Category: Writing and Editing

Great review of Paths to the Stars in Resource Links

This great review by Leslie Vermeer of Paths to the Stars just appeared in Resource Links (“Connecting Classrooms, Libraries, and Canadian Learning Resources”): “Many students get their start as serious readers of science fiction and fantasy (SFF) in junior high or early senior high. Often they read the classics in the genre without ever realizing …

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First description of Master of the World: Worldshapers Book 2

Sheila E. Gilbert, my Hugo-award winning editor at DAW Books, asked me to draft some sell copy for Master of the World, Book 2 in the Worldshapers series (Book 1 is, of course, Worldshaper, whose cover graces this post). Here’s what I came up with: Shawna Keys has fled the world she only recently discovered …

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My latest book: the First World War memoirs of my grandfather-in-law

My latest book isn’t one I wrote, it’s one I edited. It’s One Lucky Devil, the First World War memoirs of my grandfather-in-law, Sampson J. Goodfellow, published by my new publishing company, Shadowpaw Press. I always knew that this would be the second book from Shadowpaw Press, after my collection of short stories, Paths to …

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Coming in 2020: Changers, a young-adult dark-fantasy shapeshifter story for ChiZine Publications

I’m thrilled to announce that ChiZine Publications is buying my young-adult dark-fantasy novel Changers (intended to start a new series!) for publication in 2020. It will presumably appear under their ChiTeen imprint. Sandra Kasturi, editor of ChiZine Publications, announced the sale at Can-Con in Ottawa over the weekend. I’ve known for a while, but didn’t …

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The Space-Time Continuum: Pros talk about rewriting prose

Here’s my latest “Space-Time Continuum” column from the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild‘s newsletter Freelance… When I talk about writing (which I do, rather a lot), I’ll often say something like, “the most important part of writing is rewriting.” And I believe that’s true…but what rewriting means to an individual author varies. I’ve recently started a podcast, The …

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Coming soon from Shadowpaw Press: One Lucky Devil

The next book from my new publishing company, Shadowpaw Press, through which I previously published my short-story collection Paths to the Stars, will be something quite different. One Lucky Devil: The First World War Memoirs of Sampson J. Goodfellow is the edited memoir of my grandfather-in-law, in whose former house I now live (having married …

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Two more great reviews for Paths to the Stars

Paths to the Stars, my collection of short stories, continues to get good reviews! Writing at The Future Fire, Lisa Timpf says: “Willett’s short story collection has much to offer. Between the pages of Paths to the Stars, readers will find both inner and outer journeys. Some of the characters find what they are hoping for, …

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Five-star review for Paths to the Stars

Just came across a great five-star review on Goodreads of Paths of the Stars, penned (pixelled?) by Toby Welch. Some excerpts: “In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve read Willett’s work before. I’ve enjoyed every novel of his that I’ve consumed and hoped that his latest work would reach the same high bar. It didn’t …

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Worldshaper copies arrive!

I have actual physical copies of Worldshaper, my ninth novel from DAW Books, looking sharp in trade paperback, as you can see (it will come out in trade paperback and ebook to start with, then mass-market paperback probably just before Book 2 in the series, a year from now. Not officially on sale until September …

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My DragonCon schedule

I’m attending DragonCon in Atlanta this year for the first time ever, as an attending professional. The con runs August 30 to September 3. Here’s my schedule, should you be there, too, and want to look me up (please do)! Title: YA in SPAAAAAACETime: Fri 01:00 pm Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)Description: Outer …

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Twist of the Blade audiobook called “fast-paced, entertaining”

Cathi Shaw, who previously listened to and enjoyed the Song of the Swordaudiobook, has posted her review the audiobook version of Twist of the Blade, narrated, like Song of the Sword, by Elizabeth Klett: “I’ve said before that the second book in a YA series is often the make or break book. Following up a …

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Publishers Weekly calls Worldshaper a “rollicking” contemporary fantasy in STARRED review

Publishers Weekly, the bible of the publishing industry, has given my upcoming novel Worldshaper, Book 1 in my new Worldshapers series for DAW Books, its highest accolade, a STARRED review. Highlights: “This rollicking secondary-world contemporary fantasy opens with a bang…(the characters) grapple with the ethics of changing the world, the question of what makes people ‘real’ …

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