Five Rivers editorial team share a table of contents

It’s just very cool that both Robert Runté, and Lorina Stephens both have short stories published in Laksa Media Groups’ Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts.   Robert had this to say on his blog: Got my contributor’s copy of Strangers Among Us in the mail yesterday. Pretty pleased with the production values, and the company I am keeping in this anthology. The anthology will be officially launched August 12, 2016 at When…

Thoughts on editing styles

I must admit to not pulling punches when I edit. That attitude comes partly from my experiences with editors whose brutal honesty I have come to respect and appreciate, and partly from their admonition to return the favour when my time came. And, like our Senior Editor Dr. Robert Runte, I have also received comment from colleagues who are surprised I am so blunt, and have been called mean as well. I was once asked…

More books, more choice, a win for readers

It is interesting to note in recent sales stats which were released by the publishing industry, that although both print and digital book sales have continued to decline markedly with the Big5, sales with retailers, particularly Amazon, have increased.  That caused the traditional publishing industry to sit up and ask the question to which every small and indie publisher and author knew the answer five years ago: The increase in sales come directly from said…

Buy your favourite author a latte

Five Rivers’ editor, Robert Runte, recently posted the following very cogent article on his blog at SFeditor.ca. We’re reprinting it here with his permission. Reading a “review” of Five River’s new Dave Duncan release on Amazon, I was taken aback by someone rating the book was one star because it was priced at $4 for a novella. The reviewer made it clear that he hadn’t actually read the book, but was merely incensed at the price.Leaving aside…

New in November: Derryl Murphy’s Wasps at the Speed of Sound

In 2005 Prime Publishing released a collection of short stories by Canadian author, Derryl Murphy, called Wasps at the Speed of Sound. While the collection went on to receive positive critical and reader response, and hit academic required reading lists, Wasps eventually ended up unavailable and sidelined. Because of the visionary and edgy nature of Murphy’s writing, we thought Murphy’s stories worthy of rebirth. So it is we’re very proud to announce the return of Murphy’s…