is for subsequent limited exclusive electronic and print rights, for reprints that want a season of exclusive access, especially to highlight a writer's body of work in a collection, which is best some previously published...
by orbivillein
Sun Sep 20, 2015 6:58 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Retiring a Piece - When to Call it Quits
Replies: 14
Views: 3109

Re: Retiring a Piece - When to Call it Quits

I don't retire a work. Works have value regardless of whether declined or accepted. Declined works just aren't ready for debut. What makes a work publication worthy -- there's the rub. A recent and hard-won ah ha! insight synthesized a lifetime of investigation; that is, a story's language must be f...
by orbivillein
Sat Aug 08, 2015 6:08 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Indie Author vs. Self Published
Replies: 19
Views: 3630

Re: Indie Author vs. Self Published

Grunge Mob Spare Dance!?
by orbivillein
Fri Aug 07, 2015 10:39 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Indie Author vs. Self Published
Replies: 19
Views: 3630

Re: Indie Author vs. Self Published

For me, again, "author" is a sacred label. The tangibly empirical activities of writer self-promotion, nonetheless, are everyday profane from their assertions of self-interested and vain self-worth value to the public, and are singularly subjective assertions too often without substantive ...
by orbivillein
Thu Aug 06, 2015 8:46 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Indie Author vs. Self Published
Replies: 19
Views: 3630

Re: Indie Author vs. Self Published

I've found talking about a writing life is less complex if I say I'm an editor, which I am. And "author" to me is a sacred term that is best used judiciously and then only when others speak of a writer, nearly always never when a writer speaks of the self.
by orbivillein
Mon Aug 03, 2015 5:13 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Indie Author vs. Self Published
Replies: 19
Views: 3630

Re: Indie Author vs. Self Published

"Indie" originates as independent publisher. Formerly, the term was used to describe publishers who were not part of large syndicates. They were standalone, independent from any subsidiary affiliation. They published works of writers not from the publisher's staff. Anymore, many indie publ...
by orbivillein
Thu Apr 23, 2015 5:20 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2628
Views: 491341

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

My BFA and MA schools were mixed -- some instructors celebrated science fiction and fantasy, some limited allowable types, some allowed none. Literature instructors were also mixed though lower proportions of celebrants and limited examples, except for Shelley, Wells, Verne, Orwell, Bradbury, and Vo...
by orbivillein
Thu Apr 23, 2015 2:48 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2628
Views: 491341

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hi, geekyMary,

What's Seton Hill's position toward science fiction and fantasy? Pie?
by orbivillein
Thu Apr 16, 2015 2:28 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Hugo Award Nominees
Replies: 66
Views: 18185

Re: Hugo Award Nominees

Any respectable award for a writer is an automatic read by a publisher and a high likelihood of publication sale and a career maker. Beyond personal distinction, beyond the prize package, beyond the public acclaim, that's the enduring value of awards like the Hugo. I believe that's the real motive b...
by orbivillein
Wed Apr 15, 2015 9:00 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Hugo Award Nominees
Replies: 66
Views: 18185

Re: Hugo Award Nominees

A Mulligan is a duffer's do-over when a stroke was poorly executed. A Mulligan is any stroke done over with no penalty or stroke counted. A gimme is a conceded short putt or a too-easy, effortless win. The Gimme Slate!
by orbivillein
Wed Apr 15, 2015 4:13 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Hugo Award Nominees
Replies: 66
Views: 18185

Re: Hugo Award Nominees

What matters most, long term, for awards is how effectively, eventually if not sooner, candidates and winners nobly represent and transcend the human condition. Period. How WorldCon navigates these turbulent shoals will make or break the Hugos for a brief time. They will, as all shows must, go on. T...
by orbivillein
Fri Apr 10, 2015 5:32 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Hugo Award Nominees
Replies: 66
Views: 18185

Re: Hugo Award Nominees

Mine is a no-platform slate, but that's a slate too. I believe science fiction's difference from other stories and function is to explore how humans and the like deal with science, technology, and public and private values and how well a story gets them across. Call the slate, well, post neo-classic...
by orbivillein
Fri Apr 10, 2015 2:03 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Hugo Award Nominees
Replies: 66
Views: 18185

Re: Hugo Award Nominees

And next year and after the Hugo slate campaigns will rain kittens and puppies and bulls and bears and the Know-Nothing party candidates and scores more. Individual porcupines -- they once upon a time were happily ever after, bristled at confrontation and went otherwise contentfully unbothered.
by orbivillein
Thu Apr 09, 2015 5:10 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Hugo Award Nominees
Replies: 66
Views: 18185

Re: Hugo Award Nominees

6 nominations the same year. Surely that's a record. 3 nominations in the same category. Didn't know you could do that. Best Novella One Bright Star to Guide Them, John C. Wright “Pale Realms of Shade”, John C. Wright “The Plural of Helen of Troy”, John C. Wright Best Novelette “Yes, Virginia, Ther...
by orbivillein
Wed Apr 08, 2015 6:48 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Hugo Award Nominees
Replies: 66
Views: 18185

Re: Hugo Award Nominees

I thought Day's (Theodore Beale) slate was the Rabid Puppies.
by orbivillein
Tue Apr 07, 2015 9:38 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Hugo Award Nominees
Replies: 66
Views: 18185

Re: Hugo Award Nominees

Politics is as life does. The Hugos are nominated, voted on, and selected by members of WorldCon. Lobbying of the membership by writers and writers' alliances is done at the organization's conferences and within the arena by invested parties. Among a field of more or less equal contestants and perso...
by orbivillein
Wed Apr 01, 2015 1:19 am
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: friend who is a writeR
Replies: 3
Views: 2186

Re: friend who is a writeR

Most everything structural a science fiction story entails applies to most any other genre and form. Many aesthetics qualities also span all genres and forms. One structural-aesthetic area science fiction requires different from other genres is imaginative science and technology be essential to the ...
by orbivillein
Mon Mar 23, 2015 6:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2628
Views: 491341

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Hello, W & I ot F, Once upon a time, this is me: A villein put upon blighted times lived shy of basic subsistence -- scarce air, water, food, sustaining medicine, shelter from harsh weathering, and companionable society. This was downtown or uptown, town outskirts, urban neighborhood, waterway, ...

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