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Here's the call to submissions. Really cool idea, go read the submission call, etc etc.

But what prompted me to post about it here was this bit:

Who can submit stories for consideration for the special issue? Women.
And what is a woman? A woman is any human being who identifies as one, to whatever degree that they do so.

I like that so hard, you guys! Yes! Whoever came up with that is a wording genius.
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So there was this article, SEXISM IN GENRE PUBLISHING: A PUBLISHER’S PERSPECTIVE which boils down to 'women work here so we're not sexist. Fewer women are submitting to us and we don't know why.'

I thought, "Would I want to submit a novel to Tor UK?"

I'm in the US, so there are possible reasons related to that that the answer would be no.

So, I went to their website. And I looked for their submission guidelines. They were not particularly easy to find. They weren't under Contact. And they were under About, but only if you read/skimmed the blurb.

So, they're here for those who want to jump right there.

And, wow.. They sort of apologize for still existing as a traditional publisher. Almost making excuses for why you should submit to them rather than self-publish. "Besides, hopefully, there is still a fondness for having the book edited, packaged and published by us traditional types… :-)" -- So, we're supposed to submit to you out of a feeling of nostalgia? Smiley face?!

They'll read your unsolicited submission, with this rather odd explanation of how long it will take them:
"If we would like to publish your novel, we will let you know within twelve weeks of receipt. Unfortunately, due to the large number of submissions we receive, we are unable to respond to unsuccessful submissions. If you have not had a response within sixteen weeks please assume that we have, regretfully, decided not to publish your novel."

Sad that you have to assume a non-answer is a no. But actually this is quite good as a turnaround time. (Apart from the fact that most of the time there's no actual turnaround.)

1. You can submit a novel to them and get a yes within 12 weeks, and assume a no by 16 weeks. (3 months and 4 months)
2. You can submit more than one novel at a time. (simsub)
3. You can submit if you're not in the UK.

As submissions policies go, it's good. But nothing about the introduction to the policies convinced me they'd be a good publisher to work with.

Back to the About page, I find this:
"Our science fiction output features talents such as Douglas Adams, Peter F. Hamilton, Neal Asher and Gary Gibson" -- Man, man, man, man. And I haven't heard of the last guy.
"On the fantasy side, our list contains wonderful writers such as Adrian Tchaikovsky, Douglas Hulick and Mark Charan Newton." -- Man, man, man. And I haven't heard of any of them.
They name drop five other men before naming Amanda Hocking. Who got her successful start self-publishing, note.

Now, there's a link for 'Buy Tor Ebooks'. I can't find any such list for print books. Do they only publish ebooks?
How do I find a full list of what they've published or at least what they have in print? Or a list of their authors? I see authors who have contributed to the blog, which includes Cherie Priest, who you would've thought they'd namedrop on the About page.

Short of reading various blog posts, which may or may not be useful, I find no way to learn more about the company from their website.

On the Pan MacMillan site, I find this on their imprints page:
"Tor UK is a London-based publisher of hardcover and paperback books committed to science fiction and fantasy writing. Its authors are regularly nominated for prestigious awards worldwide."
That interestingly does not mention ebooks.

Over on Amazon, I tried to find books by them, but it turns out (at least on Amazon UK) that they're just listed as 'Tor'. How am I to differentiate between them and their US counterpart? Do they have John Scalzi's The Human Division, or don't they?

My next question would be what a Tor UK contract looks like. They certainly weren't prepared to tell me on their website.
My quick Google searches didn't yield up any answers. It's full of talk of their ebooks being DRM-free. Which good. Yes. But not what I was looking for.

I can't find an entry for them on Wikipedia and no mention of them on the main Tor entry.

1 -- Their About page screams 'male publisher!'
2 -- Their submission policies are great. (but the page itself doesn't come off as confident)
3 -- They need to work on their publicity -- website needs more info, they need a Wikipedia page.
4 -- They should provide some info about what rights they're buying and what they're going to do for you, the author.

