Publishing Information For Genre Writers

Written by Jeff Colburn

I finally did it. I went to my first science fiction convention, LepreCon 27, in Scottsdale, Arizona, and had a great time. (To see some pictures of LepreCon 27, go to

I found out thatrepparttar people at scifi conventions are different from people at any ofrepparttar 129747 other writer's or artist's conventions that I have attended. At writer's and artist's events,repparttar 129748 people are there mainly to learn. They treatrepparttar 129749 event like a mini-school. While at a scifi con,repparttar 129750 main emphasis is on having fun. With a video room showing movies and TV shows, a gaming room for computer and board games, a Con Suite where people can meet, eat and have a good time. And don't forgetrepparttar 129751 closing event,repparttar 129752 Squirt Gun Fight.

Don't get me wrong, there was a lot there for writers and artists to learn, but Fun is King. The Con had many good panels, in fact, I was on three of them. It was at these panels where I learned some very interesting, and possible disturbing facts, for genre writers, and writers in general.

I gleaned this information while talking with several writers, including: Michael Stackpole - He's written over twenty five books, including Battle Tech and Star Wars novels, plus many original works. Jennifer Roberson - She's had over twenty published novels, thirteen of which were best-selling fantasy novels. John Vornholt - Who has over thirty published books, two of which were Star Trek: TNG. Emily Devenport - With over fifteen published books and numerous short stories. Ernest Hogan - Who has numerous published short stories, some of which have been recommended for Hugo and Nebula Awards.

While talking with them I learned some valuable information. For writers in general, I found out that: Publishing houses spend little or no money to marketrepparttar 129753 bulk of their authors. About 80% ofrepparttar 129754 books published never make back their advance. Advances are getting smaller.

For genre writers, you should know that: Fantasy outsells science fiction 10 to 1.

12 Tips for Writing Articles on the Internet

Written by David McKenzie

I have compiled a list of 12 tips I think should be helpful when you are writing articles onrepparttar internet.

1. Use lots of white space. People like to read in 'chunks' of information so have lots of space in your background.

2. Use short paragraphs. Following on from tip 1 keep it short and let your visitor read little pieces of information at a time. 3. Userepparttar 129745 occasional exclamation mark (!) to get your readers attention. But please do not over use this as many people now appear to be doing. 4. Ask a question so that your visitor will read on to findrepparttar 129746 answer. This keepsrepparttar 129747 readers attention focussed. 5. Put a lot of thought and effort into your heading. Ifrepparttar 129748 heading does not getrepparttar 129749 visitors attention straight away then they will just move on and not even read your article. Try 'The 7 Secrets to Successfully breeding Cane Toads' rather than 'How to breed cane toads'.

6. Use bullets to quickly outline a number of points that may be important in your article. Readers can scan through these. 7. Use numbers if this is appropriate for writing an article. For examplerepparttar 129750 way I am writing this article. 8. Outlinerepparttar 129751 benefits to your reader. They want to know what they can get out of readingrepparttar 129752 article so portrayrepparttar 129753 benefits of what you are writing about. 9. Do not waffle. This is never more important than onrepparttar 129754 internet. People get bored quickly and there are a million other articles they could be reading instead of yours. Get to repparttar 129755 point quickly - inrepparttar 129756 very 1ST line!

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