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    A writer devoted to becoming published.

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  1. I’ve spent virtually my entire life in the entertainment business, starting as a child in local amateur theater, then professional music, then this whole crazy book-writing thing. As different as these disciplines are, they have some core traits in common, chief of which is the need to please an audience. After all, if nobody comes to your show, or listens to your music, or reads your book, aren’t you just shouting into the void? So a core trait that each successful artist has in common is that they do please their audience. The really successful ones please a really BIG audience. But it’s n
  2. Johanna Sinisalo is a pioneer of the Finnish Weird. Her debut novel Not Before Sundown (2000, translated 2003) won the prestigious Finlandia prize in her native Finnish and won the James Tiptree, Jr Award on its translation into English. The novel is a wonderful mix of the speculative and the realist, imagining an alternative Finland in which trolls really exist from the perspective of the gay community in Sinisalo’s hometown of Tampere. Her other novels translated into English include Birdbrain (2008, translated 2011), a masterpiece of the eco-Weird, the utterly wonderful The Blood Of Angels
  3. There’s a concept in storytelling that I’ve long tried to understand: “authentic”. Mostly it’s invoked with respect to characters. It’s important to know them. It’s important that they act and speak in ways consistent with who they are, whether entering a room or rocketing to the stars. It’s also important to know how they came to be who they are. Back story wounds and burdens shape and define them and become the engines of change. If writing is “authentic” then every gesture, action and utterance is “honest” and everything observed is rendered in a way both original and pinpoint accurat
  4. “That’s what ghosts really are, Aint Melusine had said, the past refusing to be forgot. She’d been helping Aster scrub down X deck with ammonia and bleach, a failed attempt to rub out the stink of what had happened there. Ghosts is smells, stains, scars. Everything is ruins. Everything is a clue. It wants you to know its story. Ancestors are everywhere if you are looking.” Rivers Solomon’s An Unkindness Of Ghosts (2017) is an incredible, powerful and unforgettable debut novel, immediately establishing Solomon as a key new voice in the genre. The novel takes on the tried and tested science fic
  5. Please welcome back former contributor and friend to Writer Unboxed today, Allison Larkin! Allison is the internationally bestselling author of the novels Stay, Why Can’t I Be You, and Swimming for Sunlight. Her short fiction has been published in the Summerset Review and Slice, and nonfiction in the anthologies, I’m Not the Biggest Bitch in This Relationship and Writer Unboxed’s own book, Author in Progress. Allison’s latest novel, The People We Keep, releases today! Several of us have been lucky enough to read advance copies and can attest that it’s a beautiful coming-of-age story, and the
  6. Paul Di Filippo is an exciting and unique voice in modern speculative fiction. His short story ‘Stone Lives’ was included in the Mirrorshades anthology, making him one of the original cyberpunks. But Di Filippo has refused to stay still, moving onto steampunk with The Steampunk Trilogy (1995), pioneering biopunk with the linked short story collection Ribofunk (1996), and moving to the forefront of the New Weird with his classic A Year In The Linear City (2002). His other titles include Lost Pages (1998), which imagines Di Filippo’s favourite authors in a variety of alternate history contexts,
  7. We wouldn’t need the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover” if people weren’t always doing exactly that. The cover of your book is important! It makes a huge difference to how the book is perceived at every stage of the process, regardless of how your book is published or distributed. And making the most of the cover reveal is something any writer can do. Fresh off my own cover reveal (about which more later), I thought I’d share a few tips that you can use as guidelines while you’re planning and executing on sharing that powerful first look at the cover of your upcoming book. Here are thr
  8. Welcome to our Women In SFF Read-along! For this year’s Women In SFF, the Hive have been hosting a read-along of S. A. Chakraborty’s The City of Brass. Although it’s been on our TBR’s for some time, it’s the first time reading Chakraborty’s magical debut for Nils and myself (Beth). We’ve (somehow??) reached the final week of our read-along, and it has been epic! Thank you so much, all of you, who have joined in and made our first ever read along such a great success. Also, a huge thank you to my partner in crime Nils – this has been SO much fun <3 If you want to join in with the conversa
  9. We’ve made it to the final week of Women in SFF 2021! It’s been an incredible month, packed full of content. We’ve been completely floored by the incredible response from the community; we can’t tell you how much we love seeing all your responses to our photo challenge prompts, or how properly excited we get to see blog posts inspired by them! If we’ve missed you, please comment and link below! We’d love to see the ways you’re taking part. So, what have you all been up to…? Reviews We’re going to kick the wrap-up off with reviews, as that’s what we’re all here for really, right? Finding th
  10. The Writer Ghost Lights One of my favorite fanciful notions is that of the ghost light, the light theaters leave burning center stage, a light that serves a practical purpose, yes. A way to keep the dark safely at bay until proper lights can be reached and turned on. It’s also a light said to appease the spirits in the theater, a way to give them what they most want- the stage. As a writer, I’m learning to keep my own ghost light burning, an offering to the restless stories and luscious words too often just out of reach. I visit them, humbly, with pen and paper, and keep a record of them, of
  11. The plot to Naomi Novik’s debut is essentially that, following the capture of a French frigate Novik’s hero Captain Laurence finds himself in sudden possession of a dragon egg that is on the brink of hatching. This is a parallel world where dragons – while rare – are far from unknown and indeed form an important element of most nations’ armed forces. In order to be of use to its new British owners the dragon must be harnessed and partnered with a human immediately upon hatching and – by a slightly circuitous route – Laurence ends up harnessing and naming the newly hatched dragon. I have somet
  12. The Fantasy Hive have collaborated with award winning publisher Angry Robot Books to bring you a Women In SFF: Behind the Scenes post. Today, for Women in SFF, we wanted to celebrate the women who work behind the scenes of our favourite SFF titles – the editors, publicists, and publishers who get these amazing stories on our shelves. Firstly, here’s a little bit about Angry Robot: They’re a global imprint dedicated to the best in modern adult science fiction, fantasy and everything in between. Our mission, quite simply, is to publish the best in brand new genre fiction – SF, F and WTF?! T
  13. Welcome to a new edition of Desmond’s Drops! This month, enjoy three drops about: Combining Characters Escalations Flashbacks Email subscribers, please click through to view. Look for more of Desmond’s Drops in September. Have your own bit of wisdom to share? Drop it in comments. About Desmond HallDesmond Hall, author of YOUR CORNER DARK, was born in Jamaica, West Indies, and them moved to Jamaica, Queens. He’s worked as both a high school biology teacher and English teacher, counseled at-risk teens, and served as Spike Lee’s creative director at SpikeDDB. He’s also writte
  14. Sammy H.K Smith lives and works in Oxfordshire UK as a police detective. When not working she spends time with her children, husband and pets, renovates her house, and inadvertently kills plants. A keen writer and lover of all things science fiction and fantasy, she’s often found balancing a book, a laptop, a child, and a cat whilst watching Netflix. Welcome back to the Hive, Sammy! Let’s start with the basics: dazzle us with an elevator pitch! Why should readers check out your work? I write fiction that focuses on human emotion and the authentic human connection. I like exploring t
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