They've gotten more attention in the last week or so thanks to that blog post, so maybe they ought to position themselves to capitalize on it with, basically, MORE INFO.
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Sigh. Now LiveJournal is trying to be all weird and new on me. I hate when sites do that (Google, I'm looking at you.)

Duotrope was a useful free resource. I was willing to donate to that because I was grateful they provided this free resource and I wanted to see it continue.

But the way they've handled switching to pay is bad. In many different ways, it's bad. There's no sliding scale (pay X, Y, or Z depending on what you can afford, or pay ZZ if you've contributed before, etc). There's no subscription levels (level 1 is limited, level 2 is less limited, level 3 is everything, level 4 is everything plus a virtual gold star, etc). There's no free option. Let's face it, what they're offering non-subscribers is useless. It's not even enough to entice someone to stick around and maybe pay later.

For a company that relies on crowdsourced information as a fundamental part of its business model, they apparently do not understand community and community relations at all. And saying you're a private company so you don't have to share information is just a very poor way of saying you don't want to share information.

Have I earned more than 50$ from my writing? Yes. Have I earned more than 50$ a year from my writing? No. I don't even think the money I did make was from markets found on Duotrope. Well, 2$ of it I will credit to Duotrope. I have donated more than 2$ back to them.

It's not a justifiable business expense to give them 50$ a year. At least, not for me.

I expect an alternative for Duotrope will pop up soon. For now, here's ones I know of:

Ralan.com -- It looks like the 90s called and want their website back, but there's useful market info in there.

Writer's Market -- 20-30$ to buy it on Amazon. That extra 10$? That's for a yearly subscription to their online database. Alternatively, you can more than likely peruse the book at your local library. For free. The 2013 edition will probably be reference-only, but they should have older copies for you to check out.

Writing magazines - Subscribe to one of them. Read them in the library. Check out back issues from the library. Share with a friend. Download to your Kindle. Whatever suits you.

Facebook/Twitter/Groups -- Join a group like Broad Universe or Outer Alliance or any sort of group where you all can share calls for submissions. Follow the right people on FB and Twitter.

For myself, I'm going to make a list of markets and response times. I'm going to export my data and do a better job of tracking it myself. In a Google spreadsheet most likely.

If anyone has any other good places for market info, response times, etc etc, let me know.
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It's been about a month, so here's some links!

I Am Not a Puzzle Box - Metaphor. If it doesn't make you think differently, you can use it to make other people think differently.

The Omniscient Breasts by Kate Elliott - About the (straight white able-bodied cisgendered) male gaze.

Adults Read YA - From the 'Duh' files, but they did a study and stuff.

Comic Relief Video with David Tennant - To make up for all that reading I'm making you do above. :)

Janus and Aurora content online - Historical feminist SF fanzines. Online.

Sonic Screwdriver Remote - The BEST Christmas/Hanukkah/Today is Friday present ever!!!

Racism in the Books We Write by Justine Larbalestier - Helps to have read Liar, or to at least not mind being spoiled for Liar

Worldcon and Accessibility - Read the post, but then read all the comments as well. Then go forth and improve your local con.

And now for these I'm too lazy to look up links. That's why Zuckerberg invented Google. (I'm kidding, I'm kidding. Google was totally invented by a librarian, right?)

Ann VanderMeer is an editor at Tor.com now!

Call for subs - Crossed Genres is paying pro rates on their magazine. They list upcoming themes on their website, so go look those up.
- Crossed Genres antho for super powers that may not seem so super at first.
Spencer Hill Press antho for extra time

I'll leave it at that. I have a Tivo to program.
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I didn't write/finish a story in week 2. Clearly I need more sponsors to spur me on!

We're more than halfway through week 3, which does show more promise.
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Thank you to my two sponsors. Yes, that's right, only 2 sponsors!! *sad face* But thank you to the two of you nonetheless!

