First: the SF/F marketing podcast from last night is now available on youtube (or as an MP3, if you want to miss the video). I’m pretty sure I was coherent despite being on my last legs! I think in the future I will try not to schedule myself to work after 8 PM. I am not at my best late at night. (And yes, 8 PM is late when you wake up at 5:30 AM!) More on point, though, I had a great time chatting with everyone, and hope I didn’t get too ranttastic when talking about Kickstarter etiquette!
So there’s that..!
The new SFWA membership requirements are live! Indies and small press authors can join us (and many have: the first few hours we got 28 applications!) It is gratifying to have been part of the initiative that got this change enacted, and just in time for the organization’s 50th anniversary. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate five decades of helping career SF/F authors than to embrace the changes that allow more of us to make a living.
I have been quiet because I have been busy. Most days I write 4-6 pages for the novel, and as the end of the book gets closer (and the end of the trilogy), the more focused I get on it, and the less brain I have for other things. I’m looking forward to having that off my mental plate. But in my spare time, I’m doing some maintenance on my website (my bibliography page now has a bibliography, if a rather spare one).
I am also reading a lot. About a quarter of that reading is for pleasure; most of it is research, in the sense that I am reading books that have a similar tone to the one I’m writing. I’ve noticed the whole “read books by authors of this or that category” thing floating around, but I find it perplexing. You can tell very few things about a person’s categories from their name, and researching them as people won’t necessarily tell you all the rest since many folks like to keep some things private.
Honestly, the only category that matters to me as a reader is ‘how were you published.’ Not because I want to discriminate against people published by traditional means, but because their books are usually priced too high for me to afford. :/
I’m not sure this counts as an opinion on the controversy, but it’s what I’ve got.
And now, I go back to work.