Tag: publishing

My publisher revamps its website!

OK, not the hugest news in the world, but until now the DAW Books website was a good two years out of date and, quelle horreur, my name did not appear on it anywhere. Now, it does!

The shocking truth about the slush pile…

…is revealed by one buried beneath it: It was my first job out of university: I was bright-eyed and idealistic and imagined that I might become some kind of beneficent tweedy sprite, conveying the writing of unknown literary artistes to the masses. By the time I left my job in publishing a few weeks ago, …

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When webscabs unite

Bloggasm has an excellent retrospective of International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day.

Fantasy interruptus

I spent the last week or so writing three “audition” chapters for a book packager looking for an author for a new kids’ fantasy series. They provided a detailed outline, I provided the words. It was a lot of fun, actually, and I really got into it…so much so that, now that my three chapters …

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International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day

In response to this rant by the outgoing Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America vice-president Howard V. Hendrix, in which he takes issue with the growing practice of writers posting work online for anyone to read for free, World Fantasy Winner and current Nebula Award nominee Jo Walton has had an idea: I am …

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"So, how did it go?"

I’m sure that’s the question you’re dying to ask about my telephone conversation with my editor at DAW, Sheila Gilbert, earlier today. It went very well…it also went on for an hour and a half and produced five single-spaced pages of notes. I now have a couple of months to rewrite the whole thing and …

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Marseguro update

I’ve finally heard from Sheila Gilbert at DAW regarding my new book (which she refers to as Marseguro, so maybe that actually will be the title); she’s going to call tomorrow to discuss some editorial revisions (a few things that need “fleshing out” and some “points we need to discuss for clarification”). Wish me luck! …

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"Is the universe expanding or contracting?"

The science fiction universe, that is: Publisher’s Weekly has a cover story on the state of SF and fantasy publishing. My publisher, DAW, gets a mention although, alas, my book is not the “hot title” from them that gets mentioned.

Just to balance things out…

…David Louis Edelman now offers Five Things That Do Happen When You Become A Published Author. These also ring true with me.

Sad but true

David Louis Edelman lists Five Things That Don’t Happen When You Become a Published Author…alas. (Via SFBC.com.)

Self-publishing has never been easier…

…than it is with Blurb.com. Traditional publishers won’t be quaking in their boots, but traditional vanity presses–and bottom-feeding writer-scamming con artists–ought to be. Design your book today and have it in a few days, one copy or as many as you want. Nothing could be simpler.

The Devil’s Publishing Dictionary

Paperback Writer is a blog by multi-pseudonymous writer S.L. Viehl that I’ve missed until now which suddenly (for obvious reasons, now that I have one book in paperback and another at the publisher’s) has great resonance with me. Particularly these two posts, the Devil’s Publishing Dictionary parts one and two. Many funny entries. Among my …

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