The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Science Fiction
Alpha Books, July, 2000.
Trade Paperback, 257 pages.
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This reference for science fiction writers provides advice about the basics of getting started in science fiction writing, including information about how to create a manuscript, how and where to submit a completed manuscript and information about networking and promotional opportunities. Some of the topics covered include: writer's groups, characters, short stories, novels, short story markets, contracts, writer's organizations, self-promotion, agents and electronic publishing. This reference also provides some great insight into science fiction conventions, science fiction awards and the publishing industry. The book provides numerous tips, sidebars and warnings (from alien and robot icons) which provide suggestions and factoids such as, "Get the word out to local bookstores and libraries by producing and distributing a flier with the times, dates and locations of your book signings, along with your Web address." and "Hard sf is the subgenre of sf in which scientific rigor is an absolute requirement in story-telling." This is a terrific reference for the beginner looking to learn more about the process of publishing a science fiction novel or short story.
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