Grist for the Mill: What America’s Next Top Model Can Teach You About Publishing

Grist for the Mill: What America’s Next Top Model Can Teach You About Publishing

Feb 16, 2015

After writing 9,000 words on Saturday and spending Sunday doing, well, everything else I don’t have time for during the week, I sat down Sunday night for some trashy TV. I was out of Pawn Stars and Swamp People and Storage Wars, so I opted for season 6 of America’s Next Top Model, which is just one step up from something like Road Rules or Honey Boo-Boo. One...

It’s Always Been Awful Under the Boot: On the Fatigue of Everyday Horror

It’s Always Been Awful Under the Boot: On the Fatigue of Everyday Horror

Feb 11, 2015

In May of 1921, a group of vigilantes burned down a wealthy community in Tulsa, Oklahoma over the course of about 16 hours. More than 800 people were admitted to local hospitals and police arrested and detained more than 6,000 people. The riots left 10,000 homeless and destroyed 35 city blocks. Up to 300 people died during those 16 hours. But you don’t hear...

All Together Now: Building a More Pragmatic SFF Conversation

All Together Now: Building a More Pragmatic SFF Conversation

Feb 5, 2015

I’ve been thinking a bit about the “generational divide” among feminists in SFF in particular, though I have a post I want to write about Tumblr feminism as well that will go into this more in-depth. There’s the camp that says we’re all overreacting, that things aren’t so bad, and were never bad at all, that they never experienced any harassment or...

Life on 10,000 Words a Day: How I’m Hacking My Writing Process   

Life on 10,000 Words a Day: How I’m Hacking My Writing Process   

Feb 2, 2015

I’ve talked before about how I don’t write every day. This idea blows the minds of some folks who follow me on Twitter during the long marches right up before deadline, when I’m updating them with insane word counts while weeping into my whisky and mourning extravagant character deaths. But the reason I binge write – and, in fact, the reason it’s often...

What I Get Paid For My Novels: Or, Why I’m Not Quitting My Day Job

What I Get Paid For My Novels: Or, Why I’m Not Quitting My Day Job

Jan 27, 2015

In the spirit of honesty and transparency that’s often sorely lacking in the literary world, here’s what I’ve been paid for my novels for the last 7 years. Many of you don’t realize I’ve had writing contracts for 7 years! That’s because the first contract I ever signed was canceled. They paid it out anyway. But it was nearly three more...

Books You Should Be Pre-Ordering

Books You Should Be Pre-Ordering

Jan 26, 2015

It’s 2015 folks, and hot damn, does time fly. One of the fabulous things about being an author is that I get to see some books early, and tell you about THE BEST ONES. Plenty of studies tell me not to talk about these books before you can click BUY NOW HOLD IN MY HOT HANDS. But I know how important pre-orders are to first-week sales for authors and their...

So You Think You Finished a Novel…

So You Think You Finished a Novel…

Jan 26, 2015

I completed all the chapters in my latest novel, EMPIRE ASCENDANT, last night. It’s the fourteenth book I’ve written, but just the fifth that will be published. There’s a reason I had to write so many trunked novels that will never see the light of day before I wrote ones that did: I don’t have a natural gift for this, folks. I’m not a genius....

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