Welcome: Less Than Three

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    This week we’re happy to welcome Less Than Three Press whose titles include a few of books that fans of Blind Eye Books might take a look at. In coming weeks we’re expecting to add the following publishers: Circlet Press, Aqueduct PressSomething Wicked SF & Horror Magazine, Electric Velocipede, and another lovely magazine that I hope will prove very popular.

    And, next month—once we have the details worked out—we’re going to launch a subscription drive for Lightspeed and Fantasy magazines which will involve priiiiiizes. Are ebook readers (you) interested in new ebook readers (machines) as prizes? Do tell so that we know what to stock up on. So come back later this week and we should have that going.

    Cheers!

    Congratulations Lambda Award Winners

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    Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories cover - click to view full sizeincluding Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories by Sandra McDonald (Lethe Press) in the LGBT SF/FANTASY/HORROR category and David Pratt’s Bob the Book (Chelsea Station Editions)!

    Full BEA report will be forthcoming at some point. Probably after some napping has been accomplished.

     

    Bewere & BookExpo, baby

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    Bewere the NightHey, I’ll be at BookExpo in NYC this week. If you too will be lost and alone and need someone to take the excess chocolate off your hands, come say hi! I have a few new Small Beer Press titles on display (and a few to give away) in a tiny space in the Consortium aisle—booth #4508. I’m also going to be MC-ing an event tomorrow night at the 42nd St NY Public Library. It will be huge!

    Which is why we put a couple of titles (Weird Tales #350 and Ekaterina Sedia’s latest fabby looking anthology, Bewere the Night) up today instead of waiting for tomorrow. Since, you know, I will be out tripping the light fantastic. You know how the city takes you when you haven’t been there for a while.

    Given all that excitement, we’re going to take a rest next month. Not true. Instead we will run a subscription drive with p-p-p-prizes! (Kobo! Nook! If you want to donate ebook readers, now is your chance!)

    Next month: a subscription drive

    So the magazine subscriptions (and The Rifter, of course) are proving very popular here which made Sean Wallace of Prime Books wonder if we were interested in running a subscription drive. Sure, we says. And what kind of goodies could we offer? Discounts? Sure. Free books? Sure. A free ereader if we reach certain numbers of subscribers? Sure. Entering subscribers in a raffle to dunk a volunteer publisher (not me!) in a pool at at convention? Sure!

    So look for a subscription drive coming in in June. We should also have widgets that readers, authors, and publishers will be able to put on their websites and an affiliate program so that you can earn monies for sending people our way.

    Ciao!

    Welcoming Weird Tales

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    Weird Tales #357Today we added two new magazines courtesy of Wildside Press: Weird Tales, edited by Ann VanderMeer, and Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, edited by Marvin Kaye. Individual issues are $2.99 and 4-issue subscriptions are $11.95. Although it was first published back in 1923 Weird Tales has already proved popular right out the gate:

    The 357th issue of Weird Tales magazine is a celebration of short fiction, with a selection of great new stories by Karen Heuler, J. Robert Lennon, Karen Tidbeck, N.K. Jemisin, Peter M. Ball, and Mark Meredith. Features include The Eyrie, Lost in Lovecraft, and an interview with Caitlin R. Kiernan.

    The fifth issue of Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine — a special Holmes Fiction Issue — features an amazing new Holmes short novel by Carla Coupe, “The Adventure of the Haunted Bagpipes,” plus great Holmes stories and features by Bruce I. Kilstein, Mark Wardecker, Gary Lovisi, Paula Volsky, Marc Bilgrey, Stan Trybulski, Len Moffatt, Robert Eighteen-Bisang, Lenny Picker, Alan McCright, and M J Elliott. Our biggest issue ever, at 196 pages!

    Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #5

    Today is also the second Tuesday of the month which makes it a big day for the nail-biting readers of Ginn Hale’s huge serial novel, The Rifter. Part 3, Black Blades was sent out to subscribers this morning and Part 4, Witches’ Blood is now available for pre-order.

