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BFS Publications / Re: The BFS Journal is coming
« on: October 03, 2012, 11:44:07 pm »
Looking forward to seeing it :)

By the way, Cav - any chance of scaring up that additional copy of the Spring Journal as we discussed? I'd quite to have a hard copy if there's any left!

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Thanks for the kind words, everyone! I wasn't able to carry on with the Journal for as long as I would have liked, but I'm very glad that people seem to have enjoyed the start we've made and I'm sure the new team will take it from strength to strength.

Stephen, it's not that there's no work been done on it for a couple of months; not at all - it's just that time's been a problem. Our original deadline was set for April, and then we had a variety of delays (technical ones at the printers, work ones and personal ones which knocked a few of us back a little way) and one compounded the other. We've got more or less a full issue's worth of non-fic, certainly (obviously, I can only speak from my perspective) together, but again, a combination of factors made it impossible to get everything ready in time for the original date. It would have been late.. and that would have carried on pushing into the deadlines for every Journal for the rest of the year.

The things that came up were issues we couldn't have predicted and absolutely no-one wants to put out (or to receive) a substandard Journal. I still strongly believe that it's an incredibly important part of membership, and I think taking time to get a cast-iron schedule in place and plan ahead will help going forward.

As for losing members in the short term, I would hope that - given the extraordinary year the BFS has had - members would be gracious enough to bear with us a little longer  :)

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BFS Publications / Re: Spring 2012 Journal
« on: April 30, 2012, 04:21:28 pm »
I have to admit, I've never questioned whether contributors are BFS members or not. What matters from my point of view is whether what they're submitting is (a) good, and (b) potentially of interest to the membership - obviously, that one's a bit of a moveable feast, because we all have *slightly* different interests, even if they do overlap in lots of places!

In terms of what I've tried to do, it's simply to provide as wide a range of interesting, well-written pieces as possible, and I think that's very much what Guy has in mind too :)

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BFS Publications / Re: Spring 2012 Journal
« on: April 28, 2012, 11:27:24 am »
The BFS Journal Spring 2012 indeed looks great!
des

But pity there are no reviews in it. It doesn't seem right without them.

I'm sorry you miss the reviews in the Journal, Des - the thing is, it's so hard to keep them up to date with our lead times, and they simply don't get the wider exposure that both the authors (& publishers) and reviewers deserve - hence the decision to move them online, where they can be linked and more easily disseminated. I think Stephen's idea for Shelflings is brilliant: it's the best of both worlds because it means we have more space for fiction & features in the main Journal, plus the reviews get collated into their own publication. And as it's an ebook, hopefully there won't be the problem of delays in putting a hardcopy version together, or in posting it out.

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BFS Publications / Re: Spring 2012 Journal
« on: April 28, 2012, 11:23:03 am »
Arrived this morning. The new interior design is very smart indeed. It's just about the best-looking BFS publication I've ever seen.

We've got Cav to thank for that - he's done a fantastic job on the layout, and he deserves all the congratulations for a great result :)

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BFS Publications / Spring 2012 Journal
« on: April 10, 2012, 04:15:37 pm »
Hi everyone,

We've had a couple of delays getting this out - a combination of circumstances and a printers' hiccup, which (to mix a lovely metaphor) ended up giving us all a bit of a headache. I know it's been a while coming, so thank you all very much for your patience. It's much appreciated!

However, here's the contents of the Spring 2012 Journal, which should be getting to you in the not-too-distant future.



Our cover artist this issue is Chris Roberts.
Journal design is by Cavan Scott.

Fiction:

Don't You Like The Bird Man? - Jonathan Oliver
The Call of Chavthulu - Neil Fulwood
Jenny Khan - Rhys Hughes
Mother's Boy - Grant Quimper
Listen - Marie O'Regan
Faerie Mails - Allen Ashley
The Fabulous Beast - Garry Kilworth

Non-fiction:

Why YA? - Tom Pollock
Worlds Which Never Were - Sarah Pinborough & Will Hill in conversation
A Glow Born of a Different Process - a cover artist spotlight on Chris Roberts
Laying the Foundations - Simon Bestwick
A History of THE SERVANTS - Michael Marshall Smith
BFS Masterclass #2: Writing for Children - F E Higgins
Enterprising Minds - Andrew Reid
Progressive + Inclusive = Popular? - Amanda Rutter
Anne McCaffrey: A Tribute

Poetry:

Morningmares - Zoe Elizabeth Barrett
Shadow Whisper at Black Hole Hotel - Kelda Crich
Doorways - David Glen Larson
The Wheel of Whumpus - John DesPlaines

Plus regular columns from Ramsey Campbell, Mark Morris, Sophia McDougall, and a special feature from Jared Shurin, interviewing Jane Rogers.

As always, our thanks go to all our contributors, and we very much hope you enjoy reading it!

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BFS Publications / Re: Back issues of the Journal for contributors
« on: April 02, 2012, 04:19:46 pm »
Chris Teague is our stockholder, so if we still have some copies, he should have them :)

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British Fantasy Awards / Re: Suggestions for 2012 awards?
« on: March 01, 2012, 10:24:39 am »
If I remember rightly from the AGM, where this originally came up, the "screenplay" award came in to replace the "Best TV" and "Best Film" categories for two reasons: firstly, it was suggested that there might be too many awards to be practical (especially when they weren't book-centric), and secondly, it wasn't felt that the award reflected the writing.

