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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Writers' Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy edited by Michael Knost

UPDATE: 10/12/12
A quick note to thank everyone who helped spread the word or supported out Kickstarter project for The Writers Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy. We had a goal of $6,000 and the campaign raised $14,251, which means that we can really do some wonderful things to support this book's release, AND it will have an additional chapter now featuring an interview with top-line editors, AND it will have interior artwork from BOTH Bonnie Wasson and Matt Perry! Thank you, this was a VERY important project for us, I know Jackie Gamber can comment on what this means for us, and I thank those of you who stepped up and helped in any way very, very much!
UPDATE: 9/24/2012
As things stand now, if we reach the $12,500 level on pledges, we will be able to bring in the talents of BOTH of SSP's award-winning artists, Matthew Perry and Bonnie Wasson. Art and literature go together wonderfully, especially in the genres covered in this book and it would be great to have some original artwork created for this project.

Both Bonnie and Matt would create two full page illustrations for the book, for a total of four full-page illustrations (with genre-appropriate themes) being added to all editions of the book (eBook, softcover, and limited edition hardcover). info here

The Writers' Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy is a collection of essays and interviews with some of most influential names in the industry; each article covering a specific element of the craft of writing science fiction and fantasy. The collaborators in this wonderful anthology include:

Neil Gaiman -- “Where Do You Get Your Ideas?”

Orson Scott Card -- “On Rhetoric and Style.”

Lou Anders -- “Nebulous Matters, or Speculations on Subgenre.”

Lucy Snyder -- “Ursula K. LeGuin Talks About A Lifetime in the Craft.”

James Gunn -- “Beginnings.”

George Zebrowski -- “Middles.”

Jay Lake -- “Endings.”

Nayad Monroe -- “Tim Powers Talks About Writing Supernatural Awe and More.”

Pam Sargent -- “Talking Too Much, or Not Enough: Dialogue in Science Fiction and Fantasy.”

G. Cameron Fuller -- “How Alien the Alien: A Primer on Viewpoint.”

Nancy Kress -- “The Green-Skinned Zorn Laughed With Grief: Character and Emotion in Science Fiction and Fantasy.”

Harry Turtledove -- “Alternate History: the How-To of What Might Have Been.”

Jude-Marie Green -- “Larry Niven Talks About the Collaborative Process.”

Joe Haldeman -- “Hemingway Talks About Writing.”

Nisi Shawl -- “Unbending Gender.”

Alan Dean Foster -- “Reverse Engineering: Writing Novelizations.”

Alethea Kontis -- “Kevin J. Anderson Talks About Spin-off Novels and Prequels.”

Elizabeth Bear -- “Tactics of Worldbuilding.”

Jackie Gamber--"Ann and Jeff Vandermeer Talk About Weird Fiction"

Michael Knost -- Short fiction editors Ellen Datlow, Stanley Schmidt, Gordon Van Gelder, James Patrick Kelly, Mike Resnick, and John Joseph Adams discuss what they are looking for when reading submissions.


In seeking publication for his newest workshop project, Bram Stoker award-winning editor Michael Knost sought a small press, for the care and enthusiasm a good one harbors for the genre and its fellow writers. Seventh Star Press is that kind of publisher, bringing its own love for science fiction and fantasy to the project, and its "got your back" attitude for genre writers and other small and independent presses.

Seventh Star Press is very excited about the opportunity to release this project, but as it is one outside of our originally projected 2012 publishing schedule, a little help from outside is needed to bring this project to fruition.

Perhaps the first question that comes to your mind, if encountering us for the first time, is: Who is Seventh Star Press?
Formed in the fall of 2008, Seventh Star Press is a respected speculative fiction publisher based in Lexington, KY, boasting works from such authors as Jackie Gamber, Michael West, D.A. Adams, Steven Shrewsbury, David Blalock, R.J. Sullivan, J.L. Mulvihill, and Stephen Zimmer. The press also features two highly-acclaimed, award-winning artists, Matthew Perry and Bonnie Wasson, whose creative work is featured on the covers and interiors of all SSP releases.
How you can help!
To raise money SSP has set up a Kickstarter project. You can donate as little as $2, and the more you donate the more incentives you will receive. The $10 level will get you an ecopy of the book, $30 will get you a softcover copy + an ecopy...and so on. Please pass this along to any writers and lovers of science fiction and fantasy.

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