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Monday, February 03, 2014

The new iron dream

It was amusing to learn about a new Kickstarter entitled The Old Iron Dream, which is intended to be "an in-depth piece of long-form journalism, a no-holds-barred, no-punches-pulled look at the sci-fi far-right". The author mentions dangerous right-wing figures from John Campbell and Robert Heinlein to Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven, as well as Orson Scott Card and me.

They haven't seen anything yet.

Castalia House is my new publisher and we intend to give Mr. Forbes and his fearful left-wing friends a good deal to worry about over the next few decades. We are working off the new publishing models which will provide authors better royalty rates than they can get anywhere without self-publishing, and we are encouraging the participation of the various readerships involved. We are intentionally keeping prices down with an eye to maximizing the ongoing technological disruption of the existing publishing companies; we do not view every free reader of one of our books as a lost potential customer, but rather, as a reader who has been rescued from the confining intellectual chains of the SF/F gatekeepers.

We are asking everyone who has ever wondered whatever happened to the golden age of SF, who has ever felt ripped off by being subjected to yet another left-wing lecture instead of being entertained, who has ever wondered how on Earth that dreadful PC schlock was ever published in the first place, who has ever bitten his tongue rather than say something that might end his career, to not only support us, but to join us in this neotraditionalist rebellion. Remember, the future belongs to those who show up for it.

We are looking for excellent authors. We are looking for committed translators. We are looking for merciless slush readers. We are looking for talented cover artists. We are looking for people who will spread the word that an alternative to what John C. Wright so aptly described as the relentless heart of darkness exists.

By the end of this month, Castalia House will be announcing the addition of four new books to the existing arsenal of science fiction and epic fantasy, one of which will be mine, one of which will be a novella from an even better-known author, one of which will be an out-of-print novel from the public domain, and one of which will be an obscure ancient military text.

If you have any questions about Castalia House or our future plans for it, please feel free to ask them here.

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148 Comments:

Blogger The Anti-Gnostic February 03, 2014 9:05 AM  

I was wondering when I was going to see something like this from you. Best wishes in this endeavor, and I hope to be a paying customer soon.

Anonymous PythonMeetsOracle February 03, 2014 9:11 AM  

As opportunities become available, will you be posting them here?

Anonymous stevev February 03, 2014 9:23 AM  

Nymph as poetic Muse, or
"Castalia is home to an austere order of intellectuals with a twofold mission: to run boarding schools for boys, and to nurture and play the Glass Bead Game"

I can Wiki!

Blogger IM2L844 February 03, 2014 9:23 AM  

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?

Blogger JartStar February 03, 2014 9:29 AM  

Castalia House will be limiting itself to what is really good, as the goal is to focus on quality not quantity.

Blogger Markku February 03, 2014 9:30 AM  

Is this a fair assumption?

If you checked the Finnish National Library database for our ISBN codes, you'd find at least "religious" in the categories reserved but not yet utilized.

Blogger W.LindsayWheeler February 03, 2014 9:33 AM  

I see a "non-fiction" center. Can I publish several articles there? I don't care for royalties. I just need my articles published by somebody. Just dump in PDF format and post. If Castilla House wants to charge for them, that is fine with me.

Is that possible? I may have more non-fiction stuff to publish.

Blogger IM2L844 February 03, 2014 9:36 AM  

you'd find at least "religious" in the categories reserved but not yet utilized.

This is encouraging news. In that case, I have no doubt that Castalia Hose will become a force to be reckoned with. I will certainly lend my full support, for what it's worth.

Anonymous AlteredFate February 03, 2014 9:37 AM  

I was wondering when I was going to see something like this from you. Best wishes in this endeavor, and I hope to be a paying customer soon.

Seconded. On a related note, I picked up AMB on Audible the other day and look forward to listening to it sometime this week.

Blogger Nate February 03, 2014 9:39 AM  

somewhere... Jim Hines is changing his panties.

Anonymous bob k. mando February 03, 2014 9:50 AM  

The author mentions dangerous right-wing figures from John Campbell and Robert Heinlein to Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven, as well as Orson Scott Card and me.



actually, you're the only author he mentions that has a provenance more recent than the mid-70s.

and you getting expelled from SFWA is proof ... that there's an endemic fascist problem with the SFWA? shouldn't this crypto-fascist movement have been more successful than to have a single recruit by now?


somewhat apropos off topic:
the Ars Tech forum is experiencing something of a meltdown right now. the effeminates are demanding that the white knights spring into action, the mods are jumping and you've got got people of all philosophies canceling subs left and right.

it's hilarious.

the longest running and largest thread in the history of the lounge, the 'Funny Picture' thread gets flagged for 'sexiss', mod solution is to threaten to lock thread:
http://arstechnica.com/civis/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=1110312&start=38560

the sexiss flagger resigns ... everyone puts on their hair shirts:
http://arstechnica.com/civis/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1233217


the Female Imperative and Leftist Projection are on full display throughout.

