My personal email address is not public, but mail sent to me c/o The Endicott Studio will be forwarded on: TheEndicottStudio [at] gmail [dot] com.
Please note that I'm a slow and absent-minded correspondent at the best of times, and when I'm dealing with deadlines or health issues, I'm even worse. I get more mail than I can easily cope with, and I'm afraid I'm often far behind.
If your message involves an inquiry, the answers to the questions I'm asked most often are listed below. Please check to see if your question is among them. In order to protect my writing & painting time, the following queries are answered with a form letter:
Six Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can I advertise on Myth & Moor, promote my work or product on it, or do a link exchange with you?
Myth & Moor is entirely noncommercial, and all books, art, music, and creative projects discussed there are my personal, idiosyncratic selections. I don't run advertisements, post promotional material, sell products, write reviews on demand or for payment, accept unsolicited guest posts, or do link exchanges.
2. I'd like to reprint an article, story, or artwork of yours, or use it for a class. How do I go about getting permission?
Please see my Copyright & Permissions page, which has all the information you'll need.
3. I'd like to reprint text or art by another writer or artist which has appeared on your blog or in one of your articles. Will you give me permission to do so?
I can't grant permission to reprint text or art by anyone else as I don't own the rights to other writers' and artists' work. Please contact the writer or artist directly via their public contact address (usually listed on their website, if they have one), or through their publisher or gallery.
4. But the author/artist is dead! Can you tell me if their work is in the Public Domain, or if reprinting it would fall under Fair Use rules?
International copyright law is complicated, and as I'm not a copyright lawyer I wouldn't feel comfortable advising you. My best suggestion is to do some research. This page on Public Domain rules (U.S.) and this one on Fair Use rules (U.S.) are good places to start. The Creative Commons organization also has some very interesting things to say about copyright, and they have a lot of information on their site. And if you'd like to look at the subject in more depth, I highly recommend Lewis Hyde's book Common as Air. It's brilliant and fascinating.
5. Would you please take a look at my writing or art and give me feedback on it?
Regretfully, I must say no, due to the number of requests like this I get. My own work takes every hour I have, so I am fiercely protective of my time.
I can, however, recommend two good online workshops if you are writing speculative fiction: The SFF Online Writing Workshop and The Brainery. For American writers (and those able to travel), you might also consider the Clarion workshops (Clarion San Diego and Clarion West), the Odyssey workshops, the Writing Excuses workshop & retreat, and the Wiscon writing workshops. In the UK, The Writers' Workshop offers information, advice, and critiques; and The Arvon Foundation has many good classes and retreats.
Artists can often find useful information through The Society of Illustrators and The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. For aspiring children's book writers and artists, Hollins University in Virginia has a very good Masters program. And I highly recommend the Illustration Master Class, run each year by top book artists & art directors in Amherst, Massachusetts.
If money is an issue, some of these workshops offer scholarships, and the Speculative Literature Foundation gives a number of annual grants (including specific grants for working class writers, older writers, and writers of color).
6. Would you please give me advice on how to get my work published, how to find an agent, or suggest some markets for it?
Again, regretfully, I have to say no in order to preserve the time for my own work.
There are, however, many good websites out there where you can find publishing news, information, practical advice, and market reports. Here are a few of them: The Speculative Literature Foundation, The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, The Critters Library Page of Writing Resources and Market Report Links, and The Market List. For general industry news, I recommend Publisher's Weekly and Locus Magazine (for speculative fiction). In the U.S., the National Writers Union is a useful resource; and in the U.K., The Society of Authors.
I also recommend these books on writing & creativity: Beginnings, Middles, and Ends by Nancy Kress; Take Joy by Jane Yolen; Still Writing: The Perils & Pleasure of the Creative Life by Dani Shapiro; Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert; Steering the Craft by Ursula K. Le Guin; The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron; and The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp. There are other good books on the subject, of course, but these are the ones I've personally found most useful and inspiring.
The painting at the top of the page is by Arthur Rackham (1867-1939). The drawings above are by Charles Robinson (1870-1937), Honor Appleton (1879-1952), John D. Batten (1860-1932), and Anne Anderson (1874-1932). The drawings on the right are by H.J. Ford (1860-1941), and an unknown artist of the same era.