Advice for Writers from Writers – Part Two

Welcome to the second of our #gollanczfest collection of advice and hints from authors. This time around we have pieces from Jaine Fenn, Simon Morden, Tom Lloyd and Steph Swainston, all of whom are lovely people and you should buy their books. And if you missed part one, click here.   Jaine Fenn: Learn the rules. Then you can break them. There are no rules. But there’s plenty of advice. Decide carefully which bits to ignore. Don’t get stuck in the revision loop: finish the damn thing and then revise it. Plotter vs Pantser: plotters end up to spoilering themselves;…

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10 Days to Edge-Lit 3!

There seems to be an epidemic of conventions in the UK at the moment.  August is simply awash with geeky goodness, with the second Nine Worlds Geekfest taking place at Heathrow from the 8th to the 10th, the International Discworld Convention (the Ankh-Morpork Grand Exhibition) with Manchester standing in for Ankh-Morpork from the 8th until the 11th, and, of course, the Big Kahoona: LonCon, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, setting off Sub-Etha Sens-O-Matics all across the capital from the 13th to the 18th of August. But as awesome as all of these August (and, indeed, august) events are, please…

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See you at Nineworlds GeekFest

This weekend sees the first Nineworlds GeekFest convention in Heathrow, and Gollancz authors – and staff – are there for the whole weekend. Nineworlds is a “large fan-run multi-genre geek event in London”, with strands dedicated to books, comics, gaming, Doctor Who, Tolkien, Steampunk, Game of Thrones and many many more. Here’s a breakdown of where and when you can find us (cheerfully stolen from the Nineworlds website at www.nineworlds.co.uk). Do come and say hello if you’re there, or tweet @gollancz with your thoughts on the programme, our contributions, or just in general! The Gollancz authors and staff are bolded below,…

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On with the Con!

This morning we’re up and at ’em once again, with a full-on day planned. Yesterday we engaged more than five senses, explored international published, stopped by a great twitter debate and attended a wonderful reading by the talented Ian Whates, and we think today is going to be pretty special too. There are some pretty fabulous panels and panelists lined up. So here’s our quick daily guide to where the Gollancz Gang is going to be, and when:   11.00     Where Is The New Wave Now? In the 1960s, the New Wave of SF introduced sex, drugs and experimental formalism…

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It’s Saturday, It’s Eastercon

The Gollancz Gang is gathered for another great day at EightSquared. Yesterday was packed with book launches, readings, deep discussions about characteriastion and plenty of fun – and some of you lovely people even said hello to us! Thank you! We even found a moment to stop by the Good Technology panel, and discover Underground London! Today we’re planning more marvelous mayhem in panels, so here’s your quick daily guide to where we’ll all be, and when:   11.00     Sensory Overload. Why stop at five senses? There are many other senses in the natural world, more available through technology, and…

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