• Writing What You Want Or Writing For Living?

    by  • September 22, 2010 • Publishing, Writing • 4 Comments

    At Fantasycon 2010 this past weekend, I moderated a panel discussing the tightrope authors have to walk between writing what they want and maintaining a commercial career in the current tough publishing environment. For anyone aspiring to be an author, it’s essential listening:

    (The sound quality may not be great in parts due to microphone malfunction, but it does improve if you persevere. Many thanks to Adele at Un:Bound for getting it all down.)

    The panel guests are Saran Pinborough, Mark Morris, Conrad Williams and Tim Lebbon, all horror authors now working in other areas. We touched on why horror is commercially dead as a genre (as opposed to individual novels) and the difficult issues facing writers of SF and fantasy in an industry going through a period of rapid change.

    It’s worth another blogpost on the challenges facing all the speculative genres in the coming years, I think. Whatever you’re used to on the genre front, the landscape is going to look very different.

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    4 Responses to Writing What You Want Or Writing For Living?

    1. Jordan
      September 22, 2010 at 12:52 pm

      might be good if you could hear it!

    2. September 22, 2010 at 1:12 pm

      If you persevere, the volume gets louder.

    3. Hollie Chapman
      September 22, 2010 at 1:42 pm

      I found it really interesting. Definitely one of the best panels of the day!

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