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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: http://barryeisler.blogspot.com/ An indie/self-published writer goes running the other way and secures a $2 million deal with a traditional publisher: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/entertainment/post/2011/03/author-amanda-hocking-signs-seven-figure-four-book-deal-/1 Who’s right?!? The simple answer […]

Read This Post! And Other Effective Titles

I led a writers’ workshop up in Calgary last week (Waves at IFWA members — Hi, guys!) and had a terrific time.  I worked with serious writers who were as committed to being good critics of their colleagues’ work as they were to improving their own writing.  I learned as much from them as I […]

SF/F Humor Roundup

My first professional sale was a sword and sorcery piece about a magic dagger with a hilt carved in the shape of a rabbit.  And like rabbits, if you left this weapon alone with another dagger, you’d soon find yourself overflowing with cutlery.  It was a light, silly story that hopefully earned some laughs, but […]

“Hard Times Come Again No More….”

These are hard times in the writing business.  Yeah, I know:  you don’t want to hear about it.  Frankly, I don’t want to write about it.  But sometimes we have to move past our likes and dislikes and deal with reality.  And the reality is that the publishing business is in disarray right now.   […]

“There aren’t enough books being written for this age group.”

I did a presentation at the Hawaii Book and Music Festival on Sunday 17 May.  The festival lasts two days (Saturday and Sunday) and features local writers, musicians, publishing houses, and of course food booths.  There was also a book swap, a Talk Story booth*, a Keiki activities booth*, and at least one slam poetry […]

My Own ePublishing Rant

Electronic publishing is the future!  Embrace e-publishing!  Paper is dead!  You publishers are idiots, ignoring this new market! Please. I love watching the techno-geeks howl and cry about this.  I even agree with them.  Read here and here for some excellent examples. But . . . The problem with epublishing, one that neither of these […]

Writers Resources

One of my non-writing but writing-related hobbies is indexing. I know that sounds a little strange and off topic, but bear with me for a moment. In this case, it’s actually quite strongly related to writing. There are a number of excellent blogs by professionals in the publishing world that offer writing and publishing advice. […]

Giving it all away

Earlier this year I was casting around for some way to publicise the fourth novel in my ongoing SF/Humour series before the launch. The books are doing fairly well in Australia, but there’s a huge chasm between ‘fairly well’ and where I’d like them to be, and so I got talking to the publisher. Like […]

Why Are Books So Long?

The beauty, and danger, of the web is precisely that it contains an ongoing worldwide 24-hour-a-day conversation on every topic imaginable. I have never watched tv much, but I do now waste time online just because it is so easy to do. And online, certain topics seem to rear their heads with impressive, or tiresome, […]

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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.

David B. Coe

David B. Coe (http://www.DavidBCoe.com) 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 (http://www.dbjackson-author.com), 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 (http://magicalwords.net), 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.

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 (http://www.DavidBCoe.com) 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 (http://www.dbjackson-author.com), 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 (http://magicalwords.net), 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.

Kate Elliott

Kate Elliott is the author of multiple fantasy and science fiction novels, including the Crown of Stars series and the Novels of the Jaran. She's currently working on Crossroads; the first novel, Spirit Gate, is already out, and Shadow Gate will be published in Spring 2008. Visit site.

spiziks

Steven Harper Piziks was born in Saginaw, Michigan, but he moved around a lot. Currently he lives with his wife and three sons near Ann Arbor, Michigan. His novels include In the Company of Mind and Corporate Mentality, both science fiction published by Baen Books. Writing as Steven Harper for Roc Books, he has produced The Silent Empire series. He's also written movie novelizations and books based on Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, and The Ghost Whisperer. Steven currently teaches English in southeast Michigan. When not writing, he plays the folk harp, dabbles in oral storytelling, and spends more time on-line than is probably good for him. Visit his web page at http://www.sff.net/people/spiziks or find his LiveJournal at http:spiziks.livejournal.com/ Visit site.

Kelly McCullough

Kelly McCullough is a fantasy and science fiction author. He lives in Wisconsin with his physics professor wife and a small herd of cats. His novels include the WebMage and Fallen Blade series—Penguin/ACE. His short fiction has appeared in numerous venues including Writers of the Future and Weird Tales. He also dabbles in science fiction as science education with The Chronicles of the Wandering Star—part of an NSF-funded science curriculum—and the science comic Hanny & the Mystery of the Voorwerp, which he co-authored and co-edited—funding provided by NASA and the Hubble Space Telescope. Visit site.

Simon Haynes

Simon is the author of the Hal Spacejock series, featuring intergalactic loser Hal and his junky sidekick, Clunk. His website contains a number of articles on writing and publishing, and he's also the programmer of several freeware apps including yBook, BookDB and yWriter. In his spare time(!) he helps to run Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. Visit site.

Kate Elliott

Kate Elliott is the author of multiple fantasy and science fiction novels, including the Crown of Stars series and the Novels of the Jaran. She's currently working on Crossroads; the first novel, Spirit Gate, is already out, and Shadow Gate will be published in Spring 2008. Visit site.

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