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Diane Duane and Peter Morwood give away free e-books for World Book Day
March 6, 2014 | 10:53 am

coverHappy World Book Day! Just because there are no e-books involved in the “official” World Book Day promotion doesn’t mean there aren’t any to be found. Diane Duane and her husband Peter Morwood are offering one e-book each for free download today. Duane’s is the New Millennium Edition of So You Want to Be a Wizard, first in her excellent Young Wizards series. Morwood’s is Greylady, first in his Clan Wars series. If you haven’t dipped your toe yet into Young Wizards, So You Want NME is a great way to start. I reviewed it for...

The vitriol of Twitter: How social media torpedoed Jonathan Ross hosting the Hugos
March 4, 2014 | 1:12 pm

Twitter as kid with red crayonHere’s an interesting article from The Nation about problems the feminist movement is having in discussions on Twitter. The fundamental problem is “intersectionality”: people in the feminist movement are other things besides “just” female—they’re rich or poor, they’re white or minority, and so on—and people at one end of a spectrum find things to be angry at the people on the other end about, even though they ostensibly share a common cause. And this anger is compounded by the Twitter discussion medium, whose short bite-sized chunks can lead to a spectacularly toxic environment. I don’t really have anything to...

Appointment of British comedian Jonathan Ross as Hugo Awards emcee triggers brief spat
March 1, 2014 | 11:21 pm

Jonathan-RossToday saw another blowup in a series of memorable events in recent history pertaining to sexism and science fiction. And the SFWA wasn’t even involved this time! The organizers of LonCon3, the London SF convention playing host to Worldcon and hence the Hugo Awards this year, announced today that British TV personality Jonathan Ross had agreed to emcee the Hugos. This immediately sent a shockwave through the community, because Ross has a history of raunchy and sexist humor on the air. A number of prominent SF writers and personalities declared their dismay, including Seanan McGuire, who tweeted: ...

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2014 launches with dates finalized
February 27, 2014 | 10:25 am

This year's Edinburgh International Book Festival - the annual literary jamboree for the first ever UNESCO City of Literature - has commenced preparations with the announcement of the 2014 official dates, August 9th-25th. Last year's Festival, already featured in TeleRead, was "our most successful year ever," the Festival site declares. As per its own introduction, the Festival claims to be "the largest public celebration of the written word in the world. Every August we bring over 800 writers and thinkers from across the planet together to rub shoulders with you, the audience ... The Edinburgh International Book Festival began in 1983...

GenCon 2013 Interview: Lee Cherolis, writer, Little Guardians webcomic/graphic novel
December 1, 2013 | 5:15 pm

GEDC1342 Here is another interview from this year’s GenCon, in which I spoke briefly with a number of self-published or independently-published authors in the authors’ alley. In this interview, I spoke with Lee Cherolis, writer and co-creator of a webcomic and graphic novel series called Little Guardians. Me: Tell me about your books. Lee: Little Guardians is a fantasy adventure graphic novel series; we’re also serializing online two pages a week. We put out a book whenever we have enough pages. This story arc will span 13 chapters and six books. We have Book One...

GenCon 2013 Interview: Phil Reed, COO of Steve Jackson Games
October 6, 2013 | 5:00 pm

GEDC1300I last spoke to Phil Reed, COO of Steve Jackson Games, at GenCon in 2011. We discussed e23, Steve Jackson Games’s DRM-free PDF e-book store, which had expanded far beyond its original intended goals of just republishing out-of-print stuff to publishing in-print stuff at the same time as or even before it came out in print. I caught up with him again at GenCon 2013 for another brief interview. We touched on e23’s ongoing success, but Reed had more to say on the subject of Kickstarters—something that was on the minds of a number of other writers and industry...

GenCon 2013 Interview: A.G. Howl, self-publishing author
October 6, 2013 | 3:40 pm

aghowlHere’s another interview from GenCon 2013, with self-publishing writer A.G. Howl, aka Amanda McGuire. She is the author of a steampunk pirate romance called The God of Death, available for $5.99 in Kindle or $10.79 in paper from Amazon. She will have a sequel out this month. GenCon was her first convention. Me: I am here with Amanda McGuire, who writes under the pseudonym “A.G. Howl.” Tell me about your books. AG: My book, The God of Death, is a steampunk pirate romance. It takes place in a post-apocalyptic world. It is after a...

Reporting on the Creatures, Crime and Creativity Conference
September 16, 2013 | 5:00 pm

You may have noticed that I haven't been around much for the last few days. I was getting ready for and then attending the Creatures, Crime and Creativity Conference that was held last weekend in Baltimore. [caption id="attachment_96795" align="alignleft" width="135"] Jeffery Deaver keynote[/caption] While I've attended numerous conferences, this was my first writer's conference, and I admit I'm now spoiled for anything else. I've never had the chance to network and chat with so many writers, and I'm hungry to do it again. I had a chance to interview several authors, including Brian Keene, John Gilstrap, D.B Corey and Jeffery Deaver. Look for...

Independent-publishing authors find GenCon an important part of promoting themselves
August 20, 2013 | 11:46 am

GEDC1339As I mentioned I would a few days ago, I attended GenCon in Indianapolis this year for TeleRead, just as I did a couple of years ago. I unfortunately took sick with a case of “con crud” on Friday night, so I did not have the energy to do the blogging direct from the con I had expected. However, I conducted many interviews, and will be posting them to TeleRead over coming days. Although GenCon is best known as a pen and paper RPG and board gaming convention, it actually has a lot for writers—especially self-published or small press...

TeleRead live from the Edinburgh International Book Festival
August 19, 2013 | 10:42 am

Yes, it's true: TeleRead is officially reporting live from the Edinburgh International Book Festival ... which, by the way, is crazy: Huge crowds, long queues, yurts for journalists, authors mobbed at signings, special literary deckchairs. You name it, it's here. Below, a few shots from day one. Entrance to the Festival: The press yurts: Commemorative deckchair: More to come in the days ahead—stay tuned....

Administrivia: Acting guest editor, and GenCon bound!
August 8, 2013 | 6:50 am

Hello, everyone! Here are a couple of administrative notices. First: I’m filling in as editor while Dan Eldridge is on vacation for a week. I hope Dan enjoys his vacation, and I will do my best to make sure there will still be a blog when he gets back! Second: I will again be attending GenCon in Indianapolis this year, driving up from Springfield, Missouri to Indianapolis to spend the weekend after next among gamers and their friends. I last attended the convention for TeleRead two years ago, and I’m looking forward to being there again. ...

Are literary festivals little more than money-grubbing scams?
July 16, 2013 | 11:57 am

literary festivalsBritish author and historian Guy Walters (pictured at left) just ran a piece in the UK Literary Review about his less than totally positive experience at the Hay Festival. After a triumphant reading in front of an estimated 800 people, he recounts, he asked for expenses to cover his trip to and from the Festival—and was refused. "As I drove home, I did some maths," Walters states. "Those eight hundred people had each paid £7 [$10.57], earning Hay a tidy £5,600 [$8,455]. Compared to Hay's turnover of £4 million [$6 million] and gross profit of £1 million [$1.5 million], that's not a...