Good news for all SFF short fiction fans – Tor.com has launched a new digital imprint. Like all their previously published free content (which will continue), the new imprint will publish digital products internationally that are DRM-free. While the focus will be on the digital output, they also hope to make all the published titles available on POD as well as in audio formats. If titles do particularly well, they will be considered for traditional publishing routes.
This new imprint is meant to work alongside Tor Books (US) and Tor UK who publish longer SFF. Instead, the Tor.com imprint will cover novellas, short novels, and serialisations. Authors that work with Tor Books and Tor UK will also start appearing on the new imprint. With the increasing popularity of both eBooks and shorter fiction, this is a good move by Tor. But it isn’t just good news for fans of SFF… there’s good news for SFF writers as well, in the form of interesting offers on royalties. It is no secret that it is proving difficult for authors to make a living off their publications with traditional publishers, so it is great to see a publisher acknowledging this.
Authors on the imprint will be offered traditional advances against net earnings, or higher rates with no advance.