Monday, May 24, 2010

Superstars Writing Seminar sessions now available

A couple of months ago I was one of the presenters at the Superstars writing seminar in Pasadena with Eric Flint, David Farland, Kevin J. Anderson, and Rebecca Moesta. Several people who didn't get the chance to attend have asked about getting their hands on copies of the sessions from that seminar. Well, those sessions are now available in both DVD and audio-only mp3 form. They're available as complete sets or individually: each of the 3 days gets its own DVD, and each session gets its own mp3. The sessions cover topics such as:

  • Econ 201 for Writers: Economics of Commercial Publishing
  • Inside Editors: How editors look at manuscripts, novels & short fiction
  • "Dirty Secrets"—What you need to know about being a Professional Author
  • From Slushpile to #1 New York Times Bestseller in 4 Years
  • Intellectual Property: How to Exploit Yours
  • Balancing Acts: Writing World & Real World

If you're curious about more specifics, it looks like the best place to see what each session covers is in the mp3 descriptions. Anyway, if you want to know more about the business of writing, this is something to consider checking out.

And now on to my regular updates. The most recent Writing Excuses podcasts with Dan Wells and Howard Tayler focus on borrowing ideas without plagiarizing, discovery writing, and strategies for getting published.

Recent MISTBORN 3 annotations talk about how it is that the Well can be located at the north pole, Penrod's dying message and what happened to Luthadel, bucking fantasy stereotypes, and the kandra Resolution. My assistant is queueing up more annotations; with THE WAY OF KINGS now turned in, he won't have any deadlines to get in their way. Though his wife does have a baby due in the next few weeks, so he had better make the queue longer.

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