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My publisher brought me a kitten!

And now, as promised, the Saga of Shadowpaw, or how a little black kitten made the journey from Virginia to Saskatchewan through the auspices of a Hugo Award-winning science fiction editor and publisher. Yes, fellow writers, eat your hearts out: my publisher brought me a kitten. What has yours done for you? Here’s how it all fell out... My wife is allergic to cats. This is a tragedy, because she loves cats, and has always wanted to have one. But we’ve never quite dared to try it for fear that we would fall in love with a cat, only to have to give it away again. ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:13, January 28th, 2013 under Blog | 2 Comments »

The next big thing

I don’t very often follow up on things I’ve been “tagged” with in the online world, but I was tagged twice for “The Next Big Thing,” both times by writers from Australia, and that seems somehow karmically important. So... The way this is supposed to work is that if you get tagged you answer10 questions, post the result on your blog, along with links back to those who tagged you (Adrian Bedford and Laura Goodin, in this case), and then you’re supposed to tag five more people. Supposedly you’re supposed to obtain the agreement of five more writers to participate before you post your answers, but ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:55, December 13th, 2012 under Blog, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

How I became a DAW author

Here is a tale I’ve told oft before, though never (I think) in print or pixel: the tale of how I became a DAW author. It’s an oft-told tale because I like to share it with writers who are still in that seeking-publication stage, for though the specifics of it are of little use (I doubt any other writer has taken or will take my particular route to a New York publisher), there are some details of it that are, I hope, both helpful and encouraging. Here’s how it transpired... As the new millennium dawned, I had written quite a lot of non-fiction, but only five novels had appeared bearing ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:45, December 4th, 2012 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Saturday Special from the Vaults: Sins of the Father

OK, this is an interesting one. As I have often recounted, Marseguro, which won the 2009 Aurora Award for best Canadian science fiction novel in English, began with a single opening line penned as a morning exercise in the Writing With Style program at the Banff Centre, in a science fiction-writing class taught by Robert J. Sawyer (at 9:15 a.m. on September 20, 2005, to be precise--I love computers). That opening was: Emily streaked through the phosphorescent sea, her wake a comet-tail of pale green light, her close-cropped turquoise hair surrounded by a glowing pink aurora. The water racing through her gill-slits smelled of blood. As the week progressed, ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:57, January 28th, 2012 under Blog, The Vaults | Comment now »

Once more into the breach

A while back I discussed a variety of ideas for new projects with my agent, Ethan Ellenberg. There was one in particular he liked, which is tentatively titled Masks. It's a YA fantasy, and since he's anxious to see some sample chapters, I've plunged into it. Here's how it begins: A week before her thirteenth birthday and her Masking, Mara sat on the city wall, bare legs dangling into space, and looked down past her dirty toes at the crowds milling around in the Outside Market. I've finished the first scene (about 1,200 words so far) and looking forward to carrying on with it as I can, although time is in ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 12:41, February 23rd, 2011 under Blog | 1 Comment »

The first sentence I wrote yesterday…

Brenna looked at the sleeping youth, pitying him. Total thus far: 18,786 Words yesterday: 2,514 Not sure I'll add much to the total today--other things that need doing--but yesterday, as you can see, I had a good session. I just spoke to my agent this morning. There's an editor interested in one of my--er, that is, Edward Willett's, not Lee Arthur Chane's--YA proposals, but she wants to see more than I've written. So I'm going to attempt to work on two fantasy novels at once here in the next little while. Since I'm between major nonfiction projects, I think I can pull it off. Guess I'll find out... But, hey, you know what that means--two First Sentences I Wrote Today, at least some days: ...

Posted by Lee Arthur Chane at 11:06, June 19th, 2009 under Blog | Comment now »

They also write who only sit and wait

So yesterday I sent off two sample chapters and a synopsis to my agent, Ethan Ellenberg, for a new young adult fantasy tentatively titled Blue Fire. Now I'm waiting to see if he thinks it's in good shape to start submitting to publishers, or if he thinks I should work on it a bit more. And then, once he does start submitting it, I get to wait some more to see if anyone wants it.Wait, wait, wait.Well, it serves me right, I guess: after all, I was always warned that if I went into the arts I might end up as a waiter.Ba-DUM-bum. Thank you very much. I'll be here all week....

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:41, July 24th, 2008 under Blog | Comment now »

They like me, they really like me!

Just heard from my agent that DAW is going to buy my proposed sequel to Marseguro, working title Terra Insegura.Woo-hoo!Watch for the return of "the first sentence I wrote today" in the very near future...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:37, September 20th, 2007 under Blog | 5 Comments »

The proposal for William Gibson’s new novel

Yesterday I submitted two novel proposals to my agent, Ethan Ellenberg (well, three, actually, but only two were new). One is for a sequel to my upcoming novel Marseguro, tentatively titled Terra Inseguro, and one is for a fantasy novel tentatively titled Magebane. (The third is for a sequel to Lost in Translation, which DAW has already seen but I wanted to resubmit now that they might have some sense as to whether or not anyone would actually want to read a sequel to Lost in Translation.)All of them run the equivalent of about 14 or 15 standard manuscript pages. So I was interested to read, on Amazon's blog, the original proposal William Gibson used ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 4:24, July 6th, 2007 under Blog | 3 Comments »

An interview with my agent

I just came across this recent Wild Child Publishing interview with my fiction agent, Ethan Ellenberg.This struck me:WC: How prolific does a writer have to be today to be a successful author? EE: You need to write at least one very good book per year. More is better. I can do that.Can't I?

Posted by Edward Willett at 22:31, January 3rd, 2007 under Blog | 2 Comments »