A Reader’s Holiday

As I write this, we have a little under 2 days left on the WMG Holiday Spectacular Kickstarter for 2020. I really do think that this Spectacular will help all of its subscribers get through the stay-at-home Zoom holiday season that’s coming up. We have three Calendars of Stories in the Spectacular. The one I focus on is the winter holidays section, because it is […]

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Something To Look Forward To

During the last few holiday seasons I spent in Oregon, I was so sick that I couldn’t go to most holiday celebrations. I’m allergic to much of the universe, I guess, and in the tiny Oregon town where I lived, I couldn’t go to any restaurant because they cross-contaminated. Not to mention the fact that they had terrible ventilation systems, so if someone showed up […]

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My Favorite Time of Year

I love the holiday season, starting with Halloween in October. Even though it’s currently 90 degrees here Las Vegas, I am drinking tea out of my Halloween mug. (I bought 2 even though I don’t need them when I got my flu shot two weeks ago. Apparently, Las Vegas will not have fall this year. We’re moving from summer to winter in the space of […]

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A Diving Universe Game!

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve partnered with Catalyst Game Labs to develop a Diving Into The Wreck Game. This game is a card & dice game that will allow you to adventure the way that Boss and her team does. Here’s the information on the game: DIVING INTO THE WRECK An Encounters Game from Catalyst Game Lab Boss Needs Your Help! Gear up, check […]

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Business Musings: A Tiny Bit of Courage

I was in a high school English class when I learned the Ernest Hemingway quote “Courage is grace under pressure.” I remember the teacher writing it on the board, and then dissecting it, and I remember being completely confused by it. It’s the word “grace,” I think, which still in my mind brings out a host of things Hemingway didn’t mean. “Saying grace” for prayers […]

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Get Two New Diving Novels Before Their Official Release Dates!

To get the books early, all you have to do is back our Diving Universe Kickstarter. It’s officially called The Return of Boss. Yes, those of you who regularly read Diving, Boss is back in Thieves with a brand new adventure. Plus there’s a side adventure called Squishy’s Teams, which is set at the same time as Boneyards. Squishy’s Teams will come out in late […]

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Business Musings: The Kickstarted Game Changer (Part Three) (Licensing/Copyright/Contracts)

So, I’ve just spent the past two blog posts talking Brandon Sanderson’s Kickstarter as a game changer in the publishing industry. I know that my posts inspired a few of you to take our free class titled “Kickstarter Best Practices for Writers.” I also know that many of you looked at my posts and mentally bookmarked them for the future, thinking this Kickstarter—and this changed […]

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Business Musings: The Kickstarted Game Changer (Part Two)

For decades publishing has been a stagnated industry, relying on fifty- and sixty-year-old methods to sell books. Most of the practices within the industry are also at least fifty or sixty years old. Sure, the industry has made some modifications to accommodate innovation, like the ebook, but those are minor tweaks. Those tweaks do not take into account the actual changes in the world. What […]

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Business Musings: The Kickstarted Game Changer (Part One)

First, a bit of history. In April of 2009, Perry Chen, Yancey Strickler, and Charles Adler started Kickstarter, a crowd-funding platform aimed at helping creatives of all types fund projects that—back in the day—couldn’t be funded through the normal arts venue. The concept is a fairly simple one. A person puts a project on Kickstarter for a limited period of time, asks for a certain […]

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Diving News! Cat News! Future News! Just…News!

Yes, as you can tell from the title of this, I’m stressed, busy, and a bit punch-drunk, without having any punch or alcohol. I’m running around like a chicken, trying to finish things before the Anthology Workshop starts on Friday. And then, I woke up this morning and realized (thanks to a kind DJ on the radio) that today is February 18. Which is… Release […]

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