Category Archives: Publishing

The Future of Publishing

I Tweeted about this video and sent it to my friends, but I like it so much I decided to have it here for a while. Last week was Read an ebook Week and this video would have been most appropriate. For at least ten years I’ve said that content is more important than format. This video explains it in a very clever way.

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The Dawn of ebooks… again and again

I sat on a panel at WorldCon this year on whether the future belongs to ebooks. It was almost an exact repeat of the panel I sat on 10 years ago. I was the only one who was one hundred per cent pro ebooks. The entire panel resulted in a diatribe from other panelists against ebooks. The same gripes. The same arguments. The same “nothing replaces the feel of a real book.” One panelist bemoaned the fact that he couldn’t freely copy ebooks like he did music. Another said that whoever got published in ebook format was a stupid moron. Obviously he hadn’t bothered finding out about my own published work. It was as if I’d gone back in time. It was disheartening, to say the least. Continue reading

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Anticipation — WorldCon

I’ll be at WorldCon from Friday afternoon, 7 August 2009, to Sunday afternoon, 9 August 2009 and here’s my schedule. Since I’m bilingual, I’ll be on both English and French panels.

Friday 15:30
Location: P-522B
Title: Preparing to Write a Series
Session ID: 755
All Participants: Fiona Patton, Joe Haldeman, Joshua Palmatier, Laura Anne Gilman, M. D. Benoit, Mindy Klasky, George R. R. Martin
Moderator: Joe Haldeman
Description: How does a writer plan to write a series? Or is it unplanned until you sign the contract? Writers discuss how they set up and wrote novels that are part of a “series.”

Saturday 11:00
Location: D-Vitre
Title: Writing Workshop U
Session ID: 666
All Participants: Joshua Palmatier, M. D. Benoit
Moderator: Joshua Palmatier
Description: Critique session for previously submitted manuscripts

Saturday 20:00
Location: P-513D
Title: L’édition électronique
Session ID: 379
All Participants: Alain le Bussy, Alexandre Lemieux, M. D. Benoit, Pascale Raud
Moderator: M. D. Benoit
Description: L’édition en-ligne est de plus en plus commune. L’avenir appartient-il au livre numérique et à Google?

Sunday 12:30
Location: P-513D
Title: L’écriture avec la langue des autres
Session ID: 378
All Participants: Aliette de Bodard, M. D. Benoit, Tony Pi, Claude Lalumière, Patrick Senécal
Moderator: Claude Lalumière
Description: Quels sont les défis de l’écriture de SF dans une langue qui n’appartient pas entièrement à un auteur?

Sunday 14:00
Location: P-511A
Title: The Invention of the Canon
Session ID: 527
All Participants: Evelyn Leeper, Graham Sleight, M. D. Benoit, Mike Resnick
Moderator:
Description: How do we as a field decide that a work or an author is a “classic”? Do all the awards we give out help? What about Year’s Best books/lists, reviews, and indeed panels at conventions? And what about authors whose reputations fluctuate over time?

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Fiction Friday>> Nine Lives

[Fiction] Friday Challenge for June 5th, 2009:

“Don’t sit there,” she commanded. “That’s the cat’s chair.”

“Let’s talk about this,” I said. “We’ll sit down, reason it out.” I backed slowly toward the living room, my eyes glued to hers, my hands away from my body to show I didn’t mean any harm. I could see her entire body trembling, in fear or anger I wasn’t sure. She’d bitten her lower lip so hard it was bleeding.

She followed me, the gun in her hand wobbling so hard there was no way could she shoot straight. I saw that as my only chance. In the living room, I made to sit down.

“Don’t sit there, she commanded, her voice tremulous. “That’s the cat’s chair.” She gestured at the fireplace with the gun. “Go stand there.”

I obeyed, still keeping my eyes on her. Something crinkled under my feet. I looked down. A large plastic sheet -industrial grade-lay on the floor. My head rose to her face so fast I nearly got whiplash.

Her eyes were clear, she had a slight smile on her face. Her hand was steady as she pointed the gun at my chest. “Vulnerability is such a nifty tool,” she murmured.

Oh, shit, I thought, just before she pulled the trigger.

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