    You can catch up with Ginn Hale at reviewsbyjessewave.com on Wednesday, May 11th. She’s also been sighted on Goodreads in the What will happen next in The Rifter group.

    We’ll have more pre-orders available soon on Weightless, starting with Small Beer, then adding more. Today we added Geoff Ryman’s excellently odd science fiction novel The Child Garden and Lydia Millet’s The Fires Beneath the Sea—first in a new middle-grade series inspired by A Wrinkle in Time and other classic novels.

    And that’s it until next week. Thanks again for coming by. As ever, if you have suggestions, questions, or comments, email or post them in the comments and Michael or I will get back to you as soon as we can.

    Keep it weird, indie, and Weightless!

    April 2011 Bestsellers

    The bestseller charts for April show that the people, they love their subscriptions! Apex seem to send the most readers here followed by the two John Joseph Adams magazines, Fantasy and Lightspeed. But all the subscriptions are busy: for our own zine, LCRW, the electronic subscriptions are up to 12% of the total. Interesting!

    Besides the new issues of all those there magazines (and Clarkesworld) we have Genevieve Valentine’s debut novel, Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus TresaultiPW gave it a starred review (“Fans of grim fantasy will love this menacing and fascinating debut”) and check out the rave review on The Onion:

    Novels—especially speculative ones—that tap into the weirdness of circuses are certainly nothing new. But as a slice of sumptuous atmosphere, Mechanique evokes two of the best: Angela Carter’s Nights At The Circus and Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love, especially in the way all three use the Big Top as a backdrop for allegories of transfiguration and otherness. To Valentine’s credit as an aerialist of the literary sort, Mechanique is metamorphic but never grotesque, even as it sustains fabulist weightlessness between raw flesh, poignant insight, and glimmering fantasy.

    Besides that star, we also added half-a-dozen sexy looking titles from BookCyclone. Will they grace next month’s chart? Only if Ginn Hale’s fans need something else to keep them going in between Rifter installments! Next week, something new.

    Thanks for going Weightless!

    April 2011

    1. The Rifter Subscription & installments, Ginn Hale
    2. Lord of the White Hell Book One and Book Two, Ginn Hale
    3. Apex Magazine 12-Month Subscription
    4. Fantasy Magazine 12-Month Subscription
    5. Lightspeed Magazine Annual Ebook Subscription

    All our formats are belong to you

    What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves UsWe have a lovely update to unveil for users this week: Michael has changed the site so that once you have registered on Weightless (with the email address you used to place your order) and you verify your account, all your ebooks will always be available to you in all available formats in your Library. Nice!

    While Michael was working on that I took a week off, also nice! (If you are curious who Weightless is run by Michael and I updated the About page with actual pics. Eek!) Luckily Michael was able to keep up with all the queries and fix some things while I was away. Who knew a website had so many grommets that could fall off? Speaking of which in a couple of weeks we’ll have Weightless grommets or widgets or something that readers/authors/publishers can add to their websites. We’re very appreciative of every mention of the site out there in the world on and off line. Keep it indie!

    Speaking of indies we added our first two titles from a real mover and shaker in the indie press world: please welcome Dzanc Books! I’m especially happy to add a book that features Nessie:

    Laura van den Berg’s rich and inventive debut What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us illuminates the intersection of the mythic and the mundane: A failed actress takes a job as a Bigfoot impersonator. A botanist seeking a rare flower crosses paths with a group of men hunting the Loch Ness Monster.

    Roy Kesey’s riveting debut novel Pacazo tells the story of John Segovia, an American historian who teaches English at a small university in Piura, on the desert coast of Peru. The narrative moves between John’s obsessive search for his wife’s killer and his attempts to build a new life for himself and his infant daughter.

    We should have a stack of Dzanc Books coming soon.

    Subtle Bodies: A Fantasia on Voice, History and Rene CrevelThis week Lethe Press is celebrating Peter Dube’s novella Subtle Bodies being a Shirley Jackson Award finalist and has put it on sale at 50% off—so it’s now only $1.49!

    Speaking of awards, the Hugo Nominees are out and a quick look showed that we have Peter Watts “The Things” available in issue 40 of  Clarkesworld.

