How Publishing Works, via Charles Stross

I don’t usually post a set of links from a single author, but in this case, I am, because I think these are excellent reference posts that go a long way to explaining common misconceptions to those who have not yet experienced the wonder and confusion and WTF that is print publishing.

Some very informative and useful posts by science fiction/fantasy Charles Stross about print publishing:

Common Misconceptions About Publishing, which talks about the hierarchies of publishing companies and companies that own publishing companies, and a bit about how all that works.

How Books Are Made. This post describes the process of turning a manuscript into a published book.

What Authors Sell to Publishers. Rights, and other legal matters, and why sometimes you can buy a book in one country but not in another.

Why Books Are the Length They Are, with some speculation on how electronic publishing might change that.

And one post speculating on the future of electronic publishing:
The Future of Web Publishing.

About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen [she, her] currently writes cozy space opera for Kalikoi. The novella series A Place of Refuge begins with Finding Refuge: Telepathic warrior Talia Avi, genius engineer Miki Boudreaux, and augmented soldier Faigin Balfour fought the fascist Federated Colonies for ten years, following the charismatic dissenter Jon Churchill. Then Jon disappeared, Talia was thought dead, and Miki and Faigin struggled to take Jon’s place and stay alive. When the FC is unexpectedly upended, Talia is reunited with her friends and they are given sanctuary on the enigmatic planet Refuge. The trio of former guerillas strive to recover from lifetimes of trauma, build new lives on a planet with endless horizons, and forge tender new connections with each other.
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