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Business Musings: Book-Shaming

Book-shaming. I’ll be so happy if that term disappears because we no longer need it. Right now, however, I think it has moved to another part of the industry. Writers are suffering a lot of book-shaming right now. Or should I say publishing-shaming.

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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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Business Musings: Serious Writer Voice

A lot of the stories I read this past year had wonderful plots. They had great characters and lovely twists. The stories were published, remember, and so they all had something unusual, something strong.

But that something generally wasn’t voice….

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Business Musings: Indie Contracts

Boy, I’ve been seeing a lot of crappy contracts lately, and not at all from the place I would have expected. I expect bad clauses in traditional publishing contracts. Too many writers don’t hire intellectual property attorneys to vet those contracts, relying instead on agents, and that leads to all kinds of terrible book contracts. […]

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Business Musings: Poor Poor Pitiful Me Is Not A Business Model

This poor-poor-pitiful-me attitude has become the norm in the publishing industry right now, and I’m really tired of it.

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Business Musings: Authors Guild 2016 Letter

I want to support what the Authors Guild is doing here. I really do. I believe this “conversation” needs to commence. Writers—particularly writers of the Take Care of Me school—need to understand that their publishers and their agents are not their friends. Those two entities are in business for themselves and will devise contract terms to benefit them. But…

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Business Musings: The Reactive Business Model

As promised, I’m doing a lot of catch-up on the state of the publishing industry at the beginning of 2016. The reading is illuminating. Many things seem similar to the situation at this point last year, and many others seem so wildly different that it’s hard to believe only a year has gone by. I […]

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Business Musings: The Upcoming Year

At this time last year, I wrote several pieces at year end about the state of the publishing industry. I had hoped to do the same this year. But I didn’t have time for cramming on the industry.

However, I did want to talk about the year end. I wanted to look forward as well. In doing so, I decided to read some of the blog posts other people have written about the state of their writing careers in December of 2015, and the plans they have for 2016.

I discovered a theme. And ironically, it was the same thing that Dean and I had been discussing.

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Business Musings: Writing During Storms and Holidays

According to lore and the internet, either Stephen King or Ernest Hemingway first said that there are two kinds of writers—putter-inners and taker-outters. (I can’t find the quote. I’m pressed for time. You find it.) I would add that there is at least one more type of writer, and that would be “all of the […]

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Business Musings: Promises

I made a promise to myself when I started this blog up again a little over a year ago that I wouldn’t use the blog to put extra pressure on myself. This morning, I finished the last chapter of a book I’ve worked on for eleven years. I’ve done six different half drafts of the […]

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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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