I Make Up Worlds

Kate Elliott
30+ years as a working sff writer has given me lots of opinions on craft, writing skills, world building, publishing & genre. Still more questions than answers though.
Created 28 Dec 2019
  • Almost October 2021
    27 Sep 2021 • 4 min read
    Publishing’s supply chain issues have come in for a lot of discussion recently, for good reason. The short version is that paper shortages, labor shortages, and shipping delays mean shortages and dela...
  • SERVANT MAGE Giveaway!
    16 Aug 2021 • 2 min read
    Tordotcom Publishing has kindly sent me three (3) ARC (Advance Reader Copy)s of SERVANT MAGE (publication date January 18, 2022). I’m giving away all three, two (2) domestic (USA) and one (1) internat...
  • Furious Heaven trundles closer: July 2021
    22 Jul 2021 • 2 min read
    I have turned in a draft of Furious Heaven. September, October, and November will be wall to wall revisions. Meanwhile I’m working hard on a second novella for tordotcom publishing. It is not related ...
  • SERVANT MAGE: cover reveal
    11 May 2021 • 1 min read
    While some will have seen this elsewhere, I am delighted to share with you all the spectacular cover for my forthcoming tordotcom publishing novella SERVANT MAGE (January 2022). The artist is Tommy Ar...
  • April Happened, and Now It Seems To Be May 2021
    02 May 2021 • 3 min read
    I continue to work on book two, FURIOUS HEAVEN. It is my entire life which is the main reason there was no April newsletter. However, I have bits and pieces of news for you lovely people, so let’s get...
  • Changing platforms & also yes I can write short stories, so there
    27 Mar 2021 • 4 min read • 10 0
    I use this newsletter to directly communicate with readers who have signed up to get semi regular news about my work that may be of interest to them. I started using Substack as a platform because of ...
  • UNCONQUERABLE SUN eBook sale USA/Canada region through 3/28
    24 Mar 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 0
    For those who haven’t seen this news, I wanted to alert you that the Tor Books ebook version of Unconquerable Sun is on sale for $2.99 through March 28, 2021 (Sunday). USA/Canada region only. This is ...
  • It's Not About The Machines
    21 Feb 2021 • 2 min read • 9 1
    This is one of those months where I have news I can’t yet tell you. It’s not big news by any means but it is agreeable news, and on the day to day level of writing, or working, or just living, agreeab...
  • Process, Not Outcome
    25 Jan 2021 • 4 min read • 7 0
    For me the first five or ten thousand words of a new idea or potential book don’t really count as first draft. I think of it more as a test swatch of fabric or a bit of paint in a corner of a room to ...
  • At year's end: a Spiritwalker Universe short story
    31 Dec 2020 • 4 min read
    Some of you will have already seen this announcement on Twitter. I’m warning you now that you’ll be receiving one more newsletter within the week (or so) on the subject of 2021 goals, but I very much ...
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