The Write-a-Thon is working for me so far. I finished a story Wednesday night and sent it off. For those interested in sponsoring me by word, it clocked in at 2487. Fairly lengthy for me. I was rather surprised. Of course then I had to CUT IT. The market it was written for wants under 2000 words, and preferably closer to 1500. I did what I could.

I hope it made the story better, because I'd hate to think it didn't! Did cut some stuff I rather liked. And it resulted in having to come up with a different title.

This market responds fairly quickly, so I hope to be able to let you know how it did before the Write-a-Thon is over (if not well before).

I had my eye on two anthologies, one with a deadline of yesterday and one with a deadline of today. I won't make those.

I'll probably write stories to those themes anyway, but I'll be looking at Duotrope's list of themes and deadlines and trying to find one for mid-late July.

So, that's the update.

You can sponsor me here!
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I feel like maybe I already wrote a post like this, but hey, you can never have too many posts with book reqs, right?

Here are some books on writing that really made an impression on me. They're worth checking out. In no particular order. Some are OOP, but a lot of them should be easily found in your local library, through ILL, or by buying off teh interwebs.

Zen and the Art of Writing - Ray Bradbury
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Science Fiction - Cory Doctorow and Karl Schroeder
Hooked: write fiction that grabs readers at page one and never lets them go - Les Edgerton
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King

I feel like there's more. Then again, if those are the four that spring to mind, they must have been the four to make the biggest impression. Delany and LeGuin both have essays and collections on sf/f and writing which are definitely worth checking out too.

What prompted this post is that I started reading a children's book Writing Magic by Gail Carson Levine, and there's some really good stuff in there already. Not just for kids. Though I kind of wish I had read this book as a kid. One thing she says is that the writing you do as a kid can be a bridge later on for your adult self to try to get back into the mindset of the time it was written. Otherwise you'll really forget and have very little clue.

She's really covering all of the.. I was going to say basics, but they're not really basic if you don't know them, are they? She's covering all of the important stuff, let's put it that way. And she's doing it in an easy to read and funny style, knowing her audience. Which just makes it that much more enjoyable to read this as an adult.

I'm trying not to hold the fact that she won a Newbery against her. After all, Neil Gaiman won one too.
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Okay, so this is going around. You can plug in your writing to http://iwl.me/ and it'll tell you who you write like.

Most of my writing is on my computers at home. So I snagged a background for a MUSH character I wrote the other day. A.. Harry Potter MUSH character. And it gave me this:

I write like
J. K. Rowling

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

So, yea.. it works!
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Because it may be helpful to pinpoint my reasons, or whether they're excuses. Here's why I didn't write today.

* I was tired at work, because I didn't sleep much the night before, because my sleep schedule always reverts to my normal night owl on the weekends.

* Since I was tired and it was easier, I played Facebook games on my breaks. I read a manga during lunch. Partly because it was crowded and noisy in the break room. It was also annoying in there today, but that's irrelevant.

* When I got home, I immediately took a 2-ish hour nap, because I needed it, and because it's my more or less usual routine.

* Then I ate dinner and started watching something while I did so.

* Then I called my parents, because I wanted to find out how my grandmother was doing. So that was at least 1 hour and 20 minutes.

* Then I read and replied to Wiscon and Readercon-related Emails. Which was fun, but also which needed doing ASAP. And Yahoo Mail gave me such a headache that it took longer than it should've and I ended the task annoyed rather than feeling accomplished and excited about Wiscon.

That leaves me with an hour before I intended to go to bed, but my brain's ready to shut off and go back to watching what I started watching when I was eating dinner.

So. There you go. Not only did I not get any writing done, I didn't read more than 1.5 manga volumes, and haven't even half-watched an episode of Britain's Got Talent, let alone watch anything else. And I didn't play on the Wii, which I also intended to do.

