Monday News: Samhain is closing and other news
The Long Goodbye – On late Friday news broke on the internet that Samhain was “winding down.” We suspected that this would be the end but are sorry to see it happen. Samhain was an innovator and an important part of the digital landscape for many years. Many of your favorite authors started writing for the digital first publisher. Our suspicion is that Samhain’s author friendly 7-year contracts, combined with the surge of self-publishing and the development of digital first lines at traditional publishing houses, made it untenable to continue. Brashear notes in the formal announcement that it is going to take a while for the business to be able to close. This includes reversion rights for authors, not all of which are eligible for reversion at this point.
Here are the salient details
- Titles that are completed and ready for their launch will be published on schedule, or an adjusted schedule.
- The authors whose titles aren’t finalized as of today will have the rights reverted back to them.
- Titles that are already published will continue to be sold in all of our sales channels and we will continue to promote them through social media.
- Royalties will continue to be processed as normal on our regular monthly schedule.
- The editors and artists are freelance and we encourage you contact them to work with you on your self-publishing ventures.
- Samhain will not be attending any of the conferences. Though you will see me at Lori Foster’s event, maybe, unless I’ve retreated into full hibernation mode.
- Support staff remaining during the wind-down period are as follows:
- Jacob Hammer – production and distribution
- Amanda Brashear – website and administration
- Amanda Hicks – contracts and administration
- Katherine Batty – royalties and administration – Samhain/Christina Brashear
Zines Reborn: Inky Fingers Keep DIY Publishing Alive in Bangkok – This is a neat story about Grisana “Chris” Eimeamkamol and Unchalee “Lee” Anantawat, two zine aficionados who are attempting to revive their popularity in Bangkok after about ten years of absence in Thailand. I hadn’t really thought about this until I read this article, but given the current growth of self-publishing, and the mainstream popularity of fan works, zines could take on a kind of meta significance. Their somewhat modest renaissance in Thailand may be due to the enthusiasm of zine historians like Eimeamkamol and Anantawat, and it will be interesting to see if the trend continues and where it leads.
At the turn of the century, there were even zine fairs in Bangkok. Lee traces her how-I-met-zine story back to one on Phra Atit Road at a festival hosted by indie radio station FM 104.5 Fat Radio.
“I went to Fat Festival’s zine fair on Phra Atit Road around 2001 or 2002. Zines were at their peak at the time,” the Speedy Grandma co-founder said.
Whereas zines in the West vanished as soon as anyone could roll a Geocities site, they endured until internet access became widespread in Thailand in 2004 or so. Most Thais turned to blogs, boards or services such as Exteen, Pantip and Thaimail. – Khaosod English
‘The Martian’ Started As A Self-Published Book – I think most people know that The Martian began as a self-published digital book, but its path to popularity is kind of interesting. Author Andy Weir, who had never been in contact with a publisher, ended up being approached by Canadian audiobook company called Podium. In fact, his contract specified that Weir could not distribute the book in print, so when Random House expressed interest, he was lucky that Podium allowed him to buy back those rights. He also had to delete the online version of the book, which boosted sales of the audiobook, which was good for Podium, especially given the fact that they were so cooperative about reverting print rights back to Weir.
JAMES TONN: Greg sent me a link to his website. And I looked at it, and it was just a blue clickable link – it said “The Martian” on a white background. And I clicked it and my whole screen populated full of text. And that was the book that Greg was asking me to review.
NEARY: Tonn had to be persuaded to read the book. But once he did, he was on board. And Podium reached out to the author. Andy Weir says it had never occurred to him to pitch his book to a publishing company. And it didn’t bother him at all that he was being approached by an audiobook publisher.
ANDY WEIR: I was surprised that anyone was interested. Remember, at this time, I didn’t think that the book would have any mainstream appeal. So I thought it was just – oh, you know, it’s just a book, you know, by a dork for dorks. – NPR
Cheryl Tiegs criticizes SI for full-figured Ashley Graham cover: ‘I don’t think it’s healthy’ – Oh, Cheryl Tiegs; have you even seen Ashley Graham’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover? Because it boggles the mind that anyone can view that cover and not celebrate the one glorious moment in which an impossibly thin female body is not being shoved in the faces of young girls and women everywhere as a narrow, unrealistic-for-so-many standard of female fitness and beauty. Because, you know, curvy bodies can’t be healthy and fit, too.
Graham, 27, made history as the first plus-size beauty to grace the cover of the Swimsuit Issue. The magazine released three versions of its famed issue this year. Mixed martial artist Ronda Rousey and fashion model Hailey Clauson appeared on the other two.
While Graham has not specifically responded to Tiegs’ comments, she spoke about body image with TODAY.com after unveiling her lingerie line in the U.S. in September 2015.
“Think and speak positively about your body and other women’s bodies,” she said. “And never compare yourself to someone else. There is no right size and there is no wrong size. We are all built differently, and that’s a good thing! Celebrate and embrace your differences.” – Today