    Lastly, we added our latest Small Beer Press ebook in 4 DRM-free formats, The Monkey’s Wedding and Other Stories by Joan Aiken, which just received a lovely lovely starred review in Publishers Weekly:

    “This imaginative posthumous collection includes among others six never before published short stories and two originally published under a pseudonym…. Wildly inventive, darkly lyrical, and always surprising, this collection—like the mermaid in a bottle—is a literary treasure that should be cherished by fantastical fiction fans of all ages.”

    Lightspeed is in, we’re back, we sold a lot of books in March

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    Don’t worry Lightspeed subscribers: your subscription is still working, the site is still here, it’s just that this month’s issue was delayed by the publisher. And that’s it: sent out! Apologies for the delay and thanks for your patience.

    Perhaps not surprising to those who follow Ginn Hale but March was a massive month for us here due to the release of the first part of The Rifter. It’s going so well we’re hoping to bring you more serials and at some point we’ll start releasing original Weightless Books ebooks. But more on that in the future.

    Before the bestsellers I should mention that on the first Monday of the month we added new issues of Apex, Clarkesworld, and Fantasy magazines. Apex just transferred their subscribers over here: hi everyone! About 2% of subscribers had problems which Michael sorted out pretty quickly. As ever: more subscriptions will be coming soon. And, Michael has a story in the new issue of Apex: check it out!

    March 2011

    1. The Rifter Subscription & The Rifter 1: The Shattered Gates, Ginn Hale
    2. Lord of the White Hell Book One and Book Two, Ginn Hale
    3. Fantasy Magazine 12-Month Subscription
    4. Lightspeed Magazine Annual Ebook Subscription
    5. Apex Magazine 12-Month Subscription
      Wicked Gentlemen, Ginn Hale

    Darn website. Why does it want to run the bottom of the list right into the text below? Here’s some hard to read text to move them apart.

    Besides all the magazine fun we added another of John Joseph Adams‘s huge anthologies, The Way of the Wizard; an anthology of three space operas, Battlestations, from David Drake; and  the promising-looking Promises, Promises by L-J Baker:

    Sandy Blunt, witch, has big dreams but C-average magic skills. Her only noteworthy talent is for paying extravagant compliments to women. Trouble is, when she uses that gift, she unwittingly foretells the future for a pretty princess. The punishment for prophesying about one of royal blood is death. With the help of ill-assorted companions, including a self-professed princess in disguise with a wild imagination, a self-absorbed member of the royal guard, and the not-so-average girl next door, Sandy has a year and a day to travel to far-flung places–encountering such dangerous creatures as a dragon who writes awful poetry, slovely elves, and boarding house landladies–to collect the weird and magical items needed to turn her prophecies into promises and so evade the executioner

    The future, with Arnie

    I’m sorry to say our servers appear to be under attack by Cylons or Tribbles or something and so the site disappeared occasionally yesterday. The lovely people at our hosting company, Utopian, explain it away here. But, like the rest of us they know and are expecting Skynet’s growth towards full consciousness will really mess around with the internets. Not much we red shirts can do about it but stand back and scratch our heads in awe.

    That, and announce that April issues of all the monthly magazines are heading our way and should be live either today or Monday.

    Monstrous Engines Beneath Ceaseless Skies

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    Hey, this week’s update is brought to you courtesy of a loaner computer and the hard work of Michael! My computer died: how sad I am, how sad.

    Anyway, onto the books: I’m happy to welcome a new publisher, Scott Andrews’s Firkin Press, publisher of the shiny webzine Beneath Ceaseless Skies. We’re only adding one title at the moment and will, I hope, be adding subscriptions later—them being so popular and all. But check out this book: The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies Online Magazine, Year One, which has a dozen good stories and is only $2.99. Nice price.

