I’m very honoured to have been invited by the NSW Society Of Editors to talk at their monthly meeting next week. I’ll be sharing the honour with Bill Congreve, writer and owner of MirrorDanse Books, and we’ll be talking all about speculative fiction in general, with an emphasis on the nature of the spec fic publishing world.
If you’re interested in coming along you don’t have to be a society member. Non-members can attend for $20 ($10 concessions). The meeting is described thus:
Speculative fiction is one of the biggest selling genres in Australian book publishing. Two author-editor-publishers from the speculative fiction world will describe the kinds of work it encompasses. Alan Baxter works in the realms of dark fantasy, science fiction and horror. Bill Congreve’s books encompasses horror, with a specialisation in ghost and vampire stories. Between them they are familiar with all the different demands on author, editor and publisher.
(Should I be a smart arse and point out that the paragraph above could have really used an editor? Maybe not, seeing as I’m their guest).