Writer Wednesday

The past week there was very little writing, but I was busy setting up the anthology I announced on Sunday + doing online workshops + preparing all the uploads before the retailers shut down for the Holidays (see the box set page) + there was the small and medium publishers book fair in Rome, in a new location, so I did attend that one too.

During the weekend I managed to add some 3K to the latest sci-fi novel before sending it off to the proofreader and this week I’m finally getting to write that story I need to complete by the end of the month if I want to submit it to the market I wrote it for. It’s a Silvery Earth short story anyway, so it won’t be wasted, but I’d like to submit it first! πŸ˜‰

And about the short story challenge… having more or less decided to write at least 10 novels in various series and maybe a couple of novellas, I don’t think I can also manage the 30 shorts in 60 days. It would take all the fun out of the writing. So I’ll still be writing short stories in January, as many as I can cram in, then I’ll move on to next year’s projects.

Now a short rant on the book fair, where I attended a couple of professional panels just to get a feel of how publishing is doing in Europe. It’s still stuck in the 20th century, trust me. Grants and prizes are only for traditional publishers. Translarions only through traditional publishers. And nobody mentions the indie revolution because we’re the shadow market nobody wants to think about, from Holland to Italy passing through France.

Italy is actually the worst. Now it has agents dealing with Italian authors (when I tried them in the 1990s, they dealt only with foreign publishers for translation rights). And they still put vanity publishing and self-publishing together. And the only way for an indie to sell paper books without a distributor is to attend these book fairs (that are totally indie-author-unfriendly) and share the table (otherwise it’s way too expensive).

I’m really considering starting some kind of indie authors’ guild, in Italy for now, but maybe it could be a good idea to have a European Indies Association/Federation/Guild/whatever you want to call it. We could book stands at book fairs and sell our books there. I personally hate it, but I’m afraid it’s the only way on this continent where traditional publishing ignores us.

Anyway, the only writerly link is about craft this week (might be also because I’ve been doing craft workshops, LOL!): Chekhov’s Gun: using story details strategically. Now if you’d like me to elaborate on the workshops – well, I’ve been taking the Writing Series and Writing Science Fiction workshops and I highly recommend them (like all the other workshops from WMG).

I still have the sci-fi assignments to do, but I’ll do them in January, writing the stories that spawn from them. After I finish the current short, I need to go back to my spy story. I even asked a few questions to the Italian police who had a stand at the book fair! It’s slowly becoming a novel, but you won’t be able to see it until next year.

Have a great week! πŸ™‚


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  1. Well expressed


  2. Yeah, you don’t want to let writing start becoming a chore. Just write as many stories as you do, and enjoy the experience! πŸ™‚

    People struggle to accept new concepts. Unfortunately, self-publishing is one of those concepts that appears new enough to fall under that umbrella right now, even though it’s not a new concept at all. I’m hopeful that will change in the not-too-distant future, but I’m not holding my breath.


    • exactly! πŸ™‚
      Actually the UK has its associations – I found notes from Helsinki that mention the British Science Fiction Association and the British Fantasy Society, but I don’t know how many indies they have among their members.
      I certainly don’t qualify for the SFWA, unless I sell something to the American market… Anyhow, if I set up that European Authors thingy, I’ll make sure to contact you, if only to brainstorm ideas!
      But I’m currently trying to find more time for writing, so it’s definitely not my priority right now! πŸ˜€


      • I’ll be interested to at least hear about that, if – or when – you organize it, even if it’s only to brainstorm ideas (regardless of whether the UK feels it should be part of Europe or not). Depending on what would be required of me to be a member, I might even join…


        • Unfortunately the EU still has some problems, with or without England. I guess we should wait until the VAT thing is settled, for example…
          Gives me the year of writing (2018) and then I can think about the year of organizing the European Indies (2019)! πŸ˜‰


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