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Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Mailvox: Castalia House questions

Some of you had questions, so here are the answers:

As opportunities become available will you be posting them here?

Initially, yes. As Castalia House develops its own readership, we will tend to gradually move more CH-related communication there. We will ALWAYS be looking for more translators and it's hard to imagine a time when we would not be on the lookout for more excellent authors. We intend to be considerably more picky than what one tends to see from the likes of Tor and the other genre publishers. We're not at all interested in the shotgun approach that many other small publishers take and we fully support those who elect the self-publishing approach.

The inclusion of the "obscure ancient military text" hints that Castalia House may not limit its focus to the science fiction and epic fantasy genres. Is this a fair assumption? 

This is correct. In fact, one author has already produced an intriguing proposal that combines those elements. We intend to experiment and try different things that have not necessarily been done before. Some of these experiments will work, some of them won't, and some of them will be done simply because we think it is worth doing. That being said, SF/F has the best chance of being accepted for publication as it stands closest to the heart of what we are doing.

Can I be Wheeler's editor?

No. Wheeler is the perfect example of the ideal self-publisher. We will, at some point, be offering various pointers to aid self-publishing on the CH blog. We can't publish everything. We don't want to publish everything. But we don't see any reason why people shouldn't publish themselves.

Will Castalia House make certain its books qualify the authors for SFWA membership, and possible future expulsion?

It will take at least one year before Castalia House could possibly become a qualifying venue. So, it's not what we would consider a priority. We do expect to have the necessary 10 authors as well as meeting the minimum print run and revenue requirements.

What is the Italian conceptualization of the differences between National Socialism and proper Italian Fascism beyond the obvious racialist accretions?

Non credo questa domanda era proprio per noi. In ogni caso, posso raccomandare il Fascisti di Giordano Bruno Guerri per un esaminazione cosi.

Will there be dead tree versions?

Yes.

Will you be limiting Castalia House or eventually allowing for fiction as neither fantasy or SF? 

Our fictional focus will be on SF/F. But we will certainly consider works outside the genre if they are exceptional.

Any chance there might be music?

Only if it is recorded by a certain award-winning techno band.

What type of submission is required, Just summary, cover letter-summary- and manuscript (Double space or single).

We're still working this out. On the one hand, it's faster to be able to simply scan an epub on your reader. On the other, most authors don't know how to produce epubs. But in general, a one-page synopsis, a one-page author bio, and a single-spaced manuscript all in a single Word-formatted file will suffice. As for the bio, we are less interested in credentials than learning who you are and what you stand for.

Do you have any insights on how you will be able to avoid the fate of other publishers? 

We have zero overhead and zero salaries. We're already profitable. And we already sell more books than many small publishing houses. Thanks primarily to the support of the readers here, we're on a path to sell more than 10,000 books this year, not counting free downloads, in-game sales, or other authors. From a time and labor perspective, publishing is absolutely trivial in comparison with game development and we had to do 80 percent of this stuff in order to handle the in-game publishing anyhow. We are a lean, mean, disruptive machine.

I would like to submit a story or two, written with the blood of my enemies. 

Go for it. Just make sure you get them tested before utilizing your "special ink". (Note to self: THIS is why we utilize slush readers as "the first line of defense".)

What would be involved in being a slush reader?

Reading submitted manuscripts and rendering your opinion on them in a timely manner. We want to feature very fast turnaround times. If we're going to say no, we're going to do it very quickly. And if we're going to say yes, we want to do that almost as quickly. Also, risking the acquisition of various tropical diseases from manuscripts written in the blood of the author's enemies.

Why is there no Kickstarter for Castalia House?

We don't need one. If you would like to support Castalia House, we would encourage you to buy our books or to join our growing list of translators.

What better protagonist than a half-savage shitlord in a douche canoe?

Nothing, obviously. Please to accept a 10-book contract at your earliest convenience.

Can I submit works for consideration that I've already self-published online?

Sure.

How much experience with sci-fi or fantasy do you want your slush readers to have? And do you even WANT a woman's opinion on these things?

