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Playing the Short Game (Part 4): Licensing and Rights (intro)

The next post in my series at Amazing Stories on marketing and selling short fiction is now up. This week's entry is the first of a 2-week discussion on why you never "sell" a short story. These two posts contain information on how licensing of fiction rights work, information that is critical for every short story writer to understand. Check out this week's post here.

Amazing Stories officially launches

I blogged recently about the upcoming relaunch of Amazing Stories Magazine. Well, the official opening of the new site to the public was yesterday, January 21. See below for the press release from Steve Davidson, the new publisher for Amazing Stories.

For my part, I'm writing a blog series on the site on how to market and sell your short fiction, entitled "Playing the Short Game." I now have three posts in the series up on the Amazing Stories site:

Part 1: Introduction - Who I am and what this series will cover

Part 2: Why are you writing? - Deciding on the writing career that you want

Part 3: Why short fiction? - The benefits of the short game to a writing career

The series is aimed at the beginning writer. If that's you, I hope you'll drop by each week. I'll be posting weekly, and my posts (I think) will be going up each Monday. If you're an experienced writer, please drop by as well and add your comments based on your own experience and knowledge. 

And while you're there, check out the new site. There are over fifty bloggers that cover not just fiction topics, but all aspects of fandom. Look around and I'll bet that you'll find something that interests you. Hope to see you there! Here's a page that will list all of my posts in the "Playing the Short Game" series on the Amazing Stories site.


OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

HOLD FOR RELEASE UNTIL MONDAY, JANUARY 21ST

Amazing Stories, the world's first science fiction magazine, is now open to the public.

Social Magazine Website Offers Nearly Sixty Writers and Social Networking For Fans!

I'm part of the Amazing Stories relaunch

On Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013, I will be joined by more than 50 other writers from around the blogosphere to help launch the Beta Test of Phase 1 of the return of Amazing Stories. I'll be writing a blog series, aimed at new or beginning writers, on how to market and sell your short fiction. 

For me, it is especially very cool to be part of the relaunch of Amazing Stories. One of my first professional sales was to AS back in the late 90's ("State of Disorder" in issue #595 -- see the cover at the left) when Kim Mohan was the fiction editor. I still remember the thrill of being in an issue with Jack Williamson and Frederic Pohl. Back then, AS was also one of the few magazines with a circulation large enough to be a "qualifying publication" for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. My sale to AS eventually led to me being one of five finalists on the 2001 Campbell ballot (I lost).

Amazing Stories was the world's first science fiction magazine.  Published by Hugo Gernsback, the Father of Science Fiction, the magazine created the genre's first home and was instrumental in helping to establish science fiction fandom – the fandom from which all other fandoms have evolved.

The magazine itself ceased publication in 2005. In 2008 the new publisher, Steve Davidson, discovered that the trademarks had lapsed and applied for them.  The marks were finally granted in 2011.

Phase 1 introduces the social networking aspects of the site and the Blog Team, more than 50 authors, artists, collectors, editors, pod casters, designers and bloggers who will address 14 different subjects on a regular basis – SF, Fantasy & Horror literature, anime, gaming, film, television, the visual arts, audio works, the pulps, comics, fandom, science and publishing. 

If any of you are interested in participating in the Beta Test of the site, you can request an invitation by emailing the publisher, Steve Davidson.

And here is a link to the official press release from Steve. 

Today only! Get CHIMERASCOPE for 50%

For today only, you can purchase the ebook version of my collection Chimerascope for half price from my bookstore. Just click on this link to go to the Chimerascope product page, page down to the "Add to cart" button under the cover image, and then use the code CHIM-NOV30 in the "Coupon Code" on the check-out screen. Today only! This coupon code expires at midnight tonight.

Relaunch of my online bookstore (with FREE stuff)

Going Harvey in the Big House coverAlong with my revamped website, I now have a revamped online bookstore. Most especially, I've added an updated catalog for my ebooks, where you can now buy ebook editions for both my collections, Chimerascope and Impossibilia, as well as all of my ebook short stories and novelettes. Check out the catalog, click on a link, and if you're interested, add it to your shopping cart. The store connects to PayPal. If you don't have a PayPal account, don't worry. It will allow payment by any major credit card.

So why shop at my store for my books? Yes, they're all available at Amazon, Kobo, and all the major ebook retailiers. Well, at my store you'll pay the same price (or less -- see the note below about discount coupons), you help me out since the big retailers don't get a cut of what you pay for the ebook, and if you're not completely satisfied, you can simply contact me (a real person), and I'll refund your money or send you a different book (your choice).

But there's more. I also provide a page where I offer a variety of discount coupons that you can apply to any ebook order, which can save you money or even get you a book for free. Just my way of thanking you for shopping at my store and helping me out.

