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Books and AMA

I'm on r/Fantasy today doing an AMA https://www.reddit.com/r/Fantasy/comments/4dr12p/hi_im_fantasy_writer_martha_wells_ama/ So come by and ask me questions!


New Books


* The Salt Roads by Nalo Hopkinson This is $1.99 in ebook now.
Hopkinson’s time-traveling, genre-spanning novel weaves a common thread of spiritualism and hope through three intertwined stories of women possessed by Ezili, the goddess of love, as she inspires, inhabits, and guides them through trying personal and historical moments. Jeanne Duval is a talented entertainer suffering from the ravages of a sexually transmitted disease; Mer is a slave and talented doctor who bears witness as Saint Domingue throws off the yoke of colonial rule in the early nineteenth century; and Meritet is a woman of the night who finds religion her own way. Though the three are separated by many miles and centuries, a powerful bond draws them together.

* Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine
With an iron fist, The Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion, forbidding the personal ownership of books in the name of the greater good. Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower and doomed to a life apart.

* Short Story: The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn by Usman Malik

* Jericho by Alex Gordon
In this follow-up to the masterful debut Gideon, a young witch must risk death and damnation to defeat a powerful ancient evil. In unearthing her father’s secret past, Lauren Reardon discovered a shocking truth about herself. She is a Child of Endor, a sect of witches who believe they are the guardians of the “thin places”—areas across the globe where evil can seep through the divide between the worlds separating the living and the restless dead. At any time, she can be called upon to close one of these breaches and prevent demons from infiltrating our realm. When Lauren has a disturbing vision of an Oregon forest, she is drawn back to the familiar woods of the misty Pacific Northwest to investigate.

* The Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan
In the Labyrinth of Drakes: the thrilling new book in the acclaimed fantasy series from Marie Brennan, as the glamorous Lady Trent takes her adventurous explorations to the deserts of Akhia. Even those who take no interest in the field of dragon naturalism have heard of Lady Trent's expedition to the inhospitable deserts of Akhia. Her discoveries there are the stuff of romantic legend, catapulting her from scholarly obscurity to worldwide fame. The details of her personal life during that time are hardly less private, having provided fodder for gossips in several countries.
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After reading your AMA, I have thought of a question, but now the time to ask it there has passed, I think. Would you be open to a publishing and fanfic related question here? If you're too busy or don't feel like it, of course feel free to say no :)

Sure, you can ask me here!

Awesome, thanks!

You mentioned not wanting your professional writing name linked to your fanfiction works for privacy concerns. Did you initially tell readers of your fics that you were getting published, or did they make the connection on their own?

As someone that has written fanfics and is working on writing books for publication, I've been torn about what name to use and who to tell. If I were to use the name I write my fanfics under (not my real name), or mention it where I post fics, it might help with publicity for anyone that's enjoyed my fics. But do you think that would come with more risks than benefits? I'm also concerned about my privacy, reader response (both readers that've read the fics, and those that might find them after reading the published work), and publishers response.

No, I'd actually first written fanfic in the mid to late 80s for Star Wars fanzines when I was in college and right afterward, long before I was published. I used my real name back then (because most people did) and there was no web back then and people didn't think about the fact that eventually in 5 or 10 years that fanfic would be going online. I did tell my friends who also liked fanfic and the other fanfic writers and editors I knew when I got published in the early 90s. When I started writing SGA fanfic on Live Journal, some people found out my real name and started linking my stories using my real name instead of the fanfic pseudonym I had been using since the 90s, and when I asked them not to, they claimed that since I had used my real name on print fanzines ten years ago I had basically no right to complain. Now Fanlore links to web sites that refer to me by my real name, and refuses to remove them because they are supposedly "historically significant" so I've had to delete at least one of my early fandoms' worth of fanfic because of it.

I wish I hadn't ever used my real name, but again, nobody had any idea it would become an issue. (Even on early fanfic web sites, people still had no idea that search engines would eventually be good enough to find you (when they first came out, pre-Google, they were crappy) or that prospective employers would use them to look you up, etc.

I've never had a publisher say anything about fanfic -- people who don't read fanfic don't much think about it or care about it. All the problems I've had have come from people within the fanfic community.

If you have any other questions, feel free to ask!

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