A reasonable amount would be desirable. If you haven't read Tolkien, Lewis, Asimov, Heinlein, and Bradbury, at a bare minimum, you probably don't have a sufficient grasp of the field to read for us. If, on the other hand, you are familiar with Stephenson, Gibson, Shikibu and Hesse, so much the better. We already have female readers. What we do not have, and do not need, are feminist, equalitarian, and left-wing readers.

Can you shed light on why an author should consider Castalia rather than self-publishing?

There are four primary reasons. First, it is a non-trivial pain in the posterior to go through the process of creating and administering a book. I'm not going to exaggerate the difficulty as it is perfectly doable by anyone who is computer literate, but there are certain economies of scale there and we're already stuck doing it due to our other commitments. Few authors want to spend their time dealing with these things and we offer sufficiently high royalties that most authors will be happy to off-load the administrative work on us.

Second, there is the issue of credibility and exposure. I may be notorious throughout the genre, but even some of my worst enemies have freely admitted that I have pretty good taste in literature. Not even the SFWA members who purged me from its ranks had anything negative to say about my performance on the three Nebula Award juries upon which I sat. If Castalia House publishes a book, there are thousands of people, perhaps tens of thousands, who will recognize that it very likely contains something worth reading. These days, that is considerably more than one can say of Tor or most publishing houses in SF/F.

Third, our growing ranks of translators means that there is a reasonable chance that your novel will be translated into another language, thereby increasing your prospective royalties. The growing gap between traditional translation expenses and average expected ebook revenues means that other publishers are going to have to adopt our translation model or simply give up on translating anything but the biggest selling novels.

And fourth, we have better cover artists than most of the established publishing houses. You will get a good cover. You will have considerable input into that cover. Having been victimized by a major New York publisher that threw out a beautiful Rowena work-in-progress in favor of an ineptly imitated Left Behind  look, I fully understand the significance of cover to the author.

It's possible you might exclude me. I'm a libertarian and a federalist, and I expect my work to appeal to traditionalists. However, I'm also an atheist, and while I respect and write about people of faith, that's bound to turn off some blog visitors.

We are perfectly willing to publish atheist authors. We will not publish evangelical atheists or atheists whose work denigrates Christianity, advocates secular humanism, or wallows in nihilism.

Is this a compliment to, or an integral part of, the First Sword concept? Is that a picture of Markku's house?

It is an integral part of it. That is not a picture of Markku's dwelling.

Would love to submit something for a cover. Can you give some parameters. 

The minimum resolution is 1667x2500. We are always looking for good artists, so feel free to submit something for review. However, our cover work is all custom and we expect the artist to read the book before producing the cover.

What is Castalia House's policy towards publishing under pseudonyms?

Fine by us. If you're an established author concerned about retribution from the Pink SF gatekeepers due to public association with us, we would even encourage it.

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68 Comments:

Anonymous jack February 04, 2014 6:17 AM  

Excellent outline. Look forward to adding the Castalia site to my desktop. Am also looking forward to the self-publishing advice upcoming. And, of course, buying books under the Castalia imprimatur, although I may have to wait for something I don't already have.
Thanks

Anonymous VD February 04, 2014 6:27 AM  

I may have to wait for something I don't already have

You won't have to wait long. I can promise you that.

Anonymous PhillipGeorge(c)2014 February 04, 2014 6:42 AM  

VD I just read this morning that Amazon are moving into Christian books/ publishing. It seems to me that the hunt is on for a renaissance/ reformation.

The best of the best might be out there yet to be published. Jesus hints at the finest wine being served at the very last.

Working with memes/ blipverts/ hyper-concise sound bytes it seems:- observations in phenotype plasticity is proving Lamarck substantially right. Epigenetics is a game changer.

Yet again, and entire generation has been taught the wrong thing by experts in their field.
Take that hill soldier.

Anonymous Aeoli Pera February 04, 2014 6:55 AM  

More questions, assuming you don't mind.

