Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Links of Interest

MARKET NEWS: SF/Fantasy publisher Pyr now accepts unagented queries.

THE WRITING LIFE: The physical hazards of being a novelist. (Yes, really!)

EDITOR INTERVIEW: Interview with Selina McLemore of Grand Central Publishing (formerly Warner Books)


USING REALITY IN FANTASY: Talks about the Harry Potter novels and English boarding schools, but the subject is food for thought on your own fantasy worldbuilding.

LIFE OF THE WRITER: Ten Rules for Writing which deals with the life of the writer rather than craft.

CRAFT: Backstory isn't always evil.

WORKSHOPS: I now have two workshops scheduled with another TBA.

The Big Question: How to Create a Powerful Novel from a Few Ideas and One Big Question, April 11-May 8, 2010 at

Have you ever read a story then felt dissatisfied by it as you put it down? All the story elements--plot, characters, romance, and suspense--were there, but something was missing. That something is often called depth or resonance, and it's that element that turns an ordinary story into one you couldn't put down.

How do you create a story like that? It starts with the creation of the story. I’ll show you how to take a simple plot idea, premise, or character and turn it into a novel with resonance.

Magic, Monsters and Amour: Creating a Believable Paranormal, Fantasy, or SF World. October 4-31, 2010 at October 4-31, 2010 at

Are vampires, fairies, and space aliens real? If you create the right background for your paranormal romance, they will be to a reader. I'll show you how to create a fantasy or paranormal background from scratch and how to make it utterly believable.

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