Despite the doom-and-gloom weather predictions, it’s turned out to be a good Bank Holiday! Lots of sunshine (where I live, anyway), and it feels like spring is finally here. And not a moment too soon…
A few Monday links:
Sarah Rees Brennan talks about women and worldbuilding – she makes some interesting points. Hand-wavey worldbuilding is one of my pet hates (I can overlook it if I’m really invested in the characters, but it takes a lot!). I haven’t seen a male/female divide on “good” worldbuilding but then again, my reading skews heavily towards female authors so IDK. Anyway, she mentions THE TURN OF THE STORY, which is one of the very few online serials I fell for (primarily because it wasn’t a serial until it was…) – definitely worth reading if you haven’t already.
Speaking of worldbuilding (or lack of), Marko Kloos talks about how his Frontlines military SF series started out. Which made me think a bit about what I consider to be worldbuilding. I don’t need to know the nth detail of a world, but I appreciate consistency between characterisation and the setting. How characters think and react should be shaped by the society and culture in which they live, which in turn is influenced by history, technology, the physical setting and so forth. When any of these are out of sync, it feels slightly jarring to me – does that make sense? Do you think of worldbuilding differently?
Finally, an interview with Lois McMaster Bujold, who’s an author who does amazing worldbuilding IMO. It’s a great interview and covers quite a few topics. On backlist books, I found this piece interesting – not surprised, though:
So, yes, I now make much, much more from my self-pubbed backlist e-books than backlist paper books. None of them sell more than modestly, but I have 20 or 30 titles up, depending, and they do add up. A frontlist (new) lead book publication with good push from a major publisher can still top that in the first years of a book’s life-cycle. By my current calculations, after about five years e-versions go back to being more advantageous.