The Business of Science Fiction

Two Insiders Discuss Writing and Publishing

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About the Book

Two prolific and award-winning science fiction writers, Mike Resnick and Barry N. Malzberg, have been publishing a “Dialogue” in every issue of the SFWA Bulletin, official publication of the Science Fiction Writers of America, for more than a decade. These collected columns explore every aspect of the literary genre, from writing to marketing to publishing, combining wit and insight with decades of experience.

About the Author(s)

Mike Resnick, named Locus magazine’s all-time leading award winner for short science fiction, is the author of 61 novels, 225 short stories, and 2 screenplays, and is the editor of 48 anthologies. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Barry N. Malzberg is the author of more than 90 books and has edited science fiction anthologies and magazines. He won the first John Campbell Memorial Award, has won two Locus Awards for essay collections, and is a Hugo and Nebula Award nominee.

Bibliographic Details

Mike Resnick and Barry N. Malzberg
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 275
Bibliographic Info: index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4797-8
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5680-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

Section 1: Writing and Selling
1. The Specialty Press      5
2. Foreign Sales      13
3. Awards      22
4. The Marketplace      31
5. Anthologies      40
6. Conventions      49
7. Works for Hire      59
8. Promotion      69
9. e-Publishing Revisited      80
10. Collaborations—Theory      90
11. Collaborations—Practice      99

Section 2: The Business
12. Agents      111
13. Money      123
14. Pseudonyms      131
15. Print-on-Demand      140
16. Professionalism      149
17. Myths      158
18. Really Dumb Ideas      168
19. Abuses      179
20. False Doctrines      190

Section 3: The Field
21. Magazines      201
22. The Clueless (Part 1)      212
23. The Clueless (Part 2)      221
24. Change      230
25. Tailspinning      240
26. Google      251

Index      261

Book Reviews & Awards

  • Finalist, Hugo Award
  • “A valuable and entertaining read”—SFRA Review
  • “Very good…readers will thoroughly enjoy this journey”—Science Fiction Studies