1. Have you thought of a way to keep progressives out systematically, or are you relying on awareness and personal judgment? If the latter, what happens if you're wildly successful and you need to scale up?

2. Is Markku prepared for script kiddie attacks?

3. Will you be administering reviews or leaving that to Amazon?

4. Any chance of a "CH authors only" forum happening?

All that aside, thanks for the encouragement as much as for the books and the blog. Maybe civilization and technology aren't such bad things given the correct driving purpose.

Anonymous Aeoli Pera February 04, 2014 6:59 AM  

--VD I just read this morning that Amazon are moving into Christian books/ publishing. It seems to me that the hunt is on for a renaissance/ reformation.

Careful, the fascists and the mystics are also positioning themselves for the reboot. And I wouldn't trust any corporation as big as Amazon in any way.

Anonymous VD February 04, 2014 7:02 AM  

Have you thought of a way to keep progressives out systematically, or are you relying on awareness and personal judgment? If the latter, what happens if you're wildly successful and you need to scale up?

We're small enough that it won't be an issue now. And if we need to scale up, we will be vetting people very carefully to prevent the usual leftward drift. In cases such as these, awareness is everything.

Is Markku prepared for script kiddie attacks?

Markku is beyond paranoid when it comes to that sort of thing. I practically have to give blood just to log in to any of our accounts.

Will you be administering reviews or leaving that to Amazon?

We'll probably blog the occasional review, but for the most part, we will leave it to Amazon.

Any chance of a "CH authors only" forum happening?

Certainly. We have a lot to do before we start worrying about forums, however.

Anonymous p-dawg February 04, 2014 7:08 AM  

At last, I have found a home for my 8-book trilogy about a strong, independent female were-rabbit who finally finds love...too much love, in fact, as both the President of the United Equalitarian Galactic States *and* the handsome but dangerous king of the mighty were-chinchilla clan fall for her at the same time....
Meanwhile, all she has to do is save the Universe from the evil Galactic MegaCorp. I'm telling you, Vox, this will really put you guys on the map!

Anonymous Maximo Macaroni February 04, 2014 7:31 AM  

Is it just a coincidence that "CH" also stands for "Chateau Heartiste"?

Anonymous Salt February 04, 2014 7:50 AM  

Castalia is an interesting name for this venture. Hardly female centric.

Anonymous Hong Hu Shi February 04, 2014 7:50 AM  

Is it just a coincidence that "CH" also stands for "Chateau Heartiste"?

Okay then. How's "CHo" for everybody?

Hey, did you read the latest CHo yet? It was seven layers of awesome covered with a fine patina of kickass. With a cherry on top. That explodes.

Blogger Markku February 04, 2014 8:12 AM  

Is Markku prepared for script kiddie attacks?

I can't make WordPress secure, apart from letting it update itself when a new version is out. But that's just content. Worst case, CH will appear to be a gay porn publishing house for a day.

But the Good Stuff isn't on the same server.

Nor ISP.

Nor country.

Anonymous Josh February 04, 2014 8:17 AM  

Worst case, CH will appear to be a gay porn publishing house for a day.

Sexy gay vampires in space?

Anonymous Sigyn February 04, 2014 8:26 AM  

If you haven't read Tolkien, Lewis, Asimov, Heinlein, and Bradbury, at a bare minimum, you probably don't have a sufficient grasp of the field to read for us.

((These were on my list anyway, for first read or re-read. I'll bother you later, when I'm caught up.))

Anonymous Sigyn February 04, 2014 8:31 AM  

At last, I have found a home for my 8-book trilogy about a strong, independent female were-rabbit who finally finds love...

Where'd I pack my Skillet of +10 Cognitive Recalibration?

Anonymous rho February 04, 2014 8:45 AM  

Have you considered CH becoming a game publisher as well? Or is that just too far out of scope?

Anonymous Harsh February 04, 2014 8:48 AM  

I'd like to submit my story about lesbian vampires of color who overcome oppression and hardship to become totally empowered lesbian vampires of color and fall in love with sensitive space werewolves who totally accept their lesbianity and vampiriness and reject the cis-hetero-normative-binary-gender world. Do I have a shot?

