Monday, 26 July 2010

Websites for Writers: Fantastic Fiction

It's Monday, which means it's time for Websites for Writers, where we look at websites that inform and inspire writers. This week we're featuring Fantastic Fiction.

This database includes more than 30,000 authors and more than 350,000 books. It's not comprehensive (not even Books in Print can boast that) but it makes for some pretty interesting surfing. Not only can you look up lesser-known authors, like sf writer Mark Geston, and find out that his long out-of-print titles have recently been rereleased in an omnibus edition, but you can make new discoveries too. Right above this old favorite of mine was comedian Ricky Gervais, who wrote a series of children's books. The list is fiction only, so yours truly isn't on it (sniff), but there's a Patricia MacLachlan who has written 35 children and YA books.

The website also includes a Coming Soon section and lists of award-winners and series. You also get to see lots of nice cover art and even reading suggestions from the authors themselves.

The most inspiring thing about this list is its vastness--thousands of authors writing hundreds of thousands of books! There's room enough for everybody. It's inspiring to see how long some of these folks endure. Mrs. MacLachlan started her publishing career in 1979 and just came out with a new book this year. She was writing kids books when I was a kid. Now I'm the father of a book-hungry kid of my own and she's still going strong!

Websites for Writers will take a break for the next couple of weeks. I have a deadline next Monday and the following day I'm heading up to Scotland to hike the East Highland Way. I'll be blogging more this week though, so come on back.

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