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« on: April 17, 2006, 03:23:16 AM »

I have just finished four totally exhausting days blogging Conjure, the National Science Fiction Convention. There's profiles of Cory Doctorow, Bruce Sterling and others, audio of their speeches, writing tips, advice for editors .... hell, there's even Stormtroopers!

http://abc.net.au/news/arts/articulate

check it out. If you like it, tell your friends. If you don't, tell me! If you love it, tell my boss via the Email Articulate form on the rhs of the page so that I'll get sent on more of these things!!
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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2006, 06:26:46 AM »

Whew! Nice work, Gary! Did you get any sleep?? Looks like a great conference.  afro
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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2006, 08:35:08 AM »

Neatly done, Gary!  I've bookmarked some useful links from there - thanks.

I particularly liked the quote from successful writer Anita Bell

'And she says she started collecting rejections.

"I aimed for getting 12 rejections per story, because I figure if you start to aim for the rejects it takes the misery away from it."'

An excellent attitude, though I think rejection letters are a distant memory for her!

And good for writer David B Coe to advise against writing non-stop action in fiction - and allow the reader some breathing space to consolidate characterization.

It's also interesting that this Australian Con has much the same discussion topics as the WorldCon in Glasgow and the British SF and British Fantasy Society Cons I pop along to. In particular I was amused at Cory Doctorow's urging writers to release their work for free web download. Charles Stross said the same thing in 2005 and you can have his Accelerando for free pdf and MS reader online from his website. But it seems to me that this only works if a) like those two you are already famous and can afford to give your work away, or b) you are not famous and cannot get sufficient interest anyway!

Now I have hours of bookmarked links to read -- thanks again, Gary.

Geoff
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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2006, 10:11:35 AM »

You have been busy, haven't you?  Good work, Gary smiley
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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2006, 09:23:48 PM »

Thanks guys. Sharon - I did get a bit of sleep although I think I mention somewhere in the blog that at one point I was so exhausted I couldn't figure out how to switch off caps lock!

Geoff_N - regarding giving your books away for free, I think you're right. I think you need a certain fan base before you'll reach critical mass using that strategy. I mean, I don't think it would do me any harm but, on the other hand, I don't exactly imagine many people downloading my books (other than you guys, of course!)
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