    And this month we have three new titles from those busy bees at Lethe Press, a historical romance, a debut collection of short stories, and a historical thriller:

    • Engines of Desire: Tales of Love & Other Horrors by Livia Llewellyn with an introduction by Laird Barron.
      “These 10 powerful stories mark relative newcomer Llewellyn as a writer to watch in the genres of dark fantasy, horror, and erotica.”
      —Publishers Weekly
    • The German by Lee Thomas
      Set during the height of World War II, The German examines the effect a series of ritualistic murders has on a small, Texas community.
    • Mere Mortals by Erastes
      Orphaned Crispin Thorne has been taken as ward by Philip Smallwood, a man he’s never met . . .

    Lastly we added a forthcoming Small Beer title: a fabby new collection from the late Joan Aiken, The Monkey’s Wedding and Other Stories. We have a giveaway going on the Small Beer blog: please tell us your pseudonym (or someone else’s!) for a chance to win. (The pre-orders worked really well for The Rifter so we’ll be adding more later this spring.)

    There’s a chance we’ll add audio books, too. More fun!

    I was talking to Michael yesterday about the site and I was, as I am occasionally wont to do, bemoaning the lack of vacation time people here in the USA take so we decided that at least to begin with we’ll have a week off in spring and fall. Maybe we’ll get more adventurous (and European!) and take more time off in the future but for an online venture that we try and keep an eye on 24/7, two weeks off seems ambitious. The first week should be the week after the second installment of The Rifter (Servant of the Crossed Arrows) comes out since I am going to Scotland on a family visit anyway. Vacation or not, we’ll still be checking email!

    The other thing we talked about was how do we find out if readers and shoppers are finding what they want and if they’re happy or unhappy. We’re going to put up a survey (with a chance to win something or other) but in the meantime, if there’s anything that bugs you (or makes you happy—or, at least, since so many people say happiness is not really to be pursued—content), please do email.

    And: thanks again for reading. We really appreciate your coming by.

    Get Invisible (Publishing)!

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    Apex Magazine Issue 18 coverThis week we have more. More? Well, turns out the same way I keep getting hungry despite previously having eaten, people need new books despite having previously bought others. . . . So this week we have:

    More books from Canada’s best, Invisible Publishing, including:

    Homing, the story of Leah, a woman who’s grown afraid of the outdoors; a ghost that’s lost its way; a musician who’s trying to find his; and Sandy and Harold, a pair of homing pigeons who help get them all back home.
    The Art of Trespassing explores the systems and structures that frame our everyday lives. Contributors imagine networks, neighbourhoods and relationships, exposing them as both confining and liberating.
    The Transits collection embodies what Invisible Publishing is all about: encouraging storytellers, helping new and emerging writers develop their craft and find an audience. Featuring the work of ten new Canadian writers, this is not a collection of travel stories, but stories in which movement is central—stories exploring the pace(s) and places of our increasingly decentralized lives.

    And!

    More backlist issues of the very-popular from Apex Magazine. I should point you toward #18, “Our special Arab/Muslim themed issue,” which features Nebula Finalist “The Green Book” by Amal El-Mohtar.

    Last week’s Sub Press additions are proving quite popular with Connie Willis and Elizabeth Bear sneaking out into the front as most read so far.

    Price Cuts

    We dropped the prices on many backlist Small Beer Press titles by 30%! And while were at it, dropped the price of a couple of Lethe Press from $5.99 to $2.99!

    Welcome: Subterranean Press!

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    It’s been a great week here and we’re very happy to add one of the largest, highest-quality indie publishers in the sf/f/h world, Subterranean Press. Bill Schafer and the folks at Sub Press put out beautiful limited, hardcover, and paperback books and you’ll be very happy to know that they’ve applied that level of care to their ebooks—and at great prices. If you’re interested in their print editions, they have a great email newsletter you should subscribe to. We added about 30 of their titles including: John Scalzi’s dark fantasy, The God Engines, four volumes of Robert’s Silverberg’s short stories (i.e. #3: Something Wild is Loose), The Best of Michael Swanwick, Kelley Armstrong’s Counterfeit Magic, and quite a few titles from both Cherie Priest (e.g.Clementine) and Elizabeth Bear (e.g. New Amsterdam).