Blogger Markku February 04, 2014 8:50 AM  

Have you considered CH becoming a game publisher as well? Or is that just too far out of scope?

It's the other way around. We are a game publisher already. Alpenwolf Oy ("Oy" for "Corporation" - oy vey). Castalia House is merely an additional business name of Alpenwolf.

Blogger Markku February 04, 2014 9:02 AM  

Just summary, cover letter-summary- and manuscript (Double space or single).

My optimal format would be for you to export it into .rtf (Rich Text Format; an old format supported by all word processors through either Save As or Export) from whatever editor you use, and that the formatting in the file only consists of words in italics and bold. But I can deal with Word or OpenOffice files too.

Well, ok, perhaps not ABSOLUTELY optimal.... The first person to submit a flat ASCII file containing MarkDown will get a personal thank you note from me.

Line spacing doesn't matter, but please avoid double spaces after punctuation if you can. The typesetting program I use already makes a space longer if it is in that location.

Anonymous Josh February 04, 2014 9:08 AM  

Markku also prefers that your manuscript be in Times New Roman.

Blogger Markku February 04, 2014 9:20 AM  

Markku also prefers that your manuscript be in Times New Roman.

If you print it with cheap ink and expect the manuscript to spend some time in rain. Only then will the true, intended shapes emerge from the typeface through ink bleed. And THEN I can read it.

Anonymous Josh February 04, 2014 9:23 AM  

If one were to format a piece such that every sentence was in a different font (or just a slightly different size), how many paragraphs would you be able to read before your head exploded?

Blogger Tom Kratman February 04, 2014 9:23 AM  

"What would be involved in being a slush reader?"

Masochism; you forgot to mention masochism.

Anonymous bob k. mando February 04, 2014 9:24 AM  

Markku February 04, 2014 8:50 AM
Alpenwolf Oy



good God, man. be more careful throwing things like that around. you're going to get Jamie all riled up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrjZi7WIAOw



VD February 04, 2014
Non credo questa domanda era proprio per noi.


well, yeah. that's why i quoted our resident designated "Italian fascist sympathizer who despises Il Duce" to ask this question. you've already trolled me on this issue once.

Blogger Markku February 04, 2014 9:24 AM  

I have my tools to strip formatting, so as to not have to test that through experimentation.

Anonymous Sigyn February 04, 2014 9:52 AM  

I'd like to submit my story about lesbian vampires of color who overcome oppression and hardship to become totally empowered lesbian vampires of color and fall in love with sensitive space werewolves who totally accept their lesbianity and vampiriness and reject the cis-hetero-normative-binary-gender world. Do I have a shot?

*starts rummaging frantically through boxes* It's spreading! Must...save...universe!

Anonymous Anonymous February 04, 2014 10:06 AM  

Hey Vox.

Will you support the Kobo format for books published by CH?

I would like to purchase your books, however I cannot purchase them over Kindle since I live in the Asia Pacific region.

Thanks.

Blogger Markku February 04, 2014 10:15 AM  

The Kobo format is .epub. It is available at Smashwords (currently only the QUANTUM MORTIS series is there, but more will come), except for the titles that we place in Kindle Select, which requires exclusivity to Amazon.

In practice, that means some of the short stories. Not the novels, which will be available in both formats. And if you send us the receipt for your Amazon purchase by email, we'll send you the .epub file, be it Kindle Select or not.

Blogger Markku February 04, 2014 10:21 AM  

On second thought about the formats, do what the website says and use .pdf. If you get past the slush pile Kerberos, THEN send me something I can work with. But .pdf is the easiest to just pass on, and know that everyone has the software to read it.

Anonymous bub February 04, 2014 10:48 AM  

I'd appreciate a mailing list signup for news and new releases from CHo. Consider a 2nd-level slush/edit process where CHo supporters/members (ilk) can freely download and review new authors/works, with a discussion/comment stream similar to VP.

