Science fiction and fantasy authors James Morrow, Patricia C. Wrede, Ian R. MacLeod, Paul Di Filippo, and Simon R. Green share the fun, challenging, and sometimes frustrating experience of writing their first novels.
For the next two weeks, SF Signal readers can buy an eBook copy of Wrede on Writing: Tips, Hints, and Opinions on Writing by Patricia C. Wrede for only $1.99! That’s 60% off its regular $4.99 price. (The paperback goes for $16.99.)
Here’s the book description:
How do I turn an idea into a novel? How do I build a character? How do I decide how to tell a story?
Patricia C. Wrede has been a stalwart of the sci-fi/fantasy world for decades, publishing dozens of books across multiple series, storming bestseller lists and corralling accolades from critics and fans alike. Now, with brilliant insight and a sparkling wit, Wrede shows beginning writers the ropes in WREDE ON WRITING.
How do I find the time to write? How do I decide when a book is finished? How do I get my book published?
Wrede tackles all issues for writers, from the basic how-to’s to the more advanced topics on character development and worldbuilding. In her conversational tone, she gives writers the tips and tricks her experience has brought. After WREDE ON WRITING, authors will have the knowledge to put their tools to better use. Thinking of starting a book? Trying to finish one? WREDE ON WRITING will guide you towards that superior draft to send to agents, to publishers, and to readers.
How do I calculate royalties? How do I plan my finances as an author? How do I write as a career?
Before she became a successful full-time writer, Patricia C. Wrede worked in finance, and she also provides for authors an extensive look at how to manage the money—from royalties to determining the financial potential of your next project, Wrede provides authors with deep insight into the business of writing.
A brilliant guide from a literary stalwart, WREDE ON WRITING is the book everyone with a novel under their beds or inside their heads should read.
Purchase the book here to take advantage of this deal.
Author Patricia C. Wrede is releasing her classic Lyra series, a cult favorite among sff fans, in digital format for the first time. Each book takes place in Lyra, a fantastical world in which four (very) different cultures exist, sometimes peacefully, sometimes not so peacefully.
The first book in the series, Caught in Crystal, is described thusly:
In the magical world of Lyra, an innkeeper is forced to confront her darkest secret
For more than a decade, Kayl has run a modest country inn. She opened it with her husband, and they managed it together until a summer illness took him away, leaving her alone with their two children. The three of them get by, living happily together as the years pass, but everything changes the day a sorceress asks for a room.
Her name is Corrana, and by her silver brooch Kayl knows that she is a member of the order of Sisterhood of Stars, a coven of witches that Kayl left after a secret mission went horribly wrong. Kayl is sure that Corrana has come to take her back to the life she had renounced years before. Now, to save her family and her world, she will have to unlock a side of herself that she buried long ago
See Patricia’s Open Road Media page for more information, but before you go, check this out: After watching the following video of Patricia C. Wrede, I think I need to reassess my use of closets to merely hold stuff. This is so much better…
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