Archive for May, 2011

The Skill List Project: Viewpoint Selectivity

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 Viewpoint and Story Experience…but since I consider viewpoint to be the #1 key to story success, I want to dig into it […]

Google and Piracy: One Author’s Perspective

On Friday, a friend brought to my attention a blog post that was written by Richard Curtis, a big-name agent in the SF/fantasy genre. Curtis’s post was a response to an announcement earlier in the week by Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt. Essentially, Schmidt said that Google would not make any effort to stop its […]

Worldbuilding, from the ground up

After four years of living eyeball-deep in a historical fantasy series, I am at last returning to my original stomping-ground, which is secondary-world fantasy — stories set in a world that is not our own. In the case of my new series, I’m aiming for a bit of a hybrid. The world is not our […]

Moving Day

Moving day is finally here.  Or at least almost here.  Next Tuesday, to be precise.  After twenty-seven years in Brooklyn it’s time to move on. Moving is one of the reasons I haven’t gotten much writing done so far this year, though the new baby probably has a lot to do with it, too.  In […]

Experimenting in eBooks

Last month, I self-published a contemporary fantasy, THE WOODS, which had been my Masters capstone project.  I teach Creative Writing, and I have had decades of experience in the ‘traditional publishing area, so I felt that for the sake of my students, I also needed to know more about the e-publishing alternative — and experience […]

Stories stories everywhere…

One of the perennial items tossed at every living writer in almost every interview where the interviewer is using a pre-hashed set of questions and hasn’t tailored the interview to the author in the hot seat is “Where do you get your ideas?” The responses to this have ranged from faux-earnest to outright snarky. One […]

Something Completely Different… Fright Court

And now for something completely different… For me, anyway… You’ve all heard the outcry:  Electronic publishing!  Self-publishing!  The end of the world as we know it! Starting this Friday, I’m doing my own little experiment, to see if I can end single-handedly end the world.  I am launching my next novel, FRIGHT COURT, as a […]

Author Information

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.

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.

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.

Stephen Leigh

Stephen Leigh (aka S.L. Farrell) is a Cincinnati author with 25 novels and several dozen short stories published. Booklist called his Cloudmages trilogy "Good enough to cast in gold." He teaches creative writing at Northern Kentucky University, and is a frequent speaker to writers groups. 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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