Anonymous Josh February 03, 2014 9:55 AM  

Can I be Wheeler's editor?

Blogger W.LindsayWheeler February 03, 2014 10:02 AM  

That would be fine with me, Josh. I'm having a hard time finding a place to publish.

Blogger Hermit February 03, 2014 10:03 AM  

My God that kickstarter page is filled with progressive bigotry and name-calling.
It's just a bunch of "racist", "bigot", "not joined the 20th century", "homophobic" against writers that don't share his views.


Blogger Markku February 03, 2014 10:06 AM  

WLW: You probably realize that with your particular idiosyncrasies, it's going to be somewhat difficult to get from the slush pile to the publish pile. Have you considered Smashwords? You only need a PayPal account, and to purchase some ISBN numbers. One, if you put them all into one book. You don't need to have a company.

Anonymous Josh February 03, 2014 10:24 AM  

Wheeler, why do you need them published? Why not just create a blog and publish then there?

Anonymous Heh February 03, 2014 10:32 AM  

He could write a much, much longer book entitled "Communist Idiot Science Fiction Authors" -- and he wouldn't even have to include any of the insipid post-1990 pinkshirt warren.

Blogger Hermit February 03, 2014 10:33 AM  

If I ever finish my fantasy novel I will remember about Castalia in case of an english translation.

Anonymous Riccola February 03, 2014 10:34 AM  

You think he'll make everyone's favorite Gender Normative fascist a stretch goal?

Blogger Joel C. Salomon February 03, 2014 10:37 AM  

If only for the fun this will enable, will Castalia House make certain its books qualify the authors for SFWA membership, and possible future expulsion?

Blogger jaericho February 03, 2014 10:40 AM  

@mando

The ars forums are hilarious. There was another meltdown several months ago and another prominent female poster stormed off in a huff. Maybe if more pout and run off the forums will become semi-tolerable again.

eh, who am i kidding?

Anonymous Porky February 03, 2014 10:45 AM  

Freakin awesome. Good luck with the venture.

Blogger Old Rebel February 03, 2014 10:46 AM  

In his "Iron Dream" manifesto, Forbes says his targets are "the doyennes of the sci-fi far right."

At first I thought he was attempting to insult conservative sci-fi writers. Then I wondered how his fellow feminists would react. It finally dawned on me that he simply used the wrong word.

Such is the word-wielding skill of our leftist opponents

Anonymous Salt February 03, 2014 10:48 AM  

You do increase their sphincter factor, Vox.

Anonymous bob k. mando February 03, 2014 10:50 AM  

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


jaericho February 03, 2014 10:40 AM
eh, who am i kidding?



nobody.

when you had mods publicly advocating for reinstating Ratstomper ( after multiple bannings for trolling ) it was obvious that it was completely ideological. all behavior is permitted ... as long as you are of the left.

nothing rightist is allowed, and less and less of what would have been thought 'moderate' remains every year.

i mean, they post a thread about Seymour Hoffman being found dead with a needle in his arm. one poster shows up and says, effectually, 'serves him right' ... and instantly gets a moderation warning.

Anonymous A February 03, 2014 10:51 AM  

> There was another meltdown several months ago and another prominent female poster stormed off in a huff

Ars was actually my first introduction to female meltdowns, back in 2001-2002 when an attention whore called something like Vixen blew up.

Anonymous Wendy February 03, 2014 10:51 AM  

Will there be dead tree versions?

Blogger jaericho February 03, 2014 10:57 AM  

@A
I must have missed that one. I was recalling dracusora. It's too bad. The tech side of the ars forums have helped me out often, and the lack of avatars and sigs makes the forums the cleanest and easiest to read. blagh i'm too far off topic now.

Congrats Vox. Time to pickup QM:GK.

Anonymous VD February 03, 2014 10:58 AM  

I see a "non-fiction" center. Can I publish several articles there?

No, we don't publish articles. We publish books.

If only for the fun this will enable, will Castalia House make certain its books qualify the authors for SFWA membership, and possible future expulsion?

Nope. Couldn't care less about that organization. It's irrelevant.

Anonymous Salt February 03, 2014 10:58 AM  

Vox, will you be limiting Castalia House or eventually allowing for fiction as neither fantasy or SF?

Anonymous Krul February 03, 2014 10:58 AM  

I wish you luck. This venture looks like it could do a lot of good.

The Old Iron Dream, which is intended to be "an in-depth piece of long-form journalism, a no-holds-barred, no-punches-pulled look at the sci-fi far-right".

Is there anyone, pro or con, who doesn't already know exactly what conclusions the author will reach?

"Eureka! After years of in-depth journalistic investigation, I have discoverd that they really are racist/sexist/capitalist/fascists just like we've said all along! Who could have guessed?"

Anonymous VD February 03, 2014 10:59 AM  

Will there be dead tree versions?

Yes, later this year. Right now, we're focusing on getting the electronic versions out.

