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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

New Bordertown!


Terri Windling has News from Bordertown. (And More News too.)

I grew up on Bordertown -- but I didn't, not really; that is, the inner me was all there, but I'm not sure when I found the stories first. When I found Finder some years ago, I was in alt. And then, of course, I found Elsewhere and Nevernever.

Considering that Emma Bull can never go wrong, and Will Shetterly matches her every moment with Wolfboy -- you are so in for a fabulous ride. That'll make you hungry for the rest.

Let me tell you about Bordertown...



First, some amazing authors have written stories there. Even if you start with the novels, above, you'll want to read all the stories. Get the anthologies. Cherish 'em.

If I'd been a teen when I read these, I would have run away to B-town. End of story. Despite knowing that running away doesn't always solve your problems.

But for some kids, at least in B-town, running away does solve your problems. Normally I wouldn't say that.

Kudos to my friend Wolf, the first person I'd ever met who also loved Bordertown.

Thanks to Christopher Barzak, who has a story in this lovely new anthology... I wish I hadn't missed it at WFC!!! Thanks for spreading the word, Chris!

... And yeah, I would have mugged somebody for a copy of the ARC. Probably best all around that I didn't know about it. =whimper=


Monday, November 15, 2010

More November links -- cont'd.

Publishing in the Future: The Potential and Reality of POD


This was something I missed at WFC, the Authors and Ideas Panel, and the moderator kindly wrote up some excerpts. Thanks, Jason!

From TNH: Ugly Rumours -- Frankfort Book Fair.

A 2008 interview of Moonrat, over at the League of Reluctant Adults. :D

And we bloggers just lost Nathan Bransford too, dammit. The uber-agent has gone into another industry. I am so sad. He promises to leave up his wonderful archives.

I also found this interview of PNH. Some questions I've been asked about editing [and editors] are answered halfway down. :>

Interestingly enough, Patrick mentions something Teresa said about getting into fandom. [This is near the end, before Whisperado.] When I joined fandom, I did bring two people -- my brother and another friend -- along to the con. I became a hard-core lifer; neither of them did. However, entering fandom was already a goal of mine, from reading about fandom in Asimov's The Hugo Winners.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Publishing links.

Victoria Strauss give you a Reality Check from Writer Beware.

Which resource I highly recommend you read.

Writer Beware is there to help writers. It really is. So whenever a reality check fails... reality's gonna hit you.

More from Victoria: Getting Published is Not a Crap Shoot and The Perils of Searching For Publishers on the Internet and busting a Writer's Myth.

Plus, I agree with Victoria about the LinkedIn forums that she mentions [in The Perils]. Over and over, the people there ask the same questions. Constantly. If there's a FAQ there for "newbie professional questions" I surely don't know of it.

Do you?

And a smart author that I found through Twitter: Roni Loren says Stop Beating Me Over the Head With Your Book.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Definition of copy editing?

People have asked me to explain what copy editing is. And really, the best person who does that is Deanna Hoak.

The Copyediting Process

Zen and the Art of Copyediting

Note that Deanna has a comment [Aug 9th, 2005 at 9:20 am] where she defines the difference between a proofreader and a copy editor. :D

Proofreading vs. Copyediting

Doing Our Best

In Deanna's sidebar, you'll find others in The Best of; all of them will help you in writing, and in understanding what your copy editor does to help you... and your readers.

Last weekend I got to tell Deanna thanks in person, but still -- thank you so much, Deanna!

Monday, November 1, 2010

November links.

These are a mixed bag, but that's okay -- sort of like Halloween candy. The art show yesterday was giving out small bags of candy, and that candy saved us all on the mad drive home. :>


From Marco at Angry Robot: The No. 1 Habit of Highly Creative People.

Maurice has pix from WFC. Bonus points if you know everyone (I surely don't).

Want a one-way ticket to Mars? Aw, c'mon! It's for science -- and humanity. :D No, really.


And something different: J.F. Lewis has been serializing a piece of his Void City universe. Halloween was the last installment. Find them all on his blog. Enjoy!

The serialized Halloween story is frickin' fantastic. <3

Jeremy's Void City series is exactly how I like my urban fantasy -- excellent, unusual, and witty -- and Staked was my favorite debut novel.

WFC Halloween

Because she was on my mind this weekend, an essay from Lois M. Bujold about distribution.

I'll be all about WFC for quite some time, I'd say. Loved it. So exhausted.

So I'll just put down a few impressions of yesterday.

Yesterday I was between two World Fantasy Awards, Margo Lanagan's and Susan Marie Groppi's. John Klima had Margo's and Genevieve Valentine had Susan's.

Gene Wolfe made me cry. He accepted his award, and when you hear the emotion in the voice of someone who's that affected by the honor... what else can you do? Now, almost a day later, I realize that I wish I could have given him a hug; I hope enough other people thought of that.

Fabulous weekend.