Give me your tired, your poor, your... SF authors needing a True Fan?
May 24, 2014 5:03 PM Subscribe
After this FPP
on Amazon's questionable tactics dealing with Hachette (and in particular, Michael Sullivan's article
on the matter, in which he mentions developing "a direct sales channel" with readers), and mathowie's comment
in the MeFi funding thread on True Fans
, help me find a better way to support authors than binging on the Kindle Book Store (where the majority of my payment apparently goes to publishers and distributors - boo!). Difficulty level: hard SF (think Greg Egan), space opera (think Banks' Culture series); ebooks preferred.
My first thought is self-publishing / the "direct sales channel" Sullivan alluded to - can you recommend any excellent self-published science fiction authors out there whose ebooks I can purchase (relatively) directly (or download freely then donate)? I guess the closest real-world example I have to this is G. Norman Lippert
(I downloaded his James Potter series gratis and sent him a donation equivalent to what normally I pay for books from a site like Amazon).
Alternatively, are there authors out there publishing via smaller, more "author-friendly" publishing houses (who don't take a 50%+ cut from each book sale)?
Or is the best way for me to support authors to simply continue to buy and review their works through Amazon & GoodReads?
A little about my preferences - I love hard SF and space opera, and occasionally branch out into fantasy. Like many around here, I'm a huge fan of authors like Iain M. Banks, Greg Egan, Kim Stanley Robinson and Neal Stephenson, and George R. R. Martin and Brandon Sanderson on the fantasy side. I far prefer ebooks (.mobi in particular) to physical books.