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Agog! Smashing Stories Update.

I can't imagine anyone was rushing out to buy Agog! Smashing Stories after yesterday's mention, but in case you were, Cat Sparks (editor and publisher), tells me she's sold out the print run. So if you wanted to read 'R', well, I guess you can't. You're boned. It had a pretty neat cover, too.


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Sep. 8th, 2005 04:05 am (UTC)
This post should be titled Ben Peek Sells Out...

Cos you know someone will google it:)

Sep. 8th, 2005 04:22 am (UTC)
would that someone be you?

Sep. 8th, 2005 04:39 am (UTC)
I'm always looking for evidence of everyone selling out! Goddamn sellouts!

I was into the scene before it was cool, ya hear me? Before it was...sorry, what? oh right...

Have you ever thought about archiving your old stories on a website? Someone told me this was a good idea... to pull in the fickle non-small-press-buying punters...

Sep. 8th, 2005 04:45 am (UTC)
hey, wait, did the scene become cool and no one told me? i'll start telling people i'm a writer now!

i don't think archiving necessarily brings in the fickle non buyers. it might for people ike neil gaiman or someone with a big reputation, but for someone like me, i don't see how anyone outside the small press would find a static website. they'd have no concern to do so, and i think, in some minds, there is a pattern of thought that suggests that they only want something new. i've a couple of things archieved on the web (the story from PASSING STRANGE) jumps straight to mind, but i've never heard a thing about people reading it.

but, you know,truthfully, i've never given it much thought. i'm not one into archiving, much less archiving short fiction. i kind of see it as this short, sharp thing that you consume and forget. even making a collection out of them doesn't appeal to me--less i could get them together thematically or with some other structure, that is.
Sep. 8th, 2005 04:50 am (UTC)
I think the logic was so that someone says "you got anything published?", you say "yeah", they say "where?" it's cool to have a url to send them as opposed to directing them to print stuff they'll probably never buy...

of course webzines serve this function too, but if you had a story that was one that everyone seemed to dig, it might be worth putting it up somewhere... then again, other people might disagree... i can't say I'm an expert on this sort of thing... not having a website...
Sep. 8th, 2005 04:54 am (UTC)
in my experience, the only people who ever want to read my stuff in that sort of conversation is students. the less they read of me the better, i think ;)

i suppose if i had a website, i might consider it. but probably not, i guess.
Sep. 8th, 2005 07:15 am (UTC)
I like the online archive idea. May as well get a second life out of stories, & if even one person is curious about your stuff, well, then it's there for them to investigate (& then quietly ingore). And with the soon-to-be 2 stories I have online, I haven't received payment -- I was just pleased to see 'em used again.

I've actually had quite a number of people go through my site & read the excerpts. It's the thing that made me start thinking about online markets as viable publishing options. People seem interested in free, easily accessible fiction that doesn't clutter up their shelves or bedside tables afterwards. I know I am!

I think if I ever did get involved in a publishing endeavour (which I have no intention of), I'd go the online reprint site idea. Definitely a worthwhile thing.
Sep. 8th, 2005 11:14 am (UTC)
"R" was just too hip, man. I liked it a lot.
Sep. 8th, 2005 11:17 am (UTC)
"R" was just too hip

that's just neat :)
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