Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Quick news post for writers, Firefly geeks, and fairy tale fans

Nebula Award nominations are up.

There's talk of  Firefly returning to TV, which would be awesome! although dealing with the story lines of the film and the two comic series would prove interesting.  Although the one series is pre-TV show timeline-wise; no idea about the Shepherd Chronicles (Dark Horse).  Mostly I'd be concerned how they deal with you-know-whose death at the end of the movie.  Soooo did not see that coming.  

Locus came up with a short list of awesome Tor.com stories, so Tor.com went and bundled them here. Just so we're all on the same page, Tor.com is an online magazine which is affiliated with TOR-Forge press (book publisher).  Poor undergrad in my graduate class on publishing flubbed that one big time when he mixed up the two.  I didn't have the heart to point out the difference in front of the class -- thank goodness I was a student and not the teacher in that situation.

Donald Maass' The Career Novelist: A Literary Agent Offers Strategies for Success is available as a free PDF.  Which is great, because I'm fairly certain it's out of print otherwise, so grab a copy now.

And last bit of news: Enchanted Conversations is open to submissions until Thursday at Midnight.  They've recently recreated themselves as a much better looking website, and a pro-paying market (10 cents per word) -- but they're only accepting stories within four day windows, fit the theme (Rumpelstiltskin, this time), and are under 2000 words.  I figure that weeds most people out, but if you have a less-than-2000-word Rumpelstiltskin story, here are the much lengthier submission guidelines.  

And yes, I do so happen to have an under 2000 word Rumpelstiltskin story, I am writing a folk tale inspired MFA thesis after all.

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