Late Saturday night, I finished teaching a writing workshop about history, alternate history, and time travel for professional writers. We read a bunch of books, worked on technique, and talked about turning points in history. Turning points are important for time travel and alternate history. Identifying turning points and then postulating what would happen if something went differently is an essential skill for the time […]
While I was digging deep into the ugliness that traditional publishing contracts have devolved into, the indie publishing world has grown and changed and become even more positive. More than a light at the end of the tunnel, the indie world has become a haven to those of us willing to work hard and to understand that real achievement takes time. It amazes me how […]
I remember the moment vividly: I was reading Runners World, and an essayist mentioned that while running a race, a person nearby collapsed. The essayist was appalled that she (he?) had a momentary thought— Should I just leave the person there and keep trying for my personal best?—before stopping to help. The essay was about how bad the person felt for the thought. I can’t […]
I’m great with schedules. I have a dozen calendars, all with great purpose. I have a computer calendar that notifies me of deadlines and future projects.
It all works—when I have writing deadlines. I set it up for traditional publishing writing deadlines. I have never put promotion on my calendar. Ever. Because I do the minimal amount.
But this fall, failing to put even the most minimal promotion on my calendar has led to a series of problems.
No real publication news today. I just wanted to say thank you to the Kickstarter supporters and the people who have been sharing the Kickstarter with their friends. We hit our third stretch goal late yesterday. That means Kickstarter supporters over the $5 will get three additional books. Frankly, I’m hoping that we will hit our fourth stretch goal in the week remaining on the […]
I warned you: September is a busy month for news. It just keeps on rolling in. In fact, this morning, I received even more news in my email, stuff I had forgotten. Yeah, it’s a fun month. Here’s something really fun. The Women in Science Fiction project that I’ve been working on for the last year plus has finally hit print. Yep, you can now […]
Yeah, okay. I had fun with the title of this post. Remember, I warned you that September is news month, right? I’m trying to bunch up the news by topic or genre or title. Today’s a bit easier than most to bundle up the news. Today I get to share with you The Epic Fantasy Bundle, curated by New York Times bestseller, Kevin J. Anderson. […]
Four years ago, we started Fiction River, our award-nominated anthology series, through Kickstarter. Two years ago, we held a successful subscription drive through Kickstarter. This year, we hope to do the same. The rewards are more than just subscriptions. Those of you who are interested in writing will find some writing books scattered among the rewards, as well as discounted writing workshops. Those of you […]
Technically, I’m supposed to be on hiatus from writing, blogging, social media–you name it. I’m resting. I finished The Anniversary Day Saga on Saturday. My first readers have the final two books. I have a lot to do on the project when they finish, plus copy edits, and proofs, and all that fun stuff. But the hard part is done. The Saga’s on the page, […]
It must be urban fantasy detective week or something. I wrote a lot of short stories in the past year, and only two of them were about non-human or magical detectives. Both of those stories appeared this week. The first is in a project that Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon edited through Alliteration Ink. They Kickstarted the anthology, Streets of Shadows, and this weekend, they will have […]