Item the First: The membership of SFWA has spoken and, by a vote of 6-to-1 in favor, has changed their governing by-laws to allow writers whose success comes from independent publishing to qualify for membership. Detailed procedural guidelines are being hammered out, and it looks like authors will be able to begin applying by March of this year.
Last summer, I had my own dilemma over whether I should join. And after I joined, I had my own disagreements with some of the organization’s choices, and I seriously expect I’ll have a couple more in the months and years ahead. Yet and still, I am so danged happy–relieved!–to see this vote go through. The support of the voting membership was loud and clear. I’ll be sticking around.
Anyone who has questions about it, feel free to ask. If I don’t know the answer, we’ll see if we can find someone who does. 🙂
Item the Second: The Indie Fantasy Bundle is entering its final week! At the bottom of this interview with Brad Beaulieu are links to all the other author interviews. In them you’ll find talk about worldbuilding, alchemy, international relations, history, windships, subversive genre-play, wish fulfillment and more. It’s a fascinating group of people, and their diverse works reflect that.
If you’ve already picked up the bundle, thank you so much for supporting the authors and the charities! It’s a wonderful thing, knowing so many new readers are finding and enjoying our books!
Item the Third: The sequel to Sand of Bone is still moving forward apace. Breath of Stone is currently slated for an April 2015 release. If you want to be on the early warning list, sign up now for the Sand and Stone newsletter!
Item the Last: Sand of Bone received a marvelous review from The Book Adventures! Happy writer! In the current market, when there are so many more choices–quality choices, mind you–it means a great deal to not only be noticed, but to know the story was enjoyed.