Words from the Publisher

Announcing the winner of the tag line competition

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror, Words from the Publisher | 3 comments

After about my fifth read through all the tag line entries, I came to the conclusion that many of our contestants could have a successful career as a brand manager. There were great multitudes of quality entries. Here are some of my favorites… Folly Blaine – Imprinting the Odd Jo Olluyn – Exploring the Edge Damien Walters Grintalis – Genre Redefined, The Uncommon Side of Genre Dennis Michael Lane – Your Guide to Surviving the Future, Tomorrow Today, Read; or they Win, 26 Letters Infinite Possibilities Ian Sales – The Best Books Live at the Edges Shadodottir – Erasing the Boundaries of Imagination Patrick Derrickson – Our...

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The Great Tag Line Competition: Win a year of Apex books

Posted by on May 8, 2012 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror, Words from the Publisher | 90 comments

Apex is in need of a catchy tag line that succinctly describes our unique brand of books while also piquing the interest of potential new readers. I’ve never been a Johnny-on-the-spot type of guy. Corner me at a convention and ask me the type of books that Apex publishes, I’m more than likely will give you a mumbling, lengthy response. The sad thing is that I know exactly the type of book Apex likes. I’m the guy who buys and publishes them, after all. Apex titles are often edgy. They are books that use the playing field of genre to create challenging and memorable reads. Thus you get books like Machine, Dark Faith, The Apex Book of World SF,...

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Dancing with the Devil: KDP Select FREE Post-Mortem Thoughts

Posted by on Apr 24, 2012 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror, Words from the Publisher | 6 comments

On March 27th, 28th, and 29th, Apex enrolled The Convent of the Pure by Sara M. Harvey in the Amazon Select KDP FREE promotion.  As promised in this post, I would come back and talk about the experience. THE PROGRAM I titled the blog post “Dancing with the Devil” because I’m not a big fan of the KDP Select program. To me, it defines everything that makes Amazon into such a divisive entity. By signing up for a ninety day period, you make your eBook available for loan to Amazon Prime members. For each ‘borrow’ your book racks up, Amazon pays a fee. For five days during the ninety day period, you can have your book listed as free to all Amazon...

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Dancing with the devil: Apex gives Amazon Select a try

Posted by on Mar 27, 2012 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror, Words from the Publisher | 1 comment

I worry about a potential Amazon monopoly on the book publishing business, and because of this I have become somewhat anti-Amazon in my views over the past year. I mostly keep these personal opinions off-line, as I don’t like biting the hand that feeds me (and Amazon feeds Apex quite well… and everyone else, which is sort of the problem, right?).  But the sad truth is that the publishing industry, the book sellers, and even authors (led by pied piper authors who claim “independence” but are on Amazon’s payroll) have escorted Amazon by hand to the company’s current mighty position. Apex (and its owner, too) is just as much to blame as...

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Words from the Publisher: Making a difference

Posted by on Feb 1, 2012 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror, Words from the Publisher | 4 comments

Before I get into the meat of this post, allow me to practice my Vanna White moves and showcase the sleek looking WordPress blog we’re now using for our blogging. None of this, and I mean NONE OF THIS would be possible without the help and assistance of Sarah Peduzzi. And by ‘help and assistance’ I mean that she did all the work. (Not to denigrate my own extremely important contributions… I registered the domain and wrote her an email or two about how the blog should function. See, important!) Sarah has been our blog editor for over a year now. She’s done a knockout job, and I don’t think she or the great content she gets posted...

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