Cover to Cover #410A: Lou Anders

When this was recorded, Barnes & Noble had just announced that they would be allowing authors to self-publish their work for the Nook, but no rates had been set yet.

Mike Stackpole also talks about a new project he's spearheading called Chain Story, where authors are writing free fiction and also loosely collaborating with each other in an ongoing series of shared stories. While Chain Story is the website hub, each author's story is hosted on their own sites, to encourage readers to visit them and see what other stories might be of interest to them.

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Interview: Lou Anders, Editorial Director for Pyr, joins us to talk about Pyr SF's ventures into electronic publishing.

Lou talks about how the iPad has shifted his reading preferences recently, and despite his deep and continuing love for physical books themselves, he can see where his future book buying may go the way his music buying went after iTunes became more widely used.

Technology is changing the publishing game, and the guys talk about easy it's becoming to be lured away from the book to the many electronic readers out there; about whether to use enhanced content for ebooks to encourage sales, the importance of having a quality story, and much more.

Lou also walks through what happens on the path from manuscript to shelf: from the acquisition process, the editing process, the cover art process, and the book design process.

Look for these upcoming Pyr titles: Shadow's Son by Jon Sprunk, and The Office of Shadow by Matthew Sturges.

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  1. I love it when you interview Lou Anders because it's interesting listening to an editor; what his day-to-day job entails, how he sees stories, how it all works once your send off your ms. I'd love to hear more interviews with editors, especially if they have some good, specific advice (and contact details !) about how to appeal to their specific market.