Be The Editor Of Your Own Anthology: Sci Fi, Horror, And Fantasy
A new type of publisher launches to bring professional-quality short fiction to eReader devices, such as the Kindle and iPad.
"I grew frustrated trying to find great science fiction stories for my Kindle," said founder Tim C. Taylor. "With the wireless capability of eReaders, I should be able to pick a short story to enjoy with my coffee shop cappuccino just as easily as I can have biscotti. But if I browse through traditional publishers, I'm forced to take the editor's story choices and timetable. Besides, too many science fiction periodicals have distanced themselves by championing literary cleverness over traditional storytelling. As for the 'self-publishing revolution', my excitement of picking up cheap e-books for my new Kindle quickly died with the realisation that many of them should never have been published or would have been better for the attention of a good editor. So I decided to do something about it and launched Greyhart Press."
Greyhart Press is different because
• It establishes a relationship with its authors, with the intention of building a library of stories from each one. This is like a traditional print publisher of novels and unlike a traditional short story print periodical. Readers can explore the work of authors they enjoy whenever their eReader device is connected, rather than hope their author is featured in the next edition of a periodical.
• All the stories are carefully edited, and the e-books checked for formatting issues. While many great e-books have been self-published over the past couple of years, the absence of agents and editors in their traditional gatekeeper roles have inevitably meant a deluge of poorly written and formatted e-books.
• In addition to the free sample facility provided by e-book retailers such as Amazon, Greyhart Press always provides a selection of complete e-books for free. This helps to introduce readers to new authors. See http://greyhartpress.com/
• Greyhart Press champions a philosophy of traditional storytelling and clear writing style encapsulated in The Real Story Manifesto. This gives readers confidence that Greyhart Press stories will be written in a style that is accessible to the mainstream of science fiction, horror, and fantasy lovers, without being ’dumbed down'. See http://greyhartpress.com/
Amazon reports that Kindle e-books outsold paperbacks in 2010 Q4 – The Daily Telegraph (www.telegraph.co.uk/
Sales to date of iPads and iPhones are 120 million – Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/
Sales of eReader devices in 2009/10 were 15 million - IDC (http://www.idc.com/
Internet forum posters complain about poorly written and badly formatted self-published e-books. (For example a Google search on the terms 'ebook poor formatting' returns 10.5 million results http://www.google.com/
About Greyhart Press
Greyhart Press was established in April 2011 by Tim C. Taylor. It sells science fiction, horror, and fantasy e-books through retailers such as amazon.com, Smashwords, and Apple iBookstore.
It specialises in short stories, novelettes and novellas (reading time of approximately twenty minutes to three hours), with an initial catalogue of eight stories which will be extended rapidly. A selection of complete stories are always made available for free.
For more information, visit www.greyhartpress.com
About Tim C. Taylor
When Tim C. Taylor was made redundant in February 2011, a consequence of the global recession, his co-workers gave him a Kindle as a parting gift. He soon saw this presented an exciting new opportunity. So after twenty years writing and managing software releases for a FTSE 100 company, Tim now does much the same thing with fiction as a writer, publisher, and freelance e-book designer. His short fiction has appeared in several magazines and anthologies over the past decade, most recently in books by NewCon Press alongside authors such as Dan Abnett (best selling author of over a million books) and Lauren Beukes (who won the Arthur C. Clarke Award last month).
For more information, visit www.timctaylor.com
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Greyhart Press sells science fiction, horror, and fantasy e-books through retailers such as amazon.com and Smashwords.
It specialises in short reads (reading time of 20-200 minutes). A selection of complete stories are always available for free.