Science Fiction + Self Publishing Research

This is a bit sprawling, but it touches on the topics of a recent marketing conversation. The four authors listed here are some of the huge success stories, one very recent (Fan Fiction Writer) and the other three forged over the last few years in the crucible of Amazon by giving away their early work for free. Think of it as a ‘loss lead’ on steroids for authors.

The next series of links centers on science fiction sites, good reads, amazon + B+N top lists.

Some Research Links:

One Direction Fan Fiction Writer Gets Six-Figure Book Deal

Amanda Hocking

Hocking’s published work, originally self-published, consists of My Blood Approves, a vampire romance series; the Trylle Trilogy, which covers a teenage girl’s journey of self-discovery in an urban fantasy setting; and Hollowland, a zombie novel. The New York Times characterized her novels as “part quirky girl-like-Hocking characters, part breakneck pacing, part Hollywood-style action and part bodice-ripping romance – they are literature as candy, a mash-up of creativity and commerce”.

In March 2011, Hocking signed her first conventional publishing contract for four books, at a price of two million dollars, with St. Martin’s Press. It concerns her new young-adult paranormal series called Watersong. Book one, Wake, was released in August 2012. All three books in her previously self-published Trylle Trilogy were also sold to St. Martin’s Press, and have been re-released from January–April 2012.

Paradise Lost 2

J. A. Konrath
Konrath is a big advocate of self-publishing and for self-promotion, believing that writers must play a large part in marketing their own books. He’s also known for having an outspoken view on the publishing industry, blogging about topics such as 2012 accusations by some industry pundits that Amazon endangered book sales.

Konrath graduated from Columbia College in Chicago in 1992 and spent the next 12 years garnering close to five hundred rejections for nine unpublished novels. His tenth book, Whiskey Sour, was picked up by Hyperion in 2003 and was the first in a series featuring Lt. Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels of the Chicago Police Department. He’s since published dozens of short stories and articles, been translated into eight languages, and edited an anthology called These Guns for Hire for Bleak House Books.[3] In 2010 the seventh book in the Jack Daniels series was picked up for publication by AmazonEncore. Konrath currently lives in Schaumburg, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago. J.A. Konrath teaches writing at Dupage College, Illinois.

John Locke

John Locke From

The New Midlist: Self-published E-book Authors Who Earn a Living

The Passive Voice
A Lawyer’s Thoughts on Authors, Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing

Amazon debuts short-format e-books, ‘Kindle Singles’

Amazon Kindle Singles: Journalism, Novellas, Essays …

Kindle Singles is here to offer a vast spectrum of reporting, essays, memoirs, narratives, and short stories presented to educate, entertain, excite, and inform. Our writers take you places you can’t get to any other way, on journeys of fact and fiction that share these common threads: they’re the highest-quality work we can find, and at a length best suited to the ideas they present. Baby
Eric Bellefeuille

Kindle Singles: Compelling ideas expressed at their natural length. Explore journalism, essays, humor, and short fiction.

Amazon Best Sellers: Best Kindle Singles –

Kindle Singles Submissions Policy
Anyone can submit original work to Kindle Singles. We’ve showcased writing from both new and established voices–from bestselling novelists to previously unpublished writers.

We’re looking for compelling ideas expressed at their natural length–writing that doesn’t easily fall into the conventional space limitations of magazines or print books. Kindle Singles are typically between 5,000 and 30,000 words.

A Kindle Single can be on any topic. So far we’ve posted fiction, essays, memoirs, reporting, personal narratives, and profiles, and we’re expanding our selection every week. We’re looking for high-quality writing, fresh and original ideas, and well-executed stories in all genres and subjects. Night Assassin
Rodrigo A. Branco

io9 is futuristic culture and entertainment. io9 covers sci-fi shows and movies, concept art, digital gadgetry, and brave new world breakthroughs, as well as issuing our own essays on the future. io9 is always bridging the gap between what’s real now and what will be possible tomorrow. Call it smart escapism.

Jezebel is dedicated to what contemporary women want to talk about. It brings you what the superficial glossies won’t: savvy pop culture, fashion truths, progressive advice, female heroes, entertainment realities, cultural criticism, and a healthier take on female aspiration. Unhesitatingly honest, Jezebel is changing women’s conversation.

Amazon Best Sellers
Best Sellers in Science Fiction
Top 100 Paid

Amazon Best Sellers
Best Sellers in Science Fiction
Top 100 Free

Who Reads Science Fiction?

SF Site is composed of many pieces. Twice a month since July 1997, we have posted a mixture of book reviews, opinion pieces, author interviews, fiction excerpts, author and publisher reading lists and a variety of other features. At the same time, we’ve maintained a comprehensive list of links to author and fan tribute sites, SF conventions, SF TV and movies, magazines and e-zines, writer resources, publishers and small press sites and many other SF resources.


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Quantum Muse

This Season’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books B+N

io9 – We come from the future.
It easily scans everything from bills and receipts to reports, drawings, notes, business cards, photos, and everything else. For a little while, io9 readers can get …

BoingBoing (Cory Doctorow’s Site)
Search Results science fiction

Cory Doctorow

Robert-Minkoff Amazon

Hot Future Human Babes & Heroines

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