Recently, The Toronto Star published an article stating that after the Canadian Writers Union conducted a survey, Canadian writers make an average of $9,380 CAD per year. There are many problems with this survey, the primary one being that this is strictly a survey of the Canadian Writers Union, and I would hazard a guess […]Read more "Why Canadian Writers Make Less Money (My Thoughts)"
Hey friends; awards season is on us again, and because no one should ever self-reject, I’d like to present some of the stuff I’ve done this year for your consideration. If anyone who is considering making nominations wants a review copy of any of these, I can provide e-copies in pdf upon request (and would […]Read more "2018 Awards Eligibility Post!"
By Kate Elliot The cold equations of “realism,” some claim, suggest there is little scope for women taking an active and interesting role in epic stories set in fantasy worlds based in a pre-modern era. Women’s lives in the past were limited, constrained, and passive, they say. To include multiple female characters in dynamic roles […]Read more "Writing Women Characters into Epic Fantasy without Quotas"
As always, I’m doing National Novel Writing Month! Perhaps you’re not familiar: NaNoWriMo is a marathon for writers. The challenge is to write a 50,000 word novel, in a month! How you do this is by writing about 1667 words a day; eating the elephant one bite at a time. I never would have been […]Read more "My NaNoWriMo Progress"
By Cat Rambo Last year I returned to one of my old loves. I’d put it aside for a while: things were busy, there was never time, it took so much energy from writing efforts. And then a friend asked about it and, well . . . I speak of tabletop role-playing games, and the empress of them […]Read more "Saving Throw vs. Boredom: How RPGs Taught Me Storytelling"
By Andrew Liptak Here’s a perfect story for Halloween: Shambleau. Written by one of my favorite science fiction authors, C.L. Moore, you can now listen to the story as read by the author in a recently discovered recording. Shambleau was Moore’s first short story, written on her breaks while she worked at a bank. The editors […]Read more "Shambleau by C.L. Moore, Read by the Author"
By me! Everyone says that indie publishing is the wave of the future. Avoiding gatekeepers, who are often prejudiced against particular ideas or demographics, and putting your work out there to see if it will sink or swim on its own, puts the power (and the money) back in the hands of the writers. I […]Read more "Crowdpublishing"