Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Book View Café News

Book View Café has launched their latest ebook: BREWING FINE FICTION, Advice for Writers From the Authors at Book View Café (ISBN 978-0-9828440-3-8). BVC’s members include international bestselling authors and winners of the National Book Award, the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and many others. Most have sold multiple novels to major publishers. Many have taught writing at workshops around the world. The knowledge of these professional authors is gathered into one volume, edited by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff and Pati Nagle, that will help both new and experienced writers cope with the creative challenges and the nuts-and-bolts business issues of a career in writing fiction.

Contributors to Brewing Fine Fiction include: Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, Amy Sterling Casil, Brenda W. Clough, Lori Devoti, Chris Dolley, Laura Anne Gilman, Sue Lange, Ursula K. Le Guin, Vonda N. McIntyre, Nancy Jane Moore, Pati Nagle, Steven Harper Piziks, Irene Radford, Patricia Rice, Madeleine E. Robins, Deborah J. Ross, Sherwood Smith, Jennifer Stevenson, Judith Tarr, Gerald M. Weinberg, and Sarah Zettel.

In celebration of the launch, BVC is giving out free copies of WAYS TO TRASH YOUR WRITING CAREER. This ebook is a collection of humorous stories posted to the Book View Cafe blog by the BVC authors describing the fastest ways to bring your writing career to a screeching halt. The compilation is available free of charge to anyone purchasing a copy of BREWING FINE FICTION through the BVC website. It is also for sale as a stand alone for $.99 here.

BREWING FINE FICTION is available at the Book View Café website (along with WAYS TO TRASH YOUR WRITING CAREER) for $4.99 in pdf, epub, mobi, prc, lit, and lrf formats here. BREWING FINE FICTION will be available at Kindle, Smashwords, Kobo, and B&N soon.

Sample BREWING FINE FICTION. Here is the Table of Contents:

The Basics
  • Pitfalls of Writing Science Fiction & Fantasy—Vonda N. McIntyre
  • The Dreaded Info Dump—Irene Radford
  • Alien Eyes: Generating Fictional Ideas—Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
  • The Theory and Practice of Titles—Brenda W. Clough
  • You’re Not a Bad Person. You Just Have Ugly Children.—Steven Harper Piziks
  • Plotting Through Writer’s Block—Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
  • Novel Writing for Novices—Brenda W. Clough
  • Can Fantasy be Plausible, and Why Should It Bother?—Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Finding Your Voice: Fan Mail From The Future—Jennifer Stevenson
  • Using Landscape as a Character—Irene Radford
  • Sweating the Little Stuff—Sherwood Smith
  • Strunk and White: Fifty Years Is Long Enough—Nancy Jane Moore
  • On Being a Professional Amateur—Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
  • Love or Sex—Irene Radford
  • Dig Deeper: How To Make a Good Book a Great Book—Laura Anne Gilman
  • The Alien in the Pasture—Judith Tarr
  • Steam It Up!—Sue Lange
  • The Science in Science Fiction & the Fantasy in Fantasy—Amy Sterling Casil
  • The Joys and Dangers of Research—Pati Nagle
Marketing Your Work
  • How to Escape from the Slush Pile—Madeleine E. Robins
  • Six Step Guide to Query Letters—Chris Dolley
  • Crafting a Synopsis That Will Sell—Irene Radford
  • How to Build an ARC (Advanced Reading Copy)—Lori Devoti
  • The Quest to Find Agent Charming—Pati Nagle
  • Bad Contracts—Steven Harper Piziks
  • Market Your Heart—Patricia Rice
The Writer's Life
  • A Room of One's Own—Madeleine E. Robins
  • How to Critique Effectively and Influence Your Fellow Writers—Nancy Jane Moore
  • The Write Class—Steven Harper Piziks
  • Inside Worldcon: The Writer’s Tour—Brenda W. Clough
  • How I Write When There is No Time—Deborah J. Ross
  • Permission to Take a Break—Chris Dolley
  • How do you DO That?—Sarah Zettel
  • Reviews: The Good, the Bad, and the Ignorable—Deborah J. Ross
  • Being Productive—Gerald M. Weinberg

“Check any bookstore and you'll find a host of titles on writing. Some are good, some not so good. Every author has his or her own strengths and weaknesses. But in BREWING FINE FICTION: Advice For Writers From the Bookview Café, you get a smorgasbord of professional advice and expertise. From the plausibility of fantasy, by Ursula Le Guin, to Deborah Ross's comments on reviews, you'll find every facet of the craft and writing life covered. For the wealth of information, experience, and diversity, all under one cover, you can't beat it.”
--Mary Rosenblum, Compton Crook Award winner

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