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January 27th, 2009


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04:48 pm - Realms of Fantasy, I salute you
Like everyone else has been saying: Realms of Fantasy is going to the great slush pile in the sky. And I'm sitting here, walloped by the suddenness of it all.

Several years back, in November 2005, I brazenly emailed Shawna McCarthy and asked her if they were interested in running a YA review column. To my amazement and glee, they decided to give me a shot with a sidebar, approximately 1/3rd of a page. Nothing huge: just a few books, a paragraph or two each, plus covers. And I tackled it enthusiastically. Every few months, as the deadlines insisted, I turned in my sidebar.

Over time, there was change. I was handed off from Carl Gnam to Laura Cleveland, and I managed to get a full page for my column, leading to a consistant 8 books per installment. I covered all manner of YA fantasy and science fiction, representing dozens of authors and all the major publishers and then some. In all that time, I was occasionally a little -late- for deadlines but I never missed one entirely. In all that time, from the February '06 issue to the upcoming final issue, I was only left out once, after marketing stole the space for ads.

So, as the news of Realms of Fantasy's closure spreads, I look back on this time as one of the best gigs in the industry I've ever had. I'm going to miss it. The people I worked with were always accessible, professional and friendly. They paid me even when I didn't ask first, sent me cartons of books, and made me feel like part of the team. When I got back into the fiction submitting game, I immediately sent a story to Shawna ... unfortunately, we'll never know what would have happened now.

So. /raises a glass to Realms of Fantasy. Here's to you guys.

Anyone happen to have a need for a slightly demoralized YA SF/F Book reviewer?
I'm housebroken, do simple tricks on command, thrive on deadlines, already well-connected with most major publishing houses (and many authors), and come with my own supply of books. I work cheap, but do like an audience.
Current Mood: sadsad

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From:time_shark
Date:January 27th, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
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I home someone takes you home and adopts you.
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:January 27th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
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Me too. I've had all my shots and innoculations.
From:raebryant
Date:January 29th, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
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Certainly, there's already been a few knocking on your door.
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From:braxana
Date:January 27th, 2009 10:11 pm (UTC)
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ouch! this is sad... :(
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:January 27th, 2009 11:18 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, not the best of news to wake up to... but not the worst news I've ever woken up to either.
Hope you're doing well. :>
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From:mroctober
Date:January 27th, 2009 10:38 pm (UTC)
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Maybe you could do a book of interviews of well-known YA writers for Lethe.
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:January 27th, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
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Huh... very interesting idea. Think there's a market for that? I don't know Lethe that well, but it sounds like a possible idea. :>
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From:desayunoencama
Date:February 2nd, 2009 01:18 pm (UTC)
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Depends on the way the book is slanted.

You could go two ways, pretty much: one is the library market for kids who need to write essays about biographies of some sort, and the other is the wants-to-be-a-writer market, who want to know all the background on how they got started, how/when they write, etc.

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From:madwriter
Date:January 27th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
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>>Anyone happen to have a need for a slightly demoralized YA SF/F Book reviewer?<<

I was about to send you a reply about this, or at least ask you to e-mail me, when LJ crashed and I discovered I didn't have your e-mail address. So I sent the message to Mary--ask her for it. :)
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:January 27th, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC)
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Got it, and immediately turned around to send something to that market. Thanks!
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From:sartorias
Date:January 27th, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC)
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:le sigh:
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:January 28th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
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I agree.... this was a serious hit to the field. :
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From:alanajoli
Date:January 28th, 2009 12:37 am (UTC)
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I'm very sad for all of you who worked for RoF--and very sad for all of us who read it. I wish I'd been a more frequent reader--and now won't get that chance. :(
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:January 28th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
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Time to find a new magazine, I guess. :
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From:mabfan
Date:January 28th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
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It's a shame. Good luck with placing the reviews elsewhere.
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:January 28th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
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Thanks. Stay tuned to this spot for further news.
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From:amieroserotruck
Date:January 28th, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
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Arrrg. This is the 2nd post on my flist to talk about that. :( I'm really going to miss that magazine, I've been getting it since 1995. Very sorry you're losing your reviewing job, I know I'll miss reading them. :(
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:January 28th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for reading them. :>
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From:christinenorris
Date:January 28th, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC)
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Wah! I'm so sad about this. For everyone. I know one of my books was in your pile, and it was such a beautiful magazine, always full of stuff by top-notch authors that I admire. I can't believe it's going.

I hope you find a new home. Please feel free to review my book wherever you wind up.
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:January 28th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
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Good news, Christine. Unless something drastic happened, your book made it into my last submitted column, which should see print in Realms' last issue. Cross your fingers. :>
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From:christinenorris
Date:January 28th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
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You rock. Let me know where you settle next, though. I have a new book coming in May.
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:January 28th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
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Regardless of what I do with my YA column, I'll always be found at SF Site and Green Man Review. I'm not sure where my YA-specific stuff will go yet. There's got to be some market, but print options look pretty sparse at this point.
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From:redhead_rampant
Date:January 28th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
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Do you do graduation parties?
Joking aside, that's absolutely terrible. I'm so sorry... I wish I'd actually hunted it down and subscribed before this happened. I sincerely hope that it will eventually be able to resurrect... stranger things have happened.

(And please tell me your got the email I sent you a few days ago. My account has been glitchy recently, and it's not showing up in my Sent folder.)
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:January 28th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
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Sadly, I haven't seen any email from you lately.

Graduation parties, huh? Usually I only do bar mitzvahs and wedding showers, but for you, I'd make an exception. :>
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:January 28th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
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Me too. With the right content, the right plan, and a little luck, I honestly think it would go over quite well. I can see it in my head.

Sadly, I suspect that's the only place we'll see it.
I wonder if Stephenie Meyer would be willing to bankroll it, or J.K. Rowling. :>
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From:jcdrainville
Date:January 29th, 2009 10:35 pm (UTC)
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>>Anyone happen to have a need for a slightly demoralized YA SF/F Book reviewer?<<

Aw, I really liked your reviews. And picked up a few books because of them. So, thank you.

A few of us that posted on the RoF message boards have started up a community for fantasy lovers of all stripes. You're welcome to visit and join if you like: Friends of Fantasy.

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