Thursday, March 22, 2007

Nebula Awards Showcase 2007

Last week I noticed for the first time that Nebula Awards Showcase 2007, edited by Mike Resnick, is now out. Although I didn't win the Nebula last year, I was nominated for it -- and this anthology includes my nominated novella "Identity Theft." It also includes a non-fiction piece by me on the state of Canadian science fiction.

It's a very beautiful book, I must say, and I'm proud to be in it.

The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site


At March 22, 2007 11:52 PM , Anonymous Jim Shannon said...

Hi Rob,
Looks interesting. Is the anthology in Trade paperback or Mass market paperback?


At March 23, 2007 12:01 AM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

It's a trade paperback. They haven't done the Nebula anthologies in mass-market for many years (they don't sell enough copies, sad to say, to justify it).

At March 23, 2007 12:27 PM , Blogger Drakkenfyre said...

It seems the realities of modern publishing don't support as many mass-market paperbacks. It may cost twice to three times as much to print a TP, the fact that they're not "strippable" and that they can be printed in smaller quantities (to cut down on warehousing costs and waste) can really help. We manage to sell some of our smaller trade paper books at only a dollar more than a mass market book for those very reasons.

At March 23, 2007 12:31 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Also, U.S. publishers pay authors lower royalties on trade paperbacks. Mass-market paperback royalties start at 8%; trade-paperback royalties start at 7.5%.

I actually kinda like the trade-paperback format (I find the type in mass-market too small to read). And many trade paperbacks are done on acid-free paper, which is nice.

I used to think trade paperbacks were overpriced (and I still do, if you have to pay full cover for them), but at th 30% off you can routinely get from online retailers, they're not a bad price-point at all.

At March 23, 2007 4:47 PM , Anonymous Jim Shannon said...

Drakkenfyre: Thanks for the education. I remember Hobbits Fantasy shop here in the late 1970’s the owner “stripping” paperbacks. If I understand the term properly, does this mean tearing the covers off?


Hi Rob,
Touching on different things here.
Now, that is interesting, trade easier to read because of the font size. Since I’ve never looked into a Sci-Fi Trade and the price point differences being so small, I think this changes my mind on ordering Trade. I’ve been buying anthologies recently because (no thanks to my vision woes) because every time I see an author name/title/cover, are the main selling points for me but lately I suck myself into buying part 4/23 of the “yada-yada wars” by Tom P Whatshisname only to after looking upon fantastic fiction when I get home I got sucked into another series. That’s the trouble with science fiction “recently”, is there is way to many series out there.

Have you noticed this trend?

This is why I like buying anthologies and stand along books. The people as nice as they are at Chapters can’t really tell any more then I can even with my poor vision (It will eventually be fixed) whether the book is part of a series or not. I made a promise to myself, I will never write a series/trilogy.

I don’t mind series from established writers like you, that’s different. I hope I haven't touched on sensitive topics. Sorry for rambling,



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