> The one where books is not really a good idea. ellegriffin.substack.com/p/cre

Breaking into (and remaining in once you get there) traditional publishing has ALWAYS been a problem for writers and the conglomeration of the market into two or three giant publishers has only made it worse.

The Internet promised to solve the problem, but Amazon broke it again. Publishing, especially fiction, is swirling around right now; it might find a new lease on life or it might get flushed. We don't know…

Harlan Ellison literary executor J. Michael Straczynski (yes, *that* J. Michael Straczynsk) is arranging publication of Ellison's uncompleted 'Last Dangerous Visions' short story collection and is opening up one short story slot for an unpublished writer.

The hitch? The submissions window will be open ONE DAY, April 30… patreon.com/posts/last-dangero

Got an edgy, challenging SFF short story with strong characters sitting around? You might stand a chance!

Why isn't there more fanfiction or fanart set in Ian Banks' 'Culture' universe?

For example, fanfiction.net's Bank's page is completely empty: m.fanfiction.net/crossovers/Cu

Others have asked the question: forums.giantitp.com/showthread

Mind you, there is some, for example: trevor-hopkins.com/banks/

"Never be the main character."

Saw this on the birdsite and thought, "Yeah… Not good."

"Writing advice: Read and reread. Think of a story you have never read but wish you had; then write it as carefully as you can. Finish it, and send it around till it's published." – Samuel R. Delany on

floggingbabel.blogspot.com/202

The Theory of Narrative Selection. ribbonfarm.com/2016/06/02/the-

Fascinating essay about memes and stories; delving not just their transmission between people, but how the process works.

"Here I will look at stories as if they were biological organisms. Stories can’t reproduce themselves; they rely on humans for their survival and reproduction. In that sense, stories are symbiotic (or perhaps parasitic) in their relationship with humans."

Authors Guild releases grim 50-page report on “The Profession of the Author in the 21st Century” lithub.com/authors-guild-relea

"Half of full-time authors earn less than the federal poverty level of $12,488. Literary authors are the hardest hit, experiencing a 46% drop in their book-related income in just five years."

So … you want to be a writer, do you?

Cascade Writers is holding a 3-day Milford style workshop in Bremerton next July. Price goes up Feb 1 and there's a scholarship available for those who can't afford it. cascadewriters.com/july-2020-t

Attn: and peeps.

This morning I wrote a thousand word short story, "Reality Leaks".