A Selection of Columns from
the SFWA Bulletin
As the SFWA liaison to other writers' organizations, I made it a policy to trade the Bulletin to every other interested group in exchange for a subscription to their publication. These range from full-sized magazines like the Authors Guild Bulletin, the old gray lady of writing, thick with transcriptions of panels and conferences, and full of legal updates, to the Romance Writers Reports, providing a plethora of how-to articles in every issue, Roundup Magazine, from the Western Writers of America, now featuring nonfiction about the historic west, and the SCBWI Bulletin, a compendium of information for children's book writers and illustrators, to the newsletters of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Novelists Ink, and the International Association of Tie-In Writers.
Although they concentrate on their individual sets of members' needs and interests, many issues of publishing and writing, selling and promotion, old media and new media, are universal. I decided as soon as I read them that I needed to share this wonderful information with other SFWAns.
That became my Writer's Bloc column, the name an inspired pun. I've maintained the column for ten years, often coming back again and again to the same issues. Writers are in the midst of the greatest period of change since the invention of the printing press, yet while this era will seem short and compressed and almost instantaneous to those looking back from a future perspective, those of us living through it must take and make the changes step by difficult step.
I hope that the information I've collected from all these different groups helps with the transition.
Please also go to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of
America (SFWA) website for the many pages posted there.
The Bulletin has its own set of pages.
Columns are posted here after the next issue of the Bulletin comes out.
- Amazonís POD Thunderbolt
SFWA Bulletin #180, December-January 2009
- Movin' On Up: Snagging That Better Agent
SFWA Bulletin #179, October-November 2008
- The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers
SFWA Bulletin #178, August-September 2008
- Get People Talking About Your Book
SFWA Bulletin #177, Spring 2008
- The Sad State of Book Reviewing
SFWA Bulletin #176, Winter 2008
- Never Run Out of Books, Ever
SFWA Bulletin #175, Fall 2007
- Publicity in the Internet World
SFWA Bulletin #174, Summer 2007
- The Harry Potter Effect
SFWA Bulletin #173, Spring 2007
- MTV Meets Publishing: Book Videos
SFWA Bulletin #172, Winter 2007
- Sales Numbers and Other Secrets
SFWA Bulletin #171, Fall 2006
- Orphans and Trademarks
SFWA Bulletin #170, Summer 2006
- The Authors Guild Takes on Google
SFWA Bulletin #169, Spring 2006
- Reviewing Book Reviewing
SFWA Bulletin #168, Winter 2006
- Authors Guild Sues Google
SFWA Bulletin #167, Fall 2005
- Get Your Books Reviewed
SFWA Bulletin #166, Summer 2005
- The Rocket Returns
SFWA Bulletin #165, Spring 2005
- The Library of Congress Reading Promotion Partners
SFWA Bulletin #164, Winter 2005
- The Interminable Agency Clause
SFWA Bulletin #163, Fall 2004
- RWA Launches PR Blitz
SFWA Bulletin #162, Summer 2004
- The Public Domain Enhancement Act
SFWA Bulletin #161, Spring 2004
- Celebrities Bite Back! Using Real People in Fiction
SFWA Bulletin #160, Winter 2004
- Do You Make More Than Your Publisher?
SFWA Bulletin #159, Fall 2003
- Copyright: Theory and Practice
SFWA Bulletin #158, Summer 2003