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NATIONAL BUY A BOOK DAY IS HERE AGAIN

Tomorrow is September 7th, which as you all hopefully know by now is National Buy a Book Day. Here’s what you do: 1. Go to a bookstore. 2. Pick out a book. 3. Buy it. A simple, three-step process—a fairly … Continue reading

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HOW TO SELL YOUR FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION TO AGENTS AND EDITORS

This is the big questions, isn’t it? I’ve written a science fiction or fantasy novel—now what? I get asked that all the time by people who are just starting out. They have no publication credits, no contacts in the publishing … Continue reading

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THE HARDEST PART: PATIENCE

When you write a book like The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction, give convention seminars on the subject, write a blog like this, and so on, one of the questions that keeps popping up is some variation on: … Continue reading

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I ONLY THOUGHT I WAS DONE

Why did I think that? I wasn’t done. I knew I wasn’t done. Did I just forget I wasn’t done? Did I wish I was done? Did I want so badly to be done that I convinced myself, however briefly, … Continue reading

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PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE

You’ve heard that old joke. A guy asks a New York cabbie how to get to Carnegie Hall, and the cabbie says, “Practice, practice, practice.” I’ve written before about work ethic issues, deadlines, laziness, and the barriers we tend to … Continue reading

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PART III ERRATA & ADDITIONAL MATERIAL: The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction

Is there such a thing as a perfect book? If there is, I haven’t read one, let alone written one. One of the things I’d hoped to accomplish with this blog was not just to promote the book but to … Continue reading

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BOOKS FOR FANTASY AUTHORS X: WRITING THE BREAKOUT NOVEL

From time to time I’ll recommend—not review, mind you, but recommend, and yes, there is a difference—books that I think science fiction and fantasy authors should have on their shelves. Some may be new and still in print, some may … Continue reading

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THE FANTASY AUTHOR’S HANDBOOK INTERVIEWS IX: BRENDAN DENEEN

As part of the process of writing The Guide to Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction, I interviewed a few key players in the SF/fantasy community. Their wisdom and generosity is liberally sprinkled throughout the book, but I couldn’t use every … Continue reading

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THE FANTASY AUTHOR’S HANDBOOK INTERVIEWS VIII: ETHAN ELLENBERG

As part of the process of writing The Guide to Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction, I interviewed a few key players in the SF/fantasy community. Their wisdom and generosity is liberally sprinkled throughout the book, but I couldn’t use every … Continue reading

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