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Business Musings: The Rise of The Backlist

The new year hadn’t even had a week to catch its breath before the first year-end numbers for 2014 appeared. The definitive numbers—if you can call any numbers “definitive” in traditional publishing—won’t show up until late February or early March. But the early numbers reveal quite a bit. Publishers Weekly spent the first full week […]

Business Musings: Churning It Out

Toward the end of a pretty good Entertainment Weekly article about the romance side of the publishing industry, this sentence appears: [Bella Andre]’s a naturally fast writer — on average she churns out four to six books a year — and she released the first one in June 2011. Before we get to the reason […]

Business Musings: Things I Learned (Or Relearned) in 2014

In the past two weeks, I wrote two year-in-review posts, “What Traditional Publishing Learned in 2014,” and “Things Indie Writers Learned in 2014.” Those two posts came after I started this one. I’ve been writing bits of this one off and on since October, as the year has become clearer in my brain. Usually, I […]

Recommended Reading List: November, 2014

Finished the Linda Fairstein binge. I am now caught up. Yay! The last time I did this was with Lee Child. Before that, Michael Connelly—but that was in the days before Kindle, so I had to haunt used bookstores and read out of order. (Did that with Ian Rankin as well. Hmmm, mysteries and binge […]

Business Musings: The Popcorn Kitten Problem

This year, I hurt my writing career by working on my writing career. Okay, that’s not entirely true, but it feels true, which for writers is often the same thing. Here’s what I did: I had to finish the massive Retrieval Artist project. I was writing a huge story arc, something that ultimately became 8 […]

Recommended Reading: October, 2014

Hah! I’m on time this month! Yay! And you’ll get a second Recommended Reading during Thanksgiving week. And yes, this month, we’re heavy on the Linda Fairstein. I binged, did a workshop, and had a lot of personal stuff to deal with. So I didn’t read much else—except work in manuscript form that I’ll recommend […]

Finally! Discoverability!

Today is the official publication day for Discoverability. You can get the posts that I folded into the book free here on my website, but the posts are as raw as the day they went up. I touched them up, revised advice to fix the changes that have already occurred in the industry, and added some chapters. Plus, the book makes a lot more sense than the blog posts because the book is in order.

Recommended Reading List: August, 2014

I’ve listed the best of the best from my August reading below. Thank heavens for these pieces. They provided much needed escape.

Recommended Reading List: July, 2014

Spent most of July writing and then collapsing on the sofa in front of the TV when I was done. Dean and I binged on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, loved it, and for me, that took some of my writing time. (One more episode! Just one more!) Plus I had to line edit a volume […]

Business Musings: What Kind of Writer Are You?

Writers are lucky. Our various communities share information. Some of those communities are online, and some are in person. They’re all subject to horrid infighting (I think writers love to fight more than they like to write), but they can also be very supportive as well. Observant writers will note that we all seem to “grow up” with the same types of writers. And by “grow up,” I mean that new writers will find communities of other new writers and befriend those writers. You might be different ages, but your careers will start at the same time.

A New Alternate History Story!

Vatican Vaults

My latest alternate history story, "The Island of Lost Priests" just appeared in Tales From The Vatican Vaults. Readers in the U.K. can get this book in all formats from ebook to paper. If you're elsewhere, you can get paper only through online retailers. U.S. Readers, click the words below:

Vatican Vaults

A New Urban Fantasy Story!


My latest urban fantasy story, "Fashion and the Snarkmeisters," just appeared in Chicks and Balances. Get your copy at your favorite bookseller, ebook retailer, or by clicking the words below:

Chicks and Balances

A New Uncollected Anthology Story!

The Midbury Lake Incident UA cover reduced

The Midbury Lake Incident has just appeared in the August Uncollected Anthology: Magic Libraries. Well, "in" probably isn't the right word. Get this story and all the other magic library stories by clicking the words below.

The Uncollected Anthology: Magic Libraries

A New Military Science Fiction Story!

FR14 Valor ebook cover web

My latest military science fiction story, "Embedded," has just appeared in one of the best issues of Fiction River so far. Check out Valor by clicking the words below:

Fiction River: Valor

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