The Hurt Locker
Julie & Julia (really just Julia, though)
A Serious Man
Up in the Air
500 Days of Summer
And here's a couple I really looked forward to and wanted to like more than I did:
Pictured: Kathryn Bigelow, director of 2009's best film.
In the end, I think this will hurt Amazon and the Kindle more than anyone. I realize there are points to be made on each side, but Amazon's action turns me off. (Aside to free marketers and libertarians: yes, we do understand the Amazon has the right and the freedom to stop carrying any products they choose, just as we each have the right to use BN.com, Powell's, brick & mortar, etc, as well as the right to bitch and moan when our favorite companies stop sell stuff we want to buy from them. There is no debate on this point. I hope that clears it up for those of you who pose yourselves, rhetorically anyway, as being "confused" on this issue.)
As Scalzi wrote, "If nothing else, this bit of asshattery on the part of Amazon has well and truly cured me of any desire to ever get a Kindle."
I did consider a Kindle. The only reason I haven't bought an ereader the this point is that I've been waiting for the field to settle down (don't feel the need to pay premium rates to an early adopter) and I have about a hundred unread books at home now.
Regardless of the details of the debate, I hope other publishers push back on Amazon, and give Amazon the choice to strip their site of all major book publishers. Sure they can squeezed them one at a time, but how long can they afford to punish everybody. I doubt Amazon intends the punishment of Macmillan to last long, Amazon is losing revenue here too.
... though some were metabolized.
My story "The Mushroom King" is out in M-Brane #12 / Ergosphere.
The Laurel Balzac Reader - Balzac
The White Tiger - Aravind Adiga
Just After Sunset - Stephen King
Dreams of My Father - Barack Obama
Save the Cat - Blake Snyder
Realms: The First Year of Clarkesworld Magazine
Here Comes Everybody - Clay Shirkey
Is Shakespeare Dead? - Mark Twain
Who is Mark Twain? - Mark Twain
Superhero: The Secret Origin of a Genre - Peter Coogan
The Lost Princess of Oz - Baum
The Tin Woodman of Oz - Baum
Was Superman a Spy? - Brian Cronin
Shakespeare's Unorthodox Biography - Diana Price
Two Noble Kinsmen - Shakespeare & John Fletcher
Resolution - Robert B. Parker
Walden - Thoreau
The End of Overeating - David Kessler
The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World - Lewis Hyde
Stein on Writing - Sol Stein
Where Water Comes Together With Other Water - Raymond Carver
Saturday - Ian McEwan
Even the Wicked - Lawrence Block
How to Grow A Novel - Sol Stein
Killing Castro - Lawrence Block
A Diet of Treacle - Lawrence Block
Pump Six and Other Stories - Paolo Bacigalupi
A Distance Mirror - Barbara W. Tuchman
Shakespeare: The World As Stage - Bill Bryson
Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life - Steven C. Hayes
Rumpole and the Reign of Terror - John Mortimer
Rumpole Misbehaves - John Mortimer
The Happiness Trap - Russ Harris
Everybody Dies - Lawrence Block
Gulf Music - Robert Pinsky
Poems from the Poet's Corner - John Lithgow (ed.)
Letters to a Young Poet - Rainer Maria Rilke
The Princess Bride - William Goldman
Stop This Man! - Peter Rabe
The Best American Essays 2008 - Adam Gopnik (ed.)
Books - Larry McMurtry
Complete Plays - Christopher Marlowe
Shakespeare & Co. - Stanley Wells
Hope to Die - Lawrence Block
The Magic of Oz - Baum
All the Flowers Are Dying - Lawrence Block
Sixty Stories - Donald Barthelme
The 50th Law - 50 Cent & Robert Green
The Deep-Blue Goodbye - John D. MacDonald
Bright-Sided - Barbara Ehrenreich
Maske:Thaery - Jack Vance
Eating Animals - Foer
Problem Solving - Ken Watanabe
Gun Fight - Richard Matheson
The Adderall Diaries - Stephen Elliot
Thebes of the Hundred Gates - Robert Silverberg
The Wordy Shipmates - Sarah Vowell
The Autobiography 1872-1914 - Bertrand Russell
Forty Stories - Donald Barthelme
Best American Crime Reporting 2007
How I Write - Janet Evanovich
Under the Dome - Stephen King
Visions of Death - J.D. Robb
Cymbeline - Shakespeare
(31 nonfiction. 34 fiction, poetry & drama. 65 total, 7 more than last year.)