Anonymous VD February 03, 2014 10:59 AM  

Vox, will you be limiting Castalia House or eventually allowing for fiction as neither fantasy or SF?

Actually, I expect to publish my own non-genre novel in another year or three. But it would have to be unusually good for us to go in that direction.

Anonymous sandal murah February 03, 2014 11:03 AM  

You do increase their sphincter factor, Vox????

Anonymous Daniel February 03, 2014 11:06 AM  

Any chance there might be music?

Anonymous A. Nonymous February 03, 2014 11:08 AM  

If right-leaning/military/traditional/genuine sci-fi is "The Iron Dream", what does that make the stuff the other guys spew, exactly? The Styrofoam Dream?

Anonymous bob k. mando February 03, 2014 11:10 AM  

A February 03, 2014 10:51 AM
when an attention whore called something like Vixen blew up.



you sexisssssss.

Blogger Markku February 03, 2014 11:10 AM  

Music would require a change to the national company database, which costs a couple of hundred euros. So, the music would have to be MORE than unusually good.

Anonymous bob k. mando February 03, 2014 11:11 AM  

A. Nonymous February 03, 2014 11:08 AM
If right-leaning/military/traditional/genuine sci-fi is "The Iron Dream", what does that make the stuff the other guys spew, exactly? The Styrofoam Dream?



compare Soviet 'art' to National Socialist 'art'.

they look a lot alike to me.

Anonymous Jill February 03, 2014 11:12 AM  

Oh, goody, another publishing house.

Blogger Brad Andrews February 03, 2014 11:12 AM  

Who are the "close right" authors? Or does only the "far right" exist for anyone to the right of them?

Anonymous A February 03, 2014 11:13 AM  

> you sexisssssss.

That's funny, because Ars was also the first place I read that "attention whore" was demeaning to women everywhere (non-whores included).

Anonymous M. Thorne February 03, 2014 11:27 AM  

Well, this sounds like nothing more than a piece of scaremongering for the semi-professional bedwetters who infest sci-fi/fantasy publishing and fandom and are constantly looking for validation and reasons to pat themselves on the back for their progressiveness and acting like they're so "brave" for daring to have their opinions even in the midst of online forum hugboxes and echo-chambers.

Anonymous REG February 03, 2014 11:35 AM  

Thanks for starting Monday off right. This David Forbes character looks like he might be more fun to play with than the last bunch. Jim Hines and John 'whatever' are pretty wimpy. This guy likes to use large inflammatory words. I thought your expulsion from the SFWA was played like limpid tea, no tempest there. This guy doesn't need to put a chip... Just joking, looking at his stories on Amazon tells me that he leads with his tongue.

Getting serious, I've got lots of stories, some SF mostly in series, right now, it's editing and checking flow and content as well as working out book covers. I didn't intend publishing until the SFWA stuff came up. I've been debating Smashwords and Amazon just for fun because I think that that's better than tossing it into a dozen slushpiles and hoping I get a nibble. So, what kind of turnaround (accept or reject) can I expect a submission to get if I submit the first story (about 135K words) in about a month from now?. Also, what type of submission is required, Just summary, cover letter-summary- and manuscript (Double space or single) If I do it, I want to do it right.

Anonymous dh February 03, 2014 11:48 AM  

VD, this is a really encouraging move. Do you have any insights on how you will be able to avoid the fate of other publishers?

Wish you well. Your plate seems to be quite full.

Blogger IM2L844 February 03, 2014 11:49 AM  

Actually, I expect to publish my own non-genre novel in another year or three. But it would have to be unusually good for us to go in that direction.

For some reason, A Magic Broken left me with the distinct impression that you have a hidden talent for contemporary Christian Horror. Why contemporary? Not sure exactly.

Anonymous jack February 03, 2014 11:50 AM  

May the Force be with you.

Blogger Markku February 03, 2014 11:52 AM  

What fate, exactly? The fate of giving up to progressive takeover, or that of not making enough profit?

Anonymous Earl Ragnar Cheddarman February 03, 2014 11:53 AM  

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

Blogger Nate February 03, 2014 11:53 AM  

"VD, this is a really encouraging move. Do you have any insights on how you will be able to avoid the fate of other publishers? "

also... would you be interested in background checking your authors to make sure they aren't liberal commies?

Anonymous jack February 03, 2014 12:07 PM  

This is GREAT news! I want to be one of the first buyers let us know when and where and how. I hate paypal, we've never gotten along, can you take a check? It will be in the mail....

Anonymous VD February 03, 2014 12:11 PM  

Any chance there might be music?

Haven't given it any thought.

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

Be very careful about whom is given access to the keys to the kingdom, if you're talking about the inevitable attempted lapine invasion. The reason most publishers fall prey to the Left is because they take on a purportedly non-ideological employee who makes herself indispensable, then eventually brings in the overtly ideological folks who do their usual thing. We won't do that.

Anonymous VD February 03, 2014 12:12 PM  

also... would you be interested in background checking your authors to make sure they aren't liberal commies?

