One of the things that kept me extremely busy this past fall was a continuing education course. When I moved to Las Vegas, which has a university and a college, I promised myself that I would return to school. I had planned to register as soon as I passed my year’s residency, but I couldn’t get my creaky old transcripts from 100,000 years ago when […]
One of my traditional publishers paid me in September. I was surprised. Not because I didn’t know about the money. I did. It was an advance for rights in translation for an entire series of books. I was surprised because the contract called for payment to arrive within 60 days of the contract’s final date…and lo and behold, the payment arrived just like it was […]
For the past several months, I’ve focused on contracts, contract negotiations, rights, and dealbreakers. I know I lost some of my indie (self-published) readers, who are waiting until I finish this series before they return to reading my blog. Those readers believe they will never sign the kind of contract I’m dealing with. They also believe that they’re protected because they’re in business for themselves. […]
I’m in a brand new Storybundle. I’ve curated this one, and I brought along a lot of writer friends. This bundle has something for every writer, from old pros to absolute beginners. I’ll tell you more about it in a moment, but let me do a different bit of promotion first. My book in the bundle, The Write Attitude, debuted yesterday (at the same time as Starbase Human). The […]
I’ve listed the best of the best from my August reading below. Thank heavens for these pieces. They provided much needed escape.
I taught a short story class for professional writers in June, writers who’ve either been published or had some degree of success in their writing careers. I worked those folks hard, and in turn, they worked me hard. Many of them mailed their stories to possible markets (Note to editors: buy these stories), but several decided to make the stories available electronically. I gave one […]