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"Elements of Fantasy: Magic" is the first of a series of titles on writing fantasy and an author's guide to the various aspects of writing magic to be published by Dragon Moon Press Fall 2008, (in time for the World Fantasy Con in Calgary, Canada).

While the title is almost completely filled up we are still looking for chapters about magic based upon legends and traditions of specific cultures, such as Asian. We already have a chapter on East Indian magic, but any other culture would be considered. We would also consider chapters on more unusual topics of magic that we might not already been addressed within the title.

If you are interested in contributing please send us a short query about the topic you would like to write about, as well a bio of your writing credits and why you would be suitable to write such a chapter. The deadline for such queries by Aug. 15th and any of those we are interested in will be requested to send a formal proposal thereafter.

Feel free to forward this call out to anyone who may be interested.

Email queries to davealaw at shaw.ca


Dave A. Law & Val Ford
Editors

PS:

"The Complete Guide to Writing Science Fiction: Volume 1"
ISBN: 1896944396
From Dragon Moon Press is now available.
http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Guide-Writing-Science-Fiction/dp/189694439

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I know it's been a while so I thought I should drop a quick note to say where I'm at.

"The Complete Guide to Writing Science Fiction" is at the printers and should be out on August 1st. You can pre-order copies from the publisher on on Amazon.

"Elements of Fantasy: Magic" I have almost a full slate of contributors and I expect to be editing chapters within the next few months.

"SF Guide: Volume 2" is somewhat on hold while I complete some other tasks but I hope to fill out the slate with it next month.

However, most of my time recently has been spent with my publishing company Virtual Tales. Last month was our first anniversary of selling online. And during that time we got accepted to submit titles to Fictionwise and Overdrive. The later you may not be familiar with but this is a very large distributor who has a very good network of getting eBooks into libraries. Though perhaps our biggest unannounced news is Virtual Tales is now officially a print publisher as well. Our first title " Earrings of Ixtumea"by kbaccellia should be available on Amazon any day now. We will then be publishing books in print on an almost monthly schedule and hopefully by the end of the year it will be 2 books a month.

Also, I'm one of the celebrity judges for The 2007 Parsec Awards, which are awards for PodCasts/Audio books. So I will be voting on finalists for these next month.

As for my own writing, well soon. Once I can get all VT's eBooks and my editing in order I hope to get back to it next month, probably just in time to start homeschooling my daughter again. :)
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I was planning on writing something a few days ago, but you know how it is. As such I'm coming in late on a few topics.

Scott Sigler is attempting to break the "Amazon bank" but getting his newly released title "Ancestor" in the No. 1 spot at Amazon.  This is quite difficult to do unless you are published by a large New York publisher with tons of dollars to throw at it, but he is doing it by word of mouth by getting everyone to purchase his book on the same day, today. Yeah, I know I should have given people more notice. He's a fantastic writer and even if you are not interested in the book help a fellow writer by spreading the news around as he could use all the help he can get. Last I saw he was at #7 overall (#1 in both SF and Horror). Ancestor is at: http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/1896944736/

Next up for my almost too late is that Virtual Tales is having an one-day sale on our ebook titles. There is more information in our official blog at: http://www.virtualtales.blogspot.com/ which also has information about an added 2 for 1 bonus for blog readers. By the way if you are reading this on April 2nd, we will still honor the promotion, as how do we know it isn't April 1st where you are. :)

Now that I got that out of  the way, editing on my book is going slowly, about chapter 8 it started grinding to a halt as there were more and more areas that needed fixing and revision, but I'm about half way through the book now so it is coming along. Now I have to get back to Fantasy guide proposals and end of issue story selection for Flash Me!

Dave
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I had planned to post yesterday but I'm afraid I ran out of time. While I don't plan to talk about the SF Guide much more, as I have the other blog for that. However, I just wanted to mention that I now have more than half a dozen pro writers (many of which quite well known) willing to give us a review and possibly a quote we can use, including one of my all time favorite novelists yesterday. So, I'm sort of synced about that. I'm looking forward to seeing what sort of quotes, if any, we can get from them.


On the novel side, revision for "On the Wings of a Dream" is going well, as got the first 7 chapters of the 31 now revised in my 3rd draft. I feel confident that I should be get this draft complete by the end of the month and then start working on 4th draft revisions based upon feedback I get from my writing group.