Oh yea, now I need to go put the leftovers away, that've now been sitting out there for 5 hours while I was distracted. Food poisoning, here I come.
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The application deadline for this year's Clarion workshop is 11:59pm Pacific on March 1st. That's today! That's something like 15 hours from now! Hurry up!

Seriously, if you were still waffling on it, just do it. Us procrastinators know that things done at the last minute still have a way of working out.

This is your last chance to learn from an amazing lineup of instructors. Maybe you'll have a chance to learn from one of these instructors in the future, but all of them? All in a row? I think not!

Delia Sherman, Jeff VanderMeer, Ann VanderMeer, Samuel Delany, George R. R. Martin, and Dale Bailey.

Go do eeeeeeeeet!!


ETA: Mathfail. I originally said 13 hours. Because 12 + 3 = 13. See?
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I haven't read all of this yet. Only a few of the articles, actually. But what a few they were!
Wow, that sounded overly excited.

"Zonkeys are Pretty Much My Favorite Animal" by Jon Cohen, sounds like a cheesy title I would've written. But in the article, he talks about hybrids. Including zonkeys. Which are not a cross with a monkey, as I first thought. It's a zebra and a donkey. And zonkeys and zorses do look pretty darned cool. Pizzlies (grizzlies and polar bears) just look weird to me. I'm not sure I found a believable picture of a liger.

Turns out hybrids are more common than I and most people would think. What's really weird is if you do a search on Google images, you can't be quite sure which ones are real pictures and which ones are photoshopped. The real ones look so unreal.

Also, turns out hybrids are a good way for a species to get in some new dna to play with. Even if a lot of them are sterile. And sometimes they even go off and form their own species.

Anyway, was cool. Go look for some weird animal hybrid pics!

"The Interpreter" by John Colapinto was a very long article, which I didn't realize when I got into it. But it didn't matter, because I was hooked and had to keep reading all about Piraha. Either Piraha proves Chomsky wrong, or it needs to be studied more. How weird to imagine a culture with no stories and no envisioning of the future. Who think 'few' 'some' and 'many' as their only concept of numbers.

But that's not even the only weird and cool part of the language. Speakers of it can even sing or hum it and still get across what they're trying to say. Without consonants, without vowels. I imagine like how you can say 'I don't know' just with a hum.

And then more linguistic awesomeness with "Untangling the Mystery of the Inca" by Gareth Cook. It's all about khipu. The cords they used as records, by putting knots in. A numbering system had been decoded, but now people are working on reading the khipu for far more than numbers. What really cool things are we going to learn about the Inca when they finally crack the khipu?

These anthologies of science writing as really good. I enjoy the science and nature writing ones slightly less. But they're all full of interesting and well-written articles. 2008's just started off with an especially good bang, so I had to tell you all.
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I'm reading "The Wave in the Mind", a collection of talks and essays by Ursula K. Le Guin. In "The Question I Get Asked Most Often", she talks about ideas and the idea of 'idea' and influences or lack of influences and lots of stuff to chew on.

I came up with what my answer would be to 'Where Do You Get Your Ideas?' I figured I'd answer 'Books.' and leave it at that. And then the next time I was asked, I would answer 'Television.' And so on and so on.

Of course this also turned out to be one of her answers:

Where do you get your ideas from? From books, of course, from other people's books, what are books for? If I didn't read how could I write?

We writers all stand on each other's shoulders, we all use each other's ideas and skills and plots and secrets.

Naturally this also comes on the heels of me reading a bunch of other essays, including "Unquestioned Assumptions" wherein she discussed writers and works that assume the reader is white, male, straight, Christian. And also on the heels of Wiscon, where all this sort of stuff is on the tops of everyone's minds and the tips of most people's tongues.

So it occurred to me, or at least it occurred to the conscious part of my brain, that the only way to write non-white, non-male, non-straight characters is to read more of them. And I'm pretty good about reading the last two, but not so good on the first one. I'm getting better.

