This past weekend was the annual World Horror Convention, this year hosted in New Orleans. I jealously read the tweets from attendees. While it would have been amazing to go (especially to such a perfect city for it), my heart lead me to my third year at Gen Con.
As part of World Horror, they also host the Bram Stoker awards. Highlights for me: Caitlin R Kiernan won the best novel for The Drowning Girl and Jonathan Maberry won best YA novel for Flesh & Bone! Congrats to all the winners, see the rest at the Galley Cat blog.
Good morning all, quite a few good little pieces to share with you today, hope you have a great finish to your weekend!
- It’s a rough month for scifi character creators, shortly after Stuart Freeborn passed, Ray Cusick the designer of the original Dalek died. RIP and EXTERMINATE in Elysium.
- Amazon has made some changes to their affiliate program that may kill off free ebooks in the Kindle store, read my post here for more info.
- The final ballot for the 2012 Bram Stoker Awards is online now at the Horror Writer’s Association website. Congrats to website friend Jonathan Maberry for his Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel nomination for Flesh & Bone (Simon & Schuster). Good luck!
- In response to my post yesterday about the value of experimentation, especially when thing aren’t working, Eiki sent me this about Anthony Trollope’s approach to writing. Among other things, he required of himself that he produce 250 words every 15 minutes. In his life he produced 49 books in 35 years. Not too shabby.
- “Let their work be to them as is his common work to the common laborer. No gigantic efforts will then be necessary. He need tie no wet towels round his brow, nor sit for thirty hours at his desk without moving,—as men have sat, or said that they have sat.”
Are you an author? For the month of February, if you leave a comment on my blog with a link to your book, I will buy it, read it and discuss it.