Getting Past Being Joe Blow Neopro


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by Tobias S Buckell
1 hour, 17 minutes
Unabridged SF-Related Essays on Writing
2003

Science fiction and fantasy author Tobias S. Buckell talks about a much-ignored period in the working writer’s career: after one makes that first major professional story sale, but before he or she has turned that exception into the rule. Buckell discusses “the benefits, the experience, and the dangers of being a Joe Blow Neopro,” along with “some strategies to move out of this stage in of our careers.”

These six columns originally appeared in Speculations in 2003, when Buckell was still a neopro. His advice is likely worth reading because his first novel, Crystal Rain, comes out this month from Tor Books. Columns included:

  1. An Introduction
  2. Putting in the Time
  3. Original Source Creativity
  4. Professionalism
  5. Taking it Up a Notch
  6. Plan Your Career Now

Spoken Alexandria podcasted the column twice weekly between February 1st through 18th, and now the bundled downloads are available free. Read by Alex Wilson.

Tobias S. Buckell is a 'born Caribbean' speculative fiction writer. His sometimes island flavored work often turns up in various magazines and anthologies, and his debut novel Crystal Rain [new window] will be published by TOR in February 2006.

Crystal Rain

He is a Clarion graduate, Writers of The Future prize winner, and a John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer Nominee. Publishers Weekly has called his pieces 'somber' and 'affirming,' and Locus says some of his work is 'interesting for its non-western setting.' Website [new window]


Alex Wilson is a writer and actor from northern Ohio and now based in Carrboro, North Carolina. His stories and comics have appeared/will appear in
Asimov's Science Fiction, The Rambler, Outlaw Territory II (Image Comics), Weird Tales, Futurismic, LCRW and elsewhere. Locus has called him a "promising new writer," and Publishers Weekly also has nice things to say. Website)

Alex has performed lead roles in the North American premiere of (Richard Taylor's musical)
Whistle Down the Wind and (Emmy-nominated director Jack Lucido's film) The Third Cord. He has recently appeared in the Deep Dish Theater productions of Hedda Gabler and Moon for the Misbegotten, and recorded narrations for Escape Pod and Night Shade Books. (Acting Resume/Reel) On early Telltale recordings, Alex is sometimes credited as "Alexander Wilson." He founded Telltale in 2004.

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