Link of the Week: The Ed Greenwood Group

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Publishers Weekly announced today the launch of Ed Greenwood’s new publishing venture this fall. Greenwood, a fantasy and sci-fi author probably best known for his creation of the Forgotten Realms universe for Dungeons and Dragons, has been writing for over 30 years, and has published more than 200 books. This publishing venture, The Ed Greenwood Group (TEGG), was born from a desire to continue the creation of worlds.

From orullian.com

“Over the years, Forgotten Realms and gaming have taken me all over the world and made me all sorts of new friends,” he said. “That, for me, is the payoff—the fact that I’m not alone, sitting there creating this thing in my head” (Publishers Weekly).

The background work that Greenwood has undertaken to set this venture up is enormous. Already, he has more than 100 authors, 30 game designers, and 50 artisans interested in getting involved with the project.

It’s becoming more common to see big-name authors take steps outside of their own authorship. Just this week, Ursula  Le Guin, another well-known sci-fi/fantasy author, announced the launch of a online fiction writing workshop in connection with the Book View Café blog, and back in 2010, James Frey founded Full Fathom Five.

Whether Greenwood finds success in this venture or not, it’s a great thing to see big-name authors take a bigger editorial role in the publishing world.

Ursula Le Guin: Distinguished Contributor to American Literature and Creator of Worlds

As a writer of science fiction and fantasy novels, Ursula Le Guin has a mind capable of imagining entire societies that do not exist outside of the covers of her books. Her novels have had a heavy influence on conversations about gender and have opened conversations about the alternative points of view that surround us on a daily basis. How different could society be if taking on the alternative view was practiced, if it was the status quo when it comes to handling problematic situations? These are the kind of conversations that Le Guin has made possible through her fantastical narratives, and for such contributions, she was awarded with the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 2014 National Book Awards, which took place on November 19th.

Below is a link to her acceptance speech, which is well worth the six minutes of viewing time. ursula_leguin

Click Here for the acceptance speech

Not only has she been a very visible person in the scifi/fantasty genre, she has also been verbal about the situation with Amazon, authors, and the problem of publishing these days. In an interview with Salon , Le Guin speaks about writing outside the “good vs. evil” plot in fantasy, and her thoughts on the hold that Amazon has on the publishing industry.