Business Musings: Traditional Writers (Fear-Based Decision-Making Part 5)

The other day, I got an email from a writer friend who was about to give advice to one of their friends. Seems that friend had a niche how-to book for parents who are dealing with a certain kind of health issue. My writer friend asked me, Is there any reason for this person to go to traditional publishing? I looked at the whole thing […]

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Writing Workshops Sale!

We ran a Kickstarter during the start of the pandemic for our Year of the Cat books. One book featuring stories about cats, every month, for a year. The books are coming out now with stories from me and Dean and oh, other people, like Edgar Allen Poe and E. Nesbitt and Annie Reed and all kinds of fun writers. When we ran the Kickstarter, […]

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Special Holiday Recommended Reading List 2020

I started the Holiday Recommended Reading List when I realized that I point out all the great holiday stories in January, after the season has passed. I am always a month behind in reporting what I read. So I wanted you to find the great stories that I’ve enjoyed over the years. I love holiday stories of all kinds. I save up the stories to […]

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Christmas in July! And Other Fun Things

I haven’t done an update on publications and deals in a while because I’ve been finishing all kinds of projects. I just handed in the Holiday Spectacular for 2020. Of course, I was late because of…you know…COVID-19 business related stuff. But I was lucky: I got to escape from all that real world stuff with the Spectacular. If you want to subscribe to this year’s […]

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Visions of the Future

About a week ago, I got cheeky on Facebook, and said that figured the slogan for 2020 was What Fresh Hell Is This? (Hat-tip to Dorothy Parker, for memorializing a phrase that came into vogue…in the 1920s.) Every day of 2020 has brought something new and world-altering, from the coronavirus to Brexit to all the stuff happening in the U.S. to…well, I’m sure there’s something […]

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Business Musings: Nobody Cares

Nobody cares. Such a sad phrase, particularly when uttered by someone without friends or family. I recently read a marvelous short story that ended with that very concept, although not the phrase itself. I’m not going to talk about that use of the phrase. Anything I say would be facile, because I don’t know your situation. And the phrase can mean that no one is […]

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Special Holiday Recommended Reading List 2019

I started the Holiday Recommended Reading List when I realized that I point out all the great holiday stories in January, after the season has passed. I am always a month behind in reporting what I read. So I wanted you to find the great stories that I’ve enjoyed over the years. I love holiday stories of all kinds. I save up the stories to […]

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Saving The World and Historical Mysteries, and A Plethora of Writing Tips

I love having an excuse to use the word “plethora.” And really, I need it here. I’ve been busy with the Business Master Class, then trying to catch up on a lot of work, not to mention a bit of exhaustion from the schedule. (Yes, you Writing With Chronic Illness readers, you know what I’m talking about.) So, with all of that, I’ve been remiss […]

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Business Musings: Three Kinds of Writers (Rethinking The Writing Business Part 14)

In the middle of September, an article on Medium.com went viral. In an article titled “How To Lose A Third of A Million Dollars Without Really Trying,” the writer managed to blame everyone but herself for her stunning ignorance of the business of writing and publishing. I wouldn’t normally link to that kind of ignorance, but I feel it’s important here, for this blog post, […]

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Three New Anthologies And One Magazine

Three of my stories appeared in reprint anthologies this summer. You can find “Embedded” in Fiction River Presents: Space Travelers, “Sole Survivor” in Fiction River Presents: Among The Stars, and “Hand Fast” in No Way: Totally Twisted Tales. “Embedded” is military sf, “Sole Survivor” is a standalone part of the Retrieval Artist series, and “Hand Fast” is dark romantic (?) fantasy. I edited the two […]

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