Over the weekend, I headed to traditional publishers’ websites and look at their paranormal romance covers only to discover…that the damn books are branded like urban fantasy or like an E.L. James knockoff or like a cookbook or travelogue. All of this points out a huge problem in the paranormal romance genre. There’s nothing that screams modern paranormal romance. Believe me when I tell you that readers look for such things.
It’s been a long time since I’ve spoken to a bunch of writers at the very beginning of their careers. When Dean and I teach our in-person workshops, we teach professional writers. With our online workshops and lectures, we deal with writers who are just starting out, but we don’t interact in person. (I’m not saying beginning writers here, because that’s not what I mean. […]
Today marks the release of an amazing Fiction River volume, Pulse Pounders, edited by Kevin J. Anderson. In addition to his own bestselling novels, Kevin also collaborates with Brian Herbert on the New York Times bestselling Dune series. If Kevin hadn’t done all of that, his career as an editor would have made his name in the field. Three anthologies he edited became the bestselling science fiction anthologies of […]
I knew the secret would catch you all. 🙂 Last year, Kevin J. Anderson invited me into his first holiday anthology (along with Dean and many of our good friends who happen to be writers). I strongly recommend one of my all-time favorite stories which Kevin reprinted in that anthology in the special holiday recommended reading list, which you can find here. At the same […]
Writers are lucky. Our various communities share information. Some of those communities are online, and some are in person. They’re all subject to horrid infighting (I think writers love to fight more than they like to write), but they can also be very supportive as well. Observant writers will note that we all seem to “grow up” with the same types of writers. And by “grow up,” I mean that new writers will find communities of other new writers and befriend those writers. You might be different ages, but your careers will start at the same time.
The books are moving through the system. Vigilantes has come back from the content editor yesterday. I have a bit of work to do to rearrange that one, which is not a surprise. The Peyti Crisis just went to the copy editor. And I’m nearly done with Starbase Human, although that book is turning out much longer than expected. Two short stories related to Starbase Human will appear before […]
I’m buried so deep in this Retrieval Artist saga that my brain currently resides on the Moon. Those of you who read the Retrieval Artist know what I mean. The rest of you are probably aware that I’m writing something huge, but you haven’t read any Retrieval Artist stuff, so you’re feeling a bit… Well, I’d like to say left out, but you’re probably not. […]
Even though I posted a business blog on Tuesday, I couldn’t let a Thursday go by without a blog post. Especially since this week marks the fifth anniversary of the Business Rusch (and the business blog that came before it, The Freelancer’s Survival Guide). Yep, I’ve hit every single Thursday for five years, without a miss. Two-hundred-and-sixty posts. That, my friends, is success. But, weirdly […]
I’m pleased to announce that WMG Publishing just released the first Fiction River Special edition, marking the end of the anthology series first year! We’re so pleased–and I’m especially thrilled. I edited Fiction River Special: Crime, and invited all kinds of wonderful writers to join up. From bestsellers to Edgar-award winners to a handful of first sales, the writers in this volume are–to a person–fantastic. […]