That's why we're going to use people like you as slush readers. I suspect you'll pick it up....

Blogger Markku February 03, 2014 12:15 PM  

This is GREAT news! I want to be one of the first buyers let us know when and where and how.

Well, Vox's Selenoth and QUANTUM MORTIS books are already on Amazon, registered to Castalia House. Click the book covers at our website. If you absolutely don't want to provide them your credit card info, then you can purchase Amazon gift cards from these resellers:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/?docId=1000465651

Anonymous Luke February 03, 2014 12:18 PM  

Re which subjects of books this new publishing house will consider, what are the odds they'd look at any or all of these (if well-written enough)?

A) fetal/child nutrition

B) advice to a man's infant daughters (when he knows he's not going to live long enough to tell them himself)

C) observations on hiking the Appalachian Trail

Anonymous dh February 03, 2014 12:20 PM  

Actually, I meant with regards to not making any money.

I have a few tangles with JS on his blog about why he thinks that new authors shouldn't take any contract that isn't good enough (in his subjective, undefinable, and unenumerable wisdom). Not knowing the industry, though, it appears to me that there is a vast oversupply of content, and a lack of demand.

It seems like to be a new author, you have to go out and make your own audience. That could be doing something infamous and catching the attention of the pop-TV/media set, or writing something that appeals to literature snobs who hear about new works from, say, NPR/BBC and The New Yorker, or it could be by blogging and gaining a following based on the merits of your ideas or fandom (here, Whatever, etc). Finally you could go the right-win

It doesn't seem like any publisher today is going to help you attract an audience. I mean, what are you going to do? Try to extra for shelf-space at a run-down bookstore?

Blogger Markku February 03, 2014 12:25 PM  

I mean, what are you going to do?

Piss them all off. Get all the authors who no longer want to worry about not being adequately progressive to their publishers. You may notice that we are explicitly rejecting modernism and postmodernism in the website text. The more uncomfortable it becomes for right-thinking authors out there, the better position we are in.

Blogger WATYF February 03, 2014 12:27 PM  

Don't know if this means anything, but when I try to visit castaliahouse.com, I get a warning (from my corporate proxy) denying access because the site is flagged under the category: Potentially Damaging Content

WATYF

Blogger Markku February 03, 2014 12:29 PM  

Heh heh, that fast? The site has only been there for two days.

Anonymous VD February 03, 2014 12:32 PM  

Actually, I meant with regards to not making any money.

This is not a primary source of income for anyone involved. We can afford to be patient and to choose our authors carefully. Quality will tell in time. Also, in-game distribution.

Anonymous VD February 03, 2014 12:34 PM  

I have a few tangles with JS on his blog about why he thinks that new authors shouldn't take any contract that isn't good enough (in his subjective, undefinable, and unenumerable wisdom). Not knowing the industry, though, it appears to me that there is a vast oversupply of content, and a lack of demand.

You are correct. McRapey either doesn't know what he is talking about or he is attempting to rationalize his own position for the sake of looking better to his fans. Knowing him, I assume the latter.

The SFWA types have been denying, denying, denying the changes in the industry. They are even denying their own recent denials now. They're dinosaurs in the process of extinction.

Anonymous jack February 03, 2014 12:35 PM  

@Markku: Ok, Ok. I should have read the link to Castala first. You can get them at Amazon under the Castala name. Still, ordering direct seems more supportive.

A question; if answerable at this time. The ownership of Castala is a few, a group, You, I would guess, and VD and others? Or, totally distant from you and Vox for legal purposes? No, I'm not out to sue, just curious how these things are set up to protect names and fames.

Anonymous VD February 03, 2014 12:35 PM  

Re which subjects of books this new publishing house will consider, what are the odds they'd look at any or all of these (if well-written enough)?

B is the only possibility, albeit a remote one. Not really our thing.

Blogger Markku February 03, 2014 12:40 PM  

A question; if answerable at this time. The ownership of Castala is a few, a group, You, I would guess, and VD and others? Or, totally distant from you and Vox for legal purposes? No, I'm not out to sue, just curious how these things are set up to protect names and fames.

I'm going to make all the rabbits out there at least jump through the proper hoops to get that information, not just volunteer it.

Blogger RobertT February 03, 2014 12:42 PM  

I noticed Larry Correia's book in the margin so I clicked on it. But that's the first book in the series and I had already read it. But from there I identified and bought the second book in the series. Thankfully Amazon told me all of that. Many times they don't. This is a problem I have noticed with every single series I've read; they don't self identify the series or identify where any book falls in the series ... except one - The Wheel of Time or The Eye of the World or whatever, by Robert Jordan.

I have been advising my clients that they need to improve their infrastructure to compete on a level playing field with Amazon if they expect to survive and thrive in the 21st century. Here is an area where you could actually outperform everyone else in the SF fiction category and even the retailers like Amazon. Save the catchy stuff for the book itself. Your cover and title are selling tools. Use them to your advantage. If the art has to suffer for that, then so be it.

