Books & Pieces: weekly round-up of news
Our weekly quick round-up of news and factoids, articles and more that struck our fancy, tickled our interest, and had us scratching our heads. For readers, writers, and genre fans of any form.
We are pleased to announce Rebecca Roland as World Weaver Press’ newest author! Look for more announcements about her forthcoming novel in the weeks to come.
Over the weekend, the 2012 Hugo Award nominees were announced (full list). Awards to be presented September 2, 2012 at Chicon7. Voting is open to members until early August. Last year they streamed the awards ceremony live online; hopefully they’ll do the same this year for all of us who can’t get out to Chicago.
Speculative art and design rules: There are these great “Urban Astronaut” paintings by Jeremy Geddes that I’m absolutely in love with, and then there’s the Dark Shadows Barnabas Portrait Project a Deviant Art contest with three winning artists to be chosen for monetary prizes by Tim Burton himself.
Chuck Wendig’s 25 things you should know about word choice is a tour de force article on writing. An entire workshop’s worth (or five workshop’s worth) of prose style and word choice advice vulgarly put.
Susan Abel Sullivan, author of Cursed: Wickedly Fun Stories and the forthcoming Haunted Housewives of Allister, AL, had a very “bookworm-ish” time this week. Michelle Lowery’s insightful interview with Sullivan ran at Through the Wormhole: Confessions of a Bookworm, and Sullivan’s post about what draws her to the paranormal ran at Bookworm Lisa: “Normal on the outside,” Sullivan writes, “paranormal on the inside.”
My absolute favorite discussion this week comes from the podcast Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing: It’s a panel discussion on the publishing industry’s recent “turmoil” regarding authors vs. Amazon and Paypal vs. Smashwords — the end summation? A good dose of common sense. All these crazy things are just businesses practicing business; writers should keep writing and not worry about it. They make other wonderful statements directed at writers: make your name, diversify, and don’t turn down any market. And then get in a few good nudges at publishing, suggesting that publishing needs to become more like other businesses, get out of [the] Madison Avenue offices and out of the the golden age mindset of “owning writers.” The podcast is about an hour long and I can’t recommend it enough.
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Posted on April 13, 2012, in Books + Pieces, fantasy, News Items, science fiction, urban fantasy, World Weaver Press and tagged book news, Books + Pieces, fantasy, inspiration, publishing industry, World Weaver Press, writing tip. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.