Writing has a pattern, particularly in the fall, particularly if you’re still new to writing. November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), in which writers try to finish a first draft of a novel. Then the holidays hit, and the writing goes away for 31 days. January rolls around, and writers make resolutions to write even more, maybe publish some of it, and get really […]
My annual recommendation of the best holiday stories I’ve read in the last ten years.
I have finally figured out my writing and work schedule here in Las Vegas. It only took me eight months to do so. That means I can catch up on letting you all know about the various projects, publications, and deals that center around my work. I’m starting with the ones that will vanish in a set amount of time. That means Storybundles! Yes, there […]
Gloria and Emilio Estefan have an estimated net worth of 700 million dollars. Jimmy Buffett has an estimated net worth of 550 million dollars. What do those artists have in common? They kept control of the copyrights to their songs. They maintained control of those copyrights starting in the 1970s, when other musicians signed away those rights because they were told that to keep those […]
Barnes & Noble is undergoing changes yet again. What does this mean for writers?
Allyson Longueira of WMG Publishing finally talked me into doing the Author Preferred Edition of FantasyLife that I have been threatening to do for some years now. The edition is an omnibus, which also has three short stories related to the novel and an introduction to the book itself. I’ve been having a heck of a time getting the English language rights reverted by Simon […]
Spade/Paladin fans! You knew that Spade would have an opinion about the changes in sf fandom, right? Well, he does and did, and it all shows up in “Unity Con,” the latest Spade/Paladin story. This one appears in the September/October issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. Click here for a link to an excerpt from the story. Letting you know about “Unity Con” reminded me […]
WMG Publishing has really stepped up on promoting the Diving series in anticipation of this fall’s release of the next book in the series. That book is Searching For The Fleet, and f you want to know how to preorder, check out this page on WMG’s website. That book will appear on September 18. If you haven’t yet sampled the series or if you haven’t jumped […]
Recently, someone asked me why Dean and I continue to teach writing workshops. Most established writers don’t, unless they’re asked to address a college class or spend a week at Clarion. Even then, they’re following someone else’s format, and simply putting their spin on it. Dean and I have developed an entire curriculum, both online and in-person, and we continue to add to it. We […]
In the middle of all of this moving, I managed to finish what I was calling “The Branding Book.” Last spring, I wrote a series of posts on branding for authors, and like so many topics I explore on my publishing blog, this topic grew and grew as people asked questions. You can see the original posts (in a slightly different order) with the comments […]