Good morning! Or afternoon or evening, depending on where you are.
It's Monday. Have you set some writing goals for this week? One of our #thisdaywewrite participants is attempting to do an hour a day. Why not try it?
But first, say hello to a couple of this year's presenters:
First up for today is brilliant teacher and SF writer Robert J. Sawyer:
Robert J. Sawyer is one of only eight people ever—and the only Canadian—to have won all three of the science-fiction field’s top awards for best novel of the year: the Hugo (which he won for Hominids), the Nebula (which he won for The Terminal Experiment), and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (which he won for Mindscan). He’s also won an Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada, and the top science-fiction awards in Canada (twelve times), Japan (three times), Spain (three times), China, and France. According to the Locus Index to Science Fiction Awards, he has won more awards for his novels than anyone else in the history of the science-fiction and fantasy fields. The ABC television series FlashForward was based on his novel of the same name. Quill & Quire, the Canadian publishing trade journal, calls him “one of the thirty most influential, innovative, and just plain powerful people in Canadian publishing.” His twenty-first novel, Triggers, is an April 2012 title from Penguin Canada. Rob was the first science-fiction writer to have a website; visit it at sfwriter.com.
Also joining us this year is terrific editor Valerie Gray:
Valerie Gray- is the Executive Editor for MIRA Books, an imprint of Harlequin, located in Toronto, Canada. Her long and varied career has included work not only in publishing, but in the areas of education, broadcasting and film, all of which have involved telling stories of one sort or another. Since coming to publishing over a dozen years ago, she has assisted the careers of several New York Times bestselling authors and has worked with many others who write in a variety of genres, including commercial literary fiction, historical fiction, romance, and paranormal fiction. Her mantra is: “The reason I come to work every day is to discover a new voice, and to be re-inspired by an established author.”
Welcome back, Valerie!