The New England Speculative Writers has officially survived its first year. We’ve been so busy we almost forgot our inception on July 2nd, in 2017. It’s hard to believe a year (14 months, but who’s counting) ago we decided to put together a group for New England’s Fantasy & Sci-Fi author community. It has been a wild ride since we started, so why not spend a blog post recapping the fun? In one year we have:
- Changed our name from Massachusetts Science Fiction & Fantasy Authors to the New England Speculative Writers.
- Reaching 150+ members (almost 200) between the website and the Facebook group.
- Had weekly posts from New England area authors on a variety of topics being read by nearly 10,000 individuals.
- Hosted a cover contest.
- Successfully held our first anthology open call.
- Announced a networking conference.
- Put together a Science Fiction and Fantasy preview book delivered to individuals signing up for our mailing list.
The brain child of Jeremy Flagg and Cristina Alden was dreamt up, created with a dash of this and that and heavy splashes of ideals, goals, dreams, wishes, and sprinkled with a little fairy dust for luck. Then it was carefully and lovingly incubated until it hatched and was shared with the world. Now, with an awesome collection of authors collaborating and exchanging ideas and information it has taken on a life of its own.
This has been the warm-up year as we test the waters. There are plenty of ideas that have been shelved, some just waiting for the right time. It’s been a great first year, but it’s not going to be the best.