Martin’s contribution to the book, The Princess and the Queen, is a novella set in the Song and Ice and Fire world that “will reveal the origins of the Targaryen Civil War, otherwise known as ‘The Dance of the Dragons.’ A war that split a then fledgling Westeros in two, pitting Targaryen against Targaryen and dragon against dragon.”
None of these words mean anything to me, but I imagine that those on the Game of Thrones bandwagon will be interested.
Best-selling author Stephen King has just released a passionate call for greater gun control, titled “Guns.” In a coup for Amazon, the essay is available only through its Kindle Store for 99 cents.
I wonder why go this way, rather than publish in a magazine or something–seems like it would get wider distribution.
In 1812, the year Charles Dickens was born, there were 66 novels published in Britain. People had been writing novels for a century–most critics date the genre to Robinson Crusoe in 1719–but nobody aspired to do it professionally.
I knew the publishing “industry” wasn’t much of anything well into the 19th Century, but I had forgotten just how small and amateur it was. Good to remember in these times of fear and doubt about the future of books and reading.