Publishing Talk Magazine issue 5 – Science Fiction

Publishing Talk Magazine issue 5 - Science FictionScience fiction and fantasy authors feature in issue 5.

Issue 5 is available as a print-on-demand magazine from MagCloud, and a text-only Kindle edition from and

Many of the articles are also available as blog posts on this site.

In issue 5 ‘High Priestess of British Steampunk’ Liesel Schwarz reveals her path to publication, while self-published fantasy author Ben Galley reveals how he became a successful ‘authorpreneur’, and why he thinks print is still important – something that Anna Lewis agrees with, as she looks at reasons why self-publishing isn’t all about digital.

For traditional publishers, digital is sometimes seen as a dystopian nightmare – but Alastair Horne examines some ideas from science fiction that offer the promise of a positive future for publishing.

Keith Mansfield finds inspiration closer to home, seeing spaceships in the London skyline; writing coach Tom Evans suggests we can tap into ideas from the future; and author and creative writing lecturer Matthew de Abaitua offers advice on creating strange new worlds.

There’s also advice from Nelle Andrew of PFD, who looks at what you can expect from working with a literary agent; and Suzanne Collier of has some great tips on a core career skill: networking. On the social media front, there are guides to producing online video and using WordPress categories and tags.

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Jon Reed

Jon Reed is an author, screenwriter, publisher and social media consultant. He is the author of Get Up to Speed With Online Marketing (2e, Pearson Business, 2013) and offers social media training and consultancy through his company Reed Media. Jon is also director of social media strategy for digital agency Pilao. Jon started Publishing Talk in 2007 following a 10-year career in publishing, including as publishing director for McGraw-Hill. More...