This story caught my attention because it’s a case of a little guy finding success by doing the things big business thinks is foolish.
Scott Sigler is a sci-fi/horror author that hasn’t had success selling his books. His book “Earthcore” [Link to Amazon.com] had been picked up for publishing before 9/11 but the publisher never contacted him after 9/11. In 2005 he decided to podcast the novel as a serial. Only after the complete podcast finished was the book released for sale. He now had a small publisher who was willing to experiment and the podcast first, publish second philosophy has continued on into his future books. He’s also released a full pdf copy of his Novel Ancestor.
According to Scott’s site, his upcoming book “Ancestor” [Link to Amazon.com] hit #7 in books overall and #1 in both sci-fi and horror on Amazon.com withough any promotion except the podcast and PDF which were both complete copies of the books. I didn’t finish listening to the podcast or read the entire pdf but I did buy the book, along with Earthcore. So I’m one of the ones the strategy worked on.
How does this relate to The OS Quest? Well, maybe it’s a stretch, but the podcast is done with Garageband which is free on every Mac. But really, I’m just happy a guy who writes stuff I like found some success.
You can get a copy of the Ancestor podcast at Podiobooks.com.
Other Scott Sigler novels:
Infection: Podcast at Podiobooks.com Not yet available as a book
The Rookie: Podcast at Podshow.com Not yet available as a book
This came to me via the net@nite podcast.