Thanks Bill. At least, when this thing passes, no one can say should be able to say they weren't told.
[Snip.] BILL MOYERS: "Welcome to the Journal. Something's not right here. One year after the great collapse of our financial system, Wall Street is back on top while our politicians dither. As for health care reform, you're about to be forced to buy insurance from companies whose stock is soaring, and that's just dandy with the White House."
Plenty. More than ever. The Scalzi-initiated genre short-story pay discussion got me thinking of this list I made a few months ago. Of course there are even more now, like Lightspeed and Tor.com. And some that pay almost as well as pro (and always run pro-level work) like Weird Tales and the EscapePod gang. Some of these take only fantasy, some only sf, or horror some only stories under 4000 words, some are closed part of the year, but you get the idea. There were about half this many four years ago. All of these read unsolicited work from anyone. The top three respond in about a WEEK each. There's really no reason not to make a list like this for yourself, and start as near the top of this list as individual guidelines allow. I hope all this seems obvious, but I've recently been made aware that this might not be the case. A lot of these take electronic submissions, there is not even the excuse of "wasted postage" to fall back on any more. You work hard on your stories; at least give them a chance in that marketplace. You're too busy writing new stuff to worry about how long it will take to cycle a story through a dozen or two dozen paying markets. Just make your list: put high paying, fast responding, free (meaning no postage, no printing of a hard copy, costs) markets that publish your genre at the top. Keep each story in the mail at all times, even if it means skipping a market that, say, is closed for the next two weeks, or doesn't let you submit two stories at a time.
After this, submit to any markets you want to, or trunk the story if you want to, there are plenty of differing opinions on that, (I would never be one to slag on a market because of its pay rate -- a quick look at my bibliography should illustrate that) but the other stuff I'm saying here is pretty much standard advice. In cover letters, don't list a credit for no better reason than that you have a credit. It's usually safe to list pro or near-pro credit if you have two or three. Regarding what to put in cover letters: "when in doubt, leave it out," is not a bad rule.
But I think if you just make your list, and stick to your list, it will allow your story to slip past many episodes of self-doubt. You don't want to have to think about where to send you story next, and how disappointing your last rejection is. Before the days of common electronic submissions, I always, always, had the manila envelope addressed and the cover letter written to the next market for each story BEFORE it came back. It's fun tearing those up when you finally make a sale. In fact, right now, I have two draft emails in my gmail, both with cover letters written and documents attached. As soon as those stories come back I am ready to go. My fastest turnaround after a rejection is eleven minutes, and I have prepped these two so that I can beat that.
Making a list and following it top to bottom is the most efficient way to manage this time-consuming task. You want to be writing new stuff, better stuff, (you are trying always, first and foremost, to get better, right?) and not thinking about the fate of your finished stories.
|Intergalactic Medicine Show|
|Realms of Fantasy|
|FUTURISMIC (well, $200 flat fee so equals pro rate for a story under 5k)
Beneath Ceaseless Skies
All these were easily found via Duotrope. I encourage everyone to use and also report back to Duotrope. I find their stats on things like real response time on submissions (and the very valuable stats on which markets kinda forget to respond submissions a lot of the time) invaluable, and they'd be even better if more people used them. It's a site I send donations to as often as I can. It's been a huge help to me. But an account is free.
Principia Mathmatica being finished, I felt somewhat at a loose end. The feeling was delightful, but bewildering, like coming out of prison. Being at the time very much interested in the struggle between the Liberals and the Lords about the Budget and the Parliament Act, I felt an inclination to go into politics. I applied to Liberal Headquarters for a constituency, and was recommended to Bedford. I went down and gave an address to the Liberal Association, which was received with enthusiasm. Before the address, however, I had been taken into a small back room, where I was subjected to a regular catechism, as nearly as I remember in the following terms:
Q. Are you a member of the Church of England?
A. No, I was brought up as a Nonconformist.
Q. And have remained so?
A. No, I have not remained so.
Q. Are we to understand that you are an agnostic?
A. Yes, that is what you must understand.
Q. Would you be willing to attend church occasionally?
A. No, I should not.
Q. Would your wife be willing to attend church occasionally?
A. No, she would not.
Q. Would it come out that you are an agnostic?
A. Yes, it probably would come out.
In consequence of these answers, they selected as their candidate Mr. Kellaway, who became Postmaster General, and held correct opinions during the War. They must have felt that they had had a lucky escape.
-- The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell, 1872-1914