So I'm going to read more, but not stop trying to write non-white characters in the meanwhile.

I know a lot of you are going to reply, or at least think, 'duh'. So I'm not saying this is anything profound. Just thought I should write it down. Maybe others will get some use out of it. At the least, it'll be here to remind myself if I need reminding.

(Also need to read more good female characters so I can write more female characters that interest me. Which is not the same thing as non-male.)
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Just to let you know a few things:

1. Clarion and Clarion West's application deadlines for this year's workshop are both March 1st. It's not too late to apply! Write a story, finish a story, edit a story, and send it in.

2. Broad Universe, a writing organization by and for women sf/f writers to promote their work, is offering a membership special. Starting March 1st, you can buy a 1-year membership and not have it expire until Wiscon 34. (That's May 2010, for those not in the know.)

3. While I'm at it, one more plug for Wiscon. Go sign up for panels! If you haven't registered yet, do so quickly. There's a cap of 1000 and I wouldn't be surprised if they meet that cap next month. Con hotel is full, but the overflow hotel still has room, AFAIK.

4. Oh yes, TODAY ONLY, Sellout.Woot has an Eee PC netbook for 160$! Yes, you can get better Eee PCs now, but it'll cost you at least twice that. So it's a good deal if you want a netbook but are low on the money thing.
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Found off of John Scalzi's Whatever, Charles Stross discusses book series and breaks them down into 2 basic types. What I would call episodic and um.. non-episodic. "The Art of Being Late" is in response to the annoying, self-centered fans being jerks to George R. R. Martin.

In a rather different topic altogether (except it's still about writing), Salon.com's Laura Miller asks "Why can't a woman write the Great American Novel?". It's about Elaine Showalter's A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx. Women currently share equality as far as bestsellers go, but when it comes to recognition by academics, critics, jurors, etc, there's a huge discrepancy.

Here's a quote from the article:

Most illuminating, she will, when needed, chart the rise and fall of the reputation of someone like Sarah Orne Jewett (who wrote about late 19th-century life in the small towns of coastal Maine), a trajectory that went from being "patronized as the epitome of the little woman writer" in her own time to being touted as a "recovered" feminist pioneer in the 1970s and '80s, and finally, in the '90s, to being "excoriated and banished by feminist critics for her endorsement of bourgeois values and her political thought crimes."

Jewett's posthumous "dizzy ride on the roller coaster of critical politics" offers a textbook case of the absurdities of ideological criticism in the late 20th century. One scholar convinced herself that the meandering structure of Jewett's best-known work, "The Country of Pointed Firs" (a lovely book, by the way), was intended to be a weblike, "feminine" alternative to the oppressively "masculine" convention in which a linear plot accelerates to a climax; a more circular story supposedly corresponds to the purportedly non-goal-oriented unfolding of women's sexual response. This dubious sort of analogy is surprisingly popular among academic critics, despite the fact that the vast majority of women readers have always exhibited a hearty appetite for linear narratives -- much as most women, when given a choice, would prefer to have that orgasm, thanks very much.

One of the conclusions seems to be that American women writers historically have just not had enough time to practice writing and get good enough to be taken seriously. Having recently read Talent is Overrated and Outliers and watched some British documentaries on reading, I have to agree with this to a certain extent. American women historically have not had the leisure to read and write in any great quantity. The article mentions the Brits having a servant class to do the domestic chores, giving some women more time to read and write and discuss books. Which is apparently what the Bronte sisters grew up doing.

If you need 10,000 hours of practice to become accomplished at a task, then you can see how girls raised up to cook, clean, keep house, and care for children would find it difficult to find those 10,000 hours. Keeping in mind how long it used to do household chores, that it often included farm chores like tending chickens, and that light is a scarce commodity before electricity was widespread.

Not that most of the men had the free time either, but at least it wasn't looked at askance if they showed interest in learning more and going on to college. As long as they had brothers to take their place at the farm.

