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Bundoran Press buys my SF novel Right to Know

I'm very pleased to announce that Bundoran Press, a small Canadian press that's put out some terrific books in its short life and has a new owner and managing editor, Aurora Award-winning author Hayden Trenholm, has bought my science fiction novel Right to Know (that's the working title--it could still change), with the goal of having it out by August, in time for the When Words Collide conference in Calgary. Here's how Hayden describes the book in his press release: Edward Willett’s novel, Right To Know (working title), is a fast-paced space opera about the power of information – and disinformation – in closed societies and whether the public has ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 23:38, January 11th, 2013 under Blog, Books | Comment now »

Cover art for Right to Know

Here's the gorgeous cover for my upcoming science fiction novel Right to Know, coming out from Bundoran Press in August (we'll be launching it at When Words Collide in Calgary: launch party planned for Saturday night, August 10!) The artwork is by Dan O'Driscoll--I'm planning to use him for Star Song, the YA novel I serialized on here a while ago, when I finally get around to independently publishing it. Right to Know is available for pre-order now on Amazon and other sites. Here's the blurb: Right to Know by Edward Willett, the Aurora-winning author of over fifty books, is a fast-paced space opera about first ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:38, June 24th, 2013 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Book launch for Right to Know at When Words Collide in Calgary August 10

The release of my science fiction novel Right to Know (the first chapter of which you can read here) is drawing near, and in honor of that fact, the publisher, Bundoran Press will be holding a book launch for it at When Words Collide in Calgary on the evening of Saturday, August 10. Also launching: Resolve, the third book in Neil Godbout's Broken Guardian series. And apparently, as you can see from the photo from Bundoran, copies of the book have arrived from the printer. So it's a real thing! The cover art, by the ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:23, July 30th, 2013 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

When Words Collide 2013

Just got home yesterday from a weekend at Calgary attending this year's edition of When Words Collide, which describes itself (accurately) as "a festival for readers, writers, artists and publishers of commercial and literary fiction, including genre, YA, children's books, and poetry," and wanted to post about it while it's still fresh, in the hopes that you--yes, you--will attend it next year, if you have an interest in writing. Or, for that matter, reading. This was my second year to attend When Words Collide, which is only in its third year. It took place at the Carriage House Inn, a Calgary hotel which I was pleased to revisit, since it was ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:41, August 14th, 2013 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | 4 Comments »

My interview with CTV Morning Live to promote Right to Know…

can be viewed at this link. I thought it went pretty well. Although the best place to get the book at the moment, until it finds its way through the distribution channels, is directly from the publisher.

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:53, August 21st, 2013 under Blog, Books | Comment now »

Science fiction vs. fantasy: what’s the difference?

My column for the latest issue of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild magazine Freelance... Although science fiction and fantasy often overlap in both bookshelves and readership, they aren’t actually the same genre. Exactly where you draw the line between them, of course, is a matter of some debate. (Because, well, what isn’t?) Just do a Google search on “difference between science fiction and fantasy” and see how many hits turn up. (As of this morning, using that exact search term, 88,400. And that’s just one way of phrasing the question.) Bestselling author Orson Scott Card famously said that “fantasy has trees, science fiction has rivets.” But that’s less true than ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 13:04, August 27th, 2013 under Blog, Columns, Science Fiction Columns, Writing and Editing | 2 Comments »

Goodreads giveaway for my SF novel Right to Know…

...just went live. There are five copies up for grabs from Bundoran Press. Go forth and enter! And just to remind you about the book: "An inspiring tale of redemption and courage, set in an all-too-plausible future in space. Well done!" - Julie Czerneda, author of The Clan Chronicles Cover art by Dan O'Driscoll. A fast-paced space opera about first contact - with a difference. When Art Stoddard, civilian information officer of the generation ship Mayflower II, is kidnapped by a secret military organization determined to overthrow the power of Captain and crew, he becomes embroiled in a conflict that tests everything he thought he knew. Now, he ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 8:22, August 29th, 2013 under Blog, Books | Comment now »

SF Revu calls Right to Know “wildly entertaining”

Masks, my fantasy novel written as E.C. Blake, has gotten quite a bit of attention since it came out, whereas my science fiction novel Right to Know, published by Bundoran Press, has been shamefully overlooked...which is why I was pleased when Hayden Trenholm, my publisher and editor at Bundoran, brought this review by Jon Guenther at SF Revu to my attention: "While I think the book is an attempt to make some strong sociopolitical statements, it proved to be a wildly entertaining read...I found the characters realistic, the plot solid, and the book lacked a lot of exposition...If you ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:15, January 6th, 2014 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Some thoughts on the reviews of Masks

One of the...um, eye-opening...things about having novels published (and at this point, under both this name and others, I've had quite a few) is the realization, as the reviews start to come in (if you're lucky enough to even get reviewed), that not everyone thinks you have written the most amazingly wonderful book of all time. Some people will sing its praises, to be sure. But some will be lukewarm about it, and some will absolutely despise it. Some authors simply do not read their reviews. My ego does not permit me to be one of those authors. It's exciting to find out what other people think of something you've labored over ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:22, January 25th, 2014 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Great video about best genre literary conference anywhere: When Words Collide

Here's a great video about the best genre literary convention in North America and probably the world: Calgary's When Words Collide. If you're interested in writing, you owe it to yourself to get to When Words Collide. My name gets mentioned about halfway through this video as an example of the kinds of deals that get made at the convention: it was there last year that Hayden Trenholm of Bundoran Press asked me if I'd write a sequel to Right to Know. That sequel, Falcon's Egg, will be out next year. you

Posted by Edward Willett at 22:25, October 19th, 2014 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »