In these days of self-published ebooks on Amazon, the relationships between writers and publishers are fluid. It was developing for about 20 or 25 years as printing continued to automate. But today, the work you want the publisher to do for you is a matter of contract. The author has as much bargaining power as the publisher.
It used to be that the author got an advance on sales and against that royalities of about 20% from those sales. The publisher issued press releases, scheduled radio interviews and perhaps signings in bookstores. But typically the advance did not cover royalties. A year or two later, the publisher would ask when your next manuscript will be ready and you would promise a date. You just smoked your second cigarette.
|Authors and Publishers Carol and Phillip T. Stephens|
|Allen Kaster's Infinivox publishes to disk|
|Self-published author J. Darris Mitchell learned to draw|
butterflies and other cute beasts in order to deliver
distinctive autographs to his fans.
|Self-published author Rie Sheridan Rose makes Armadillocon |
on her way to Worldcon. This year, it is in Dublin, Ireland.
In 2017 it was in Helsinki.
|Sabetha and Nicholi promote the Chronicles of the Seventh Realm |
books at nakbaldron.com
They have four on Amazon, and one coming out.
You can read Salt and Steel for free on their site.
|Emmy (left) and Breanna (right) promote Fan Girl Creations|
on Etsy, Facebook, and Instagram.
They invent and deliver decorative promotional items.
(Every storyline needs one.)
You can read an interview with them on Shuffle here.
|Lilian Butler (far back) creates jewelry, much of it from coins.|
She also works with enamel and wire to create
"things that make you go Ooh!"
Oddly enough, we have yet to actually meet
at the one numismatic show we both attend.
|Charles Siros attends the show as a retailer, but he also works |
on the show committee. Usually, he staffs the registration desk.
This year and last, he also was my contact
for setting up the rooms in my break-out sessions.
|Artist Brad Foster (Jabberwocky Graphics) has been a Guest of Honor |
at this and other scifi cons. He illustrated my presentations on
John Leonard Riddell which I will publish in 2020.
|Texas A&M University's Cushing Library|
houses a huge collection
of science fiction.
Lord Byron: Truth is always strange; stranger than fiction.
Mark Twain: Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities, truth isn't.
G. K. Chesterton: Truth must necessarily be stranger than fiction, for fiction is the creation of the human mind and therefore congenial to it.
Leo Rosten: Truth is stranger than fiction; fiction has to make sense.
|If only my hair were longer.|
|John Picacio had his own table here |
and also ran the Art Gallery.
|Otto (L), Banquo (C), and Arnie (R)|
retailers and resellers d/b/a Realms of Fantasy Books.
Ayn Rand and Star Trek
Firefly: Fact and Value Aboard Serenity
The Ferengi Rules of Commerce
Star Trek (not too Far) Beyond