Never Be Ashamed.

There’s already a lot of advice on the Internet about how to break into professional writing. I don’t have much to add. In my experience, at least, there was no magic formula or kung-fu technique that finally did it for me. All I did was keep writing, every day, while trying to get people to…… Continue reading Never Be Ashamed.

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: 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.

Writing Life: How Novel!

Until fairly recently, it was standard practice for a new science fiction or fantasy writer to rack up a few sales in Asimov’s or Weird Tales before even attempting a novel.  Very few writers would be taken seriously until they had established a track record of published stories.  These days, speculative fiction writers (particularly in…… Continue reading Writing Life: How Novel!

Writing Life: Life is Short

Although it is entirely possible (and some say even advisable) in the SF&F market to plunge straight into writing and selling novels, there is a lot to be learned from writing short fiction.  Good prose is good prose, and a few sales in the right places can be an excellent way to demonstrate that you’re…… Continue reading Writing Life: Life is Short