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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Scheduled: Another book.

Today one of my publishers offered me a mystery -- due in December. :>

I began 2009 with another mystery; right now I'm working on sf. As I settle down in Ohio, I'll be delivering the sf novel... then Locus will arrive. The winter holidays push up deadlines slightly.

Market roundup, WFC...

Jason Sanford talks about online 'zines, with notes about their websites.

Everyone's at World Fantasy! Well, okay -- I'm not, but lots of folks are. EV's up for the World Fantasy Award.

If you're there, go over to Johncon. :> Say hi to Beth and the rest of Shimmer -- and everyone at Locus, and NYRSF.

Halloween is almost here, but I'm thinking about Guy Fawkes Day. I know Kit Kindred likes to have a party that day... maybe I'll follow that tradition. Hmmm.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Nonfiction book report.

Editors on Editing: What Writers Need to Know About What Editors Do

Book information.

I highly recommend this book. I read it a few years ago; I'm re-reading it now. Editors on Editing is composed of articles from editors, authors, and agents. One gentleman used to write columns for Locus. :>

Facetious -- the report on Western Civilization's decline -- and serious, but always informative, Editors on Editing is a great book. For writers and editors.

Now that I have my own copy, I'm sure it will be filled with bookmarks.

Friday, October 16, 2009

October book job in...

A new publisher for me, and also a new book line. This manuscript is SF. :>

In other news, Nick Mamatas sold a nonfiction book called Starve Better: Surviving the Endless Horror of the Writing Life to Apex Publications.

Joe Haldeman and John Varley won the 2009 Robert A. Heinlein Award.

The great Slush God, John Joseph Adams, is soon leaving F&SF and will be editing a new online magazine called Lightspeed. See the press release on his blog.

JJA is nifty in many ways. Because he posted about Shimmer wanting another copy editor over two years ago, a friend sent me thence, right as JJA was guest editing the Pirate Issue -- which became my first issue. :> This year JJA picked up John's Hugo for EV in Montreal.

And... he's a very nice guy.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Books, 'zines, promotion...

From Moonrat, Your Pub Date, Minus... and Novice Authors Must Promote Themselves.

Shimmer's Issue 11, the Clockwork Jungle Book, is due out soon. So is Electric Velocipede 19. You can catch up with my editors -- Beth and John, respectively -- at the World Fantasy Convention in San Jose.

My friend's thoughts about e-books, from a discussion on (Bells, Whistles, & Books) .

For anyone who wants to find print books a good home, and/or exchange books for other books, has the best selection and very nice users, while expedites swapping books, CDs, DVDs, and video games.

Last weekend's ConClave 34 was awesome: The Baen Barflies. Marcon's brownies. Travis Taylor's "Sex in Space" panel with M. Keaton. A really great workshop. The Great Lakes Gaylaxian's room party...

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Running full slam...

This October is a little... busy.

Support Our 'Zines Day was 1-Oct-09. If you didn't know, do stop by your favorite and show your appreciation!

The SOZD progress report, by its creator, Damien G. Walter. Charles Tan lists a few more 'zines. I recommend Cheryl Morgan's post, with her link to Amanda Palmer, for anyone who thinks highly of the starving artiste motif.

The first World SF round table.

This weekend I'll be at ConClave. We'll be doing the writing workshop. Hope to see you there. :>

Saturday, October 3, 2009

PSA: Chocolate at IGMS.

J.F. Lewis has a story in IGMS, issue 14 ("FWoC"). His first book _Staked_ came out March 2008 from Pocket Books; the sequel _ReVamped_ came out March 2009.

I love these books. I can't wait for more. They are violent and the language is not for everyone. :< I'm not everyone. If I was a vampire, I'd probably be a lot like Eric.

At least, I hope I'd be. I'm tired of whiny vampires too.

Besides, _Staked_ starts with one of the best openings ever.

Whatever's take. :>