Blogger Nate February 03, 2014 12:47 PM  

"B is the only possibility, albeit a remote one. Not really our thing."

how about D: High Tech Gun Porn...and tasty tasty murder.

Blogger W.LindsayWheeler February 03, 2014 12:55 PM  

I will look at Smashwords. Josh, blogs also suffer the same fate. If you publish something the second party doesn't like, it gets deleted.

Blogger WATYF February 03, 2014 12:56 PM  

Heh heh, that fast? The site has only been there for two days.

Was the domain parked before you went live? I know that our proxy sometimes flags sites for being parked domains and this might be related to that (and maybe it just hasn't been updated since the site went live).

WATYF

Blogger Markku February 03, 2014 12:57 PM  

No, but for about a week it just said "castaliahouse.com" in plaintext.

Blogger Markku February 03, 2014 12:59 PM  

It also caches all the images at wordpress.com so as to spare our bandwidth. Perhaps the filter doesn't like the fact that the images don't come from the same place as the rest of the html.

Anonymous Lurker J February 03, 2014 1:00 PM  

I would be interested in being a slush reader

Blogger W.LindsayWheeler February 03, 2014 1:03 PM  

Marku, thanks for the suggestion but after reading their terms of service, i.e. • advocates hateful, discriminatory or racist views or actions toward others, it like Amazon.com, won't accept "racist views". Everything on the internet is like that.

Blogger Markku February 03, 2014 1:05 PM  

Since we're distributing through those same channels, you'd run up against the same issue anyway.

Blogger WATYF February 03, 2014 1:06 PM  

Might have figured it out. This appears to be a Websense category, and it looks like they have to categorize new sites before they are considered safe. As a result, any corporations using Websense will not be able to access the site until that happens.

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/webmasters/Oj5x-jTn574

WATYF

Anonymous jack February 03, 2014 1:09 PM  

@Markku: I'm going to make all the rabbits out there at least jump through the proper hoops to get that information, not just volunteer it.

I'm not that motivated, just idly interested. But, published in Finland, a Finnish programmer and second language user that puts most American first language users to shame, a known business consort with one T. Beale [unter-world rabbit tracker and sometime wordsmith] its not all that hard to guess.

I hope and know that Castalia will be a great success and a boon to the oppressed writers everywhere and, possibly, the savior of SF/Fantasy as we used to know it.

Blogger Bob Wallace February 03, 2014 1:11 PM  

Perhaps I missed it, but has anyone pointed out that "The Iron Dream" is an alternate-history novel by Norman Spinrad, in which Hitler moved to the U.S. and became a godawful science-fiction writer?

Anonymous VD February 03, 2014 1:21 PM  

The ownership of Castala is a few, a group, You, I would guess, and VD and others?

We don't discuss such topics in public. Or, for that matter, in private.

Anonymous VD February 03, 2014 1:22 PM  

I would be interested in being a slush reader

Send an email and a link to some information about yourself, such as a Twitter account, a blog, or a Facebook page.

Anonymous Rex Little February 03, 2014 1:25 PM  

It's amusing that the Old Iron Dream people consider Heinlein to be far right. Spider Robinson, no rightist himself, wrote a tribute to Heinlein in which he put paid to that notion.

As for Heinlein's "love of military rule", someone seriously misread Starship Troopers.

Blogger WATYF February 03, 2014 1:28 PM  

Not to betray my own ignorance, but what would be involved in being a slush reader?

WATYF

Anonymous Redjack February 03, 2014 1:30 PM  

So I googled "Iron Dream".

Alternative history where Hitle became a pulp writter???!!! Wheeler, what is your real name sir?

Anonymous 43rd Virginia Cavalry February 03, 2014 1:37 PM  

Why is there no Kickstarter for Castalia House ? You should be able to come up with some kind of perk to entice people to give to such a worthy cause.

Anonymous VD February 03, 2014 1:37 PM  

Not to betray my own ignorance, but what would be involved in being a slush reader?

Read submissions and send us your opinion of whether it should be rejected or not. It's the first line of defense. You have to read a LOT of crap.

Anonymous VD February 03, 2014 1:38 PM  

Why is there no Kickstarter for Castalia House?

Because we don't need money for anything at the moment. If you want to support us, please buy the books.

Anonymous Stephen J. February 03, 2014 1:43 PM  

Vox: I would be interested in being a slush reader, but I don't have a Twitter or a blog, and my Facebook page is currently deactivated to keep myself from spending too much time there. Must I reactivate the page or is there an alternate form/type of personal description I can provide?

Blogger Markku February 03, 2014 1:43 PM  

Also, funding by kickstarter is illegal in Finland. Crazy, I know. There was one author who tried, and she had to refund everyone by court order.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza February 03, 2014 1:46 PM  

I knew if things were getting stirred here, then the force field is in gear.

Success to Castalia House!!

