HOW IT WORKS: “Kindle Scout is reader-powered publishing for new, never-before-published books. It’s a place where readers help decide if a book gets published…” (read more at the link)
To be honest, I have mixed feelings about this. I *want* to see Vogel do well and move up to a bigger publisher who can do more for him. On the other hand, his books sell very well for us. I’d hate to lose him.
But the more I think about it: the entire raison d’être for founding Rampant Loon Press and Stupefying Stories was to try to do for today’s writers what George Scithers and Charles C. Ryan did for writers like me, 30-some years ago. They helped us launch our careers, and some of us even moved up to the big time.
Is Rampant Loon Press succeeding at doing this? Taking a quick skim through the TOCs of some recent issues of F&SF, Analog, and Asimov’s that were laying around the office, I counted eight writers who we were either the first or among the first to publish.
Good luck with the Kindle Scout program, Mr. Vogel. I sincerely hope they pick up your book and make you rich and famous.