Accurate and entertaining article worth a read. I agree with Theft of Swords being more lighthearted. The entire series is a great read and the best books I’ve listened to in a very long time. They are also very well edited. There are so many Indie publications that would be fantastic reads with a good editing job.
In late 2012 Hugh Howey was an unknown writer of science fiction, even to most dedicated science fiction readers. And yet he had sold over 250,000 books, optioned film rights to the legendary Ridley Scott, and agreed a six figure book deal with major publisher Simon & Schuster. All this before his dystopian sci-fi novel had even, in traditional terms, been published.
Howey has gone on to become the poster boy for a small but quickly growing band of sci-fi and fantasy authors who are independently publishing their own books, and making a small fortune in the process. These ‘indie authors’ are surfing the crest of a wave driven by the rise of the e-book, the smartphone and the Amazon Kindle. And the popularity of the sci-fi & fantasy genres is putting them at the cutting edge of the revolution.
Sci-fi and fantasy writers have always had an air…
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