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The story is moving along though I only got through chapter 4 today. From now on it will probably take me longer and longer to revise, but it's coming along and I'm happy. On to day 3...
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Well at long last I finally decided to set aside everything else I was doing and get back to writing. Essentially, it came down to the fact that my outstanding to-do list wasn't getting any shorter and I realized that I really had to re-balance my priorities. Everything else will get done when it gets done, now is the time to start writing again, or in this case revising, and I have set aside a specific time every day to only work on my writing. So, I'm back onto the 3rd draft of my YA novel and 3 chapters into revision, though admittedly these first few chapters have been rewritten so many times that there isn't a lot different I would do with them. It will be the later chapters that will take longer.

Added to this I started a blog to promote my sf/fantasy writers guidebooks. I know, how can I maintain another blog if I can't update this one often, well, this is all promotion so it is kind of necessary. Also, part of my realigning is a dedication to spend time on writing related tasks, such as blogs. I'm going to try to do shorter blog entries and see if I can't do this more often.

The blog is at: http://sffantasywritingguide.blogspot.com/

So, I'm getting a jump start on spring with this fresh start and we will see where this takes me.

Dave


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Okay, I finally had time to finalize the details for volume 2. Here officially is what we are looking for:

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Dragon Moon Press is planning a second volume in their "Complete Guide to Writing SF" series. The theme of this guide is a 'reference guide to writing SF', with the emphasis on 'science'. We are looking for chapters that help writers create more believable and realistic science within their stories, and advanced writing topics along those lines. Possible chapters could include such topics as the science behind world-building, future technologies in specific areas, life on spaceship, etc. Chapter proposals should briefly outline what you plan to cover in the chapter, why you think such a chapter should be included in the guide and a bio of yourself. Multi-proposals are fine, though chapters will be limited to one or two per author. Chapters should be about 4 to 12 thousand words long. Preference will be given to previously published authors, however, other talented writers will be considered. The deadline for chapter proposals is April 30, 2007. Proposals can be emailed to: davealaw@shaw.ca with the subject header of "SF Guide Proposal".

Dave A. Law & Darin Park
Editors

PS: Feel free to forward this to any individual, writing group and/or organization who may be interested.
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I have officially started work on my next writing guide project, this time in fantasy, and yes, there will still be another Complete Guide to Writing SF, more on that in a few days. :) With this guide I'm joined by Val Griswold-Ford (vg_ford) a talented author and editor of the last few Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy series from Dragon Moon Press.

We decided to have an open call for submissions for the book, as such I'm including information about it here. Feel free to forward this to any individual, writing group and/or organization who may be interested.

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Dragon Moon Press is planning a series of topic-specific guides within the Fantasy genre. The first guide in the Element of Fantasy Writing series is on Magic. As such, we are accepting proposals for chapters on any aspect of magic that might interest other writers. Proposals should briefly outline what you plan to cover in the chapter, why you think such a chapter should be included in the guide and bio of yourself. Multi-proposals are fine, though chapters will be limited to one or two per author. Chapters should be about 4 to 10 thousand words long. Preference will be given to previously published authors, however, other talented writers will be considered. The deadline for chapter proposals is March 31, 2007. Expected release date is fall 2008. Proposals can be emailed to: davealaw@shaw.ca with the subject header of "Fantasy Guide Proposal".

Dave A. Law & Val Griswold-Ford
Editors
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I finally polished off the manuscript for "The Complete Guide to Writing SF" and handed it over to the publisher. The official release date is scheduled for August 1st, though I've been told it may be ready as a much before that. Of course, all this means is just that one stage is done and we move on to the promotional stage, but fortunately many of the contributors will be actively promoting the title and we have six months to build up some interest.

Moving forward I'm going to take a short break as I caught up with everything I had wanted to get done last month, then completing the 3rd draft of my novel and moving on to volume two of "The Complete Guide to Writing SF". Yes, there will be a volume two and perhaps a volume three, but I'm not going to think about the later until two is almost complete. But I will deal with that all closer to the end of the month. For now I'm just happy that I don't have to look at the manuscript again. :)

Dave
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I've been so busy promoting this elsewhere that I forgot my live journal. Preditors and Editors is running their annual reader's poll and Virtual Tales and are titles are nominated in a number of categories. If you have tried one of our titles, like what we are doing and/or our site, we would appreciate your votes. Virtual Tales on the edge of being within the top ten e-publishers so I need all the votes I can get to make this happen. Please consider voting for my company. Thanks.

You can vote here: Reader's Poll

Update: I forgot to mention, the poll got late starting (and I was late posting) but you only have today (Sunday) to vote.

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