Talk about being born for this!

The best thing about my time in NC/SC was finding Orson Scott Card's work in 2001 (?) or so. Love Him.!

(MK's fate or future is bright as is his character. Even though he is a stern Finn, of course, he is awesome. Just as the many others here, including Vox, proclaiming this wonderful newness of an iron dream, Castalia House! This is the way to start a new year and a new week!!)


Anyways, in 2013, a lady from my gym stopped over to see dad and I. She was checking up on us as she is worried for us. Anyways, she and her husband saw my art room and asked to have 10 paintings on consignment to see if my work would move. All 10 paintings moved at auction. Since then, more paintings have been in demand by this person known as LJP, LP or "Linde Jane". So I paint, cope through my own afflictions like my parents illnesses/heartaches that they work through.

I will throw a blog or something together with my art or designs on flashdrive and perhaps a motif or something of mine can be used. Being at home with mom and dad is enough for me as my health isn't that great. But I bet the kind of writers Vox speaks of would try to see if there was any use of my art, for which they can have. I am not into ownership or copyrighting my art, they can have it for nothing.

My goal would be to supercede the gatekeepers.

Blogger Markku February 03, 2014 1:56 PM  

All 10 paintings moved at auction.

Glad to hear it. Continue with that plan.

By the way, there's no such thing as copyrighting one's own work. It's automatic. One can only TRANSFER copyright, including moving it to public domain. But the default owner, sans any special action, is the artist.

Blogger Dominic Saltarelli February 03, 2014 2:07 PM  

Well, I read the kickstarter pitch, and what I've gathered is that calling someone a half-savage is way more feely-hurty than slinging the ultimate left wing insult. The dreaded "douchecanoeshitlord".

Which opens up a world of possibilities. Perhaps I'll write a short story of my own and submit it to Castalia House. It'll be about an intrepid space/time traveler with a shrouded past and mysterious powers. She has a secret tryst with the moodiest member of the savage tribe of shape changing were-cheetahs who all inexplicably fall in love with her as she runs from her boring destiny of inheriting her fathers vast fortune of, like, a bazillion neocredollars. Her son then grows up and forges a corporate empire of his own, using his mysterious quarter-cheetah space-time bending voodoo powers to turn white male privilege into fertilizer, cornering the agricultural market in ways Monsanto could only dream of. He then realizes his mother was totally right about everything and happiness can only be found on pointless erotic journeys of self discovery to unknown destinations. So he handcrafts a kayak and goes on a journey down a river of cleansing waters to find his long lost cheetahdad.

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

Anonymous VD February 03, 2014 2:16 PM  

Must I reactivate the page or is there an alternate form/type of personal description I can provide?

No, not necessarily. Do you have any other means of demonstrating you are not a rabbity infiltrator?

Blogger Markku February 03, 2014 2:30 PM  

I wonder if we should hold Salem Rabbit Trials in public?

AmIRabbitOrNot.com?

Anonymous Anonymous February 03, 2014 2:40 PM  

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

Blogger Markku February 03, 2014 2:45 PM  

Nate's ranch, live on TiVo?

Anonymous Stephen J. February 03, 2014 2:48 PM  

Do you have any other means of demonstrating you are not a rabbity infiltrator?

I would be willing to answer a questionnaire honestly, either by my real name in private or by this alias in public. (Logic compels me to acknowledge that if I were such an infiltrator that is exactly what I would say, but I am hoping that simply admitting a logical weakness in my suggestion is evidence against rabbit-ness.)

I must also ask if mere disagreement on some topics makes a rabbit, or whether limited disagreement is fine provided it affects neither (a) aesthetic evaluation nor (b) professional behavior. I have no subversive intentions whatsoever, but a sufficient disparity of philosophical congruency may amount to the same thing anyway, and I'm perverse and argumentative never to *quite* agree 100% with anything.

Anonymous Josh February 03, 2014 2:49 PM  

An easy test for rabbitness.

Can you fire a handgun accurately and without wetting yourself?

That would weed out 90% of them right there.

Anonymous Feh February 03, 2014 3:23 PM  

So I googled "Iron Dream".

Alternative history where Hitle became a pulp writter???!!! Wheeler, what is your real name sir?


Unfortunately it is an unreadably shitty book and Spinrad is a crappy Leftist author.

Anonymous Krul February 03, 2014 3:23 PM  

VD - Do you have any other means of demonstrating you are not a rabbity infiltrator?

I reckon you could send him some fiction samples and see if his picks match your own. Maybe some references; his past/present employers and coworkers should be able to vouch for his K-selection.

Blogger Markku February 03, 2014 3:38 PM  

I thought I remembered the name "Stephen J", and indeed, he has made a few comments in the SFWA threads. These comments don't really take a position one way or the other. However, that already rules out overt rabbitry.

To the slush pile, I say.

Anonymous Sigyn February 03, 2014 3:46 PM  

((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?

