Thanks to Jenn Lidster for posting a link to Pimp My Novel today on the Writer's Digest forum. I encourage all my fellow writers out there to follow that blog, and I've added it to my list of "Links for Writers" in the sidebar.
Today's post was the fourth in an eight part series regarding genre-specific sales. It's nice to know that science fiction isn't suffering as badly as some other genres in the overall downturn of the economy. In particular, military SF (among some other sub-genres mentioned) is on the rise. That's good news for Joe and I, since many of our SF stories can be classified as such. This is not really surprising, though, when you think about the current popularity of military SF games like Halo and Mass Effect.
On a similar topic, although not as positive, Jim Baen's Universe has announced that the April 2010 issue will be their last. This news saddened me quite a bit. Baen stories (either in book form or magazine) have a very distinct quality that Joe and I both enjoy. To see this publication go under is like having your cat die (sort of...no offense to anyone who recently lost a cat because I've been there, several times). It hurts, but you get over it. And eventually, you get a new cat.