Hachette's Orbit to Launch Digital Short Fiction Publishing Program

Posted on May 5, 2010

Hachette Book Group's Orbit imprint is giving digital short stories a try. Orbit, a science fiction and fantasy imprint, will be launching a digital short fiction publishing program later this year. Orbit has offered to publish digital editions of all original short fiction written by its authors. The digital editions will be distributed for reading on a variety of ebook devices and tablets. Authors will be paid a royalty for each story sold, rather than the flat fee more common in the short story market.

Tim Holman, Orbit VP & Publisher, said, "We know that writing short fiction is important for many of our authors. By offering to publish their short fiction - and to publish it quickly - we will be providing a new way for them to connect with readers. The initial response from our authors has been great, and we are looking forward to launching the first stories later this year."

Orbit was launched in 2007. Some of its authors include Joe Abercrombie, Iain M. Banks, Greg Bear, Gail Carriger, Karen Miller, Kim Stanley Robinson and Brent Weeks.

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