((I have time to read and stuff while I'm feeding Little Squish, is why I ask. But I have plenty else to read if not. *shrug*))

Anonymous Krul February 03, 2014 3:47 PM  

Come to think of it, there's a "Stephen J" that comments on John C. Wright's blog too. The comments that I've seen were positive toward Christianity in tone, IIRC. Don't know if it's the same one, though.

Blogger Markku February 03, 2014 3:47 PM  

I wouldn't assign military sci-fi to a woman, but basic traditionalist fantasy, sure.

Anonymous Stephen J. February 03, 2014 3:49 PM  

I am also the same Stephen J. who wrote what is now listed on Amazon as "The Most Helpful Critical Review" for A THRONE OF BONES, if that makes any difference. That may be a point in my favour for a viable critical perspective, or it may be a point against me for possibly having cost sales, but in the spirit of full disclosure it should be admitted either way.

My employers and coworkers, unfortunately, would be useless to you; as a matter of personal policy I don't discuss politics or religion at work or with my boss.

Blogger Nate February 03, 2014 3:50 PM  

"Nate's ranch, live on TiVo?"

This... is a .50 beowulf. hold it. no...really... hold it.

***sigh***

NEXT!

Anonymous Stephen J. February 03, 2014 3:52 PM  

Come to think of it, there's a "Stephen J" that comments on John C. Wright's blog too.

Also me. I'm an imperfectly practicing Roman Catholic.

Anonymous Doug Wardell February 03, 2014 3:52 PM  

I'm working my way through your backlog and I'm personally very excited to see what Castalia puts out. As an aspiring author though, I've never seen the benefits offered by a small press. Can you shed light on why an author should consider Castalia rather than self-publishing? If this is already spelled out somewhere, a link is fine.

Anonymous x February 03, 2014 3:52 PM  

Jack Vance ... right-wing or NOT?

Blogger Markku February 03, 2014 4:00 PM  

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

You don't have to fork out $125 to Bowker for an ISBN, and you don't need to deal with All That Crap that comes along with the business side of it. You get my excellent epub formatting to your file (really, ask Vox about a testimonial...) and you get into an ecosystem ripe with traditionalist-minded potential customers. If that's indeed the kind of author you are. And if not, well, then the question isn't very relevant, now is it?

Blogger Marissa February 03, 2014 4:03 PM  

These will only be digital books?

Anonymous Krul February 03, 2014 4:03 PM  

I know, fumi-e is the answer.

Make Stephen J step on a picture of Obama, or some other rabbity icon. If he can do it, he's not a rabbit.

Anonymous Stephen J. February 03, 2014 4:13 PM  

Make Stephen J step on a picture of Obama, or some other rabbity icon. If he can do it, he's not a rabbit.

I'm Canadian; Justin Trudeau might be a better example. But I've got enough old-school uptight prig in my nature that I can't see myself doing that anyway; not Eton manners, don't you know, old boy.

Blogger Brad Andrews February 03, 2014 4:22 PM  

I would assume you would have some print-on-demand ability, though I am shifting to ebooks since I don't have the shelf space.

Blogger Markku February 03, 2014 4:24 PM  

Yes. Same service as for Vox's novel-length books. But the book has to hold enough promise to warrant:

a) The additional typesetting work required,
b) The print quality cover,
c) The overhead of the service

Anonymous Heh February 03, 2014 4:27 PM  

Jack Vance ... right-wing or NOT?

Dead? Check.
White? Check.
Male? Check.

Obviously a fascist!

Blogger JartStar February 03, 2014 4:53 PM  

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

You'll get priority for a book cover if you use my services. I'm already booked up until the end of the year, but if you are published by Castalia House and want me to create your book cover I'll make the time. Or course this offer can only apply to maybe one or two "drop-in" Castalia House books in 2014.

Blogger Mrs. Beltran February 03, 2014 4:54 PM  

I'd love to be a reader.....how do you go about that?

Anonymous VD February 03, 2014 4:55 PM  

Good enough, SJ. You're on the slush list... send us an email.

Anonymous Salt February 03, 2014 4:58 PM  

Vox, what kind of time frame (and volume) do you anticipate for slushy reading?

Anonymous jack February 03, 2014 5:12 PM  

@Markku: You get my excellent epub formatting to your file

Would your skills extend to Kindle, and Nook conversions? Or, would that be some kind of package deal? Or, for that matter, if one is not publishing with Castalia, would you offer conversion services on a piece meal basis? What with all that spare time on your hands these days.

Blogger Markku February 03, 2014 5:15 PM  

Kindle always comes with it. Pdf costs extra, as it involves the same typographic complexities as printing the physical book.

Blogger Clint February 03, 2014 5:22 PM  

I sent an email to Castalia's email about slush readers.

Anonymous jack February 03, 2014 5:50 PM  

Markku February 03, 2014 5:15 PM

Kindle always comes with it. Pdf costs extra, as it involves the same typographic complexities as printing the physical book.

