Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror

Post-mortem: Operation Fourth Story and Announcements

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments

Now that Operation Fourth Story has finished, I thought I would share some of the numbers and make a couple of cool announcements. Our goal was 250 new subscriptions in two weeks. All along, we knew this would be a difficult goal to attain using an old-fashioned subscription drive without using a lot of reward carrots. In this case, we wanted the big prize to be the fourth story, the word limit increase to 17,500 words, and the Kindle. We ended up gaining 101 subscriptions. Not too shabby! Naturally, I’m disappointed that we didn’t reach 250, but getting 101 allows Apex Magazine to do some nice things for our readers and writers. 1) Apex Magazine has...

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Accepting preorders for Mari Adkins’ novel MIDNIGHT

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments

The book that has been in the work for years and years has finally arrived…well, almost arrived! The official release date for Midnight by Mari Adkins is May 19th, but you can read it now if you decide to preorder, and here’s how! Step 1: You go here: http://www.apexbookcompany.com/collections/all-books/products/midnight/ Step 2: You click the big hyperlink right under the cover art that says “CLICK HERE TO PREORDER”. Step 3: You make payment either through PayPal or your credit card. (Note: You do not need a PayPal account to use your credit card!). FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING! Step 4: You’ll be taken to a secret page that contains a link to...

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Operation Fourth Story: The Final Day!

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 1 comment

This is it. The last day of Operation Fourth Story. Unless you’ve been living in a bunker on a self-imposed internet sabbatical for the past two weeks, I’m sure you know what Operation Fourth Story is, but there have been a flurry of updates, reviews, guest posts, and interviews over the last fifteen days,  and I wanted to take a moment to summarize everything that’s been going on just in case you missed something. Operation Fourth Story is our subscription push to get enough new subscribers to have the revenue to add an additional 4000 to 5000 words of original fiction to each issue of Apex Magazine. We’ve run the numbers and found that to do...

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Operation Fourth Story: Gateways Into the Garden of Words

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments

Some people think of short fiction as the gateway to novels for writers. You learn the ropes with the short stuff and voila, you’re ready to write a novel. Everyone is entitled to their opinion of course, but that seems a bit like equating short stories to training wheels. A nice bit of help, but useless once you’ve mastered the ride. Writing words may teach you to hone your craft of writing, but just as writing novels trains you to write novels, writing short stories trains you to write short fiction. And short fiction is a perfectly valid form all its own. To say it’s merely a gateway to a novel is dismissive to the craft and insulting to authors who choose to work...

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VODO: Otherworlds Bundle!

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments

A few weeks ago, a nice lady contacted Apex about providing material for something they were calling their ‘Otherworlds’ bundle. Initially, I was skeptical. We get a lot of odd requests for materials. I would estimate about half are not in our best interests. But this one was interesting. So I did my due diligence and did a bit of research on VODO. In short, they allow you to pay what you want for a bundle of digital material (music, eBooks, games, movies, etc.) created by independent creators (publishers, musicians, authors, directors, etc.). There are different tiers…you pay as low as a penny, you’re assured the content of tier 1. If you pay...

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It’s Not Writer’s Block, It’s Writer’s Break

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 1 comment

As there are quite a few fellow writers who read this blog, I thought that I’d cover an issue from which many of us claim to suffer. Hold your collective breaths now, I’m about to let a dangerous creature out to play amongst you… writer’s block. I know, it seems like such a ferocious beast, it’s got that thick mane that it tangles you up in, rendering you incapable of typing. It’s got those weird laser eyes that entrance you, making virtually all of your creativity evaporate. It’s got jagged, sharp teeth that make you bleed out all of your potential writing revenue. Many of us have found ourselves in the maw of this particular...

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