A metaphor of cultural appropriation for SFF writers.
You know when a mainstream book goes really big, and it’s something that uses SF tropes. Like, for instance, if someone writes a books with vampires and then acts as though urban fantasy doesn’t exist. Her fans read it. They say, “OMG! These vampires that she’s invented are the best thing ever!”
And then they run across Dracula and are all, “Hey– this Stoker guy is totally ripping off vampires.…
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So much this.
Simon & Schuster Ends Library Ebook Pilot, Expands Access to All Interested Libraries | Digital Book World -
Libraries across the United States can now access the entire catalog of ebooks published by Simon & Schuster. The announcement concludes a pilot program the
This is very cool news. I am a HUGE supporter of libraries (my parents would have gone broke with three voraciously-reading kids, if we didn’t have an excellent local library) and digital needs to be as widely available as print, IMO.
Okay, the fact that S&S publishes both my mysteries and the upcoming fantasy novels (as well as the Vineart War trilogy) makes this relevant to me as a writer, but I’m mostly squeeing as a reader.
And here’s a nice in-your-eye to Amazon: ”In addition, libraries participating in the program will be functioning as ebook retailers for Simon & Schuster. Patrons can now purchase titles through libraries’ Web portals, with the library receiving a cut of each sale.”
Well, thank fuck for that. Relevant to me as a writer, b/c my books are with S&S, but also as a reader who wants to read all those wonderful S&S books!
Also, love the idea of purchasing through the library portal!
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Collateral damage -
First of all, I’d like to thank everyone who has commented, and is still commenting, on my piece yesterday about sfnal futures and women. I’m reading. I’m nodding and thinking. I’m finding it hard to reply, but I am listening. A number of people have asked what has been going on with me, that I…
karisperring, on being a female writer over 40 (particularly in SF/F).
As a female writer over 40, I can’t say she’s wrong. If you haven’t “hit” before you’re 35, odds are high that you’ll become invisible, marginalized, and forgotten by stores, reviewers, and (eventually) readers. And while this happens to male writers, too, it’s a significantly and telllingly smaller percentage.
And, unlike so much of the internet, the comments on this one are worth reading, I think.
Wow, yeah. I got pro published when I was 46. Can’t say I every “hit” it, though there was definitely a flurry of activity the year Simon & Schuster took over and reissued my first 2 and my 3rd book within 3 months. Kept getting great reviews & attention from RT and other similar women-spaces, but crickets elsewhere.
Then S&S dissolved the imprint (Juno Books), my agent’s agency went kaput after the principal died and I’m in a sort of old-lady limbo. I definitely feel marginalized and forgotten. I was never sought out for appearances, except by family (who thankfully worked in libraries/bookstores), and had to work immensely hard to get my name out there. I’m so glad for the fans I did find, but a part of me knows that my writing is worth more notice. My books are awesome and I have great characters - but they’ve been silenced by the marginalization.
Huh, I did not know how strongly I felt about this. Hadn’t really codified it.