Cover and blurb for the first book of my new fantasy series, King Rolen's Kin. Cover art by Clint Langley. Kudos to Clint for making the character look suitably brooding and menacing. Clint is working on book two right now. Can't wait to see the cover!
Meanwhile, I had an email today from a writer who has been mentored by the lovely Louise Cusack. Bernadette, (Hi there!), was asking about the Speculative Fiction writing scene in Australia. So I thought I'd post some useful links here, where it is easy for people to find them.
It's a good idea to keep up with what is winning awards and being shortlisted.
This is full of professional industry news.
Lots of info on Australian Speculative Fiction.
Australian Horror Writers Association
Amazingly, this is for writers of horror.
Australian Spec Fic News
Again, slanted towards Aussie genre writer. When anthologies open for submissions you can hear about it here.
World SF Convention, Melbourne 2010
Australia hasn't had a World SF Con since 1999, before that it was 1985, and 1975. Don't miss this one.
Australian Writers and Market Place
You can subscribe online to this and keep up with the markets, for short stories and books. Agents, manuscript appraisers, festivals and more.
This site has info on all sorts of international markets with response times.
Predators and Editors
If you want to know if an agent, publisher, manuscript appraiser etc are legitimate, this is the site for you.
Who is going to the World SF Con in Melbourne in September? I've already paid my membership.