Jason Stoddard gets hardback publication deal on two Creative Commons novels

Paul Raven @ 12-05-2009

Jason Stoddard's Winning Mars (Creative Commons edition cover art)Well, this is the sort of announcement that makes the hard work of running a webzine worthwhile! Jason Stoddard, a regular fixture in Futurismic‘s fiction section (and a genuinely super guy to boot) has sold two novels to genre fiction small press Prime Books, an outfit that publishes novels by fine writers such as Nick Mamatas and Ekaterina Sedia and anthologies by editors including Rich Horton and John Joseph Adams.

That would be worthy of celebration as it stands, but there’s an extra angle that makes Stoddard’s deal unusual – both novels have already been released for free under Creative Commons licenses. Let’s let Jason explain:

In a phrase, completely unexpectedly. Sean contacted me to see if Winning Mars and Eternal Franchise were available. I did a quick google of Sean’s name and company, saw that he was an established small press that worked with solid authors, and sent a quick email back saying yes, the books were available, but that both had been released into the wild. I fully expected the typical publisher reaction: you killed them there books, son, when you released ’em. But no. Sean has to go and restore my faith in humanity and the publishing industry.

On behalf of Futurismic, I’d like to roundly congratulate Jason on this great news, and Sean Wallace for taking this unusual step; it’s a vindication of Creative Commons licensing, and it’s a publisher picking up a writer in whom I have great faith. I’m proud that Futurismic got to be part of Jason’s journey to publication – Chris and I have seen many writers whose stories we’ve published here go on to bigger and better things, and I hope there will be more to come in the future.

Which means the final thank-you goes to you, the readers – it’s your attention and love of good fiction that brings great writers to our door. Keep reading – together, we can find more of them. 🙂

If you’ve not read any of Jason’s work before (or if you simply feel the need to reacquaint yourself with it), all his Futurismic publications are tagged with his name. Enjoy!

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8 Responses to “Jason Stoddard gets hardback publication deal on two Creative Commons novels”

  1. Screen Sleuth says:

    Prime is a tiny outfit, probably desperate for decent writing, so they agreed. If it were a really large publisher, you can bet they would have backed off the offer immediately with the admission it had been released freely.

  2. Paul Raven says:

    I concur on your latter point, but a look at Prime’s most recent output shows they’re not short of good writers or anthologists. 🙂

  3. Jason Stoddard says:

    Paul, thanks for this mention! Hopefully I’ll have a new story for you soon. Although the novels are nice, I still like the short form best. Maybe it’s my attention span . . .

  4. Jason Stoddard says:

    Oh, and from Prime Books’ Wikipedia entry: Edited by Hugo-nominee and 2006 World Fantasy-winner Sean Wallace, Prime Books is an award-winning independent publishing house, specializing in a mix of literary/commercial anthologies, collections, novels, and even a magazine: Fantasy Magazine. Some of its established and new authors / editors have included John Joseph Adams, KJ Bishop, Philip K. Dick, Theodora Goss, Rich Horton, Nick Mamatas, Sarah Monette, Holly Phillips, Tim Pratt, Ekaterina Sedia, Catherynne M. Valente, Jeff VanderMeer, and many more. Prime releases have made the top ten lists of Amazon, Booklist, and Publishers Weekly.

  5. JustinP says:

    Good stuff! I think I know a couple of people who might appreciate a hard copy of “Winning Mars”.

  6. Nick Mamatas says:

    One would have thought this would be needless to say, but books get republished all the time. Really. Do you think your copy of MOBY DICK is a first edition?

  7. Peter Q says:

    Congrats Jason. I loved Winning Mars. It was actually the first fiction I took the time to read from Futurismic!

    Congrats also to Futurismic for providing a forum for progressive ideas.

  8. Jetse says:

    Peter Q said:

    “Congrats Jason. I loved Winning Mars. It was actually the first fiction I took the time to read from Futurismic!”

    Sorry to be a nitpicker, but “Winning Mars” — the novella, which preceded the novel, which Futurismic indeed pointed to later — was originally published in Interzone #196. Futurismic have published several fine stories by Jason, but not that one.

    And congratulations to Jason, although I’ve already given those a few days earlier in private…;-)