Yep, as it turns out, after you become a resident of Australia they let you do all kinds of cool things like host their blog carnivals and use the quilted toilet paper when you come over to visit.
Because it’s my blog carnival (and because Nyssa told me that there’s no way I can screw this up), I’m going to start off with a few of my bits and bobs. Then I’ll get to the good stuff.
*For those of you who don’t know, I work for Pump Up Your Book Promotion as an online publicist for authors. Well, I haven’t made the big announcement yet, but I’m being all sneaky and such for Australian authors.
Instead of having to convert tour prices to US dollars from Australian, I’m saying, “Screw that.” (Like I say to most things that involve me doing maths.) If you’re an Australian author, then consider all prices in Australian dollars – no matter what the exchange rate does in 2010.
*Calling all authors! Take a chance on a blog starting up on January first some free promotion in 2010. Just click here for more details.
Warming Up… (AKA not really spec fic)
*Blog fodder, writing warm up, whatever… 12 Stories You Can Tell on Your Blog by ProBlogger
*Writer Unboxed has some excellent advice on Writing in More than One World and When the Going Gets Tough – All Consuming Inspiration or Little Ideas?
*And on to Lee Battersby’s blo- AAAHHHH!
*If you’re more of a podcast person, check out Terra Incognita:The Australian Speculative Fiction podcast
*Congratulations to Trudi Canavan for topping SFcrowsnest’s Top Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction Books Chart of 2009 with The Magician’s Apprentice.
*…and don’t forget to join the Writer Goes on a Journey Monthly Challenges.
*Tansy Rayner Roberts begins to explore Scrivener (again), examines girl stuff and boy stuff on TV for kids and calls for more diversity, and discusses Sex, YA novels, and Cory Doctorow. Plus Tansy asks some deep questions about book purchases in her post Fiction By The Pound, Quality Versus Quantity, thinks about what she has learnt from the Last Short Story Project and why she reads women, and in a moment of insanity, Tansy and her Nanomates come up with the Nanowrimo Reality TV Show!
*Alisa Krasnostein asks is it still Science Fiction if a character gets her period? She also gets by with a lot of help from her friends, discusses how she doesn’t actually have to explain why she sets the submission guidelines that she sets, and is nominated for a LOT of awards! Alisa points us to the Overland Subscriberthon, announces a sequel to the infamous Horn, and talks about what she has learnt over the last few years about Publicity and Promotion.
*Alisa has also been incredibly prolific on her Twelfth Planet Press blog, where she talks about little things, sales at Australian conventions, the value of review copies and behind the scenes in TPP Indie Press. She also discusses goal setting in business.
*Twelfth Planet Press is also open to Novelette submissions for their Novelette Doubles editions, made famous by Tansy Rayner Roberts and Rob Shearman. Your book could be in the next double! Check out the guidelines today!
*Sarah Parker wraps up her Last Short Story reading for the year, and then thinks about it some more over here. Alisa, Tansy and Alex have their say. Ben also puts in some cents, and Alisa tackles Science Fiction and changes in being a reader, and how this might change the nature of what SF is in the future. Tansy also thinks about things some more on her blog here.
*Ian Mond gets very chatty, doing a series of posts critiquing various speculative fiction books and movies. He covers F&SF Magazine Oct/Nov, ‘The Wheel Man’ by Duane Swierczynski, ‘Doctor Who: The Krillitane Storm’ by Christopher Cooper, ‘Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical‘ by Robert Shearman, ‘City of Saints‘ by Jeff Vandemeer, Old Boy (a movie), ‘Doctor Who: Autonomy’ by Daniel Blythe, ‘The Magicians,’ by Lev Grossman, ‘Doctor Who: The Taking of Chelsea 426′ by David Llewellyn, ‘Slaughterhouse 5‘ by Kurt Vonnegut, and finally, ‘Mr Stitch,’ starring Rutger Hauer.
*Ripley Patton has been doing a lot of thinking lately. She’s been exploring her thoughts on professionalism on the net, what keeps writers from writing, ten tips for imroving your titles, finding visibility as a writer, and asks for our thoughts on what makes a great author’s website. She also celebrates positive emails from an agent!
*A new writing group following the traditions of ROR have started up in Perth, called WA Egoboo. Five writers, five novels, one beautiful location, and now a blog! Contributors to Egoboo were Satima Flavell, Joanna Fay, Sarah Parker, Carol Ryles and Helen Venn. Expect to see more from them!
*ROR also has heaps of stuff going down, with Glenda Larke talking about her Nano in Malaysia, a list of books to be published next year by ROR Contributors, and Kylie Chan does a guest post on Cultural Differences.
*Paul Haines has rebooted his website, listing some of the reviews of Slice of Life and the four Aurealis Awards nominations he has recieved.
Awards! Awards! Awards!
***The January Australian Spec Fic Carnival is being hosted by the lovely ladies at Egoboo next month! If you see any webpages you’d like to suggest, please email us! We’re accepting submissions all month!***
If I left anyone out… Well… It’s because you didn’t let me use the quilted toilet paper and nobody sent me chocolate.
Until another blog next month, enjoy the carnival.