My 2009 debut short story collection, FRESH BLOOD, filled with 160 pages of dark science fiction stories and twisted horror tales is now coming to PDF/e-Format. You can get it from one of the largest RPG retailers on the Web. DriveThruRPG.com! Or, for just a few dollars more, you can splurge for the print copy and see what all of last summer’s buzz was about. Just do a search for “Sam’s Dot Publishing”. It might take a while for the publisher’s page to go up.
The Golden Age makes its return in digital format. So does the Industrial Revolution, Neo-Victorian Horror, and lots of other spooky historical tales. Come one, come all to Steampunk Tales! Where many adventures, horrors, and mysteries await. Some of the best short stories by short story giants and rising stars in the field. On my eBooks & Kindle page you too can order my brand new stories alongside many other talented authors within the Steampunk genre. And at a very affordable price. Behold the future of fiction magazines! Read them anytime, anywhere! Previous editions have featured such authors as Jay Lake, Catherynne M. Valente, G.D. Falksen, Jillian Venters, Phil Brucato, Brenda Cooper, and myself, among others.
Lawrence Dagstine Coming to Steampunk Tales Issue #6
Ten to fifteen years ago, a new technology was developed called print-on-demand (POD).Publishers and small authors alike who didn’t know any better explored it as a means to getting their works into print.The Web, fairly new by publishing standards, helped become a vehicle for this phenomenon.Back in those days you didn’t have to worry about garages or basements filled with over 500 or more titles not being sold.No, you could order two or three at a time without having to sweat.Vanity presses took the most advantage of this, but now anyone and their mother can become a writer-turned-printer-turned-publisher (if you get the gist). Still, no matter how far POD has come, no matter how much it has been utilized and what it is capable of, media in the form of a virtual entity will eventually – no, I’m sorry, inevitably – reign supreme.
So toward the end of February 2009, Amazon’s new eReading gadget, KINDLE 2 makes its stunning debut.You can go and preorder it now for a mere $359.00 – kind of steep, if you ask me – or you could wait five to ten years until every book, magazine, and news periodical known to man makes the switch regardless.And that goes for the unknown or semi-popular ones, too. Think about it: saving trees and saving money, even saving shelf space unlike ever before, while being able to listen to music, read your favorite blogs, and go wireless on buses and subways or the road.Amazon and Sony know what they’re doing.In these tough times, where publishing companies are laying off hundreds if not thousands, where pro and non-pro magazines are folding left and right or going on hiatus, companies like Amazon are taking small steps through the cracks into what I call the ‘future of written word-related media’.
E-publications are more cost-effective than print.So get with the program now, before it’s too late. I’ll miss hardcovers and paperbacks like every other reader or writer from my generation.But if we don’t assimilate now, we may be missing out on a mighty fine resurgence.Only in a different format.
What do you think of the Kindle 2, or eBooks and eReaders in general?