But all that only takes you so far. Have we done any better in the last 100 years?
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I just finished reading Crowdsourcing by Jeff Howe and it does give a person.. well me, a lot to think about. Crowdsourcing is what Wikipedia does, what Epinions does, what YouTube does, what shirt.woot does.. you get the idea. The crowd contributes in some fashion or another, oftentimes in multiple fashions, to benefit themselves, each other, and the company.

Sellaband.com was mentioned in the book and it's an interesting concept. You, the avid music fan, can go buy "parts" in a band for 10$ and if the band reaches their target of 50K or 100K, then sellaband hooks them up with a studio and promotes them to some extent and all the people who bought parts split half the proceeds for 5 years. In theory anyway. I poked around on there and it didn't seem to be working too well of late, though I think the model is a good one.

Companies can really frell this up if they don't have a good grasp on how you work with a community. Epinions knows how to work with a community, from my experience. They knew it was a valuable asset when they started and very much listen to the community when it comes to making changes.

Apparently the cover of the UK edition of Crowdsourcing was crowdsourced. Though it didn't sound like they gave the community as much control as they could have. The crowd designed covers and voted on them, but a 'panel' had final vote. It can be hard to give up control over a cover on something _you_ wrote.. but then again, few authors do have a lot of control over covers anyway.

The Interstitial Arts Foundation is seeking artwork for the cover of Interfictions 2. Though in this case, I think it's mostly to give the interstitial artists a shot. Whereas the "coversourcing" of Howe's book seemed more of an experiment and promotional gimmick.

I do think it's a great idea though. You could get a great piece of cover artwork out of asking fans of a series to submit their art. And then the fans vote on it. They've at least read the books and know why _they_ love the books. I think it's a good way to get a cover that represents the book and appeals to those who are going to buy the book. And at least at this point in time, I don't see how it couldn't help but stand out on the shelf of publisher-chosen covers.

But covers are just one part of the writing and publishing process. I know Baen's Universe has a method where writers can submit their work to the community there and the cream rises to the top and gets a chance of being published.

I did have the idea that sf/f could have a publishing venue that's a combination of fanfiction.net and epinions. Writers post their work and the most-viewed and/or most-popular and/or other mathematical criteria earn a greater share of the ad revenue. With a community built up around it, it could be a good way to interact directly with readers and find ways to improve your work. (Or write to the crowd, which may or may not be your aim.) The site could then have anthologies of some of the stories, sell Tshirts, etc.

Then I had another idea, which was hinted at in the book, but which Howe didn't elaborate on. A crowdsourced story. (He mentioned a novel.) I picture it on a wiki, because that's easy for lots of people to update, but maybe a wiki isn't the best tool. Anyone's free to come along and change the text, or change it back. I would say until a certain period of time, but maybe the crowd would find its own limit. Ie, it's now what everyone wants, or they've all grown bored with it and moved on to a new one. What sort of story would this produce? Would it be sellable to a pro publisher? (Never minding who then owns the rights, you'd have to work that out ahead of time.)

There must be other models out there to try. Have some of these been done before? What were the results? Is it worth trying again with lessons having been learned? Are there other ways to harness sf/f writers, readers, and general fans to make something cool?
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Not exactly a resolution for the entire new year, but it's a new year and it's a resolution.

I plan to write every day in January. Doesn't matter how much or for how long, but it has to be actual writing. Story notes, world ideas, character sketches, even character drivel (where they talk to you or write a letter or something) doesn't count. And it should go without saying, but I'll say it, lj and blog entries and random forum posts and facebook stati do not count.

We'll see what happens. I'll probably have to cut back on my gaming - DS, Wii, Facebook, and other. And I'm going to a con in the middle of that. And it's a long month! (Long months good for Nanowrimo, bad for writing every day! Maybe I should wait until February....)
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Clarion 2009 at UC-San Diego will begin accepting applications on January 2nd. Now's the time to polish up those stories, or write new ones.

