Another bit of news from the world of Dagda Publishing: Not content with publishing excellent poetry from up-and-coming writers online and in ebook form, they have grand plans to become a full-blown indie publishing house. An Indiegogo campaign to raise funding has just begun and I urge you to donate whatever you can.
Yes, I have a vested interest in their success as they’ve published my work and I do design for them, but ignore that. Independent publishers are sorely needed these days. The big guns are content to churn out whatever books fit on the current popular bandwagon, and are busy messing around with restrictive DRM and the like. Whereas independent publishers like Dagda and the excellent Angry Robot are focused on their mission to find awesome new talent and introduce it to readers.
Speaking of people who don’t get it, here’s an article about some atrocious comments made recently by Terry Deary (author of the Horrible Histories series) about how libraries have “had their day”. It reeks of selfishness and greed and detachment from the real needs of society.
Deary is calling for a public debate around libraries, and for an end to the “sentimentality” he believes has framed the issue so far. “Why are all the authors coming out in support of libraries when libraries are cutting their throats and slashing their purses?”
Obviously many (superior) authors have condemned his comments and still stand staunchly in support of libraries. If you fancy a quick antidote to his views, I recommend reading Marc Morris’ sublime response.
And if you fancy further infuriating him by reading something for free, you could do worse than checking out Little Nemo in Slumberland. Now in the public domain, and therefore freely distributable by anyone to whomever they like, you can find the entire original run online here.
Moving on to something completely different: This is possibly one of the best articles I’ve read recently. Taking the question of “what if the Doctor regenerated into a woman?” further than ever — an alternative world where the Doctor has always been a woman. The choices are excellent (barring the terrible mistake with the eleventh) and the summaries of each Doctor’s career are the icing on the cake.
The best part is that the idea of Sue Perkins as the Doctor is so popular, a campaign has started to have Big Finish do another Doctor Unbound series with her in the title role. I am fully behind this.
To finish things off, I give you a round-up of book cover criticism blogs. The first two, Caustic Cover Critic and Lousy Book Covers, cover the full spectrum of literature. Thanks to self-publishing and the fact that anyone can knock together something horrendous in a cracked version of Photoshop and set it as the cover of their 20-page Kindle “novel”, there are lots to choose from.
Then there’s Good Show Sir, which focuses on SF/F books. It’s a real eye-opener to see what works of terrible art otherwise excellent books by some very famous authors have been saddled with.