We had hoped that Lee Harris – editor at Angry Robot Books, Chair of the British Fantasy Society, and evil genius behind the Hub Fiction E-Zine – would lend a bit of dignity to the Roundtable. We were wrong, but in the most wonderful and delightful way imaginable. While he shares generously of his broad experience and vital insights into the realm of genre fiction, it turns out that he’s a warm, funny, sometimes snarky, and always charming guy. Who knew? (be sure to check out Lee’s Workshop Episode)!
PROMO: Tales from the Archives, vol II (http://www.ministryofpeculiaroccurrences.com/tag/tales-from-the-archives/)
Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Lee Harris
[caution: mature language – listener discretion is advised]
01:26 – Lee’s Awesomeness
03:50 On the Revence of Fans
- 05:25 A brush with Neil Gaiman
06:48 Lee’s own reverence
- 07:00 Not much… except for James Herbert
09:15 What is it about Speculative Fiction?
- 10:11 Read a wide range of stories and novels… drawn to SF and Horror
- 10:40 Discovered reading had narrowed to those genres
- 11:50 The genre is not everything
- 12:10 When I discover what it is I’ll drop you a line
12:30 What does the genre add to the world?
- 12:50 Allows us to forget real life for a while
- 13:00 Taking an extra step from the usual
13:50 Is Urban Fantasy sustainable?
- 14:25 Any genre is sustainable if you have good writers writing it
- 14:50 Very easy way to be introduced to the fantasy genre
- 15:15 Urban Fantasy doesn’t work so well if you invent the setting
- 15:30 Good examples of recognizable settings include
17:20 PROMO – Tales from the Archives, Vol II
18:50 Is there a shift in readship in relation to “hard times”
- 19:25 Don’t think so
- 19:50 Literary Fiction is the best selling genre
- 20:00 Genre fiction will always be “lesser read”
20:35 What qualities do you look for in a successful submission?
- 21:11 The biggest favor you can do for yourself is read the bloody submission guidelines
- 21:30 The Batman fanfic saga
- 22:35 The reason for submission guidelines
- 23:00 Stop doing stupid things
24:30 If you DO something stupid how much does that affect your reputation?
- 24:50 We don’t tend to share or conspire
- 25:04 We love the writing community
- 25:12 We want to publish everything… but everything doesn’t make it
- 25:55 Open Door month at Angry Robots, March 2011
- 28:40 And ANOTHER Open Door Month (well, 2 weeks)
- 29:49 We found SIX Debut Authors last year!
- 30:10 We’re responsible for starting someone’s career
30:20 What do you look for in a good story?
- 30:30 Strong Characters, Strong Plot
- 31:05 It’s easy… write a really good book and be really lucky