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.By signing up you agree to our Terms of Service