Laura Anne Gilman’s writing advice book Practical Meerkat’s 52 Bits of Useful Info for Young (and Old) Writers is available at Book View Café as a $2.99 ebook.
Last year, recalls Gilman, “I set myself the insane challenge of writing an advice column for writers, basically all the shit I learned the hard way, once a week for the entire year…. It ran on the BookView Cafe blog. And the response was so good, the folk at BVC said ‘and so, nu, an ebook, for folk who want all that useful info and snark in one place?’”
Some of the 52 topics are: “Knowing When Not to Complain (and how to do it),” “Bar Schmoozing with the Big Dogs (even if you don’t drink),” and “Dealing with a Difficult Editor/Agent.”
Gilman has been an editor since 1990, headed the Roc SF imprint for Penguin for 7 years, and has publushed 25 novels.
Fans of Dave Trowbridge, who writes space opera in collaboration with Sherwood Smith, can now find his work at Book View Café.
[From the press release:] In Shadow Conspiracy II, Book View Café serves up eleven brand new tales of adventure and intrigue in the age of steam. BVC authors offer eleven different scenarios based on the Ada Lovelace/Charles Babbage premise introduced in the first collection. The soul of a poet who would be king continues to seek immortality. Will it find a home, and if so, will that home be flesh or steel?
Shadow Conspiracy II has all the gadgets, adventure and romance of the steampunk promise with an added bonus: the volume includes a story from the 2010 Philip K. Dick Award-winning C.L. Anderson. Campbell Award nominee Katharine Eliska Kimbriel and World Fantasy Award nominee Judith Tarr have also donated stories.
Shadow Conspiracy II is available in the Kindle store ($4.99), or in multiple formats at the publisher’s website ($4.99).