Sunday, August 1, 2010

Keeping your finger on the pulse ...

One of the things we need to do as paranormal/urban fantasy writers and readers is to keep our finger on the pulse of publishing and where it's going. Good places to start? Well, Tor is considered the forerunner of paranormal fiction and they have a well-rounded website at which includes articles, up-and-coming authors, future books and more.

Orbit Books is another publisher making a name in the genre. Their website ( also offers news and information of interest to those of us who love magic and all things dark and spooky, as well as author links and a blogroll.

Night Shade Books ( goes a little darker, adding more horror to the paranormal. Their website has bookseller links, author websites and editorials about things that go bump in the night.

There are many other publishers who publish books in the paranormal genre, like Samhain (, Penguin ( and Juno ( Ace Books and St. Martin's Press also publish paranormal/urban fantasy, and the market seems to be growing with the success of the Twilight series, Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse novels, which inspired the HBO series True Blood and the House of Night Books from P.C. Cast and her daughter Kristin.

In other words, paranormal fiction isn't going anywhere. It's here to stay and bigger and better than ever. Still, you have to keep your eyes and ears open to stay ahead of the trends, to keep the blood fresh and the words flowing.

Happy writing.

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