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What is OpenLit?

All writers are readers, and many readers are writers. By enabling community sharing and responding, Oort-Cloud catalyzes interactivity and engagement between writers and readers. This is how readers become better readers, and how writers become better writers.

...authors create and distribute their work, and readers, individually and collectively, including fans as well as editors and peers, review, comment, rank, and tag, everything.
-- from Social Publishing

    Write - Share - Read - Respond

    Write
    First, writers write.
    Share
    Second, writers share with others what they have written.
    Read
    Third, readers read what is available.
    Respond
    Fourth, readers respond to what they have read.

In a nutshell, though, the "Open" in OpenLit refers to the idea that the most essential quality of the written word is that it be shared. Oh, and the "Lit" part refers to the word itself, of course. ;-)

Charles Brown of Locus, R.I.P.

Sad news to report to those of you who read the science-fiction trade magazine Locus: its co-founder and editor, Charles Brown has died at the age of 72.

I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with him on a few occasions back in the 1990s when I was in the book trade, and he was always friendly and very committed to great books and stories. The world of science fiction will really miss him.

Discussion: Reaching out with podcasts?

The New York Times just had an article about writers creating audio performances of their work on free podcasts as a way of attracting new readers. I noted Cory Doctorow's podcast in a previous post, and this article mentions other writers who are giving this approach a try.

Jerry Pournelle on copyright and publishing

As part of our ongoing discussion about the future of science fiction, copyright, and the publishing industry, here's a recent column by Jerry Pournelle, offering his take. He makes many points, but this one stood out for me:

Book publishing has always had a low return on investment, and has always depended on editorial people who love their work and are willing to start at ridiculously low pay and live five to an apartment on a fourth-floor walkup despite having a cum laude degree from an expensive college just so they can be part of the publishing world.

Rock and Roll! Your Friend in the Trenches

A few thoughts:

One: Great idea! I'm glad you thought of it and not me, because I have too many damn website projects as it is. Nice clean format, too.

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Cory Doctorow Is Giving It Away

Cory Doctorow Is Giving It Away:

"I've been giving away my books ever since my first novel came out, and boy has it ever made me a bunch of money."

-- Cory Doctorow

Eric Flint on science fiction and electronic publishing

We plan to make a serious contribution to the debate about the future of science fiction and electronic publishing, but we aren’t the first to consider what may lie ahead, and we want to give credit to those who have already weighed in on some of the issues.

Eric Flint wrote a series of thought-provoking columns while he was the editor of Jim Baen’s Universe, and they shed light on at least one publisher’s perspective on electronic publishing, copyright, fair use, and digital rights management.

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What is OpenLit?

Everything you ever wanted to know about OpenLit (but were afraid to ask), is now online for your reading delight.

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Social Publishing

Oort-Cloud.org grew from this article that I wrote for the Corante Many-to-Many blog:

Social Publishing

I am always looking for connections and lately I have begun to see what I think is a promising trend in the publishing world that may just transform the industry for good.