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On Friday, January 15, Bill delivered this manifesto on self-publishing (larded with readings from The Accidental Terrorist) at Google NYC, as part of the Talks at Google series.

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Clarion West Writers Workshop

Help support one of the very best writing programs in the speculative fiction field!

The Clarion West Writers Workshop kicks off its summer session for 2016 in Seattle this week, bringing students from around the world together with accomplished professionals in the field for an intensive six-week workshop in science fiction and fantasy writing.

Clarion West (together with the original Clarion Workshop on which it was modeled) does important work in the field, giving new writers the technical and critical tools they need to succeed commercially and artistically. I know. I attended Clarion in 1985, and it's no exaggeration to say the experience changed my life.

But Clarion West can't do what it does without community support. How can you help? Every year the Clarion West Write-A-Thon runs concurrently with the workshop itself, encouraging participating writers to set and pursue their own summer writing agendas. My goal is a modest 1,000 words a week for the duration of the Write-A-Thon, which you can support by sponsoring me here:

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Of course, there are many other writers participating besides me. If you'd prefer to sponsor one of them, instead of or in addition to me, please feel free! Or you can participate directly by signing up for the Write-A-Thon and finding your own sponsors.

As an added bonus, if you're in or near New York City, I will be leading a weekly Write-A-Thon meetup at New York City Bagel & Coffee House in Astoria, Queens. Click here for more details.

But however you choose to help Clarion West, please do it now! Every little bit helps.

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Herald of King William the Irritable
Be it hereby known to all peoples, species, and intelligences that upon the morrow I do ascend to my rightful seat as monarch and ruler of Ireland's Sensible Castle, and do take upon me the moniker of King William the Irritable.

Be it also known that my coronation shall take place at exactly 10:57 am EDT (9:57 am CDT), after which time I shall issue three royal decrees of utmost urgency and aptness, one per minute, decrees which my subjects-to-be disregard at their peril.

Be it further known that after three glorious minutes shall my work as monarch be complete, and at precisely 11:00 am EDT (10:00 am CDT) shall I humbly abdicate my throne, stepping aside to permit another to rule Sensible Castle in my stead.

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Michael Ian Black: NOTED EXPERT on Epix
It was a magical moment. That's how Barry put it, and who am I to disagree?

Barry Goldblatt is my friend and literary agent. He also happens to be literary agent to actor/​comedian/​author Michael Ian Black, with whom you may be familiar. This past November, Barry took a small group of us—me, Laura, and Colleen AF Venable—to see the taping of Michael's new standup comedy special at John Jay College in Manhattan.

Now, this happened to be the very next day after my book release party for The Accidental Terrorist, so 1) I was still on a pretty big high, and 2) the comedy outing felt almost like a continuation of the party from the night before.

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Meet our readers: Nancy Hightower

Nancy Hightower
Nancy Hightower has published short fiction and poetry in journals such as The New York Quarterly, storySouth, Sundog Lit, Gargoyle, Bop Dead City, and Word Riot. Her debut novel, Elementarí Rising (2013), received a starred review in Library Journal, and her first collection of poetry, The Acolyte (2015), has been nominated for an Elgin Award by the Science Fiction Poetry Association.

Currently, she reviews science fiction and fantasy for The Washington Post and is working on a book about digital fictions with Paul D. Miller (a/k/a DJ Spooky). Nancy also co-hosts the Liars’ League NYC Reading Series with Andrew Lloyd Jones.

Please join Nancy and all our accomplished readers for Line Break #2, Saturday, July 2, 5:30 pm at Q.E.D. in Astoria!.

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Paragraph formatting box from Microsoft Word 2010
A reader writes to ask:

I want to submit a novel manuscript to a small press in the US and their guidelines say "indented, not tabbed."

What's the difference? Usually I just hit the tab key once. Should I be doing something else?

I have Word Starter 2010, and I can't see any distinction between "indent" and "tab."

How do I make sure I'm indenting and not tabbing? If I'm tabbing, how do I change it to indent?

This is an excellent question, and I'm sure the cause of much confusion among word-processing novices. There is in fact a distinction between tabbing and indenting—or rather, it might be more accurate to say that tabbing is only one way to indent a paragraph. I will try to explain a method for indenting paragraphs that makes your document more portable* and easier for your publisher to use.

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'Deus ex Machina' by Perry Slaughter
Sigh. Much as I try, I can't keep those crazy kids at Sinister Regard from putting out new ebook editions of my juvenilia. The latest novella to get this pixelation treatment is Deus ex Machina, my ridiculous sci-fi romp about an artificial intelligence who tries to kill God and take the Big I AM's place.

The trade paperback edition of Deus ex Machina was released late last year, but for the ebook release Sinister Regard has given it a spiffily updated cover. And the ebook is available pretty much everywhere! Smashwords, Kobo, Nook, iBooks and Kindle all have it for a measly $1.99, and it's also available for your reading pleasure on such subscription services as Oyster and Scribd. How do you like me now?

But wait! That's not all! Sinister Regard will be bringing out three more of my books in print and electronic editions over the course of the summer, including two that have never before seen the light of day! First, on June 16th, is Whether We Are Mended, my collection of three long sci-fi love stories, which is also getting a cover that's a vast improvement over its original hardback edition.

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Upcoming Appearances
Thursday, June 9, 7:00 pm
Boundless Tales
The Astoria Bookshop
31-29 31st St.
Astoria, NY 11106
www.astoriabookshop.com
Saturday, July 2, 5:30 pm
Line Break Reading Series
Q.E.D.
27-16 23rd Ave.
Astoria, NY 11105
www.qedastoria.com
Recent Appearances
Sunday, April 3, 7:10 am EDT

About William Shunn

William Shunn is the Hugo and Nebula Award–nominated author of over thirty works of short fiction, which have appeared since 1993 everywhere from Asimov's Science Fiction to Salon. A collaboration with Derryl Murphy, Cast a Cold Eye, came out from PS Publishing in 2009. For three years he hosted Tuesday Funk, an eclectic monthly reading series in Chicago, and he occasionally writes in the guise of Perry Slaughter.

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