Thanks Markku. Another note for my writing craft folder. Now, if I could just write something that did not smell like s___t. No one knows how hard this is to do unless they have tried. One reason I stand in awe of the likes of Vox, Kratman, Correia, et al.

Anonymous Doug Wardell February 03, 2014 6:26 PM  

Markku said "and you get into an ecosystem ripe with traditionalist-minded potential customers. If that's indeed the kind of author you are."

That's interesting, now that I think about it. I had just assumed I fit that mold since I identify with traditionalist authors like Vox and Larry Correia, but 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. As of now, the only traditional publisher I'm interested in is Baen, though that's a ways off yet.

Anonymous Azimus February 03, 2014 6:29 PM  

I assume direct sales benefit Castalia House more than sales through Amazon and Smashwords. Is there any intention at this time to sell direct?

Is this a compliment to, or an integral part of, the First Sword concept?

Is that a picture of Markku's house?

Anonymous David of One February 03, 2014 6:32 PM  

Any guesses as how far this will go?

http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/mits-sensory-fiction-prototype-gives-physical-feedback-books/

Anonymous Doug Wardell February 03, 2014 6:41 PM  

@David of One

That would ruin the experience for me. The last thing I want while I'm immersed in a good story is to be side-tracked by how cool my e-reader is.

Blogger Krul February 03, 2014 7:05 PM  

Re: David of One,

Gimmick.

Anonymous bob k. mando February 03, 2014 7:41 PM  

David of One February 03, 2014 6:32 PM
Any guesses as how far this will go?



sounds about as useful and forward thinking as Smell-O-Vision.

books are designed to stimulate abstracts like thinking and emotion ... a tactile interface would DISTRACT from that abstract experience and focus the reader on the concrete input from his skin.

how are they going to give sensory feedback for, say, Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs when he's sewing up his skinsuit? American Psycho should also be good this way.

speaking of other authors, i think it's hilarious that R.M. Meluch ( female and generally lib ) is called sexist and racist:
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2012/08/romans-and-aliens-rm-meluchs-tour-of-the-merrimack-books

Anonymous Hobart Floyt February 03, 2014 8:03 PM  

And now I regret not starting to comment sooner. Better late than never, and I imagine that slush readers have a high burnout rate. Best of luck to this new endeavor.

Anonymous Samson J. February 03, 2014 8:41 PM  

to not only support us

You've got my full support, VD - but you'd have my really fullest support if only you'd stop splitting those darn infinitives...

Anonymous The CronoLink February 03, 2014 9:02 PM  

Couldn't find any mention about hardcovers. Will they be available eventually or is this venture ebook only?

Blogger Markku February 03, 2014 9:26 PM  

Been practicing the creation of print-ready pdf's for the last three hours now. I already have a file of QUANTUM MORTIS Gravity Kills for testing purposes, that I could send to the print right now if I wanted. It's SO pretty...

So, yes. They'll be available.

Blogger Laguna Beach Fogey February 03, 2014 9:53 PM  

This is awesome, Vox.

Anonymous dh February 03, 2014 9:59 PM  

Jart--

I was just wondering how much direction you need to produce a great cover? Do you need to receive what I would consider requirements before making a draft, or do you iterate from a few concepts, or what is your process like?

Anonymous paleopaleo February 03, 2014 11:06 PM  

Would love to submit something for a cover. Can you give some parameters. I've never done a book cover but believe that I can. What should I submit? gracias!

Blogger Alcuin February 04, 2014 12:42 AM  

So is Castalia House the place to submit stories for First Sword, or will that be done through Alpenwolf?

Also, what is Castalia House's policy towards publishing under pseudonyms?

Blogger Markku February 04, 2014 2:38 AM  

First Sword is one of the channels, yes. Anything you publish through whatever channel needs an ISBN number, hence the need for a publication company for any ebook not already published by some other one (or PROPERLY self-pubbed).

Alpenwolf and Castalia House are the same; Castalia House is merely an additional business name to be used only for the publishing activity.

Blogger Brian February 04, 2014 10:55 AM  

I'm pleased to see that Castalia House accepts unagented submissions. Would you advise an author who signs with them to obtain an agent to negotiate the contract?

Best of luck with this intriguing new enterprise.

Also, not that you know me any better, but good call on letting Stephen J read slush for you.

Anonymous CX February 04, 2014 4:55 PM  

@VD I think you meant "restless" heart of darkness. Apologies, couldn't resist.

Blogger Jeff February 04, 2014 5:21 PM  

Best of luck with this new venture. God knows it's needed.

Regarding "Iron Dream," the kickstarter copy is ill-written to the degree that I question why anyone would pay for it.

And why is it a requirement to punish the past for not being the present? I hate seeing the grand masters of SF trashed by ignorant puppies.

Anonymous Heaviside February 08, 2014 6:46 AM  

God damn, I loved The Iron Dream! I remember when Rockwell's party had it as recommended reading. It's good to see that some people are keeping the dream alive!

One race, the aryan race.

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