Not wearing my committee hat, I'd agree with the idea that an audio script is a different animal from a TV or film script, and shouldn't be included in the same category. Whether it merits an award of its own is something members can bring up at the next AGM - bearing in mind we've already had the contraction of 2 categories because there were thought to be too many! :)

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British Fantasy Awards / Re: Voting opens for British Fantasy Awards
« on: February 27, 2012, 06:02:44 pm »
I think there has been some kind of time-out issue, Del: I've heard of a few people who've had the same problem.

I've lost my entire form twice: once, it gave me a 403 when I tried to save, and the other time I was a numpty and accidentally hit the return key, which wiped the whole thing (but that was just me being a moron).

The time-out thing is a problem, but I think it's just a case of saving very regularly! :)

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BFS Publications / Re: The BFS Journal -- Xmas 2011 issue
« on: December 22, 2011, 05:35:13 pm »
Good point about the index page, Stephen. We'll bear it in mind!

The ads, I think are something Cav will need to look at (generally speaking) as he's the one having to lay it all out! He's probably got more of an idea what will work now he's got one issue under his belt, so I'm sure he'd have details for the next one if people are interested in the new year  :)

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BFS Publications / Re: The BFS Journal -- Xmas 2011 issue
« on: December 22, 2011, 12:23:14 pm »
On the subject of the lower page count: first of all, when I came on board I was given a strict ceiling on word count by David H, because it was felt that if the combined Journal kept growing, the costs were going to get out of hand. That's a separate conversation which involves a lot more people, of course. We also had the minor issue of the editors being a touch... "distracted" this autumn ;) But you'll be pleased to know that the Spring issue is going to be absolutely *stuffed*. You may want to warn your postman...

We were aiming for 208 pages but in the end we came in at 192. If we had had more time I'm sure we could've fitting in more material, but time was pressing. (In case you don't know, pages have to be in multiples of 16.)
I know, Peter - if things had gone a little more smoothly, there were some other bits I'd have liked to get in there but just didn't have the time to arrange at the start because of the committee issues. Never mind, though. I think we've got some cracking stuff in there and hopefully it's an issue you can feel proud to have as your last one :)

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BFS Publications / Re: The BFS Journal -- Xmas 2011 issue
« on: December 22, 2011, 12:00:01 pm »
How it usually works, Colin, is that when we send the Journal to print (which I think was the end of Nov) we order copies for existing members plus extra for contributors and additional ones for anyone joining that quarter. New members will usually get a copy of the Journal with their welcome letter.

Obviously, with a whole new committee and all the stuff that's been going on in the background, we're still finding our feet - but hopefully you should get something as soon as we're sorted! Please do bear with us :)

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BFS Publications / Re: The BFS Journal -- Xmas 2011 issue
« on: December 22, 2011, 11:28:18 am »
Glad to hear you're enjoying the Journal, David. It's nice to know that someone who's been so actively involved in it in the past approves!

Technically, neither Prism nor Dark Horizons exist any longer. Peter and I took the joint decision to merge them, with the editor titles becoming fiction & non-fiction to create a single, unified publication; a decision which Guy Adams is fully on board with, thankfully!

There's a few problems with including the reviews in print. Firstly, with so many bloggers reviewing, and posting sometimes two or three reviews daily, we simply can't compete. The lead times are, as you know, so long that it's hard to keep reviews in date, which leads to fewer people reading them and all the work of our reviewers being overlooked - which I think is very unfair! Moving them online gives our reviewers the huge advantage of being able to connect more directly with publishers (if they want to) and to build their own reviewing platform online which they can connect to their own site, their Facebook or Twitter feeds. They're also not rushing to meet print deadlines. For us, it means we can bring publishers, authors and readers to the site, which is great for the Society's profile and gives the reviews editor a much stronger footing with publishers. Jan has done so well in establishing great connections, I think we need to build on them as much as we can. I strongly feel that the book reviews team should be a big part of our outward face, representing us to the wider world, if you like.

Caroline, too, is doing such an amazing job with the news on the site that we simply can't compete (nor should we try to) in terms of including news in print. By the time members get it in the Journal, it's all out of date anyway. Instead, I wanted to devote the space to articles which were just for the members; pieces about writing or reading or the people we're interested in (like the fab Pete Crowther interview, or Jo Fletcher's discussion of publishing) - things which were just "ours" as opposed to the reviews, which could be for everyone both in & outside the Society. I hope we can grow the non-fiction to give a space where members of the Society & its friends can talk about the things they feel passionate about :)

On the subject of the lower page count: first of all, when I came on board I was given a strict ceiling on word count by David H, because it was felt that if the combined Journal kept growing, the costs were going to get out of hand. That's a separate conversation which involves a lot more people, of course. We also had the minor issue of the editors being a touch... "distracted" this autumn ;) But you'll be pleased to know that the Spring issue is going to be absolutely *stuffed*. You may want to warn your postman...

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BFS Publications / Re: The BFS Journal -- Xmas 2011 issue
« on: December 21, 2011, 03:40:14 pm »
Still haven't had mine  ???


Hopefully it should get to you in the next day or two, Graham: the post seems completely unpredictable (probably just because of the time of year) and some are taking a little longer than others!  :)

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British Fantasy Awards / Re: Overhaul of the British Fantasy Awards
« on: November 29, 2011, 04:07:38 pm »
There's also just the basic, truncated 'Eurovision' method: nominate a top three, with reverse 1-3 points awarded. The highest scoring books overall go forward to a juried shortlist.


I love the Eurovision idea: all nominees must wear fake tan & feather boas and include at least one key-change in their work.... But only if we can have an increasingly drunk Terry Wogan (or Graham Norton; I'm not fussy) commentating on the awards ceremony.  ;D

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