If you haven’t heard of Viable Paradise, it’s a week-long workshop for science fiction and fantasy writers. Lots of great instructors/mentors + plus fall + plus location, location, location (Martha’s Vineyard). Here is a linkie to the web page: http://www.sff.net/paradise/ and here is part of the description:
“Viable Paradise is a unique one-week residential workshop in writing and selling commercial science fiction and fantasy. The workshop is intimate, intense, and features extensive time spent with best-selling and award-winning authors and professional editors currently working in the field. VP concentrates on the art of writing fiction people want to read, and this concentration is reflected in post-workshop professional sales by our alumni.”
Sounds amazing, yes? So why did it take me a month to gather my submission materials? They don’t require a lot: eight thousand words (short stories, part of a novel, synopsis…) plus a cover letter. Simple, eh? (well, except the synopsis–those always suck)
Part of my hesitancy was knowing that I was submitting a science fiction romance. Not straight science fiction. I emailed them, asking if they accepted mixed-genre work and they said absolutely. Still, I am nervous that my SFR will be the ugly stepsister in a shining pool of masterful pure SF&F.
But you know what? I feel such a sense of accomplishment that I even applied. I was so darn thrilled to get it all done, that I drove to the post office to mail it (cause we know my own mailman is actually a dream-stealing creature–something like the evil sock monster in the dryer).
Now, my application is in, and I can focus on the other hundred things on my desk!
Happy Monday! I hope your week is productive and inspiring…