What I do on Twitter

June 6, 2009

For those who don’t know, Twitter is a social media site where folks exchange conversation, ideas, and — most importantly for me — information.

I’ve been spending a lot of time on Twitter, finding out more about publishing, writing, markets, and agents. I’ve also been sending this information to my Twitter followers.

For those who use Twitter, you can follow me at @BJMuntain. For those who’d rather not, I’ve now set up Twitter here on my blog. If you look to the right of this blog, you’ll see my 5 latest tweets, under the heading Writing and Publishing news from Twitter.

Now, not all my tweets will be about writing or publishing, but most will. I post about 20 tweets per day, so there will be a lot of information.

I will, of course, still update this blog — I’ve actually been updating it more since becoming active on Twitter. It’s a lot easier to find the types of news I like on Twitter.

I hope you find this new source of news useful!


A Simple Will for Writers

March 8, 2009

I was on Neil Gaiman’s blog today, reading about the death of his father, when a link caught my eye. It said:

My current crusade is to make sure creative people have wills. Read the blog post about it, and see a sample will.

Well, since my parents have been bugging me about making out a will (since they’d have to deal with all the crap anyway), I checked it out.

There’s some very good advice there, and a lawyer-drawn sample will. Very useful. I thought I should share.

Thanks, Neil, for this great resource. I’m sorry about your father. He must have been a wise man to have raised such a wise son.


Opportunity to promote your book – free

September 8, 2008

On her blog, Lit Soup, agent Jenny Rappaport is offering a chance to get books advertised on her blog.  Here is her offer, called Book Blocks:

“This is an open invitation for any author who has a book coming out to write up a short piece about one of the building blocks of their upcoming book. It can be about the characters, the plot, the theme, the actual writing structure, the idea behind the novel (or non-fiction work), the worldbuilding, etc.”

It looks like it could be both interesting and educational – and possibly profitable.  Let’s watch and see how it goes.  With Jenny in charge, we know there won’t be any really lame entries! I also encourage others to read Jenny’s blog, and the blogs of other agents.  You can really get an education on the writing business this way.

Thanks, Jenny!  And good for you!


Goodbye, Mr. Clarke

March 22, 2008

The other day, I told a friend that Arthur C. Clarke was still alive. The next day, he passed away. Just when you think something is forever, the world tells you differently.

According to a close friend, this is what will be engraved on his gravestone: “Here lies Arthur C Clarke. He never grew up and did not stop growing.” Words of wisdom — words he lived by.

Goodbye, Mr. Clarke, and thank you for all you’ve given the world and beyond.

Arthur C. Clarke foundation — check the ‘cosmic coincidence’ link for the ultimate farewell, and his biography
New York Times
Yahoo News


Lost Specs

March 8, 2008

I really *am* behind in the business these days. I just found out today, in the latest Ansible, that Speculations is gone. According to their website now, “As of 2 March 2008, Speculations is no longer in the business of publishing market information for writers.” Their subscriptions will be continued via Cynthia Ward, the Market Maven. But with the loss of Speculations and the Rumour Mill, speculative fiction has lost an incredible resource and networking site.

They hint at returning with a format change. The Market Maven will be the first to announce their return.

We’re gonna miss you guys!

Other losses I learned of in Ansible are:

  • Dungeons & Dragons creator, E. Gary Gygax
  • Roy Scheider, of Jaws fame
  • Columnist and wordsmith William F. Buckley, Jr.

All in all, a rather sad day for the person who can’t keep up with these losses as they happen…


The Ansible

January 7, 2008

Wow. Two posts in less than a month! Could this be a new trend?

My absolute favourite SF news ‘zine is Dave Langford’s Ansible. I just received the January issue today, and had to share some bits of news:

It’s true. Terry Pratchett has been diagnosed with a rare form of early-onset Alzheimers. However, he goes on to say, “I would just like to draw attention to everyone reading the above that this should be interpreted as “I am not dead”. I will, of course, be dead at some future point, as will everybody else. For me, this [is] maybe further off than you think — it’s too soon to tell.”

Robert Jordan may have felt he had 20 books left to write, but now that he’s passed away, his wife has managed to find a writer to end the series in one. Brandon Sanderson will write this novel, which Jordan called A Memory of Light.

I encourage everyone to check out the Ansible at news.ansible.co.uk. The current issue can be found here: news.ansible.co.uk/a246.html. Be sure to check out Conspiracy Corner (where Princess Di’s death is finally explained), Outraged Letters (where Brian Aldiss gets his feet examined), As We See Ourselves and As Others See Us (where science fiction fans and writers are discussed), and Thog’s Masterclass (where we see that *anyone* can get published). Enjoy!


Brenda Novak’s Auction for Juvenile Diabetes Research

May 3, 2007

Once again, Brenda Novak is hosting an incredible on-line auction to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes Research. Those who used to read the newsletter version of The Word in Writing may remember that my cousin passed away last year from complications due to Juvenile Diabetes. He was in his 30s. For this reason, I encourage you to check out this auction. There’s something there for everyone:

For Writers, you can bid on mentoring and editing offers, as well as reads and critiques by authors, agents and editors. Agent Don Maass and his lovely wife, editor Lisa Rector-Maass, are each offering their services, for instance. Many (most?) of the offers are for those writing Romance, as Brenda Novak is a best-selling romance author, and that’s where most of her network lies. Brenda herself offers a number of prizes, including a ‘Deluxe Mentoring and Networking Experience’. After reading the description, you’ll be wondering why your best friends don’t treat you that well.

(Now, I know that some writers may wonder why they should pay to have an agent or editor read their proposals or manuscripts, and the truth is: you don’t have to. You can send your submissions to the Donald Maass Literary Agency and the other editors or agents for free, as you normally would… but this way, you are supporting a very worthy cause. And imagine the networking possibilities!)

For Readers, there are autographed books and galley copies, from such notable authors as Jo Beverley, Roxanne St. Claire, Mary Balogh, Dr. David Cherrington, John Gray, and Cindi Myers, as well as series, sets, collections, and other tidbits. You’ll find most, again, are romance, but there are also children’s and non-fiction and more.

Under Once in a Lifetime Experiences, you’ll find trips to Napa Valley, Vegas, Lake Tahoe, and so on.

Other items include coach purses, gift baskets, paintings, antiques, collectibles, and even a Ukrainian Easter Egg. I love Ukrainian Easter eggs.

So, check it out. There is probably something there you will want to buy. It’s things like this that make me wish I had a lot more money.