Yuck. I’ve always hated that phrase.
But thanks to my good friends at Writer’s Digest, there’s now an easy, simple, anyone-can-use way to get me on the phone for a substantive talk about your work in progress, questions about publishing, writing, the writing process . . . all sorts of stuff.
Here’s the text from the Writer’s Digest Consultants Center web page:
Format: One-on-One Consultation Service
Philip Athans is the New York Times best-selling author of Annihilation and more than a dozen other books including The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction and Writing Monsters. He teaches creative writing and appears at numerous conferences and conventions, as well as working as a freelance editor, ghostwriter, and publishing consultant. He is also the former senior managing editor for TSR/Wizards of the Coast. His blog, Fantasy Author’s Handbook, is updated every Tuesday, and you can follow him on Twitter @PhilAthans.
Consultation Time: 30/60 minutes Connection Method: Phone/Skype
Philip will provide you with detailed advice on storytelling (characters, story structure, pacing, etc.) and the one element that really sets these genres apart: worldbuilding.
Learn what the publishing business is looking for from an SF, fantasy, or horror author. Philip can help you position your book and work with you to create the right pitch materials to help get it noticed.
Get detailed advice on when and how to self-publish, including working with freelance editors, artists and designers, typesetters, and e-book and POD services, with an eye toward the genre blogger and fan communities.
That sounds like a lot to cover in an hour or less, but the point isn’t to hear a recorded monologue from me but for me to listen to you, and provide advice, answer questions, toss around ideas . . . This is the kind of one-on-one (or at least very small-group) interactions that make me love teaching, while at the same time, I’m always getting people telling me they’d love to take a class only they don’t live in the Seattle area. This isn’t exactly the same thing, but it’s pretty close, and Writer’s Digest has provided us both with a mechanism to make that happen.
Thanks Writer’s Digest!