Jon Gibbs (jongibbs) wrote,
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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.


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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