"Short Fiction author, workshop leader, writing teacher, etc... A
1984 graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction Writers Workshop, Amy has
been the moderator of the America Online Science Fiction Writers Workshop
since 1994, along with her partner, Nick Neuro (D.G. McLean)."
(Amy Sterling Casil)
[Updated Oct 2001]
"A guide to publishers and writing services for serious writers."
"For Preditors & Editors to be successful as a writer's resource, it must
remain faithful to listing only publishers, magazines, editing services,
other writing resources, and literary and film agents."
"Preditors & Editors is actively managed on a weekly basis."
They mean it, too. When I checked their website,
their "What's New" page had 28 new entries just for "Agents," none more than
five weeks old.
I found this website after doing a
Google (google.com) search
for "Sterling House." Under
'S' in this website's
Book Publisher Listings (sfwa.org)
"Sterling House: a wholly owned subsidy press belonging to Cynthia Sterling. Not recommended."
For this feature alone - their list of vanity and regular publishers - I
recommend their site to any writer who wants to get published, or anyone who
wants to figure out if an editor has looked at an author's output.
(Did I ever tell you guys about the self-published book I received that
was only printed on the right-hand pages?)
I do wish that they'd cross-reference "subsidy press" under 'S' (and not
just list it under 'C') on their "Definitions" page, though.
[added Oct 2001]
Chapter 14 ("Net Research") of "writers.net: Every Writer's Essential
Guide to Online Resources and Opportunities" by Gary Gach. "Through these
nine buttons you will find over 150 hyperlinks that will
jumpstart your research on the Internet. We are excited to provide these
writer's resources free of charge. Please let us know if you find these
helpful, or if there are any inaccurate or invalid URLs..."
"In this section we publish articles of interest to writers. We have
two main discussion forums: 1) general advice and techniques for writers,
and 2) the special needs of science fiction writing. If you are now a
writer, wish to be a writer in the future, or are interested in the craft
of writing, you will find both forums to be interesting. The articles are
available for download in PDF format or for reading on the screen."
[Sample article titles: The Theory of Dialogue, The Practice of Dialogue,
Rhythm In Fiction, Time Travel in Fiction, Astronomy For Science Fiction
"Speculations is an online resource for writers who wish
to break into or increase their presence within the science fiction,
fantasy, horror, or "other" speculative fiction genres. We publish a
bimonthly magazine, maintain a Web site crammed full of resources, and
The Rumor Mill (speculations.com),
our online community. Please feel free to poke around the site and join
us in The Rumor Mill if you're so inclined; we hope that you get enough
value out of what we do to consider subscribing."
Want to check out what other authors have to say about an agent, editing
service, or publisher? The "Rumor Mill" has a search engine, go use it...
[added Oct 2001]
"What do you do when your pen is paralyzed, when you're frozen in front
of your computer screen with nothing to say? ...Stop by Writer's Block,
a creative reference for wordsmiths of all types. While the site
is more inspiration to get you going than an actual remedy for
the problem, Writer's Block does make for a refreshing break."
[Your SFRG maintainer saw this site reviewed in
Digest (netsurf.com). -chaz]
[Updated Oct 2001]
"Odyssey is a summer writing workshop for writers of fantasy, science
fiction, and horror. The workshop, held annually [since 1996] on the
campus of New Hampshire College in Manchester, New Hampshire, runs for six
weeks [in June-July]... and combines an intensive learning and writing
experience with in-depth feedback on students' manuscripts. Odyssey is
for developing writers who want to put aside all their other concerns for
six weeks and focus solely on their writing. Class meets for three hours
in the morning, five days a week, and students use the afternoons and
evenings to write and read each other's work. College credit is available
"An on-line information service for writers, editors, literary agents and
publishers. We showcase, market and match quality manuscripts to fit
publishers' specific needs... Netscape 2.0 +, and high-speed access
(I'm not sure exactly how this site works, but it involves a fee to
participate. Can anyone out there in SFRG-land tell me more about it? -chaz)