Strategies and Survival Tips for the 21st Century Writer
By Jeff VanderMeer
(Tachyon Publications, Paperback, 9781892391902, 240pp.)
Publication Date: October 2009
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Offering timely advice in an era when the burden of production and publicity frequently falls on authors, this essential reference reflects on methods for being focused, productive, and savvy in the craft of writing. Discussing a wide range of essential topics for self-promoting authors, this important guide explores questions such as How can authors use social media and the internet? How does the new online paradigm affect authors, readers, and the book industry? How can authors find the time to both create and promote their work? and What should never be done? Through good-humored encouragement, practical tips of the trade culled from 25 years of experience as a writer, reviewer, editor, publisher, agent, and blogger are shared. Including topics such as personal space versus public space, deadlines, and networking, the benefits of interacting with readers through new technologies is revealed.
Jeff VanderMeer has been involved in the publishing industry for more than twenty-five years and in many capacities. His award-winning novels have been published in fifteen languages and his nonfiction has appeared in the Washington Post, the Barnes & Noble Review, and the Huffington Post. He is a regular contributor to Amazon’s book blog Omnivorous and his short fiction has appeared in Wired. He is an editor of anthologies for Bantam, Pan Macmillan, and Tachyon (The New Weird, Steampunk). He has conducted master-classes and given workshops all over the world including at the Brisbane Arts Center in Australia and the University of California at San Diego. VanderMeer is also a frequent guest at such multi-media venues as Utopiales in France, the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.
"This guide will surely help writers traverse the often difficult journey from first draft to finished product." Publishers Weekly
"Well-organized masterclass in understanding how to fit both writing and a writing career into your life." Cory Doctorow, Boingboing.net
"Jeff VanderMeer is an extraordinary writer . . . passionate, beautiful, complex, terrifying." Tamar Yellin, author, The Genizah at the House of Shepher
"One of the things that sets VanderMeer apart is his embrace of technology and media. His online presence is considerable and includes a number of web sites, frequent blogging, a short film adaptation . . . his Alien Baby photo project and even a project involving animation via Sony Playstation." Wired.com
"A brilliant writer!" Peter Straub, author, Lost Boy Lost Girl
"I've long marveled at Jeff's mad alchemist-like techniques of creation, promotion, and artistic survival through his artful navigation of brambly networks of writers, artists, musicians, historians, hatmakers, bloggers, booksellers, reviewers, and fans. To steal a line from an Eddie Izzard stand-up act, 'No one can live at that speed.'" Leslie Ann Henkel, publicist, Berkley/New American Library
"One of the most literary fantasy writers or fantastic literary writers we've got working these days, take your pick." Ron Hogan, Mediabistro's GalleyCat
"The thing about life is that it's bittersweet. It is both funny and dreadful and horrific and beautiful and everything else. And so to capture that . . . I turn to fantasy for that reason." NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday