More links will be added as I have time.
Resources for Aspiring Writers
Writer Beware Blog
Writer Beware website
Preditors and Editors
Don't get scammed. There are lots of predators out there to ready to pounce on eager writers who are unfamiliar with the strange publishing industry. They change names as easily as they drive up your hopes. Remember, money flows toward the writer. Check out any agent you are considering and any publisher, before you sign anything, especially if the editor or agent has solicited you.
Agent Query.com; Looking for an agent? Here is one place to start. There are also good references on the Science Fiction Writers of America website.
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Book Review Sites
The Alien Online, reviews of fantasy and science fiction books
published in the United Kingdom, as well as movie and comic reviews, columns, and other sf/fantasy news.
Computer Crow's Nest, European science fiction
and fantasy e-zine with interiews and reviews.
Green Man Reviews, thoughtful reviews of all kinds of books, films,
myshelf.com, more reviews of fantasy and science fiction books.
Romantic Science Fiction and Fantasy , reviews of fantasy and science
fiction with strong romantic subplots.
SF Site, news, reviews, and author interviews.
SF Revu is another source of reviews and author interviews.
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Conventions and Writers' Workshops
Writers' workshops and science fiction conventions are very different animals.
Workshops focus on developing the skills and techniques of writing. Some have panels
and presentations by authors and teachers, while some focus on group or
individual critique sessions for aspiring writers. Many
writers' workshops are cross genre (not just fantasy and science fiction). Most offer
aspiring writers time to meet with and pitch their work to editors and agents, as well
as meet writing professionals face-to-face.
Some writers' workshops are offered in conjunction with science fiction conventions.
Science fiction conventions (and there are tons of them!) are put on by fans of
all things fantasy and science fiction: literature, art, film, gaming, and so forth.
They encompass activities, workshops, discussions, and presentations by authors,
experts, and fans of all these art forms, and will often have costume masquerades, dance or music presentations,
electronic or role-playing gaming, film and anime festivals, battle-bot or robot competitions,
award presentations, and other activities as well. You can meet authors and performers, and
buy books, art work, jewelry, and collectibles in the dealers' rooms.
Pikes Peak Writers Conference, a fine conference devoted
to all genres of commercial fiction. Every year in the spring.
Colorado Gold Writers Conference, another Colorado conference devoted
to all genres of commercial fiction. Every year in September.
Surrey International Writers' Conference, held near Vancouver, BC, Canada. A well-respected conference with excellent faculty, held yearly in October.
ArmadilloCon, the Texas regional
fantasy and science fiction convention. Summer.
Balticon, east coast regional convention
put on by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, who give out the Compton Crook/Stephen Tall
Award for the best first science fiction/fantasy/horror novel of the year.
A literary convention held in Baltimore, MD every Memorial Day weekend.
MileHiCon, the Colorado regional fantasy
and science fiction convention. Very well organized and with excellent programming.
A real family convention held in Denver every October.
RadCon, held in the tri-cities area of Washington State on President's Day Weekend. Well organized and exceptionally welcoming to gamers.
Westercon, large and prestigious western US
regional science fiction convention.
World Fantasy Convention, a convention
for fantasy writers, professional and aspiring, as well as authors, editors, and
others. Moves every year.
World Science Fiction Convention, the grandaddy of
all science fiction/fantasy cons--authors, editors, fans, costumers, gamers, everyone. Moves every year.
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BroadUniverse, resources, discussion lists, and news,
supporting women writers of science fiction and fantasy.
Here is an interesting interview at
Computer Crow's Nest with several fantasy and science fiction literary
agents, including Lucienne Diver, who happens to represent me.
DASFA: The Denver Area Science Fiction Association,
a group of great Denver area fans who also happen to be the core of MileHiCon.
Matt Stawicki, cover artist extraordinaire. I feel privileged to have his covers on my D'Arnath books, on Song of the Beast, as well as the stunning Revelation and Restoration covers.
Penguin Putnam, the official website of the Fantasy/Science Fiction division.
Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, a Denver-based support organization for aspiring and published writers. Sponsor the Colorado Gold Writers' Conference, monthly workshops, a Published Authors League for marketing and other networking, and a fine monthly newsletter.
sff.net is a hangout for writers of fantasy and science fiction. They host web pages of many authors (including me) and lots of newsgroups for fantasy/sf afficionados.
The Science Fiction Writers of America run a great site with lots of information for aspiring writers of fantasy and science fiction.
The Knight Agency,
the home of my most excellent agent, Lucienne Diver.
Speculative Fiction of Colorado,
lots of information about who and what's going on in the busy science fiction,
fantasy, and horror community in Colorado. Seems moribund...but we'll hope.
Zurreal.com Last but never least, the website of my friend Til Newman, software engineer and graphic artist, who does the beautiful graphic work on my bookmarks. Check out his artwork!
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