Anonymous jack February 04, 2014 11:07 AM  

Markku February 04, 2014 9:24 AM

I have my tools to strip formatting, so as to not have to test that through experimentation.

This does not surprise me. If I ever become filthy rich I will try to hire Markku away from Alpenwolf and, with his technical assistance, rule the world through the internet.

Anonymous VD February 04, 2014 11:16 AM  

I would like to purchase your books, however I cannot purchase them over Kindle since I live in the Asia Pacific region.

We're working on it. This is annoying, since we have an Indonesian book that we can't sell through Amazon.

Anonymous Alexander February 04, 2014 11:22 AM  

I am not well read enough yet to be a slush reader. Working on that though, and have been for a year now...

I would like to make an offer to volunteer in whatever capacity you may need. Maybe it's nothing, maybe it's some grunt work that just needs doing. But this is an awesome project and if there's any small part I can do to help push it along, I will do so.

Anonymous bub February 04, 2014 11:32 AM  

Also might be interesting to have a "Commit to buy for [select amount here]" entry with any reviews.

Anonymous MendoScot February 04, 2014 11:33 AM  

The book links above are still to amazon. Is it your preference that we buy there rather than through Smashworks?

In any case, I prefer epub, so I just bought QM and GK through Smashworks. Look forward to them, and I'll try and be more timely with the reviews.

Blogger Nate February 04, 2014 11:43 AM  

"We're working on it. This is annoying, since we have an Indonesian book that we can't sell through Amazon."

well if you'd finish the damned game they could buy through there couldn't they?

**HINT**

Anonymous VD February 04, 2014 11:44 AM  

The book links above are still to amazon. Is it your preference that we buy there rather than through Smashworks?

Makes no difference. And congratulations. You are officially the first customer from Smash.

I would like to make an offer to volunteer in whatever capacity you may need. Maybe it's nothing, maybe it's some grunt work that just needs doing.

Thanks, we'll keep an eye out for that. Right now, we're just trying to get some more books and translations out the door. We should be able to take a deep breath at the end of the month and start thinking strategically again.

Blogger CarpeOro February 04, 2014 11:50 AM  

"Sexy gay vampires in space?"

Don't forget the were-seals.

Also, props on Times New Roman. I still prefer that type face myself. Just seems more elegant.

Blogger Markku February 04, 2014 11:51 AM  

well if you'd finish the damned game they could buy through there couldn't they?

Hey, the surprise MLP sale meant we had to learn a completely new business from scratch. In one month.

Anonymous rho February 04, 2014 11:52 AM  

Markku
It's the other way around. We are a game publisher already. Alpenwolf Oy ("Oy" for "Corporation" - oy vey). Castalia House is merely an additional business name of Alpenwolf.

Gotcha. This will be very interesting to watch.

Blogger Markku February 04, 2014 11:54 AM  

Eh, Josh was being facetious. Times New Roman is the worst typographic crime just after Comic Sans. Unless you are using it as intended: With very cheap ink on very cheap paper.

Not laserjet under any circumstances.

Blogger Markku February 04, 2014 11:58 AM  

I say the perfect, neutral, all-purpose typeface suitable for high quality printing (laserjet and print) is Century Schoolbook or New Century Schoolbook.

Blogger IM2L844 February 04, 2014 12:05 PM  

We should be able to take a deep breath at the end of the month and start thinking strategically again.

Once you guys settle into a comfortable rhythm, will someone allocate a portion of their time for scouting and recruiting potential new talent beyond the manuscript submitters knocking down your doors? I'm just curious because I don't know how the industry works and I can think of at least one person who needs to be persuaded.

Anonymous VD February 04, 2014 12:17 PM  

Once you guys settle into a comfortable rhythm, will someone allocate a portion of their time for scouting and recruiting potential new talent beyond the manuscript submitters knocking down your doors?

Perhaps. We'll have to see how it goes. Let's face it, there aren't very many SF/F authors publishing today that we would want anyhow.

