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Last night, we discussed Escape Rooms at our meeting, but have you escaped from The Daleks?
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Dude, No Chick Flick Moments
How to write a GOOD character description.
All too often characters are described as though the author is writing for a police blotter: hair, height, eye color. If the character is fe...
Congratulations Adam Shannon!
This year’s finalists for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction story have been selected. The award will be presented this year during the Campbell Conference Awards reception on Friday, June 21, 2019.
Our 2019 Finalists Are:
“Freezing Rain, A Chance of Falling,”
Fantasy and Science Fiction, July 2018.
“The Only Harmless Great Thing,”
“The Secret Life of the Nine Negro Teeth of
P. Djèlí Clark.
Fireside Fiction, Feb 2018.
Carolyn Ives Gilman.
Clarkesworld, Feb 2018.
“Nine Last Days on Planet Earth,”
tor.com, Sept 2018.
“When We Were Starless,”
Clarkesworld, Oct 2018.
“The Starship and the Temple Cat,”
Yoon Ha Lee.
Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Feb 2018.
“When Robot and Crow Saved East St. Louis,”
Slate.com, Dec 2018.
“Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach,”
“On the Day You Spend Forever with Your Dog,”
Apex, Dec 2018.
Fiyah, July 2018.
More information about the Sturgeon Award can be found here:
More information about the Campbell Conference can be found here:
Congratulations to Denny S. Bryce, former RWR member, for her 2-book deal and soon-to-be-published Wild Women and the Blues from Kensington Press!!!
Do you need a professional editor before you query? An agent weighs in (and make sure to read the comments as well).
My coauthor and I have written a YA fantasy novel. It is the first in a series. We have edited it to the best of our abilities (we think), ...
What type of writer are you?
Huge thanks to Cheryl Denney White for a very involved and tricky Transcription:
9 boxes, in a 3 by 3 grid, under the heading Types of Writers:
- probably got a publishing deal
- takes nice photos
- never responds to DMs
- has a very set schedule to write
- won NaNoWriMo
- journals > laptops
- grand at drawing but prefers writing
- writes music as well
- never focuses on one project at a time and that's ok
- mom friend
- inspirational quotes
- runs a book account as well
- likes to post about their cat a lot
- very encouraging
- leather-bound fancy journals
- good handwriring
- posts moodboards to procrastinate on their own writing
- doesn't follow their own advice
- reads your work but forgets to tell you
- likes to write coffee shop aus or other fluffy romances
- gives good writing advice but says some variant of f*** 50 times in order to explain it
- texts you at 4 am to ramble about world-building
- probably writes fanfic
- never texts with proper grammar
- probably a college student
- writes at 4 am and is unable to write at any other time
- coffee with too much sugar
- word count: 0
- they look like they are about to collapse at any moment
- energy drinks and death
Because before anything, you at least need to know what they're really spamming!
Very interesting. I had no idea Book 2 was so important for publishers...
K White asked "I do dread the second book. I am told the second, not the first, is your career. I have seen at least two agents I plan o...
HOLLY ROOT: Entrepreneurial Mindset as a Literary Agent and as an Author - 88 Cups of Tea with Yin Chang
A fascinating peek behind the curtain of the publishing world:
Literary agent Holly Root launched over two dozen New York Times bestsellers before founding Root Literary in 2017. Originally a Southerner, then a..
Just because you get a six-figure deal from a traditional publisher, don't assume there won't be problems. An eye-opening read:
I’m trying to remember when it was last this crazy at work. Before we spent a month fighting poor planning and terrible execution on our…
And, now... a special PSA about literary agents:
Introduction Dishonest Agents Amateur, Marginal, and Incompetent Agents Telling Questionable From Reputable Agents Who Are Also Publishers Additional Cautions One Last, Very Important Thing Links Introduction There’s conflicting wisdom on the subject of whether or not a writer needs a literary age...
Many thanks to Liz Hayes for Dalek Sel—a salt shaker—to handle those moments when all of us want to critique at once.
This post is about formatting not asshattery. When you send your manuscript in some sort of crazy ass format as though it's a printed book...
Is your query letter ready?
From one of our associate members!
My story #zombielife was published in the 13Days... publication on Medium. Check it out! Enjoy dark and weird? Then don't miss all the other stories as well.
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Last minute Halloween costume idea:
Fantastic writing advice:
This Twitter thread from TV writer @MatthewFederman has a lot of very helpful things to remember (his reference to "room" is the writers ro...
Watch for the signs.
Pick your poison!
A literary agent breaks down the query letter:
Here's your chance to turn the tables and critique me! I'm doing a workshop at the upcoming Writers Digest Conference in August. These a...
Where does the muse come from, and is our contemporary understanding of our muse killing artists? https://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius#t-528912
Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.
Wonderful blog post by a fellow author as she shows us the way around "Rejection City" and all the options available. Don't give up!
Happy Thanksgiving! Oh yeah, and I got another rejection.
SO. MUCH. TRUTH.
From "Telling Lies for Profit," a fantastic book on the craft of writing:
"If my writers' ear tells me that the dialog I'm reading is unnatural and clumsy, how am I to make myself believe in the existence of the characters who are speaking it? If my writer's perceptions force me to notice that I'm reading lumpish prose, how can I lose myself in the story?"
Another quote from the magnificent Janet Reid, this one regarding those tricky first pages...
"You can tank that first pages opportunity if you open with someone waking up, driving, getting a phone call, or doing any of the other gazillion things writers like to do before getting to something interesting.
It's ok to write all that stuff, but when you're revising the big question to ask yourself: is something changing for my main character yet? Don't make me read 20 pages to get to that point."
There are two things to be aware of about beta readers: (1) they read all of what you give them; and (2) they read with the idea of givin...
Query letter gets critiqued by a literary agent. Best line to ponder: "If there's one thing readers have stopped buying, it's book where women are merely objects."
Question: The pivotal scene in my manuscript is the rape of the main character. My last beta reader said she had nightmares for two days ab...
A literary agent shows examples from writers who didn't do their homework before querying:
1. "Your profile picture is delightful" Why this isn't something you should do: Commenting on anyone's photo, even if it's an avatar is cre...
Another reminder from a literary agent about the difference between character flaws and our flaws in writing characters.
Felix Buttonweezer, grief stricken after the death of his cactus Felix Buttonweezer, white knuckled sobriety a daily challenge Felix But...
I was inspired by my kids' recent entertainment choices, and I humbly submit to you all my suggestion for our group motto.
We're brutal, sick, sadistic, and grotesquely optimistic!
You can have the most interesting events in the world, but it's still not a story.
Sometimes it's useful to analyze why a book doesn't work for you. I recently read The Dressmaker of Khair Khana. It's the story of a famil...
Don't make these mistakes when querying!
1. "Things I'm looking for in selecting an agent". This evokes images the fruit stand at the corner of Sixth Avenue and 40th Street and pic...
Came across this today and wanted to share.
If you are looking for a (new) publishing home, here are the top 10 things I think every writer should know about Amazon Publishing:
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