Monday, June 11, 2012

Continuum 8

Well, despite suffering from such bad asthma I sounded - and still sound - like a foghorn sounding warnings all weekend, I managed to survive Continuum 8, take notes and buy books. One of the things I found interesting about the whole weekend was the spirit of optimism. Optimism is not particularly prevalent around writing circles but both writers and small press publishers were quietly insistent about the resilience of the speculative fiction world. Indeed, publishers were quite vocal about the benefits of middle-list writers self-publishing -  self-epublishing - out-of-print back titles, individual short fictions or spin-offs which can be used as promotional material.

There are definite parallels between speculative fiction small press publishing and poetry small press publishing - and some of the same energy. Poets have always self-published, set up publishing co-operatives and worked together to send poems out into the world. E-publishing has been embraced by speculative fiction writers and poets and I think there are diverse opportunities in the new technologies for anyone willing to spend a little time learning and developing new strategies.

In the meantime, check out one of these new technologies at The Writer and the Critic.

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