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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Science Fiction

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If you love science fiction and would like to write some of your own, this book will give you practical advice. Describing the different types of science fiction and fantasy genres and subgenres, it explains everything from how putting your manuscript together to getting it picked up by a publisher, and suggests relevant resources to put you ahead of the pack.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 9th 2000 by Alpha
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The problem with books of this nature is that they are a view of one persons idea of writing. A pointless self help book, his views are not mine, therefore its unhelpful. Now other people might see it differently.

Removed this from the bookshelves... bye, bye off you go to a new home
Nicole Pramik
Sep 17, 2015 Nicole Pramik rated it really liked it
This is a valuable tool for any science fiction writer (though it touches quite lightly on fantasy and horror as well). Despite its title, this book covers more than just publishing. Its early chapters touch on plotting techniques, story structure, character development, world-building strategies; and they offer tailored advice in all of these areas for short fiction and novels. To be fair though, the majority of this advice could apply to nearly any genre, not just science fiction.

As far as its
I’m confused - I’ve always heard good things about Cory Doctorow’s writing, but this is the second of two books of his that I’ve read, and both of them have left me feeling disappointed. Here, he promises to “help you meld the creative with the practical and make some extra cash in the process.”

The problem is that it’s all a little too basic, and when you feel like further advice is required, you’re prompted to contact an organisation because it’s outside the scope of the book – it really does f
Dec 21, 2011 Shara rated it really liked it
Who should read this book? ANYONE who is writing SF, fantasy, or horror, or any blend thereof. Whether you're just starting out or getting ready to shop your novel or short story, there's something for everyone (both short story writers AND novelists).[return][return]But, please keep in mind that this book IS out of print. You can find used copies on or ABE, or you can download a digital copy off The book is worth it though, even though some information is out of ...more
Aug 29, 2015 Topher rated it really liked it
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Another in the line of books I grabbed as I started thinking about getting back into writing, and science fiction is the most likely style for me to write.
Dusk Peterson
Well written and very comprensive, covering a number of topics, such as fandom, that other books on SF/F authorship barely mention. I'd love to see a new edition of this guide, because the 2000 edition is out of date on certain matters. This is particularly obvious in the chapters on new trends in publishing, where Cory Doctorow has played an important role in recent years. However, even those chapters are interesting to read, because they provide a look back at the state of SF/F publishing at t ...more
Ahmet A.
Aug 24, 2012 Ahmet A. rated it it was amazing
Beklediğimden daha iyi ve fazlasıyla yardımcı olabilecek bir eser. Bu konularda bir şeyler yapmak isteyen herkesin elinin altında bulundurmasında fayda var. Sanırım eksi diyebileceğim tek nokta bazı resmi konularda sadece ABD ve Kanada üzerinden bilgilendirmiş olmaları ancak buna rağmen bir fikir sahibi olmanızı ve buradaki yasaları, kontratları incelerken yabancı kalmamanızı sağlıyor.
Erica Cosminsky
Aug 08, 2013 Erica Cosminsky rated it really liked it
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I obviously came into this book knowing it was released in 2000 and would have some dated parts. It does but the writing advice is really solid. I took pages and pages of notes. Impressed with the genre specific breakdowns.
Aug 11, 2009 Frank rated it it was ok
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Well written and informative entry in the Idiot's collection. Big HOWEVER, however: the one I picked up is pretty out of date. Helpful in general, not so much in the specific.
Steven Kent
Jul 07, 2009 Steven Kent rated it it was amazing
This book and Stephen King's On Writing tipped the scales for me. This is book is filled with wonderful, practical suggestions and information.
Feb 24, 2010 Michèle rated it really liked it
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I just wrote a raving review of this book and poof! its gone. Well, it will have to wait until later.

Summary: gooood! Buy it.
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Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger — the co-editor of Boing Boing and the author of the YA graphic novel In Real Life , the nonfiction business book Information Doesn’t Want To Be Free , and young adult novels like Homeland , Pirate Cinema and Little Brother and novels for adults like Rapture Of The Nerds and Makers . He is a Fellow for the ...more
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