    Also this week: more Apex! We’ve added a few back issues of Apex Magazine—with more TK in upcoming weeks—as well as anthologies, collections, and novels such as Maurice Broaddus’s Dark Faith, Sara M. Harvey’s The Labyrinth of the Dead, Gary Barunbeck’s To Each Their Darkness, And Dru Pagliassotti’s An Agreement with Hell.

    In other news, the second installment of The Rifter came in—plus covers for installments four and five showing that Blind Eye Books are on it. Good news for subscribers!

    Next week: more books from our friends at Lethe and maybe news about more subscriptions (as if Apex and Fantasy and Clarkesworld aren’t enough! Because, you know, they’re not!).

    We’re really appreciative that readers are looking around and finding books from more one press or author. Thank you for helping keep all these indies strong!

    A huge week!

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    All around the world Ginn Hale fans are reading the first installment of her massive new serial The Rifter. You too can join the legions of subscribers here. Or, if you’re more the single-issue type of reader (I know you’re out there), here are links to the first installment, The Shattered Gates, as well as to preorders for the next couple, Servants of the Crossed Arrows and Black Blades. And if you’re of the speculative (or nail-bitey) kind, there’s a handy Goodreads group, What Will Happen Next in The Rifter?

    The Rifter isn’t the only subscription we have going. You know how I’m always saying we have more sekrit good stuff coming? Here’s some of that stuff! This month we’re very proud to announce we’re adding two more fantastic monthly magazines, Fantasy Magazine and Apex Magazine.

    Fantasy Magazine, which just underwent a redesign, is edited by that superstar editor guy John Joseph Adams and the March 2011 issue features George R. R. MartinHolly Black, Genevieve Valentine, and Tanith Lee. Not a bad set of names to kick off with!

    Apex Magazine has the stars, too and Issue 22, edited by award-winning writer Catherynne M. Valente, features fiction and poetry from Darin BradleyJessica WickKat HowardMike AllenNicole Kornher-StaceSonya Taaffe, and Veronica Schanoes.

    We should be adding back issues of both these fine zines later in spring. Just wait, more zines they are a-coming. Alt.Indie.Fabby.Mags.R.Us.

    This week we also added two publishers: Chelsea Station Editions and Invisible Publishing. For the former, we launch with three fascinating titles:

    True Stories by Felice Picano
    From the co-founder of the path breaking Violet Quill Club, comes a new collection of memoirs . . . Throughout are his delightful encounters and surprising relationships with the one-of-a-kind and the famous—including Tennessee Williams, W.H. Auden, Charles Henri Ford, Bette Midler, and Diana Vreeland.

    The Wolf at the Door by Jameson Currier
    From the award-winning author of Where the Rainbow Ends and The Haunted Heart comes a witty tour de force of spirits, spooks, and sinners, a supernatural roller coaster set in the Big Easy.

    Bob the Book by David Pratt
    Meet Bob the Book, a gay book for sale in a Greenwich Village bookstore, where he falls in love with another book, Moishe.

    and from Invisible, a neat indie press from that lovely place just north of here (Canada!), we have a magic realist novel and a zine anthology:

    L (and things come apart) Ian Orti
    A small flat sits unoccupied above Henry’s café. When a woman comes to rent the room, Henry’s world begins an unusual transformation. As they grow closer the city itself is affected, changed, and slowly dismantled. Unsure if he is a victim of his own senility, the chaos inches closer and Henry suspects it may have something to do with the woman upstairs and the stranger she is hiding from.

    Ghost Pine: All Stories True Jeff Miller
    Miller has published the zine Ghost Pine (originally Otaku) since 1996. Ghost Pine: All Stories True collects the best stories from the zine’s first thirteen years as well as over fifty pages of new and previously unpublished material.

    And that is it! There’s enough here even for our biggest readers—Doug!—so much so that I’m not sure what we’ll have next week. Actually, that’s a half-truth at best, sorry. We have some lovely news coming about who and what we’ll be adding.

    As ever, thanks for choosing Weightless! This little site only exists because readers choose to fill their readers with books and zines from indie presses and we all very much appreciate it.

