MIND MELD: Reading, Writing and Revisions

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This week we asked about Revisions. I’ve come across a couple of examples lately of authors reissuing books with significant changes from the initial publication, or changing it relatively late in the initial publication process. With the rise of ebooks, the potential for rolling revisions to books is a very real possibility.

We asked this week’s panelists the following:

Q: As a reader and as a writer, how do you feel about the practice of revising books after they have been published (or at least have reached the ARC stage)? How much revision goes into your writing process? (How clean are your drafts)?

This is what they had to say…

Lucy Snyder
Lucy Snyder is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of the novels Spellbent, Shotgun Sorceress, Switchblade Goddess, and the collections Sparks and Shadows, Chimeric Machines, and Installing Linux on a Dead Badger. Her writing has appeared in Strange Horizons, Weird Tales, Hellbound Hearts, Dark Faith, Chiaroscuro, GUD, and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. You can learn more about her at www.lucysnyder.com.

I’m a measure-twice, cut-once kind of writer; I do a lot of note-taking and thinking before I start a project. I try to have a plot destination in mind, although sometimes that will change — if the story wants to go someplace other than what I planned I’m happy to take that detour. But the upshot is I seldom start a story with no clue where I’m going, and consequently I only rarely have to make major changes to a story or novel. I do my very best to turn in clean, ready-to-publish drafts to my editors. But typos and continuity errors happen, so fixing them is part of the editorial process.
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Welcome to the zombie edition of SF Signal’s Book Cover Smackdown, where you get to tell it like it is. Have your way with these book covers!

Today’s contenders:

Your Mission (should you choose to accept it): Tell us what you like, what you don’t like, and which is your favorite.
Books shown here:

NOTE: Bigger, better cover art images are available by clicking the images or title links.

This month I’ll continue my conversation with the estimable John Skipp, as we further discuss the zombie and its current reign of the dark fiction realm. Last time, we examined the rise of the zombie, and took a look at how far this venerable creature had come. Now, we’re going to turn our eyes to the future to see where that shambling mass of rot is heading.

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TOC: The New Dead edited by Christopher Golden

The table of contents for the upcoming zombie anthology The New Dead has been posted by editor Christopher Golden:

  1. “Lazarus” by John Connolly
  2. “What Maisie Knew” by David Liss
  3. “Copper” by Stephen R. Bissette
  4. “In the Dust” by Tim Lebbon
  5. “Life Sentence” by Kelley Armstrong
  6. “Delice” by Holly Newstein
  7. “Closure, LTD” by Max Brooks
  8. “The Wind Cries Mary” by Brian Keene
  9. “Family Business” by Jonathan Maberry
  10. “The Zombie Who Fell From the Sky” by M.B. Homler
  11. “My Dolly” by Derek Nikitas
  12. “Second Wind” by Mike Carey
  13. “Among Us” by Aimee Bender
  14. “Ghost Trap” by Rick Hautala
  15. “The Storm Door” by Tad Williams
  16. “Kids and Their Toys” by James A. Moore
  17. “Shooting Pool” by Joe R. Lansdale
  18. “Weaponized” by David Wellington
  19. “Twittering from the Circus of the Dead” by Joe Hill

[via Enter the Octopus via SciFi Guy]

SF Tidbits for 7/22/09

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