And so does the SFWA Bulletin. The official announcement went up this week, as the issue is currently being printed and while this process takes more time than we would like, the e-book should be available by next week. Yes, non members are perfectly allowed to purchase it, though if you want to order a print copy I suggest you get on to that ASAP – the email for the SFWA office is in that article.
I really need to get back to doing these posts every week. So many links, so little time!
Anil Dash writes about The Year I Didn’t Retweet Men, a social experiment that reaped many rewards, and quite a bit of hate mail.
Spec Fic 13 have announced their lineup of authors – this is a reprint of the best SFF blogging of the year, curated this year by the Book Smugglers. And I’m in it!
Already linked to this one via Galactic Suburbia, but it’s VERY important so I’ll put it here too – Juliet McKenna talking about women’s SF books in bookshops and how many of us lose the game before we’re even out of the changing rooms. Liz Bourke also has some thoughts on some bookshops and their lack of representation of female SFF authors.
Following up on this is an equally important piece by the legendary Janny Wurts on The Unrecognized Trajectory of Slow Burn Success (something that is much harder to achieve in the current publishing climate). She particularly notes that while many of us believe that social media is a great leveller in allowing obscure works to find their readers – it doesn’t always work that way. She also provides a whole new perspective (for me) on Tolkien’s success which is fascinating.
Another great essay from the Women Destroy Science Fiction Kickstarter Campaign: We are the 50% by Rachel Swirsky.