Small to Big...the VanderMeer saga

Jayaprakash Satyamurthy

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We've been discussing self-publishing vs. big-name publishers in another thread, but I think it's important for aspiring writers to be aware of the 3rd alternative: small presses. There are, at least in the sf/f/h genres, several small press publishers who are known for taking chances on work that is unusual, experimental or simply a bit off the marketeer's radar, but still posessed of real literary worth.

Surreal fantasy author Jeff VanderMeer is someone who has started with small-press publishing, at least partly because the more established markets simply weren't convinced about his rather unusual work, and is now a bestselling author whose works have been published, or re-published, by big-name publishers like Tor.

Here's an entertaining, informative and perhaps even inspiring article by him about his book, City of Saints and Madmen, and its long, convoluted path to big-league publishing success:http://trashotron.com/agony/columns/2004/04-06-04-1.htm
 
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Jayaprakash Satyamurthy

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Yes, his Runcible Tales were first relased as a chapbook by Pipers' Ash, I think. Small Beer Press, Golden Gryphon, Night Shade are all well-regarded small presses who publish unconvenentional sf/f fare.
 
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