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sfwa_admin posted to sfwa July 10 2014, 23:12

Support the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund with a Great Deal on Awesome SF!

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Pay what you want. Support charity. Get exceptional titles. Last year, the Humble Book Bundle raised over $55,000 for the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund. Offering pay-what-you-want pricing, you could receive the following titles:

 

The Healer’s War by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
The Reluctant Swordsman by Dave Duncan
Freehold by William Dietz
The Time of the Dark by Barbara Hambly
Wingman by Mack Maloney.

Beat the average price and you’ll receive all of the above as well as:
Spellsinger by Alan Dean Foster
I Have No Mouth and I Must Screamby Harlan Ellison
The Forge of God by Greg Bear
and 
Song of Kali by Dan Simmons.

Pay $12 or more to receive everything previously mentioned as well as:
Encounter with Tiber by Buzz Aldrin and John Barnes
and Blackcollar by Timothy Zahn.

Separately, this instant eBook library would typically cost you more than $86, but you can set the price!

The books are available in multiple formats including PDF, MOBI, and ePub. Instructions can be found here.

“If you like this bundle, a tip to Humble Bundle would be greatly appreciated!”

For more information or to get great books and help support the SFWA EMF, head to Humble Bundle.  This is a limited time offer!

Thank you for your support.

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sfwa_admin posted to sfwa July 10 2014, 17:48

Overcoming Self-Doubt as a Writer

by Matthew Kressel

mattIt’s become a cliché, the tortured writer beset by periods of crippling self-doubt. But things become clichés simply because they have been true for so many. Writing, for most people I know, is an experience of few victories and many small defeats. The little victories can make all those defeats worthwhile, but when you’re in the writing mode, staring at the screen or paper, slogging away day after day, without feedback, you can often feel like you’ve wandered deep into the woods without a guide and now you’re lost and it’s getting dark and there are strange sounds coming from that grove of trees, and at this far out no one can hear you scream.

Eventually, though, you’ll find your way back to civilization. You send out that story that you worked on for months, only to get rejection after rejection. You submit your magnum opus to agents and editors expecting high praise only to be met with…crushing silence. The waiting sometimes can be the worst of all.

And it’s in these interstitial periods that the most crippling feelings of self-doubt can occur. We ask ourselves, Am I good enough? Am I smart enough? Did they like what I wrote? Does it suck? Am I a hack? What the hell am I doing all this for? All those things we do to escape our uncomfortable feelings become super tempting: binge television watching, drinking, drugs, sex, anything to escape the Great Uncertainty.

And then your story sells, maybe even to a pro market, and the reviews come in, and everyone loves it, and praises it. And people talk about how it moved them, some cried and read it to their grandmothers, and maybe your story even gets nominated for an award. Maybe you even win that award. And you feel like a million dollars, and you’ll never doubt yourself again.

Yeah right.

A few weeks go by, maybe a few months, and the doubts creep back. We say to ourselves, Maybe I was lucky. Maybe the awards system is rigged. Maybe it was only a popularity contest. Maybe that’s the best I’ll ever do.

It’s a vicious cycle, this self-doubt, and it’s been my experience that most writers experience these crippling neuroses in one form or another. A few lucky people I know seem to lack all such self-doubts, but I suspect they’re well hidden, that under their confident exterior they too doubt themselves from time to time. Hell, even Stephen King has been known to express doubts about his work.

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sfwa_admin posted to sfwa July 7 2014, 20:40

Guest Post: Yog’s Law and Self-Publishing

by John Scalzi

John ScalziMany years ago, writer Jim Macdonald postulated “Yog’s Law,” a handy rule of thumb for writers about the direction money is meant to flow in publishing:

“Money flows toward the writer.”

This is handy because it will give the writer pause when she has a publisher (or agent, or editor) who says that in order to get published, the author needs to lay out some cash up front, and to that publisher/agent/editor. The author can step back, say, huh, this is not how Yog’s Law says it’s supposed to go, and then surmise, generally correctly, that the publisher/agent/editor in question is a scam artist and that she should run away as fast as her feet will carry her.

But does Yog’s Law apply in an age where many writers — and some even successfully — are self-publishing via digital? In self-publishing, authors are on the financial hook for the editorial services that publishers usually do: Editing, copy-editing, page and cover design and art, marketing, publicity and so on. In this case, unless the author does everything (which is possible but not advised if one want’s a professional-looking product), money is going to have to flow away from the writer, as he hired people to do work for him.

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sfwa_admin posted to sfwa July 1 2014, 13:02

New Board Members at SFWA

Logo SFWA-Web squareOn July 1st, 2014, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers welcome Cat Rambo as the new Vice President and Sarah Pinsker as incoming Director at Large (elected from the Eastern Region*).

Concurrent with the start of the organization’s new fiscal year, the SFWA Board will now consist of:

President: Steven Gould (2nd term)

Vice President: Cat Rambo

Secretary: Susan Forest (2nd term)

Chief Financial Officer: Bud Sparhawk (Continuing)

Directors At Large: Sarah Pinsker (Incoming), Lee Martindale, Jim Fiscus, Tansy Rayner Roberts and Matthew Johnson.

SFWA would also like to thank outgoing Vice President and Eastern Regional Director, Rachel Swirsky and E.C. Myers for their hard work and dedication throughout their respective terms.

About the new Board members:

Cat Rambo is on the road through the end of 2014 and may be coming soon to a city near you. Her 200+ fiction publications include stories in Asimov’sClarkesworld Magazine, and Tor.com as well as reprints in Catalan, Czech, Estonian, Galician, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, and (quite frequently) audio form.  Her short story, “Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain,” from collection Near + Far, was a 2012 Nebula nominee. Her editorship of Fantasy Magazine earned her a World Fantasy Award nomination in 2012 and she most recently guest-edited Lightspeed Magazine’s Women Destroying Fantasy issue. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, the Johns Hopkins University, and the Clarion West Writers workshop. Among her accomplishments, she once won a hula contest judged by Neil Gaiman, has ridden an elephant, and is a Maryland-certified Master Gardener. For more about her, as well as links to her blog and fiction, see kittywumpus.net or find her on most social media networks as catrambo.

 

Sarah Pinsker  is the author of the novelette “In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind,” winner of the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award in 2014 and 2013 Nebula Award finalist. Her fiction has been published in magazines including Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Lightspeed, and in anthologies including Long HiddenFierce Family, and The Future Embodied.

She co-hosts the Baltimore Science Fiction Society’s Dangerous Voices Variety Hour, a reading series/quiz show. She is also a singer/songwriter and toured nationally behind three albums on various independent labels: (Charmed, disappear records; Wingspan, Reinventing Records; This is Your Signal, The Beechfields, with the Stalking Horses). A fourth is forthcoming. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland and can be found online at
She co-hosts the Baltimore Science Fiction Society’s Dangerous Voices Variety Hour, a reading series/quiz show. She is also a singer/songwriter and toured nationally behind three albums on various independent labels: (Charmed, disappear records; Wingspan, Reinventing Records; This is Your Signal, The Beechfields, with the Stalking Horses). A fourth is forthcoming. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland and can be found online at sarahpinsker.com and twitter.com/sarahpinsker. ​

 

*All current directors were elected under the previous bylaws which mandated region specific Directors and three year terms. Our new bylaws bylaws mandate Directors-at-Large which are not region specific and have two year terms. As directors’ old terms expire, replacements and incumbents will run for the new two-year terms voted on by the entire active membership.

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