Business Musings: Rethinking A Title

  I blame Marvel. As I finished my Kris Nelscott/Smokey Dalton novel, Stone Cribs, I realized that the victim in the book, Valentina Wilson, was one amazing woman. And she needed a story arc all her own. I knew how she was going to end up, and who she would be years after the events in Stone Cribs, but I needed to write the story […]

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Catching Up On Publications

Because my life has been unbelievably hectic this past month or two, I wasn’t able to update you on my latest publications as I promised I would. I have had several—although not as many as I will have this fall. So in no particular order, let me share the recent publications.   The latest Uncollected Anthology, Mystical Melodies,  hit the virtual stands last month. My new […]

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The Next Nelscott Book

I’m pleased to announce that A Gym of Her Own is now available to preorder—at least, the ebook version is. The paper version will appear on the book’s release date, which is October 17. I’m really excited about this book. It isn’t a Smokey Dalton book, although it takes place in the same time period. If you read the Smokey books, then you’r familiar with […]

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Business Musings: Tempest in a Bestseller List

There’s less reason to game the Times list now, however. The list has bifurcated so much that you can climb the top of one of the many lists with sales that my first novel (which didn’t even sniff at the list) blew out of the water in its first week twenty-five years ago. Big publishers don’t make a lot of money on 5,000 copies. Indies do, compared to expenses. But big publishers do not.

So, the amount of work that someone had put into placing Sarem’s book on the bestseller list made no sense to me at all. Where was the profit here? What was the point? Bragging rights are nice, but unless you have money to burn, ordering 18,000 copies of your own book is pretty expensive.

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Diving Preorder

I promised I’d let you all know when the next Diving novel, The Runabout, was available for preorder. You can now preorder the ebook on various platforms, and you can preorder the audiobook. You’ll either have to wait until September 22 to get your print copy or see if you can find a back issue of the May/June Asimov’s which has the entire novel inside. […]

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A Preorder, A Nifty Anthology, and Some Great Reading (Plus A Time-Limited Deal)

Okay, that’s a long title. But I couldn’t come up with anything pithy. As I type this, explosions shaking my house. Not because I’m in some kind of danger or because something bad has happened, but because I live in a tourist town. Here in the States, it’s our national holiday, the Fourth of July, which Americans have celebrated with fireworks since our founding. I […]

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Business Musings: The First (?) 2017 Process Blog

I was staring down the barrel of 2017, trying to figure out my writing projects. And I realized on Tuesday that the reason I couldn’t just dive in on Monday was because I hadn’t…oh, crap…defined myself.

I had defined myself in general. That’s easy. I’m a writer first, and to me, that means all the writerly things I do and have done from the old Star Wars book to new fiction I’m writing (from the romance short to the Diving universe to the historical mystery I just finished for the next Lawrence Block antho) to this blog and all the nonfiction.

But I somehow did not handle the specifics of being a writer very well in 2016.

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In Sunlight or In Shadow

I’m proud to announce that my Kris Nelscott short story, “Still Life 1931,” appears in In Sunlight Or In Shadow, an anthology based on the paintings of Edward Hopper and edited by Lawrence Block. I’m in incredible company, and the reviews on this book are incredible. You can see some of them on the publisher’s website by clicking here. The story follows a character of […]

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Overdue News

Here’s the overdue news from December…

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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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