Category Archives: career

Advice on Writing Mentors

One of the things that sometimes comes up when talking to new writers is the question, “How do I acquire a mentor?” There’s a glazed and desperate look in the eyes of each querier, and sometimes a bit of professional jealousy, because occasionally we see people in positions where we’re not convinced they really should be, and an easy explanation is that a mentor’s personal pull helped get them there.
Well, maybe.
Continue reading

Posted in career | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Physical Prepping for Conventions

I’m off to ArmadilloCon tomorrow, and looking forward to it. Questions about going to conventions often come up in the F&SF class, so I thought I’d answer the main one and then talk about what I do to prep for one.
Continue reading

Posted in career | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments

How Writers Can Use Pinterest

I’m prepping for this weekend’s class on Blogging and Social Networks and, as always, there’s lots of new stuff that I need to fold into my existing notes. Pinterest is a big one — it’s become a big deal since last time I taught the class and so I need to talk about it. So what is it and why might writers want to use it? Continue reading

Posted in career | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Social Networking: How Much Is Not Enough?

So one of my resolutions, post-Confusion, was to be better about social networking and spreading word of my projects. Towards that end I’ve been posting scraps of the WIP on a daily basis (and plan to do so until it’s … Continue reading

Posted in career | Tagged , , , , , | 8 Comments

The Inevitable Award Post

I have been noticing a lot of these over the last couple of months, and I was going to skip it, but then I was totting up the publications from last year, and I’m proud of the fact that I … Continue reading

Posted in career | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Tracking Story Submissions

Part of today is going to be spent sorting through my spreadsheet of what stories are out where and getting stuff out. That’s one of the really tedious things about being a writer – all the paperwork.

So how do I track submissions and figure out where to send them?
Continue reading

Posted in career | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Response Times and Professional Magazines

Yesterday I withdrew a story from a market because we were starting to near the one year mark, and the couple of queries I’d made all got the usual “It’s in the queue, we’re swamped, just a little longer” reply. I don’t mind waiting a little longer, but I do mind when it gets used to keep you going for months. So that’s cool, and no hard feelings over them having sat on it a while. But here’s the reply I got regarding the withdrawal.
Continue reading

Posted in career | Tagged , , | 7 Comments

Making the Most of Cons (and ArmadilloCon)

I was just at ArmadilloCon over the weekend, and had a fabulous time of it. There’s an account of that, with sundry photos, on my Google+ page. Continue reading

Posted in career | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Networking with Purpose and Sincerity

It’s natural for writers to want to spread word of our work. We all realize that, short of hiring a publicist, we’re our own best champions. But if we go too far, or are too single-minded in that pursuit, we can come off as boorish and arrogant. Here’s five pointers on how to avoid this. Continue reading

Posted in career | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

On Award Pimpage

It’s the season when speculative fiction writers (and other genres as well, I believe) start thinking about awards. Nominations for the Hugo and Nebula are coming up. There will be others, such as the Locus and World Fantasy Awards, but for most it’s the Hugo and Nebula, with a small group thinking about the Campbell Best New Writer Award and trying to figure out how to make the most of their two year period of eligibility for it. Complicating this is the fact that neither award is really very democratic. Continue reading

Posted in career | Tagged , , | Leave a comment