Anonymous 43rd Virginia Cavalry February 04, 2014 12:21 PM  

Too bad about the Kickstarter idea. I had an amusing idea where for ten dollars you would receive ridicule for being such a cheap skate and for fifty dollars you would receive absolutely nothing and lastly for one hundred dollars you can get a cheezy certificate proclaiming you as an honorary co founder which will entitle you to absolutely nothing. What would make it funny is if it brought in more money than the "Long for journalism" kickstarter.

Anonymous Mr. Nightstick February 04, 2014 12:25 PM  

Markku,

What is the "perfect, neutral, all-purpose typeface suitable for" web?

Blogger Markku February 04, 2014 12:36 PM  

What is the "perfect, neutral, all-purpose typeface suitable for" web?

Verdana. It is specifically designed just for that purpose. Just like Times New Roman was designed for running ink, so that it would bleed into its intended shape.

Blogger Markku February 04, 2014 12:38 PM  

Too bad about the Kickstarter idea.

Well, we could sell mental abuse services from an award-winning cruelty artist.

Blogger Nate February 04, 2014 12:44 PM  

"Hey, the surprise MLP sale meant we had to learn a completely new business from scratch. In one month."

Pussy.

Anonymous Josh February 04, 2014 12:44 PM  

Psychological BSDM?

The sad thing is that there probably is a market for that.

Blogger Markku February 04, 2014 12:46 PM  

Psychological BSDM?

The sad thing is that there probably is a market for that.


VQPF would get a completely new meaning.

Blogger IM2L844 February 04, 2014 1:43 PM  

Let's face it, there aren't very many SF/F authors publishing today that we would want anyhow.

I see, but I was thinking more along the lines of a category in the vein of TIA. You should keep in mind a guy that, as far as I know, has never written a book other than his thesis for a PhD in computer science, Network Protocol Design with Machiavellian Robustness.

He is, however, an obviously talented writer and a Christian with penchants for logic, math and debating atheists. He's a grammar pedant to boot (little for an editor to do). In fact, in many ways, he reminds me of a less publically prolific Vox.

I think Castalia House would do well to proactively recruit this guy in one capacity or another whenever you get around to such things.

Blogger Positive Dennis February 04, 2014 2:46 PM  

I will be sure to send in my manuscript when I finish my opus about the dyslectic gluten intolerant dwarf.

Blogger Outlaw X February 04, 2014 2:48 PM  

This is correct. In fact, one author has already produced an intriguing proposal that combines those elements. We intend to experiment and try different things that have not necessarily been done before.

I am looking for a reputable publisher that will vet books on healthy eating on how to avoid GMO and certain chemicals in food. But don't figure it is going in that direction (Too much a tangent). I found out how unhealthy the bread at Subway is and the additive dangerous additive in it. I think the right has an obligation to tell the truth and promote healthy culture as well as healthy people. I think healthy living through diet and healthy moral messages will kick the lying liberals butts who have aligned with trendy deadly information that is a lie.

Anonymous Alexander February 04, 2014 3:03 PM  

Psh, I got this great 'modern retelling' of classic fairytales, as pioneered by Jewish Lesbians.

Beauty and the Feast (I heard the call for a plumper princess role model, and I like the pizzaman I bring a gift to fill the void)

Anonymous Stilicho February 04, 2014 3:07 PM  

Any chance of publishing an e-zine or other platform for short stories? Some of the greatest SF ever written were the short stories published by John Campbell in Astounding. Be a shame to miss out on the opportunity. Once you have a solid stable of writers, it could be used to drive interest in their books, games, etc. similar to the way you've done it with your free shorts set in Selenoth.

Anonymous Stilicho February 04, 2014 3:11 PM  

Psh, I got this great 'modern retelling' of classic fairytales, as pioneered by Jewish Lesbians.

Rumpelstiltskin has already been updated for the 21st century: The King and Council have pledged your firstborn in payment for the gold they're spending on themselves.

Anonymous VD February 04, 2014 3:19 PM  

Any chance of publishing an e-zine or other platform for short stories? Some of the greatest SF ever written were the short stories published by John Campbell in Astounding. Be a shame to miss out on the opportunity.

