A yenta is a matchmaker. She is meddlesome, gossipy, and an advice giver. I want you to be my yenta. Tell me how to best promote my writing and my upcoming ebooks "The Breach" and "The Ravening." How can I reach out to potential readers without being a pain in the butt?
Is fantasy and science fiction writing somehow tied in with culture and race? A dangerous question? I recently asked why it seemed that all these shows on ghost hunting and the supernatural only seemed to focus on whitebread communities. Why were the networks ignoring minorities and emergine majorities? When was the last time we saw Ghost Hunters in the 'hood?
Is Amazon a lifeboat for writers, or is it a mire where anyone can publish and draw away readers from the deserving? Is it responsible for the death of the printed page and traditional publishing? Or has traditional publishing brought about its own demise through corporate greed and de-valuation of the writer by marginalization?
I like Bryan. He is funny, thoughtful, and a solid author. The Worker Prince is a good read. Like many of us, Bryan probably grew up watching every bit of science fiction which came out, good or bad, and gobbled up the likes of Heinlein, Bradbury, and Pournelle. Not a bad group to waste away one's youth with.
This post from his blog, is worthwhile for those who read stuff from the sixties and compare it to contemporary genre, only to wonder what the "who-ha" was about when folk reference Heinlein or Asimov. I recently had that experience in a writer's group when fellow lifted their noses at me for mentioning authors from the "golden age." How dare I mention these pioneers in the same breath as Gaiman, or Brown...they exclaimed.
When I saw Kindle's Fire, my immediate reaction was "goota have one," but I admit, I was skeptical of some of its features. Even now I still here mixed reviews. Me? I like the old Kindle, the one that does nothing more than read books.
Somewhere in a coffeeshop in suburbia there's a poster with my picture on it and the caption: Public Enemy #32. Hey, I'm working my way up. A month ago I was #37. And my crime? My dislike for modern poetry. Or rather, my dislike for modern poets, although even crediting them with that title is too generous. I prefer the term Failed Writers.
Still, I fulfilled something I considered an obligation and attended a poetry reading. It's been a few days now, and I'm still waking screaming.
While THE BREACH, the first installment of THE DARK REALITY CHRONICLES may not yet be available, Christine Purcell and I are happy to present a webcomic set in the same universe and featuring characters from the novel. The webcomic will be updated every Monday until the story MAGIC TRAP concludes. Please come along for the ride, it will be worth it.
After swearing off conventions just this last month, I've decided to embrace the upcoming Penguicon in Dearborn, Michigan. And while I'm promising some surprises regarding the upcoming Sternberg novels, Zagreus Swarm and The Breach (with the talented Christine Purcell), I'm not swearing off my usual brand of outrage, indignation, and self-importance. What? You think it's easy being The Curdmudgeon? It's hard work. Now get the hell off my lawn.
We stream movies, download books and music, and save more of our lives onto hard drives and in clouds. Imagine what would happen if a giant electromagnetic pulse were to hit. Imagine what an anthropologist looking at the lack of art produced in the second decade of the twenty first century will think. After all, one can't carbon date bits and bytes.
For those of you who haven’t read a post or two from Joe Konrath, take a look at his blog. He’s a genre writer who last year abandoned his traditional publisher in favor of self publishing and ...
And so begins a blog post by literary author and editor Joe Ponepinto. His post is something of a response to Mr. Konrath's recent blog posting about Amazon and publishing. Mr. Ponepinto takes a different view and challenges the internet not as the friend of publishing and writing, but as an enemy.
Weird Arousals is an ebook anthology of short fiction that deals with sexuality and the human condition in all its strange, mystifying and sometimes evil incarnations. We are seeking submissions of short stories between 2,000 and 7,000 words, in the following genres: horror, fantasy, slipstream, steampunk, paranormal or any other recognized speculative fiction category. Stories should be strong on character as well as plot. No straight romance. No slasher stories, no porn, no excessive gore.
Deadline for submissions is April 30, 2012 or until filled. Publish date is anticipated to be September 2012. Simultaneous submissions will be accepted as long as you tell us up front (and immediately withdraw the story if you sell it). All proceeds from the sale of this "for-the-love" ebook anthology will go to cancer research. Send inquiries to Stewart Sternberg at email@example.com
Observation is the key to being a good writer, or it's at least the first step. The trick, is being able to take that information, deduce what is important and not important in the development of fiction, and then pass that information along to the reader, often without letting the reader know you're doing it. Magic!