So please take a moment to check out my new store. And please feel free to contact me with any suggestions.

New ebook edition of CHIMERASCOPE now available

Chimerascope coverI am very pleased to announce that I have just published a new ebook edition of my collection, Chimerascope, which was a finalist for the juried Sunburst Award, as well as the CBC's Bookies Award and the Aurora Award in 2011. This new edition is available from all the major ebook retailers, as well as directly from my own bookstore on this site. A full set of buying links are provided below.

This edition contains all of the same content and the same great cover by Erik Mohr as the original print and the first ebook editions, but it also includes an excerpt from my upcoming novel, The Wolf at the End of the World, as well as excerpts from three novelettes. And it's also a lot cheaper at $6.99, compared to the original $9.99 for the first ebook edition.  

Plus you can also get it at half price if you buy from my bookstore at this link and use the discount coupon "HALF-PRICE" on check-out. Payment is by PayPal, but you can use any major credit card on PayPal if you don't have a PayPal account.

Cyber Monday discounts at Kobo!

The Red Bird coverKobo has included several of my titles in their various Cyber Monday discounts, including 50% off of Impossibilia and 30% off several short story and novelette ebooks.

Here is the link for Impossibilia. Use their code "50Cyber".

And here is a link for a list of books with 30% discounts if you use the code "30Cyber". Page down to find my books.

IMPOSSIBILIA reviewed at Speculating Canada

Derek Newman-Stille has just posted a review of Impossibilia, my first collection from 2008, on his excellent Speculating Canada site. An excerpt from the review follows:

"Impossibilia features Douglas Smith’s fascination with moral questions and morally ambiguous spaces where characters are forced to question conflicting values and ideologies. ... There is no certain ground in Smith’s work and readers are compelled to question every element of their identity and explore whether there is anything such as a fixed identity. Everything is changeable and everything is open to questions.

A collection of short stories, Impossibilia represents an exploration of the ways that the past continues to haunt us. ... Present and past intersect in Impossibilia, and memory is something inescapable. Smith does not focus his stories on the development of new loves (that’s too easy), but rather the fall-outs of love, the casualties of love and the repercussions."

You can read more about Impossibilia here. It was an Aurora Award finalist in 2009 and is now available as an ebook in either Kindle or epub (most ereaders) formats. Click here for buying links for all formats.

What in the (Warped) World am I reading?

Doing her bit to promote the National Reading Campaign, writer Kristene Perron interviews me on reading as a writer on her Warpworld blog. Check out the short interview to learn more about what I'm currently reading, books that changed my life, and my thoughts on how to make your kids love reading. 

World Fantasy 2012: A tub full of authors

World Fantasy Convention 2012 ChiZine Tub Full of AuthorsSo here is my very late and abbreviated report from attending World Fantasy Convention in Markham (yes, Markham, not Toronto) two weekends ago. First, I had much fun and spent the entire weekend catching up with old friends, making new ones, and talking business. 

What? That picture at the left? Ah, well, that is the already famous "A tub full of authors" from the epic (EPIC!) ChiZine Publications party on Saturday night. But then, all CZP parties are epic. EPIC! From left to right, the peeps in the pic are: Brent Hayward, David Nickle, Rio Youers, Halli Villegas, Susie Moloney, Derryl Murphy, Gemma Files, Marcy Italiano, me and Tone Milazzo. (Tone, seeing that all of him that got into the pic was his head, commented: "Apparently I got naked for nothing.") And yes, this is how CZP stores their authors when they're not using them.

World Fantasy 2012 Barry King and Doug SmithAt the right is a pic of me with friend, fellow writer, and CZP website ninja, Barry King, at the World Fantasy Awards banquet on Sunday. We sat at one of four CZP tables. CZP was nominated, but sadly did not win.

I decided not to do panels this time and instead just enjoy the con. I did one reading (and thanks to all those who showed up at 10am on Sunday after the big party night to hear me read. Much appreciated!). I read from my latest story, "The Walker of the Shifting Borderland" from the fall issue of On Spec that was released at the con. I didn't even get to any panels. Every time I started to walk somewhere, I'd run into someone and end up talking for half an hour. Which was great! Best kind of con, imo.

World Fantasy 2012 Doug Smith and Hayden Trenholm

I did get to hear Charles de Lint do a reading, and finally had the opportunity to meet him face to face after that and chat for a while. Major fan boy moment for me, and he's just as nice as all his characters would lead you to believe, by the way.

And one last pic, on the left, of me and friend, fellow writer, and editor, Hayden Trenholm, at the mass signing on Saturday. It was a fun weekend and a very well run con, and all involved seemed to have a great time.

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