About

“Jaym Gates was exactly what our organization needed in a PR officer — someone who knows the PR field and knows how to get attention — the right kind of attention — for our members, events and initiatives.”
John Scalzi
Former President
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

Hi, I’m Jaym, an opinionated, bull-headed, overly-invested communications manager and editor in the science fiction and fantasy worlds. I put a lot of time in front of the mast, having started as an intern at Fantasy Magazine when I was 20, and as the Public Relations Manager for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America when I was 23. It’s been a few years now, and I’m a lot more experienced, a lot better, and a lot more jaded.

I recently took a leave of absence from the front lines, stepping out of fandom and distancing myself from fighting against the misogyny, racism, and discrimination that’s trying to tear the industry apart. I haven’t regretted it a bit. These days, I mostly edit anthologies, work on publicity for long-time clients, and write.

If you’re looking for a writer, please feel free to get in touch with me. If you’re looking for publicity, feel free to get in touch with me, although I’ll likely just steer you towards one of my lovely colleagues.

Anything else, or if you just want to say hi, just look me up on Twitter.

(Logo courtesy of the fabulous Galen Dara)

4 responses

  1. Jaym, I found my way to this website starting by looking up Bitch Magazine. The store I work for (www.selfservetoys.com) is looking for people who blog about feminist, social issues who might be interested in seeing some of the stuff we’re doing, in case they feel like writing about it. Would you be such a person? If so, what is a better way to send you information?

    Many thanks,
    Kathryn Smith

  2. Hello Jaym, I have a book coming out in September and want to start putting together some online marketing: blog tours, goodreads efforts, etc. My writer pals (I swim in the Apex pond) say you’re “the best” — so, at your convenience please shoot me an email so we can arrange that first consultation. Thanks much!

  3. Ah, it was inevitable. Given the way the net is hititng publishing, they were always going to look for new revenue models. The increasing stream of books coming up successfully from podcasts and from blogs, through small publishers and self-imprints it must have smelled like Future Money to the corporate bloodsuckers. Can’t blame em for following their nature, can you?But for the rest of us forewarned is forearmed, yeah? From the sound of it, you’d be better off with one of the packages from Lulu.com or the equivalent. If I recall correctly, they can even organise you an IBN these days. Advantages of dedicated self-publishing over vanity press bullshit? Well, Lulu and the others won’t cost you several thousands of bucks to provide you with no editing, no advertising, no distribution, etc. Not saying you should go the self-publishing way, necessarily. Just saying that if that’s your thing why the hell throwing elephant bucks at Harlequin when you can do just as well at near-cost through a half-dozen others?

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