Monthly Archives: June 2009

From the Mind of the Redoubtable VanderMeer

On why writers need to be readers:

Networking – not a dirty word (it just feels that way sometimes)

I once had to present a faux writers festival presentation as part of an assessment piece. As someone who doesn’t like speaking in public, interacting with strangers, or even being seen, I was quite happy pitching the idea that writers should be read and not seen. That the golden days were when we didn’t have to be performing monkeys.

I was
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Posty Posterton

A great article by Aidan “Add More Monkeys” Doyle, one of my fellow Clarionites from the 09 rendition of Clarion South.


This is a great article about self-publishing and its pitfalls. It lives here

This is one of the things I deal with on a day-to-day basis, and listening to people who’ve been taken in by the less scrupulous members of the community. Don’t get me wrong, self-publishing can and does provide an excellent opportunity for people wanting to publish outside
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Home from NatCon and here are the Ditmars

Results of the Ditmars are below … more comments will follow about NatCon, but that will be tomorrow when my brain is talking to me again … I only got off the plane an hour ago.

A. Bertram Chandler Award
Rosaleen Love

William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism and Review
Kim Wilkins, an article about Australian fantasy fiction in the Journal of Australian
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Adelaide is Cold, but my Toe is Not Broken

I am sitting in  a cafe in Adelaide’s Rundle Street, in excellent company: LL Hannett, Peter Ball and Jason Fischer. The company had better be excellet for it is freaking freezing here! We’re all writing, at different speeds, but we are writing (with intermittant yelling of ‘Why have you stopped writing???’). This works well. The second toe on my left
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NatCon! Or Why Did I Book Such an Early Flight??

Conjecture, aka the 48th Australian National SF Convention, will be occurring in Adelaide as of this Friday.  GoH is the award-winning, best-selling (two words it’s always nice to see together, just like ‘choclit’ and ‘cake’ … mmm, wait, do the hyphenated words count as four words?) Julie E. Czerneda. Getting there will involve me getting out of bed at 4am tomorrow in order to
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Call My Agent!

This is an excellent site: Call My Agent! If agents are a mystery to you (aren’t they always?) then head on over and have a browse.

Agent Sydney says: “Call My Agent! is a blog written by Agent Sydney, an Australian literary agent. Call My Agent! hopes to shed light on the sometimes shadow-shrouded world of publishing in order
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