Over the past few days the conversation has been focused on the author self-help group 20booksto50K in connection with some interesting Nebula Award finalists (if you are a late arrival just read Cora’s round-up here: http://corabuhlert.com/2019/02/28/some-reactions-to-the-2018-nebula-award-finalists/ ). However, there’s a different way of looking at the 20booksto50K related finalists — by common publisher.
LMBPN Publishing (https://lmbpn.com/books-by-lmbpn-publishing/ ) is a publisher run by Michael Anderle and which publisher Craig Martelle, the two names most associated with 20booksto50K.
“LMBPN is the publishing company for the Kurtherian Gambit, Oriceran, Protected by the Damned and other Universes. In addition to Michael Anderle, we have published in ebook, book, and audio format collaborations with Justin Sloan, Craig Martelle, TS Paul, CM Raymond, and LE Barbant, Paul C. Middleton, Amy Hopkins, Ell Leigh Clarke, PT Hylton, Candy Crum, Martha Carr, Sarah Boyce, A. L. Knorr, Sarah Knoffke, and many others.”https://lmbpn.com/about/
Of the 20booksto50K listed finalists:
- Fire Ant** by Jonathan Brazee (Nebula Finalist) Brazee was published in the LMBPN anthology The Expanding Universe 4: Space Adventure, Alien Contact, & Military Science Fiction. “Checkmate by Jonathan P. Brazee: Winning is everything, especially in war.” https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HDRRYSH/ref=sr_1_51?keywords=LMBPN+Publishing&qid=1551342434&s=gateway&sr=8-51
- Messenger** R.R. Virdi and Yudhanjaya Wijeratne (Nebula Finalist) This story also appeared in the LMBPN anthology The Expanding Universe 4: Space Adventure, Alien Contact, & Military Science Fiction.
- A Light in the Dark, AK DuBoff (Nebula Finalist) DuBoff co-writes with Anderle the “Uprise Sage” for LMBPN https://lmbpn.com/books-by-lmbpn-publishing/
- (ETA) Going Dark Richard Fox (Nebula Finalist) Fox had a story in “The Expanding Universe 3: Space Opera, Military SciFi, Space Adventure, & Alien Contact!” the previous volume to the one listed above. Amazon lists this as published by CreateSpace (i.e Amazon) but it’s a LMBPN series.
Of the six works listed on the 20booksto50K not-a-slate,
half two-thirds were by authors that had been published by LMBPN. That’s not a claim that LMBPN engaged in any shenanigans but given the 20booksto50K is a trademark owned by LMBPN which is also owned by Anderle, the not-a-slate looks increasingly like not a good idea.
(a tip of the hat for help given with this post)