So right now I’m listening to the first episode of the Webfiction podcast put out by the folks at Webcast Beacon, who’re the same people that brought us the Webcomic Beacon podcast. I’ve read some stuff by one of the hosts, A.M. Harte (specifically, I’ve read her serial DarkSight and I’m awaiting the next installment), but not anything by MCM, who’s the other host.
I’m listening to it right now as I’m writing this post, and it’s pretty good. I don’t listen to many podcasts (this, Made of Fail, and a couple on medieval and British history) but I think this one is addressing something in publishing that’s kind of important to address. They make a very good point of stressing the fact that just because the entry level for webfiction is pretty low, that doesn’t mean the quality of work is low. There’s some very good fiction out there–one of my current favorites is A Traveller’s Guide to Jovan by Ellipsis (it’s the one that I currently load up every weekend, eagerly awaiting the next entry into the story–I think it’s also the only story I’ve given five stars on the Webfiction guide, and I think I gave it a 9 or a 10 on Muse-Success). Part of what’s neat about web fiction is that people are able to take risks. There’s a lot of stuff out there that traditional publishing houses might not take a chance on, but is no less good than any book I’ve read from Tor or Orbit (and better than some that I’ve read from the even bigger houses, like DelRey, Random House, St. Martin’s, et cetera).
Some of what’s coming up in the webfiction circles I’m exploring actually dovetails a bit with what I’ve been reading at Stormwolf.com, which is Michael Stackpole’s website. He’s been advocating electronic publishing, electronic self-publishing at that, for a while now. The industry is clearly changing, and much faster than a lot of outlets seem to be able to keep up with.
It’s a glimmer of hope, though. I no longer have to stress out about an agent wanting to buy my work or that my work fits into traditional niches. The world of publishing is a lot different now, and it’s kind of interesting.
On this note, the trilogy that begins with The Last Colony may be released in ebook format when I get finished with the first book and get deeper into Ashes to Ashes, which is the second book of the series. That’s still a little ways off, though. Stay tuned for updates!
Work on Awakenings is going in fits and starts, better now than it was a few days ago. Chapters will be getting longer from here on out. As always, the link for the Awakenings site is http://awakenings.embklitzke.com.
Happy reading (and listening)!