What I Learned – and What I Regret – About Launching My First Book on Kickstarter

Earlier this year, Brandon Sanderson ran a Kickstarter to publish four novels he wrote during the pandemic and earned a whopping $41.7 million. This wasn’t the first Kickstarter run by an author or even by Sanderson himself, but the size of this campaign brought it into the public eye and got everyone talking about the […]

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Fantasy as a Safe Space: Using Fantasy to Explore and Critique Social and Political Themes

Fantasy as a Safe Space: Using Fantasy to Explore and Critique Social and Political Themes – June 4, 2022 at 11AM – 12PM EST The innate narrative distance in Fantasy Fiction creates a unique cultural space for important social and cultural critique. In this panel, we’ll explore how to mindfully build into your stories ways […]

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Best Patreon Alternatives for Content Creators and Authors

Best Patreon Alternatives

Patreon provides millions of creative entrepreneurs with the tools they need to build a sustainable monthly income, but the company has faced several controversies the past few years, most recently when it suggested incorporating NFTs into its systems. As decisions like these have eroded trust in Patreon, more and more people are seeking Patreon alternatives […]

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Magic-tech, Steampunk and other Cross/Sub-genres: Skirting the Fringes of Sci-fi

Magic-tech, Steampunk and other Cross/Sub-genres: Skirting the Fringes of Sci-fi – March 19, 2022 at 5:30 pm EST Why are we drawn to the liminal spaces? Around standard ‘core’ Science Fiction subgenres, such as Space Opera, Time Travel, or , subcategories like Steampunk (which combines Science Fiction aspects with Historical and/or Fantasy elements), Zombie fiction […]

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Accessibility in Science Fiction: Imagining New Tools for Disabled Folks

Accessibility in Science Fiction: Imagining New Tools for Disabled Folks – March 19, 2022 at 4pm EST Science, in both life and fiction, is used to break barriers, solve problems, and elevate the human experience. What scientific advancements or inventions might change life for disabled folks? How might the challenges and opportunities of accessibility be […]

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Races, Religions, and Cultures: How to Ethically Borrow Inspiration from Existing Patterns of Human Existence

Races, Religions, and Cultures: How to Ethically Borrow Inspiration from Existing Patterns of Human Existence – March 19, 2022 at 2:30 EST The vast diversity of richly-populated worlds is a common and much-loved aspect of Science Fiction. Since we haven’t met any aliens (yet…!), the diversity within a writer’s mind and work is a direct […]

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