    March subscriptions

    Just to forestall your emails, sorry folks, as of 10:30 AM EST March 1st, we haven’t received the March issues of Clarkesworld and Lightspeed yet. As soon as we have them we’ll put them up on the site and send them out to subscribers. Apologies for the delay and thanks for your patience.

    ETA: Tuesday, March 1, 10 PM: Clarkesworld and Lightspeed were received and sent out, yay!

    February Bestsellers

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    As expected, with the launch of  The Rifter, February was indeed the month of Ginn Hale. If it wasn’t for that plucky little zine jumping in at #5, it would be an all hail Hale list. Phew. Just below #5 there were quite a few titles almost making the list. With all the new publishers we’ve been adding there are quite a few books just beginning to be noticed. With all these magazines being added, there are a ton more “Also by” titles appearing on the right hand side. Bull Spec #4 is a great example as up pops The Homeless MoonSpicy Slipstream Stories, Jabberwocky 5, and more. So it’s easy to find more work by new (or favorite) authors.

    We launched this store onto the wild internet seas a year ago and we’re beginning to find our sea legs—although I still make mistakes that need Michael to fix, eek! We have some good-sized publishers to add soon and some literary journals should be appearing. I like adding subscriptions (although it makes for a hairy few days at the end of the month!) so there will be more of those and by next month we hope to have a redesign to reflect the larger size of the site and to make books easier to find. As ever email or comment if there are things you want (or don’t want) to see.

    And thanks as ever for choosing independent DRM-free ebooks & Weightless!

    February 2011

    1. Lord of the White Hell Book Two, Ginn Hale
    2. Lord of the White Hell Book One, Ginn Hale
    3. The Rifter Subscription, Ginn Hale
    4. Wicked Gentlemen, Ginn Hale
    5. Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet Subscription

    2 new indie presses, many new titles

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    Things are hopping here. Orders are piling up for Ginn Hale’s epic serial The Rifter. The good news is that she’s finished writing the whole thing. The bad news is the editing and polishing and so on will go down to the last minute before publication. How do I know this? Because that’s the way the world works!

    This week we’ve got sexy books, smart books, fantasy, and all of the above. We have more titles from a fave press, Lethe, a new anthology, Jabberwocky, from our pals at Prime, and we’re bowled over with joy (we’re an excitable bunch) to introduce two indie publishers to Weightless readers: Papaveria and Senses Five, both of whom have a strong visual sense, albeit very different from one another, but lovely in their own ways.

    You might be familiar with Ezrabet Yellowboy’s Papaveria Press from her beautiful handmade books as she “deal[s] primarily in very small or miniature handbound editions and trade paperbacks, seeking out poetry and prose from the fields of fantasy, fairy tales and myth.” But we’re very happy  their two latest titles, Jack o’ the Hills by C.S.E. Cooney and The Winter Triptych by Nicole Kornher-Stace available here in epub and mobi formats.

    And I hope anyone interested in indie publishers in the speculative side of fiction will know of Sense Five Press. Run by Matt Kressel and a knowledgeable bunch of other writers and editors, they’ve been publishing the zine-turned-anthology Sybil’s Garage for a while and we have the two most recent issues. And, their one book, an anthology Paper Cities, edited by Ekaterina Sedia, won the World Fantasy Award. Not bad! Check it out and enjoy.

    Lethe’s new books include Will Ludwigsen’s hilariously titled collection, Cthulhu Fhtagn, Baby! and Other Cosmic Insolence, Dan Boyle’s novel Wonder, Toby Johnson’s Secret Matter, and (another great title) Nick Mamatas and Jay Lake’s anthology, Spicy Slipstream Stories, featuring such wild talents as, Chris Nakashima-Brown, Joe Murphy, Lori Selke, and Carrie Vaughn.

    If you enjoy Fantasy Magazine (or the Papaveria titles), try Sean Wallace and Erzabet Yellowboy’s Jabberwocky. With stories and poems from Genevieve Valentine, Sonya Taaffe, Becca de la Rosa, and many others I think there are quite a few readers of LCRW and such that this is a good fit for.