Archive for April, 2011

Lessons from Fourth Graders

Last week I visited the local elementary school and spoke to two 4th grade classes about writing. I’ve done this for several years, and I enjoy it every time. Partly because they bring in a cake, but mostly because the kids are a great deal of fun. My favorite exercise, and the one that seems […]


A few weeks ago, Mindy Klasky posted here asking our readers what kind of posts they wished to see.  One of the more frequent requests was for posts on the craft of writing.  And so, with that in mind, I thought I would use today’s post to write about something that came up this past […]

The Skill List Project: Viewpoint and Story Experience

This is another post in The Skill List Project: an attempt to list all the skills involved in writing and selling fiction, particularly science fiction and fantasy. Last time around, we talked about Reading analytically. Since that was my third blog post about reading, let’s move on to skills more directly related to writing. It’s […]

Aaron Sorkin’s Error

I recently saw The Social Network — the movie about Facebook that had everybody all aflutter. It’s written by Aaron Sorkin, which means that it has lots of really sharp, clever, fast-moving dialogue, and for that I admired it. But I’ve spent the last four years writing historical fiction; any time I see a movie […]

Mega Millions!!!

 Recently a few of the folks here at SFNovelists have been complaining about friends and acquaintances who think, just because a writer gets a book published, she’s suddenly rich. We should be so lucky. I may be sipping daiquiris by the side of my heated pool (yeah, right), but, really, very, very few fiction writers […]

Welcome to the dance – who’s leading…?

The news in the publishing world is all over the map today. A writer with a $500,000 deal with a traditional publisher walks away from it to go it himself: An indie/self-published writer goes running the other way and secures a $2 million deal with a traditional publisher: Who’s right?!? The simple answer […]

Push Me, Pull You

It may surprise you to know that there are several dozen SFNovelists members.  Many don’t post on this blog.  When asked, some of those non-posters say that they don’t know what readers want; therefore, they don’t write for this space. So, this is your chance.  Tell us a couple of things: 1.  Who are you?  […]

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Jim C. Hines

Jim C. Hines' latest book is THE SNOW QUEEN'S SHADOW, the fourth of his fantasy adventures that retell the old fairy tales with a Charlie's Angels twist. He's also the author of the humorous GOBLIN QUEST trilogy. Jim's short fiction has appeared in more than 40 magazines and anthologies, including Realms of Fantasy, Turn the Other Chick, and Sword & Sorceress XXI. Jim lives in Michigan with his wife and two children. He's currently hard at work on LIBRIOMANCER, the first book in a new fantasy series. Visit site.

David B. Coe

David B. Coe ( is the Crawford award-winning author of the LonTobyn Chronicle, the Winds of the Forelands quintet, the Blood of the Southlands trilogy, and a number of short stories. Writing as D.B. Jackson (, he is the author of the Thieftaker Chronicles, a blend of urban fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction. David is also part of the Magical Words group blog (, and co-author of How To Write Magical Words: A Writer’s Companion. In 2010 he wrote the novelization of director Ridley Scott’s movie, Robin Hood. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Visit site.

James Alan Gardner

James Alan Gardner got his M.Math from the University of Waterloo with a thesis on black holes...and then he immediately started writing science fiction instead. He's been a finalist for the Hugo and Nebula awards, and has won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award as well as the Aurora award (twice). He's published seven novels (beginning with "Expendable"), plus a short story collection and (for street cred) a Lara Croft book. He cares deeply about words and sentences, and is working his way up to paragraphs. Visit site.

Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the author of more than forty short stories and seven novels, the most recent of which is the urban fantasy Lies and Prophecy. Visit site.

S.C. Butler

Butler is the author of The Stoneways Trilogy from Tor Books: Reiffen's Choice, Queen Ferris, and The Magician's Daughter. Find out what Reiffen does with magic, and what magic does with him... Visit site.

Alma Alexander

Alma Alexander is a novelist, short story writer and anthologist whose books include High Fantasy ("Hidden Quen""Changer of Days"), historical fantasy ("Secrets of Jin Shei", "Embers of Heaven"), contemporary fantasy ("Midnight at Spanish gardens") and YA (the Worldweavers series, the Were Chronicles). She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two cats. Visit site.

Mindy Klasky

Mindy Klasky is the author of eleven novels, including WHEN GOOD WISHES GO BAD and HOW NOT TO MAKE A WISH in the As You Wish Series. She also wrote GIRL'S GUIDE TO WITCHCRAFT, SORCERY AND THE SINGLE GIRL, and MAGIC AND THE MODERN GIRL, about a librarian who finds out she's a witch. Mindy also wrote the award-winning, best-selling Glasswrights series and the stand-alone fantasy novel, SEASON OF SACRIFICE. Visit site.



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