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FTL Paradigm Shift December 1, 2011

Posted by bobv451 in business, e-books, fantasy, ideas, science fiction, VIPub, web & computers, westerns, writing.

It’s hard to know whether you’d call this a red shift or a blue shift. The red shift is certainly true for the legacy publishing since they are looking at something going away from them at a very high speed. Or maybe you, as readers, can see it as a blue shift, since it’s coming at you so fast.

Kickstarter is giving VIPub authors the chance to work on pet projects without one of the Big 6 giving the nod with a contract. Instead, authors can take their dreams directly to the end-user, the reader. A case in point is Matt Forbeck with his 12 in ‘12 project (not to be confused with confused political schemes). Matt intends to write 12 books next year (for the innumerate, that’s one a month). Here’s his Brave New World project and he is being very successful with it.

If you want to see how this works, kick in $5. There’s only 72 hrs left as I write this. (And yes, I have kicked in money for this).

Matt writing a book a month might seem like a lot, but I know at least two other writers with even more prodigious outputs. James Reasoner wrote over 6000 ms pages last year. That’s about 15 books, give or take. Bob Randisi clicks out that much (and likely more) in any given year and has for more than 25 years. I am getting old and tired and still did 8 novels, 7 short stories and an article so far this calendar year, not to mention having a part time teaching job (averaging 10 hrs a week), two editing gigs and rewrites on 10 backlist titles put up on Kindle and elsewhere (I have that pegged at 75 hrs).

Dean Wesley Smith was trying for a short story a week this year in addition to his novel writing. And I have no idea what Mike Resnick writes in a year, but it is both a lot and good.

But the point is, through projects like Matt’s, you *you* are part of the process. I’ve seen proposals for indie movies and all kinds of other innovative projects. All of which time shift when you pay for a book (or whatever) you’d likely buy anyway.

In the FWIW department, I’ve dropped the price on book #1 in the Swords of Raemllyn series as an experiment to see if this generates interest in the other 8 books in the series. After all it is e-reader season (and Kindle ebooks are now available in Italy, France, Spain and Germany, as well as the UK and USA).

To Demons Bound



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