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Business Musings: Fair, Compromise, Clout, and Balls (Contracts/Dealbreakers)

Control. It is at the heart of any negotiation. All business owners want to control as much about their businesses as possible. We all know that you can’t control everything in life. That rule also applies to contracts….

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Business Musings: Contract Basics (Contracts/Dealbreakers)

Over the years, I have become fascinated with writers’ attitudes towards contracts. Writers are so very cavalier about them. Most writers pay no attention to their publishing contracts at all until some term bites them in the ass. Then the writer tries to figure out how to get out of it, not realizing that they got themselves into it by signing the contract without examining it. Indie writers have a different problem with contracts. Indie writers believe they don’t need any…

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Business Musings: Money Talks

Want to know the future of publishing? You’ll find it in TV. I know, I know, a bunch of you just went, “Huh?” But seriously, the entertainment industry is the entertainment industry is the entertainment industry, and those of us who write and publish have a small corner of it. I often use examples from […]

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Bundles, Boxed Sets, Short Stories, Nonfiction, Novels, Pen Names—Whew, What A Day For News!

What a week. I have a lot of news to share, most of which will save you money….

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Here We Go, A’Bundling—With A Brand New Book!

I’m in a brand new Storybundle. I’ve curated this one, and I brought along a lot of writer friends. This bundle has something for every writer, from old pros to absolute beginners. I’ll tell you more about it in a moment, but let me do a different bit of promotion first. My book in the […]

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Business Musings: Debt Collection (The Freelance Scramble Part 4)

Whoa, am I glad I waited a week to write this post. (Actually, I’m writing it in bits and pieces while trying to hit a novel deadline and an editing deadline. I love how busy I am in this new world even though I occasionally bitch about it.) When I wrote my “Mush Brain” post […]

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Business Musings: The Freelance Scramble Part Three: The Unthinkable

Two weeks ago, I wrote what I thought would be a short post explaining a term I’d used, “the freelance scramble.” Only that post turned out longer than expected. In fact, I realized I had a short series here. The freelance scramble happens when the cash doesn’t flow the way that a writer expects it […]

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Business Musings: The Freelance Scramble Part Two: The Actual Scramble

I initially promised you in last week’s post that we’d discuss the bleakest of the bleak moments in a freelancer’s career—when no one pays, for whatever reason—and we will, just not this week. Because I wrote the next blog post, and honestly, aside from depressing me, I kept alluding to other important things I would […]

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Business Musings: The Freelance Scramble

In last week’s blog post, “The Hard Part,” I mentioned the freelance scramble in passing. I explained it in a parenthetical phrase thusly: The freelance scramble is, in short, pivoting to replace money lost with a new way of earning money. Tough, and not the way most people usually think. I knew that most people […]

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Business Musings: The Importance of Routines

We just finished the anthology workshop, the largest workshop we do in person. Forty-six attendees, eight instructors, seven days, and 250 manuscripts to read and discuss. All of the attendees are professional writers in one capacity or another (technical writers, nonfiction writers, fiction writers), so the manuscript quality was high—often award-quality. Oh, the discussions. Oh, […]

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A New Science Fiction Story!

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Asimov's has just published my first sentient ship story, "Matilda."

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A New Fantasy Story!

FR Sparks ebook cover webThe latest Fiction River is out. Edited by Rebecca Moesta, the volume includes a fantasy story from me called "Salem Week."

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New Romantic Fantasy Short Story!

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I love taking part in the Uncollected Anthology of Urban Fantasy. Every quarter, we put out individual stories on the same theme (hence "anthology" and "uncollected"). This time, Dayle Dermatis, Anthea Sharp, and Leah Cutter have joined me in this paranormal romance/urban fantasy "anthology."

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16 Free Stories

ASFMARCH2015_finalistAsimov's Science Fiction has posted 16 of its Readers Choice Award finalists for free on their website, including my own "The First Step" and "Inhuman Garbage." For a short time only.

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Warrior Women!

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My Diving story, "The Application of Hope," is reprinted here along with lots of other great stories of strong women. Pick up the paperback at your favorite bookstore, download the ebook on various sites, or click here to get your copy.

A New Anthology And A New Short Story

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I'm proud of this anthology of strong crime stories. The volume includes one of my Kris Nelscott stories, but buy it for the great read. Click on the words below to get your copy or pick it up at your favorite retailer.

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