The instructors this year are: Holly Black, Larissa Lai, Robert Crais, Kim Stanley Robinson, Elizabeth Hand, and Paul Park.

So now is also the time to start reading a bunch of their books and short stories. :)

Go here for more info: http://clarion.ucsd.edu/

Or if you're looking for that not-yet-last-minute Christmas or Hannukah gift, why not give that someone special some Clarion Swag?
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[livejournal.com profile] swanjun pointed me to this lj post on female characters. Do you prefer reading about male characters to female ones? If so, why? For me, I'm not sure if I prefer reading about male characters or not, but when it comes to writing characters, I do much better with male ones. They hold my interest better. Does it come from years and years of reading about interesting male characters and less-than-interesting female characters? Or is it from something else?

Broad Universe's mailing list directed me to this article on the ambition of women writers. It doesn't touch on the cultural upbringing women receive that tells them to keep quiet, be submissive, try not to get noticed. Which I think is a great deal of the problem here.

That's why when people say there aren't enough women writers writing science fiction, getting their science fiction published, or getting their science fiction acknowledged, I have to wonder how much is on the women. Why aren't you writing? Why aren't you submitting? If you are submitting, why are you submitting to low-pay, no-pay, or low-circulation markets? Fanfic writers, are you really content with being read only by fanfic readers and not getting paid for it? Or is the 'hobby' aspect of it what keeps it safe and comfortable? Are you not winning awards because you're too humble and nice-quiet-girl to get yourself on the list, or to tell your publisher to put you on the list?

What gets less attention is the dearth of female main characters in science fiction, particularly at certain age levels and certain subgenres. Even if an anthology is half women authors, it might still be all male protagonists. Were we all raised on such a heavy dose of interesting male characters that that's all any writer can write, male or female? When a writer does use a female protagonist, are they usually less interesting and thus that story doesn't get published?

Does The Other play a part? Male writers may be drawn to female characters because they're not like themselves? While female writers are drawn to male ones for the same reason? Many of the more memorable, likeable, enjoyable, interesting female main characters and even supporting characters I can think of are written by male writers. Is this because male writers write more interesting female characters? Or is it because they write them more like male characters and we're right back to liking male characters better?

Read. Ponder.
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Here's some things I've read and been meaning to post about, and some things I ran across and have been meaning to read. So writing up this post was the perfect excuse to get around to reading them.

First up, we have a Clarion classmate of mine, [livejournal.com profile] keyan_bowes, interviewing a Clarion instructor of ours, Cory Doctorow. The interview is over here on IROSF. You need to register, but registration is still free. And IROSF has tons of good stuff in the archives, so you'll probably be back even after you've finished reading the interview.

Then over at The Fix, which I'd never heard of before, someone I also have never heard of before, Marshall Payne, interviewed another of my Clarion instructors, Gregory Frost. So head on over to An Interview with Gregory Frost. Strange title, right?

Taking a break from interviews, here's a short article on Transgender Themes in Science Fiction written by Cheryl Morgan. If you don't like spoilers, as I don't, I recommend just skimming for titles you may not have read yet. Alas, I couldn't find Supervillainz in any libraries in the state. Tragedy.

Carol Berg guestblogs and talks about creating characters for fantasy worlds. (I think Flesh and Spirit has the most awesome cover ever, btw.) And when you're done with that, read Lynn Flewelling's guestblog entry on promotion. [livejournal.com profile] varkat also has other people guestblogging, so you can check out the whole week.

And hopefully when you're done reading all of those, you'll forget all about the fact that I haven't posted much on here lately. :)
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Here's a reminder that the postage rates in the US are going up on May 12th. Letters will go from 41 cents to 42 cents. However, Forever Stamps will still be good. Hence the name. That means if you want to send letters and manuscripts! and save some pennies, it's a good idea to stock up on the forever stamps.

Just don't lose them!


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