The OC has that covered.

Anonymous Stilicho February 04, 2014 4:16 PM  

The OC has that covered.

For some reason I cannot recall, I thought he'd folded up. Good to know he's still going. I'll have to subscribe.

Blogger neal February 04, 2014 4:21 PM  

Is there a way for idiot savants and mad prophets to animate in the margins, in a non paper venue? It would be a shame to not have software to animate, without AI wetware being some kind of damned business model. Too much paper got wet and burned, not to be some kind of electronic issue. Apparent age, and all.

Anonymous Beau February 04, 2014 6:04 PM  

Non credo questa domanda era proprio per noi. In ogni caso, posso raccomandare il Fascisti di Giordano Bruno Guerri per un esaminazione cosi.

Wow, I understood this, and I don't even know Italian. What kind of a day am I having?

Anonymous TimP February 04, 2014 6:57 PM  

RE: Submission format: Wouldn't it be easier for the slush readers if they got it in their preferred format? I'd think a lot would rather have epub, mobi, etc. rather than pdf.

Of course it would probably be best to accept submissions in pdf anyhow and then convert. Pandoc should be able to handle that and it wouldn't be hard to script it as an automated part of the submission process.

Heck, if you where feeling ambitious you could script the entire process; customer submits a manuscript as a pdf, script checks against a a database of slush readers (with genres [that they read], preferred formats, and number of manuscripts in their to-read pile), and then converts it to the right format and emails it to one of the slush readers based on some algorithm. Sure, on occasion it will fail, but 90% the time there wouldn't be any need for extra human input.

Also is your Smashwords account set up properly? It looks like you've got Castalia House set up as an author instead of a publisher (and I noticed that Throne of Bones is up now too which is cool).

Anonymous bethyada February 04, 2014 7:10 PM  

Vox, you don't seem to have answered the most important question. Will you be paying us to not write books?

Anonymous tiredofitall February 04, 2014 8:49 PM  

At last, I have found a home for my 8-book trilogy about a strong, independent female were-rabbit who finally finds love...

"Where'd I pack my Skillet of +10 Cognitive Recalibration?" - Sigyn

If used correctly it should still be buried about handle deep in the skull of your last victim.

Anonymous automatthew February 05, 2014 1:10 AM  

Markku: "Line spacing doesn't matter, but please avoid double spaces after punctuation if you can. The typesetting program I use already makes a space longer if it is in that location."

Why not just preprocess with awk or sed or something that can s/ +/ /g

In the unlikely event that I ever write something long enough to submit, I can do that myself. But the two spaces after a period are customary and inarguably right when writing in a monospaced font in a Real Text Editor like Vim (or Acme, or even, I suppose Emacs).

Anonymous automatthew February 05, 2014 1:16 AM  

Vox: "Let's face it, there aren't very many SF/F authors publishing today that we would want anyhow."

John C. Wright once hinted on his blog that Tor may be getting squeamish about finishing off his latest series (two published, one coming this month, and I think three more to come). Sniping Wright would be a coup.

Michael Flynn is another right-wing libertarianish writer I'd prefer to pay without paying Tor.

Blogger Markku February 05, 2014 9:43 AM  

Why not just preprocess with awk or sed or something that can s/ +/ /g

Of course I'm doing all sorts of preprocessing, but when I have five other files waiting to be converted to epub, then every step of preprocessing I have to make, and then make sure there weren't any unintended consequences to it, is going to make me more pissed off.

Blogger Markku February 05, 2014 9:45 AM  

In the unlikely event that I ever write something long enough to submit, I can do that myself. But the two spaces after a period are customary and inarguably right when writing in a monospaced font in a Real Text Editor like Vim (or Acme, or even, I suppose Emacs).

Not quite so inarquably. Are you writing the content or the presentation? Your argument assumes the latter.

Blogger Markku February 05, 2014 10:28 AM  

In fact, especially since we're talking about extendable editors, it would make a lot more sense to write a macro that turns the single space into double space just before printing or conversion to pdf. That would retain the separation of content and presentation.

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