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Dichotomy Is Easy, and Easily Dismissed

playOr, “What I Learned About Indie Publishing At 4th Street.”

Last weekend was for 4th Street Fantasy, and not even the thief who stole my driver’s license and debit card on Saturday could dull my overall enjoyment.  In addition to attending great panels and having fantastic writerly conversations, I took the opportunity to discover what writers—published and about-to-publish, new(er) and up-and-coming—want to know about indie publishing.

Y’see, SFWA’s new VP Maggie Hogarth recently talked me into working with the Self-Publishing Committee.  (It was the Hopeful Jaguar Eyes that did it.  That, and I didn’t want honey badgers sicced on me…:)  Having so many smart writers at 4th Street offered the perfect chance to gather some helpful information.

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On SFWA’s Anniversary

For SFWA’s 50th Anniversary Blog Tour, I wrote up a little post on why I joined last year and why I’ve decided to stay.

Here you can find a more detailed version of my original decision process, and here’s what I wrote once the decision had been made.

It’s been somewhat of a tumultuous year to be certain.  I anticipate a bit more tumult as the results settle in, and am satisfied by knowing we’re heading in the right direction.

SFWA, StoryBundle, and Breath of Stone

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.


Effective Advocacy Must Choose Targets Carefully

lionOn my one month anniversary as a member of SFWA, I discovered the board had determined the letter mentioned in this blog post was a correct summation of the situation and remedies involved in the Amazon/Hachette dispute, an accurate representation of SFWA member beliefs, and must be SFWA-endorsed without member input the day before a long holiday weekend over which so many people would be out of touch and unable to respond.

Do read the comments at that link. Frankly, they’re quite tame as most folks are simply tired of it all.

Let me say this from the start: even if I agreed that Amazon should be told how best to handle its negotiations, I would never have endorsed this letter for the simple fact it contains glaring factual errors.

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SFWA Really IS Working On Updates

At last! SFWA has released a public statement asking the membership to put forth opinions on admitting self-publishers.

It’s…  It’s a start.

Y’all can see my own feelings on SFWA and self-publishing here, and here.

Updating membership guidelines to admit self-publishers is the obvious choice.  I might be a new SFWA member, and might be a teensy tiny speck in the self-publishing world, but I’ve a goodly deal of life experience (including, among other things, establishing a non-profit business and rewriting the bylaws of another).  I quite understand the work involved, the implications, and so forth.  It’s still the obvious step.



UPDATE: My SFWA active membership has been approved.


Application and paperwork submitted because change and progress and faith and moxie.

Or because blood and love and rhetoric.


#amwriting #amcrazy

Truly, I wouldn’t be doing this if I a) didn’t trust the feedback and stance of some current members I’ve known for a long time, and b) hadn’t uncovered the work being done by members to haul the organization forward. I would not be joining if I didn’t think more members were looking ahead than were looking at their feet, mired in the mud, and thinking how warm their toes were so long as they didn’t move.

And now, I shall resume revisions!

My SFWA Dilemma

100_2471I’ve a decision to make—multiple decisions, in truth—about where and when I want to devote my non-writing energies as a professional writer. It might seem easy, choosing to join or not join SFWA. It would indeed be so if I’d opted against self-publishing, if I didn’t tend to plow into organizational upheavals, if I didn’t have strong opinions, and if I didn’t think it questionable to join an organization that presently excludes self-published writers who are far more successful and prolific than I am.

So. Matter the first.

I qualify for active membership in SFWA. My three qualifying sales—Speculon, Writers of the Future, and Cicada—all happened before 2007. I didn’t join at the time for reasons I can’t even clearly remember, but that quickly became irrelevant when life fell into a pot of reeking muck and shattered glass for four years. The contracts got lost along the way, but it’ll be fairly simple to get copies from WotF and Cicada. But the Speculon contract? From a dozen years ago? From a market currently closed?

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I’m Making Progress AND Sense

Yes! I’ve been at Wiscon — hanging out with folks I know, getting to know those folks better, and meeting new people I hope to see more of in the future.

My panels went well! I had fun answering questions and comments from the audience, and learned quite a bit from my fellow panelists, and managed to speak my ideas without (as far as I can tell) being obnoxious or too chatty.*

Later I attended a panel on SFWA and decided to share my opinions.  Things seemed to be decently received by some and more enthusiastically by others.  Now I have a few decisions to make on that front.  I’m currently intrigued enough to consider trying to track down the possibility a copy of a decade-old contract with Speculon might yet exist somewhere…  (That would be proof of my third qualifying sale.)

And why would I want to join now, after I’ve made it pretty darn clear I’d decided against it?  Good question. I’ve a multi-hour drive e tomorrow during which I can think it through and decide if I’m wishful thinking or if there was actual interest in that room.   Suffice it to say the SFWA panelists gave me just enough encouragement to think of possibilities and what part I might be willing to play.

I’ll share more about that later.

We Shall See.

*When I teach, I teach by myself, and thus had to remind myself the things are panels not solos. 🙂