Loose-leaf Links for December


Since Earl Grey Editing will be closed from 20 December until 12 January, I’m posting this edition a little early. Anything else of interest I stumble across this month will get included in the January edition.

Bookish news

At Tor.com, Delia Sherman reflects on book covers and the work of Kathleen Jennings. The gorgeous cover above is, of course, one of Kathleen’s. She also created the cover for Delia’s book The Freedom Maze and discusses the process on her blog–which I highly recommend following if you love gorgeous artwork and intelligent, gently witty writing. (At this point, I should probably mention that, as well as being a huge fan of Kathleen’s, I am also a friend.)

Ticonderoga Publications has announced the forthcoming publication of Nicole Murphy’s People of the Star trilogy. This new series is an urban fantasy romance that follows on from the Dream of Asarlai trilogy published by Harper Voyager in 2010. Over on her blog, Nicole sketches out her work schedule for the new trilogy.

Congratulations to Amy Rae Durreson on winning second place in the Best Gay Fantasy Romance category of the 2014 Rainbow Awards with her novel Reawakening. The Rainbow Awards celebrate outstanding work in LGBT fiction and nonfiction. It is open to all authors of work containing LGBT fictional characters and work chronicling the true stories of LGBT persons. A full list of this year’s  Rainbow Award winners is available.


Tasty tidbits

Speaking of romance, I came across the following via Ladybusiness: five things epic fantasy could learn from historical romance. I don’t agree with it 100% but the article does make some very good points.

On the theme of writing advice, Ian McHugh has a post up at the CSFG blog on applying the Helsinki Bus Station Theory to writing. Given that writing takes longer to produce results than photography, your mileage may vary.

Jamie Todd Rubin recently celebrated 500 consecutive days of writing by sharing some interesting statistics. I don’t advocate a one-size-fits-all approach to writing, but if your current process isn’t working for you, this may be an approach to consider. Dave Versace has had modest success with a similar process.

Over at the Writers Bloc, Helen Stubbs shares a prompt she used to flesh out one of her characters from The Stormchilds published in Winds of Change.

Lastly, for the readers out there Seanan McGuire tweets on why it matters to talk about books you love.


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