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Science Fiction Writing: Character Building In Radically Different Worlds

scifiaddicts.com – Wednesday October 26, 2016

Science fiction demands particular care from prospective authors. In science fiction writing, character building done correctly can give the story wings, or, if done clumsily or incompletely, drag down a story with a great universe and premises. In this article, I’ll take a closer look at how to construct characters in science fiction stories where the premises are drastically different from the reality we’re used to.

First, I’ll discuss how to frame a character in the context of the universe that you have created that the character lives in. Next, I’ll explain how to make sure that the character has a history that is logical and features which are logical, given the premises that we defined in the first part. Finally, I’ll warn you about anthropomorphizing and creating culturally-blind characters. If you decide to buck my advice, don’t worry: many a science fiction story has successfully depicted characters in wild circumstances.

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Discovering New Talent Through #WriteNow

huffingtonpost.co.uk – Wednesday October 26, 2016

A couple of weeks ago I was a guest on BBC Asian Network radio to talk about Penguin Random House’s new initiative to find, mentor and publish new writers from communities under-represented on the UK’s bookshelves.

The WriteNow scheme aims to find and publish new writers who are “under-represented in books and publishing”. Targeted groups are writers from socio-economically marginalised backgrounds, writers who come from LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) or BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) communities, or writers with a disability.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday October 26, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; 
Areas include: Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Online literary journal publishing text, images, and new media. No material previously published in print or online (except personal websites). Submit material online through submission manager, or (if necessary) by post. See website for full guidelines.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday October 24, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Poetry; 
Markets: Children's

Publishes picture books, fiction, and poetry for children.

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Horror Authors Take a Stab at Self-Publishing

publishersweekly.com – Saturday October 22, 2016

Every literary genre has its subgenres, but there is perhaps no genre so packed with niches as horror fiction. You’ve got your supernatural horror, postapocalyptic horror, fantasy horror, sci-fi horror, comedy horror, and then all the vampire, werewolf, and zombie horror. It’s a long list of genres for the long list of authors who self-publish in this increasingly fractured and versatile category.

Some horror writers are making a killing at self-publishing, but that’s far from the norm. More likely, self-published horror writers are seizing independence to get out work that isn’t finding a home with traditional presses—and many of them are passionate enough to keep going despite making little profit.

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Design Options for Self-Publishers

publishersweekly.com – Saturday October 22, 2016

Book design may be the most self-effacing form of design anywhere. After all, its mission is to so perfectly smooth the interaction between author and reader that the designer disappears from the equation. If a book is readable, enjoyable, easy to interact with, and seamlessly communicates the ideas of the author, I would say the design is a success because nobody notices it.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday October 21, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Translations; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes poetry, fiction, essay, intergenre, and translations. Currently only accepting submissions for poetry, and then only through its annual poetry competition (closes in November; $28 entry fee), open to poetry manuscripts between 60 and 90 pages. For status on prose and translation submissions check website after start of 2017.

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Stride magazine invites submissions

firstwriter.com – Thursday October 20, 2016

Stride magazine is inviting writers to submit two or three short poems or prose poems, in the body of an email. All copyright remains with authors.

Writers are requested not to send biographical details or lists of previous publications; rhyming doggerel or shaggy dog stories masquerading as poems; or previously published work.

If you are interested in writing short, opinionated but informed reviews of poetry books (which will be sent to you) please contact the editor by email.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday October 20, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Submit 3-5 poems, or fiction or nonfiction up to 4,500 words, via online submission system only. See website for full details, and to submit.

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Preditors & Editors seeks new caretaker

firstwriter.com – Wednesday October 19, 2016

The renowned site "Preditors & Editors" is seeking a new caretaker.

The site has been helping writers discriminate between scams, duds, and genuine opportunities since 1997, but much of the information has, in the site's own words, become "stale and outdated", and the listings have now been removed until they can be updated by a new caretaker.

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