New Braunfels author tapped to head SFWA publicity committee
New Braunfels resident and author Jayme Lynn Blaschke has been named to head up the publicity efforts of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.
“I’m pleased to announce that Jayme Lynn Blaschke will be taking over the chairman’s duties for the SFWA Publicity Committee,” said SFWA President Robin Wayne Bailey. “When I asked Jayme to take on the job, I also asked him to consider a broader and more active role for the Publicity Committee. It’s not enough just to publicize awards and award winners--it’s time we started publicizing SFWA and the good, decent work the organization does on behalf of writers.”
Blaschke replaces the outgoing Sean Fodera, who will remain on the committee in an advisory capacity.
“I believe SFWA has a tremendous opportunity to position itself as a valuable media resource,” Blaschke said. “Our membership includes some of the brightest, most creative people in the world who are more than willing to discuss everything from human cloning controversies to the recently-launched mission to Pluto. We just need to take a more proactive approach to letting people know we’re here for them.”
Blaschke is the author of Voices of Vision: Creators of Science Fiction and Fantasy Speak, published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2005. The former fiction editor of RevolutionSF.com, he is currently working on a follow-up volume and has published short stories, reviews and essays in a variety of markets. A journalism graduate of Texas A&M University, he is currently on the staff of the Media Relations & Publications Department at Texas State University-San Marcos. Blaschke maintains his own website at http://users4.ev1.net/~jblaschke/ along with a daily web log at http://jlbgibberish.blogspot.com/.
Founded in 1965 by the late Damon Knight, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America brings together the most successful and daring writers of speculative fiction throughout the world.
Since its inception, SFWA® has grown in numbers and influence until it is now widely recognized as one of the most effective non-profit writers' organizations in existence, boasting a membership of approximately 1,500 science fiction and fantasy writers as well as artists, editors and allied professionals. Each year the organization presents the prestigious Nebula Awards® for the year’s best literary and dramatic works of speculative fiction.
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