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I've got a couple of articles in the new book on writing, Brewing Fine Fiction, from Book View Cafe. It looks an excellent book if I say so myself. Here's the blurb and ToC:

 
BREWING FINE FICTION, Advice for Writers From the Authors at Book View Café (ISBN 978-0-9828440-3-8). BVC’s members include international bestselling authors and winners of the National Book Award, the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and many others. Most have sold multiple novels to major publishers. Many have taught writing at workshops around the world. The knowledge of these professional authors is gathered into one volume, edited by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff and Pati Nagle, that will help both new and experienced writers cope with the creative challenges and the nuts-and-bolts business issues of a career in writing fiction.

“Check any bookstore and you'll find a host of titles on writing. Some are good, some not so good. Every author has his or her own strengths and weaknesses. But in BREWING FINE FICTION: Advice For Writers From the Bookview Café, you get a smorgasbord of professional advice and expertise. From the plausibility of fantasy, by Ursula LeGuin, to Deborah Ross's comments on reviews, you'll find every facet of the craft and writing life covered. For the wealth of information, experience, and diversity, all under one cover, you can't beat it.”
--Mary Rosenblum, Compton Crook Award winner

Contributors to Brewing Fine Fiction include: Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, Amy Sterling Casil, Brenda W. Clough, Lori Devoti, Chris Dolley, Laura Anne Gilman, Sue Lange, Ursula K. Le Guin, Vonda N. McIntyre, Nancy Jane Moore, Pati Nagle, Steven Harper Piziks, Irene Radford, Patricia Rice, Madeleine E. Robins, Deborah J. Ross, Sherwood Smith, Jennifer Stevenson, Judith Tarr, Gerald M. Weinberg, and Sarah Zettel.

In celebration of the launch, BVC is giving out free copies of WAYS TO TRASH YOUR WRITING CAREER.  This ebook is a collection of humorous stories posted to the Book View Cafe blog by the BVC authors describing the fastest ways to bring your writing career to a screeching halt. The compilation is available free of charge to anyone purchasing a copy of BREWING FINE FICTION through the BVC website. It is also for sale as a stand alone for $.99 (http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/Ways-to-Trash-Your-Writing-Career).

BREWING FINE FICTION is available at the Book View Café website (along with WAYS TO TRASH YOUR WRITING CAREER) for $4.99 in pdf,  epub, mobi, prc, lit, and lrf formats (http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/Brewing-Fine-Fiction). BREWING FINE FICTION will be available at Kindle, Smashwords, Kobo, and B&N soon.

Sample BREWING FINE FICTION: http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/Sample-Brewing-Fine-Fiction

Contents

The Basics

Pitfalls of Writing Science Fiction & Fantasy
—Vonda N. McIntyre
The Dreaded Info Dump
—Irene Radford
Alien Eyes: Generating Fictional Ideas
—Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
The Theory and Practice of Titles
—Brenda W. Clough
You’re Not a Bad Person. You Just Have Ugly Children.
—Steven Harper Piziks
Plotting Through Writer’s Block
—Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
Novel Writing for Novices
—Brenda W. Clough

Craft

Can Fantasy be Plausible, and Why Should It Bother?
—Ursula K. Le Guin
Finding Your Voice: Fan Mail From The Future
—Jennifer Stevenson
Using Landscape as a Character
—Irene Radford
Sweating the Little Stuff
—Sherwood Smith
Strunk and White: Fifty Years Is Long Enough
—Nancy Jane Moore
On Being a Professional Amateur
—Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
Love or Sex
—Irene Radford
Dig Deeper: How To Make a Good Book a Great Book
—Laura Anne Gilman

Research

The Alien in the Pasture
—Judith Tarr
Steam It Up!
—Sue Lange
The Science in Science Fiction & the Fantasy in Fantasy
—Amy Sterling Casil
The Joys and Dangers of Research
—Pati Nagle

Marketing Your Work

How to Escape from the Slush Pile
—Madeleine E. Robins
Six Step Guide to Query Letters
—Chris Dolley
Crafting a Synopsis That Will Sell
—Irene Radford
How to Build an ARC (Advanced Reading Copy)
—Lori Devoti
The Quest to Find Agent Charming
—Pati Nagle
Bad Contracts
—Steven Harper Piziks
Market Your Heart
—Patricia Rice

The Writer's Life

A Room of One's Own
—Madeleine E. Robins
How to Critique Effectively and Influence Your Fellow Writers
—Nancy Jane Moore
The Write Class
—Steven Harper Piziks
Inside Worldcon: The Writer’s Tour
—Brenda W. Clough
How I Write When There is No Time
—Deborah J. Ross
Permission to Take a Break
—Chris Dolley
How do you DO That?
—Sarah Zettel
Reviews: The Good, the Bad, and the Ignorable
—Deborah J. Ross
Being Productive
—Gerald M. Weinberg 
 

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