Business Musings: Writers And The Hamster Wheel Of Doom

The problem with the hamster wheel school of writing is that at a certain point all of that love of writing, all of that joy in storytelling, goes out the window, and writing becomes drudgery. It’s not fun to write the same story over and over again. It’s not fun to write stories on topics you hate. It’s not fun to write in genres you loathe.

So many writers are doing that, though, and have no idea how to quit…

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Free Fiction Monday: Say Hello to My Little Friend

A handsome man walks into a bar…and can’t pick up women. Sounds like a joke. Or a bar bet. Or maybe, just maybe, a bit of magic follows him everywhere. A short, somewhat malicious bit of magic, with a fondness for Piña Coladas.

“Say Hello to My Little Friend,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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OMG! A Post That’s Not About Diving!

I feel like I’ve been trapped in the Diving universe so long that’s all I’ve ever written. But that’s not true, and here’s proof. Jonathan Strahan has invited me into his Infinity project more than once, and I’m honored to be part of the final book in that project, Infinity’s End. The idea here was to explore our solar system, and make it lived in. […]

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Business Musings: Knowing What You Want (Agents/Negotiation)

In the late 1980s, some functionary at a record label fielded a call about a song called “Private Idaho,” by the B-52s. The song was never a major hit, although by the time that phone call got made, the B-52s were topping the charts with a song called “Love Shack.” The caller wanted to use the song in an upcoming movie written and directed by […]

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Yet Another Way To Start Into The Diving Series

Neil Clarke has edited a reprint anthology called The Final Frontier. Last year, Neil published an anthology called Galactic Empires which, he says, was inspired by Star Wars. He considers Final Frontier a sister anthology inspired by, you guessed it, Star Trek. I have stories in both anthologies. The story in Galactic Empires is from my Retrieval Artist universe. The story in Final Frontier is […]

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Free Fiction Monday: At the Crossroads

When Kailani arrives in Greenwood, Mississippi, for her latest job, she knows she faces a daunting task. With her job at Abracadabra Inc. on the line, she determines to rise to the challenge.

But when she tries to find the magic shop she has been sent to investigate, she finds nothing but mysteries and mirage.

She worries her magic will prove insufficient to penetrate the deception. Until she realizes her magic might be the least of her fears.

“At the Crossroads,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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Recommended Reading List: July, 2018

I turned off the TV much of the month, and decreased my consumption of news, out of necessity. I can’t watch the images of my country doing things I so deeply hate. I do read about these things on my phone (thank heavens for notifications!) so I’m not uninformed. I’m just not losing myself in the imagery, which is probably good for my mental health. […]

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Business Musings: Over Capitalization and Hamster Wheels

Well, you see, I’ve still been noodling the question I asked last week about the writers trying to game Amazon’s algorithms and seem to have lost the heart of their writing. What motivates them?

I know a lot of real writers—and you probably do too—who are still trying to game those algorithms. Those are the people I’m trying to figure out.

And Chef’d and MoviePass helped explain them to me.

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Free Fiction Monday: The Charming Way

Mellie keeps a secret: she blames fairy tales for ruining her life. She believes she can stop fairy tales from ruining other people’s lives by forcing booksellers to stop selling fairy tales. 

But on the way to her protest at a book fair, she runs into a handsome man. A very handsome man who also happens to be Prince Charming. And he loves books. Even fairy tales.

The short story that provided the inspiration for Grayson’s paranormal romance novel, Wickedly Charming.

“The Charming Way,” by bestselling author Kristine Grayson, is free on this website for one week only.

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Psst! You! The Person Who Hasn’t Read Diving Yet! Do I Have A Deal For You…

In anticipation of Searching For The Fleet, which will appear in September, WMG Publishing is doing a major ebook promotion on the entire series. If you haven’t entered my Diving universe yet, now’s the time. You can get the first book—the award-winning Diving Into The Wreck—for free. The second book, City of Ruins, is 99 cents. And the third book, Boneyards, is $1.99. So you […]

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