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In which we flit over the first shortlist of the year and some charitable links, sweep though a fortnight of culture consumed, and then leap with both feet into the pet subject of Inside Indie Press.  


BSFA Awards Shortlists http://vectoreditors.wordpress.com/2011/01/17/2010-bsfa-awards-shortlists-2/

QLD Flood fundraisers for writers & readers: After the Rain: http://bit.ly/AtRFloods Authors for Queensland auction http://authorsforqueensland.wordpress.com QWC appeal launches Saturday, on Twitter at @writersonrafts

What Culture Have we Consumed? Tansy: no books for me, shockingly! More Big Finish audio plays. (http://tansyrr.com/tansywp/no-end-in-sight-for-big-finish/ http://tansyrr.com/tansywp/science-fiction-on-the-radio/) Alex: Agatha H and the Airship City, Phil and Kaja Foglio (http://randomalex.net/2011/01/14/smellink-verra-nize-indeed/); Transformation Space, Marianne de Pierres; Dust, Elizabeth Bear (http://randomalex.net/2011/01/18/dust-by-elizabeth-bear/); two stories from James Tiptree’s Her Smoke Rose Up Forever (spoilery discussion at http://dreamsandspeculation.com/2011/01/15/january-tiptree-discussion/); The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss (http://randomalex.net/2011/01/19/the-name-of-the-wind/). Also begun a rewatch of BSG... Alisa: No Ordinary Family, Dexter season 5

(diversion on the subject of Whether Alisa Should Watch Doctor Who)

Pet Subject: Inside Indie Press Big news in TPP space is the closure of Speakeasy.

Is there an obvious point at which a project becomes a non-viable project? How do you know that you're ditching a project just because the stories don't fit your particular idea/viewpoint?

The older books are harder to use as examples because lots of things about them were learning. Horn - first to break even BUT i got caught on the selling to bookstores so i ended up having to sell 80% of the print run after review and buzz copies (1/4 of the print run) to break even.

Pay scales, writing contracts, competing with the US indies...

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