Hugo, Nebula and Locus-Award-winning author Martha Wells has had a long career as a successful writer, having published her first novel in 1993. Over the past 28 years, her career has had its share of ups and downs, as you can imagine.
Join us for an hour of informal Q & A with Martha. Learn from her long experience in the industry. Find out how she rescued flagging book sales. Pick her brain for writing tips, words of wisdom, and publishing secrets.
Come prepared with questions. Read a little about Martha below, and visit her website for more.
Martha’s first novel, The Element of Fire, was published by Tor Books in 1993 and was a finalist for the 1993 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award and a runner-up for the 1994 Crawford Award. The French edition, Le feu primordial, was a 2003 Imaginales Award nominee.
Her third novel The Death of the Necromancer (Avon Eos) was a 1998 Nebula Award Finalist and the French edition was a 2002 Imaginales Award nominee. Her novella All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries (Tor.com) was a 2017 Philip K. Dick Award finalist, and won an ALA/YALSA Alex Award, a Hugo Award for Best Novella, a Nebula Award for Best Novella, and a Locus Award. The Books of the Raksura was a Hugo Finalist for Best Series. Artificial Condition: The Murderbot Diaries (Tor.com) was a Nebula Award finalist, a Locus Award winner, and a Hugo Award winner. Exit Strategy: The Murderbot Diaries (Tor.com) was a BSFA Finalist for Short Fiction. Network Effect was a 2021 Nebula Award Winner for Best Novel. The combined French edition of The Murderbot Diaries, translated by Mathilde Montier, won the Prix Bob Morane for best Foreign Novel and the Prix Julia Verlanger. The Spanish edition, translated by Carla Bataller Estruch, won the Ignotus Award for Short Story.
She has also published three media tie-in novels: Stargate Atlantis: Reliquary, released in March 2006, and Stargate Atlantis: Entanglement in March 2007, and Star Wars: Razor’s Edge in September 2013. She also wrote the Magic Story for the Dominaria expansion in 2018 for Magic: the Gathering. Her first young adult fantasy, Emilie and the Hollow World, was published in April 2013 by Strange Chemistry Books, and the sequel, Emilie and the Sky World in March 2014.
She has had short stories published in Realms of Fantasy, Black Gate, Lone Star Stories, Stargate Magazine, Lightspeed Magazine, Wired Magazine, Uncanny Magazine, and in the anthologies Elemental, Tales of the Emerald Serpent, The Other Half of the Sky, Tales of the Emerald Serpent II: A Knight in the Silk Purse, Mech: Age of Steel, The Gods of Lovecraft, Take Us to a Better Place, and The Empire Strikes Back: From a Certain Point of View. She has essays in the non-fiction anthologies Farscape Forever, Mapping the World of Harry Potter, Chicks Unravel Time, The Kobold Guide to Magic, and The Writer’s Book of Doubt.