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Pimp your pet projects and communities


A lot of writers have pet projects which are writing-related, but not necessarily about their own work.

Here are some of mine:

The New Jersey Authors’ Network

I set this up at the end of 2008. It’s a free to join/free to use network of NJ-based authors who get together to hold multi-author panel/Q&A/book signing events around the Garden State. The idea behind it is that, for less well-known writers, it’s easier to attract folks to a multi-author event than a solo signing. We have about fifty members, and though I wouldn’t say we’ve set the book-signing world on fire, we’ve certainly had a lot of fun and held some successful events.

The network has (I think) great potential, but we need a lot more members. Even if you’re not based in New Jersey, I recommend taking a look at the main website. I set the format up in a way that makes the network self-sufficient (ie: it needs little or no input from me). The format can be copied for use in any state. If you think it’s a good idea, feel free to copy it.  In any case, I’d certainly appreciate you spreading the word.

FindAWritingGroup.Com



I set this up back in December, after an
interesting discussion about writing groups here on this blog. The idea is to provide a free-to-join/free-to-use central website with national/state links to FAWG Yahoo Groups which in turn contain links to writing groups in that particular country/state. There’s also a website blog, Write Around the World, though so far I’ve just been putting my weekly selection of interesting blog posts on there.

If you’d like to get involved, there’s a step-by-step guide to setting up a FAWG Yahoo group for your country/state or if there’s already one there, why not join? As with the NJ Authors’ Network, if you think it’s a good idea, I’d be grateful if you'd spread the word.

The FAWG LJ community



I really like the comment thread system here on Live Journal, so I started a separate
FAWG community here. 

Everyone’s welcome to join. If you’d like to introduce yourself to the folks there, you can even use the
Getting to know you’ questionnaire
I put on the Links sidebar.

How about you?

Do you have a pet project or community you’d like to promote? If so, send me the link and a short promotional blurb and I’ll post it here:

[info]mikandra says: I'm a coop member of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, a great print magazine that's going from strength to strength (having won an Aurealis Award in 2009). We publish six issues per year, and since every issue has a different editor, you can be sure to get a wide variety of specuative fiction. I'm editing issue #49, my personal pet project, which will be out at the end of this year.
We're open to submissions year-round, and pay a bit over US$0.01 per word.
We're also open to advertising, and basically anything that helps us make ends meet, since we're all volunteers.


[info]karen_w_newton says:  I enjoy  [info]yalitlovers. Folks who read YA books post reviews, ask for reading suggestions, and occasionally spark discussions on YA topics. It's not just spec fic YA, but spec fic titles get mentioned a good bit.

cloudscudding says:   is a free resource for science fiction, fantasy, and horror writers. The market list contains over 400 paying markets, and the monthly newsletter includes new market listings and links to interesting writing articles.



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mikandra
Apr. 13th, 2010 12:43 pm (UTC)
I'm a coop member of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine (http://www.andromedaspaceways.com/), a great print magazine that's going from strength to strength (having won an Aurealis Award in 2009). We publish six issues per year, and since every issue has a different editor, you can be sure to get a wide variety of specuative fiction. I'm editing issue #49, my personal pet project, which will be out at the end of this year.
We're open to submissions year-round, and pay a bit over US$0.01 per word.
We're also open to advertising, and basically anything that helps us make ends meet, since we're all volunteers.
jongibbs
Apr. 13th, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
Excellent! Thanks for sharing :)
msstacy13
Apr. 13th, 2010 01:40 pm (UTC)
Once I've published a novel and sold the movie rights for several million dollars,
I'm planning (tentatively at this point) to establish Flatwater Press.
The two main things it will do is publish an anual concept anthology
(hopefully with exciting amounts of prize money!)
And each year also publish a first novel by a Nebraska author.

Meanwhile, if you'd like to help,
buy my books and/or talk other people into buying them.
And post reviews.

And if you'd like to write a story for the first anthology,
the premise is "The Bird Festival"
The Penguin and the Kiwi are looking forward to the bird festival,
until they are informed that flightless birds will not be allowed to attend.
Length and style are entirely at your discretion.
At this point, giving authors a free copy is the limit of my resources.
jongibbs
Apr. 13th, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
Hehe, nice try, but I don't think wanting folks to buy your books counts as a pet project :P

Let me know when you've got Flatwater Press up and running though, and I'll be glad to give it a mention somewhere :)
msstacy13
Apr. 14th, 2010 10:04 am (UTC)
Well, I have several back burner things,
and others to start,
but none of that much matters
if I can't get at least a handful of people
to read something I've written.

In your case, if you buy my books and don't like them,
I'll give you your money back.
jongibbs
Apr. 14th, 2010 02:03 pm (UTC)
It's tough for us newbies. That's for sure.


msstacy13
Apr. 15th, 2010 09:35 am (UTC)
and it doesn't get any easier...

btw, you can use the "look inside this book" feature
to read the title story from "The Nothing That Is"
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0557242924/#reader_0557242924

a free sample, as it were...

and with that, i've pretty well exhausted my marketing gimmicks...
i've used the free sample, i've used the money-back guarantee,
and i've even used the "Be the trendsetting envy of all your literary friends" angle...
:)
msstacy13
Apr. 16th, 2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
They don't have to buy my books,
they can buy other peoples' books...

http://flatwaterpress.dreamwidth.org/
karen_w_newton
Apr. 13th, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
I enjoy following the yalitlovers (hope that link works). Folks who read YA books post reviews, ask for reading suggestions, and occasionally spark discussions on YA topics. It's not just spec fic YA, but spec fic titles get mentioned a good bit.

Edited at 2010-04-13 03:38 pm (UTC)
jongibbs
Apr. 13th, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Karen. I'll have to see if there's something similar for MG stuff.
karen_w_newton
Apr. 13th, 2010 05:02 pm (UTC)
There is actually a lot of overlap; you should check it out.
jongibbs
Apr. 13th, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I will :)
cloudscudding
Apr. 14th, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
You've been kind enough to link to it a few times....



Aswiebe's Market List (http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/markets.html) is a free resource for science fiction, fantasy, and horror writers. The market list contains over 400 paying markets, and the monthly newsletter includes new market listings and links to interesting writing articles.
jongibbs
Apr. 14th, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
It's a good list :)
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