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Monday, January 11, 2016

Good Sci fi News for a New Year and Writer’s Resolutions

2016 New Years greeting within a mosaic style border.
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I hope everybody had a great holiday season. Mine was groovy. One of the best gifts I got was from my brother. He knows how much I like Neil Gaiman’s work so he got me Gaiman’s latest biography, The Art of Neil Gaiman: The Story of a Writer by Hayley Campbell. Campbell does a super job telling the story of Gaiman’s career as a writer and uses abundant photos and interview clips.

I’ve been a little burned out from writing several articles for clients over the weekend and so that’s why I’m posting late again, but I should be back on my Saturday publishing schedule this weekend now that the holiday rush is done. I’ve also had a bit of a cold today and so have been mostly taking it easy on this slightly moanday Monday, so I’m going to keep this post simple and short. I said I would post my writing resolutions for the new year but first I want to leave you with a couple of links to good sci fi news to start the year off.

Print books have actually rose again and so more werepurchased in 2015! While this may be news that already occurred last year, it actually occurred at the end so it can be considered news that carries into 2016. So, hopefully print books will have a greater influence on both the market and reading culture this year. This, however, in no way means that ebooks are out. People still don’t like lugging a pile of books around when they travel, so there’s still sales to be made with ebooks. But at least the art of tangible books will be around for a while longer, hopefully a lot longer.

The other good news is that more people read science fiction and fantasy last year! That shows you the speculative genre is becoming more popular and mainstream, even among books. Check out more about these two trends at io9.com.  

Speaking about the greater acceptance of sci fi and fantasy literature, the other great news is that the New York Times published their first science fiction/fantasy book review column! You can find out more in my article at Examiner.com. 

And now my writers’ resolutions for 2016:

  • Write a whole novel(la) (first draft).
  • Make a stricter and more organized writing schedule.
  • Learn a new medium to promote my work (e.g. video, podcasting).
  • Improve my networking. I tend to take too much work on my own thinking I can do it all.
  • Invite more guest bloggers. I’m going to try to feature more this year. So people who are interested in guest-blogging, please let me know in the box below and we’ll set something up that works best for you.
  • Guest-blog at least twice this year. Those of you who are looking for a guest blogger-- again, talk to me in the box below.

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So what are your writers’ or readers’ resolutions for the new year?


Until next time . . . 

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