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Someone linked to this on Twitter (Nicole?) – I love it! (I love Ira Glass firstly but) Ira Glass talks about The Gap – the distance between where you currently are and where your tastes says is “good”. All you can do, is keep on producing work to close The Gap.

Ann Vandermeer announced the sale of Weird Tales which involves a complete change in editing staff. I’m sure I’ll say this on Galactic Suburbia but … it’s with great sadness to me that we lose Ann Vandermeer as Editor in Chief of this magazine and also, the end of only the second female editor’s editorship of this long running magazine as well as the first time ever all female editor staffing of it. Feels like the end of a Golden Age or something.

Sean Williams launched his revamped website.

Donna Hanson talks about her experience reading manuscript submissions for Angry Robot.

There is No Such Thing as An Overnight Success Story – says Nathan Bransford.

Angela Slatter interviews Overland Associate editor Rjurik Davidson.

Writing Australia announces Unpublished Manuscript Award.

Adding women to your group makes your group smarter – says so here.

An MIT study that seems to have found that while “there’s little correlation between a group’s collective intelligence and the IQs of its individual members… if a group includes more women, its collective intelligence rises.”

Australian Research Council chief executive Margaret Sheil tells schoolgirls when establishing and maintaining a career in science:

“You need three things: a good boss, a good husband and a good mother,”

(You probably need these three things (or similar) even when not establishing and maintaining a career in science.)

Great piece by Tobias Buckell on goals versus milestones. (Tansy is always at me about this one). You can only work towards the things you can control, basically. So for me, this is always in terms of sales – because the more books I sell, the more seed money I recoup, and then I have money to buy/pay for the next project (and can still play the game). I can’t control sales – I can only track them, and set milestones I’d like to read. Bu I *can* control things like sending out review copies, judges copies for awards, quality and standard of the product and so on. And so I make sure every single day I take an action that I *can* control that leads towards buzz, reviews and then hopefully sales.



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  • By Gene on 27 August 2011 at 2:46 pm

    You need three things: a good boss, a good husband and a good mother,

    Beg pardon, what? I’m pretty sure that successful female scientists do not need husbands (though if they happen to have husbands, then they probably do need to be good ones).

  • By Alisa on 27 August 2011 at 4:42 pm

    I definitely need a wife where “wife” designates traditional wife role.

  • By Sean the Bookonaut on 28 August 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Good selection of links and I like what Mr Williams has done with his site.

  • By AlisaK on 28 August 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Thanks Sean!

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