For us science fiction and fantasy writers.

Mary Astell called out ‘bad custom’ centuries ahead of her time

Your stories are your children sent out into the world to stand or fall.

They need you to believe in them, to find them good homes, watch out for them and support them.

Love your stories. You owe it to them!

Tell the story that needs to be told, in the way it needs to be told, to the length it needs to be told.

Don’t poison a story by insisting it must be an apple when it’s really an orange.

Don’t stunt a story by forcing it beyond its natural growth nor by forcing it to grow in a box too small.

“Genres” and “standard story lenghs” are publisher’s artefacts, not part of storytelling.

Breakthroughs don’t come through abiding by conventions and working in boxes.