Bastion as a bestseller and review round up
It's long overdue that we do a review round up for Bastion, gathering up some of the reviews we've come across and the interviews I've done. But first, we're very excited to note that for the month of May, our second issue was the #5 bestseller over at Weightless Books! The details are on their site.
The folks behind Weightless (Gavin and Michael) have been fantastic with helping us do everything required to get our issue listed and available for purchase. It's infinitely more satisfying being able to sell through an independent book seller rather than the large outlets. There's a clear sense that the people behind independent retailers such as Weightless are real and care about their customers in ways larger outlets never can. If you haven't purchased from Weightless before, even if you don't pick up a copy of Bastion, I strongly recommend that you stop by and support them with your other book or magazine purchases. They offer DRM-free PDF, epub, and mobi formats and can have your purchases sent straight to your e-reader of choice, making the whole process very easy and convenient.
As far as reviews go, we've seen some very positive feedback. Have a look:
- The Little Red Reviewer: Andrea Johnson, the Little Red Reviewer and contributor over at SFSignal, reviews our May issue
- The Curiosity of a Social Misfit: Patrick Scattergood's review of our April issue
- Toks W. of Galactic Tides reviewed our April issue and talks diversity
- "Visual Signs Part 3: SciFi Magazines, Covers, and Pitching The Story" by Joe Frazier takes a look at our April and May covers
- Steve Davidson of Amazing Stories talks about the olden days and gives us a shout
There's also a couple of reviews on Amazon. Of our April issue, Clayton Robert Barnes writes the following:
"In this, the premiere issue of Bastion, I really didn't expect much. To be honest I came in assuming the worst. Now I know that isn't a good way to enter into something, especially a story, but what can I say? I'm a bit of a jerk. As the you might have guessed, I was won over by this mag. Both the quality of writing and the diversity of storytelling types. This is a solid choice for the fan of any type of scifi."
I've also been fortunate to participate in a few interviews:
- Joe's Geek Fest with Joe Frazier
- The Little Red Reviewer with Andrea Johnson
I'd just like to say that we put a tremendous amount of work into Bastion, and it means a great deal to not only the editors, slush readers, and social media staffers here but to our authors as well when readers enjoy our efforts. At the end of the day, we're out to publish great science fiction, and I believe we're doing exactly that - but don't take my word for it. Pick up a copy for yourself and have a look.
Finally, any feedback or comments for the authors are greatly appreciated by them, and if motivated, you can always send those to firstname.lastname@example.org where we will be happy to pass them along.