Gail's Favorite 5 Industry Resources

So I'm a writer, you may, somehow have guessed this, Gentle Reader. What this means is that I spend most of my time clickity-clacking on a keyboard, staring hopelessly at a computer screen, distracting myself with vast quantities of caffeine alone in a tiny room surrounded by books, stacks of paper, and 52 pairs of shoes. (In my experience, many writers are quite similar, barring the shoes.)

Still, I'm a social animal and I enjoy connecting with fellow writers and keeping in the loop with the industry. This is a lonely life, aside from my writing dates with J. Daniel Sawyer (and, in the past, Blake Charlton), the occasional august visitor to the Bay Area, and a few conventions. So here is a list of the top five ways I try to follow what's going on in SF/F publishing.

1. Locus Magazine. The Vanity Fair of my world. Want to write in this genre? Read Locus.
2. The SFWA Bulletin. Best for tracking short story markets, but amazingly useful and absorbing. Agent Anonymous is particularly good.
3. My Agent's Blog.
4. The SF Signal blog This is pretty much the only blog in my feed that is industry specific, I find it covers most of my needs and use Pornokitsch to keep track of England's perspective.
5. Industry podcasts (I lumped these together because it's hard to pick just one). Most of them are hit or miss per episode and you can tell pretty early on in an interview whether it's for you.

Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Rough draft. Got peeps floating, about to land in the Maltese Tower, back to work tomorrow. Release date Fall 2013.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Working promo schemes.
Deportment & Deceit ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Revised and turned back in.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Reviewing chapter by chapter, each drops on YenPlus by subscription. Print release tentatively Dec. 2012.

BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series! Really, DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first!

The Omnibus hardback editions are limited run through the SciFi Bookclub only.

The manga editions, Vol. available in print, Vol. 2 by subscription to YenPlus.

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

The first Finishing School book ~ Out Feb. 5, 2013

Book News:
Changeless reviews
Marks on the basis of tea.
The Barenaked Critic stays charmed.
And one on YouTube in French.
Lovely Books Blog
Changeless and Blameless together from Pages of the Mind

Quote of the Day:
"I hate and love. And why, perhaps you’ll ask.
I don’t know: but I feel, and I’m tormented."
~ Catullus
"Catullus, a good Latin poet, and the friend of Cicero. His poetry is too licentious for a refined taste, and pure principles and feelings."
~ Mangnall (1833)
Gotta love the Vicotrian's opinion on the Ancients.

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