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Published August 2016
Making Conversation Paperback price: $15.00

First edition, First printing
ISBN-13: 978-1-61037-320-3
Page count: 222
Book Size: 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"

Ebook

Published December 2018
Making Conversation Ebook price: $5.95

Second edition, First printing
ISBN-13: 978-1-61037-321-0
Page count: 222
Book Size: 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"

First edition, first printing of this book was November 2009

Making Conversation

by Teresa Nielsen Hayden

Twenty-two years ago, there was Making Book. It was a finalist for the 1995 Hugo Award for Best Nonfiction Book, but lost out to the dead guy. It's been through three printings and is still available from NESFA Press.

Now:

Making Conversation, selected from TNH's writing since 1994, will be first available at MidAmeriCon II, and afterward from NESFA Press in softcover and e-book form. 222 pages, 59 essays (long and short) about time, space, genre, editing, gardening, saints, libraries, food, democracy, drink, insanity, fear, hamsters, chaos, moderation, palimpsests, fanfic, clich├ęs, books, slush, spelling, scams, sleep, fantasy, policing, infundibula, trolls, writing, knitting, fandom, habaneros, exposition, management, Selectrics, Brooklyn, literary agents, pygmy mammoths, and the true cure for scurvy.

Table of Contents

  • Dispatch from Staten Island 11
  • On Time 13
  • Anatomy of a Sale: The Fortunate Fall to Tor Books 14
  • Extratextual influences 19
  • Brooklyn haiku 23
  • Coming up on a year 25
  • Time travellers 30
  • Cover letters 32
  • Lost fandoms 35
  • Some Notes Toward Two Analyses of Auctorial Method and Voice 40
  • Some of my recent theories 48
  • The dubiousness of saints 50
  • Burning old libraries 53
  • Lamentations 57
  • La cuisine de Nouvelle Zion 60
  • Varieties of insanity known to affect authors 66
  • Introduction to New Magics 69
  • Slushkiller 73
  • How did this get published? 88
  • On the Getting of Agents 93
  • Pygmy mammoths! 97
  • Chaos is not your friend 100
  • The linguistic markers of scams 105
  • The culture of motivation 111
  • Virtual panel participation 116
  • Listening to habaneros 119
  • Dinosaurs and sodomy 123
  • Remembering Arthur, the Hamster of Consolation 124
  • Parsimony and refinement 127
  • The life expectancies of books 129
  • Remarks on Some Clichés I Have (by Definition) Known Too Well    137
  • Fanfic: force of nature 145
  • Plants 147
  • Back when IBM had balls 149
  • BBC hamsters 152
  • Prayer in the schools: a modest proposal 159
  • A proud and lonely thing 161
  • A Spelling Demonology 162
  • The Trouble with Sleep 167
  • P & T Chat 170
  • Madison Boulder 172
  • Courting fear 175
  • Transnistrian Infundibulator 178
  • Joanna Russ 180
  • A trollish tale 182
  • Knitting an infundibulum 184
  • Five maneuvers for turning story into fiction 187
  • The Return of the Evil Spelling Test 189
  • Fruit Punch Czar 192
  • Stack ranking 195
  • How the big guys do it 199
  • One more thing to sell to tourists 202
  • But that would be wrong 203
  • Trolls and their toys 1    205
  • Brave new digitized world 208
  • Civilization 101 210
  • What incipient fascism looks like 212
  • Addicted to outrage 215
  • Scurvy cure 217
  • Trolls and their toys 2    220

Publishing information

Original printing, xx copies, $15.00 at MidAmeriCon II, August 2016.

Edited by Patrick Nielsen Hayden
Cover design by Jas Hayden
Incorporating calligraphy by Teresa Nielsen Hayden

Other NESFA Press titles by Teresa Nielsen Hayden

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