“Just because they give you their attention, does not mean you should give them your heart. Read what I just said, repeat it until you have learned it, and live it.”—T.B. LaBerge // Things I’m still learning at 25 (via tblaberge)
“I think that what most artists are trying to do is trying to understand. I think what distinguishes creative people and/or artists from another type of person is perhaps a willingness to go headlong into that uncertainty.”—Brandon Boyd (via writersrelief)
A title I have never used before, and hopefully never will again…
We had several questions in the ask box, and occasionally get them popping in, about naming people and places. So, here’s your resource for all things nameable:
20,000 Names — is glorious. You can even search for names by special category and geographic region.
Fantasy Name Generator — extensive lists and not just limited to ‘fantasy’ names. Category breakdowns by character race, places, and even includes some descriptions for things like weapons, clothing, and settings.
Baby Names — Includes searches by gender, popularity by year, and even a name fuser if you want to come up with your own version of Renesmee…
Place Name Generator — If you’re going for the totally random, just hand me a name so I can be done with it route, this is your spot. Also includes links for generating character and fantasy names.
I am thinking of maybe getting into publishing, I have taken a year off now after my graduation and will be going to university next year. I also soon will be staying in London for half a year. I dont reayl know what the different jobs there are..
Sounds so exciting!
Try all the big publishers you know, check their career pages or stalk them on LinkedIn to get contacts from the department you are interested in. Try to squeeze in as many internships as possible. It’s great to contact HR but I’ve learnt that it’s better to contact Editors, Marketing Managers, Publicity people directly, depending on what kind of work you want to do within a publishing house.
Don’t ignore the smaller presses, they will give you the priceless experience. Join publishing clubs. There’s one in London that I recommend: The Society of Young Publishers.
Read The Bookseller. They have a jobs’ page which will familiarise you with the industry. There are specific publishing agencies to look out for such as Atwood Tate and Inspired Selection.
I have found HarperCollins in London to be the most approachable publishing house in terms of gaining experience. I myself interned their twice and applied for the graduate scheme. That’s another thing to look out for, graduate schemes. Keep checking their websites. Granta Books has an internship program as well and Penguin has a work experience slots which fill up months in advance.
There are people you can follow on Twitter to keep yourself updated. They are too many to name but I’ve linked my Twitter here so you can check the list of people I follow. You can start from here and see where that takes you.
Guardian in London has a lot of what they call MasterClasses for writers. I learned a lot about the craft and also got to network with the London publishers while there.
Good luck with everything. Feel free to get in touch with me if you have any specifc questions. Also, apologies for taking so long to get back.
Raven International Publishing (RIP) has issued a call for submissions to receive sci-fi stories for a planned anthology titled, A Bleak New World. This anthology will be the publisher’s 2014-2015 Winter Anthology.
Publisher Joshua Clark and the staff are asking sci-fi writers to submit stories about a dystopian future. Dystopian societies are commonly defined by dehumanization, cultural stigmatization, police states, ecological tragedies
“…I read the email again and again, shocked, jaw set with rage so that I couldn’t make a sound. And I imagined my own pain, my anger, magnified by fifty in the man who would send that email, the person who believes that life is a zero-sum game girls are there to be your props, that anyone else’s artistry is a mere distraction from the Lord’s grand plan to promote your agenda. How painful that must be, how suffocating. And I decided then that I will never be jealous. I will never be vengeful. I won’t be threatened by the old, or by the new. I’ll open wide like a daisy every morning. I will make my work.”—
I had forgotten how utterly useless and inept all the (non-murderous) male characters are in A Nightmare on Elm Street, and my god does it make me so happy to see that horror movies were subverting the classic bimbo chick in slasher films thirty years ago.
NaNoWriMo 2014 is finally live and ready for your novel! We are heart-stoppingly excited, and so thankful that you’ve been patient with us this year. As participant Kris Bower said, “NaNoWriMo always helps to bring the fun back.” So, in case you weren’t sure, it’s true! The fun is back!
You have stories to tell. And like the very best of trusty sidekicks, we’ve been preparing all year to help you tell those tales. Here are just a few things we’ve gotten ready for you: