Market Insights: Lou Anders, Pyr Books

Hello Clarion. It’s great to be here. I’ve written elsewhere about who we are at Pyr, how we got our start, and what we’re about, so today I’m going to take a different slant from what I’ve done in the past. Rather than talk about who we are, I thought I’d talk about who we…… Continue reading Market Insights: Lou Anders, Pyr Books

Market Insights: Russell Galen, Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency

WIRED DIFFERENTLY In these troubled times for the book business I’m seeing a few authors selling much better than expected, many declining drastically, others staying flat.  Part of the reason for that crazy volatility, I think, is the unpredictable appeal of some genre books to readers who usually read other things. But my clients’ attempts…… Continue reading Market Insights: Russell Galen, Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency

Spec Tech: Your Protagonist Wants Sleeves: Fashion in F&SF

Most clothes are uncomfortable, cumbersome, and dangerous, and can really make your characters’ lives miserable.  As a writer, this is an underused resource for inflicting pain and suffering upon your poor, hapless protagonists. Unless manufactured on machines by cotton produced on industrial farms and sewn en masse by underpaid illegal laborers, clothing is expensive. For…… Continue reading Spec Tech: Your Protagonist Wants Sleeves: Fashion in F&SF

Spec Tech: Of Tall Ships and Star Ships

When Mishell Baker went looking for a nautical blogger, she found me. My name is Rick Spilman.  I am the host of the Old Salt Blog.  By training, I am a naval architect, which is to say a ship designer.  I am also a multimedia designer and a writer, among other things.  I have an abiding love for…… Continue reading Spec Tech: Of Tall Ships and Star Ships

Breaking News!

The instructors for Clarion 2011 have been announced: Week One:  Nina Kiriki Hoffman Week Two:  John Scalzi Week Three:  Elizabeth Bear Week Four:  David Anthony Durham Week Five and Six:  John Kessel and Kij Johnson Now might be a good time to start working on those application stories.