Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Resources for Authors

NorWesCon 31 was a blast! Originally, I had signed up b/c the Foglios were attending -- but as soon as I arrived, the realization dawned on me that there was no better place for an SF/F author to spend his weekend. For three days straight, I attended panel after panel with names like "Is the Short Story Dead?" and "Breaking in through Small Press". When not absorbing Dan Simmons' advice on "How to Make an Editor Cry", I ripped out my vocal chords screaming Rocky Horror callbacks and catcalling at the Fetish Fannish Fashion Show. My notes:

Useful websites about markets & publishers:

For creating bound hardcopies (or self-publishing, if so desired):
Some mags to submit SF/F shorts to:
Small publishers:
SF/F Communities:
Books worth reading/referencing:

The 10% Solution by Ken Rand
Writer's Market 2008 (of course)

1 comment:

Self Publishing said...

Self-publishing can lead to spelling mistakes and grammatical errors appearing in print, and it is not a good idea to publish a book without using the services of an editor or a proofreader. After completing a book, an author may find it difficult to be self-critical and can only see the writing as being perfectly crafted and well expressed. An automatic spellchecker or grammar checker will not identify inappropriate use of words or missing words which alter the meaning. The result of hasty self-publishing can be a very poor quality book, and readers will not appreciate seeing multiple mistakes throughout a text.

The other danger in self-publishing is in overestimating the market potential for a book. If a genre of fiction is popular right now, that does not mean any new book with a similar plot and the same sort of characters is guaranteed to sell.

A self-published writer needs to work really hard at marketing and has to build a reputation through self-promotion. Traditional publishers have their own marketing departments, or use professional public relations people, to get free publicity, advance promotion, author interviews and book signings, in addition to launching expensive advertising campaigns which a self-publishing writer could ever hope to match.