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

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in the writing life | 0 comments

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

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 years before those books saw print, so my professional writing career didn’t start until 2011.   Needless to say, I’ve had a day job this entire time because I like money and...

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Books You Should Be Pre-Ordering

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in bookery | 0 comments

Books You Should Be Pre-Ordering

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 success. PLUS I know how awesome you feel when you’re the first to buy something that EVERYONE will be talking about and you can be like, “Yeah, I pre-ordered that shit before it was...

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So You Think You Finished a Novel…

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in the writing life | 0 comments

So You Think You Finished a Novel…

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. I’m here, now, through a combination of very hard work and luck. Oh, I enjoy writing. I have a mad imagination some days. I can crap out words all day, and I did, as a kid, and I can,...

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On Being Too Smart and Assertive in the Workplace

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in tippery | 0 comments

On Being Too Smart and Assertive in the Workplace

I’ve been blessed with some pretty great bosses in my time, folks who recognized that having somebody smart on the team who got things done made them look good, and meant they did less work because, you know, I was doing it. But, being a woman in the workplace, it was inevitable that some boss, somewhere, was going to go after me for being smart and assertive. In truth, being smart and assertive has gotten me into a few pickles, it’s true. I once told the President of a company I worked for exactly what I thought of an executive decision...

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I Never Saved Anything for the Swim Back

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 in the writing life | 0 comments

I Never Saved Anything for the Swim Back

In the film Gattaca, a young man born with what its dystopian society considered “undesirable” genetic disadvantages manages to fleece the system and rise up through the ranks of its elite astronaut corps. When confronted by his brother about how he’d done it, the young man likens it to the swimming races they had as kids. The young man always won, though his brother was fitter, and stronger. How did he do it? How did he make his way through the ranks of the astronaut corps? The same way he won the races: “I never saved anything for...

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Award Season Boogie: What’s Up for 2014 Noms

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in awards | 0 comments

Award Season Boogie: What’s Up for 2014 Noms

It seems it’s that time of year again, when we remind folks what exactly we wrote last year, what we thought rocked from other people last year, and what’s eligible for what-what, etc. And before I get pummeled with tomatoes for saying, “Hey, here’s some stuff I enjoyed this year!” I’ll note the suggestions below are just what I read and liked this year, or suggestions of things that may have been overlooked as folks go scrambling for the latest Hot New Thing. YMMV. It’s a free country! Vote for what...

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2014: Some (Honest) Publishing Numbers, and (Almost) Throwing in the Towel

Posted by on Dec 31, 2014 in the writing life | 0 comments

2014: Some (Honest) Publishing Numbers, and (Almost) Throwing in the Towel

About this time last year, GOD’S WAR, which had been out in the UK for a solid seven months, had sold just 300 copies there, and every single major publishing house had passed on THE MIRROR EMPIRE, the epic fantasy novel I thought was the most marketable thing I’d ever written. I was, to be blunt, pretty fucking devastated. A lot of people think that once you publish a book, that’s it – you go on publishing books. The publishing world opens its arms to you and welcomes every book like a precious squealing babe. The reality is that...

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Blog Stats: What Being Newly-Kinda-SF-Internet-Only-Famous Looks Like

Posted by on Dec 29, 2014 in admin | 0 comments

Blog Stats: What Being Newly-Kinda-SF-Internet-Only-Famous Looks Like

You know when you’re sitting there listening to a song, and it hits the rock-out chorus part, and suddenly you feel alive, you feel invincible, like anything is possible? That’s what reading a great essay should be like. A story that moves you to action. And that’s all blog posts are, really, the good ones: essays that inspire the hell out of you. I get a lot of snark in convention spaces about how blogs don’t sell books, mostly from authors, and then I get publishers in the other ear saying, “You all should...

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When You Let Go

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in admin | 0 comments

When You Let Go

Three weeks ago, our ten year old Great Pyrenees, Nana, fell down the stairs. She had been slowing down of late, but I figured that was expected, as ten years is the lower end of the life expectancy range for these big dogs. But when we heard a scrabbling on the stairs, a thump, and that terrible hurt dog whining, we realized her decline was, perhaps, happening faster than we were anticipating. My spouse brought her to the vet, which I initially thought unnecessary, since she favored the leg, but the limp was slight, and it didn’t look...

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ConFusion 2015: Panel Schedule

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in admin | 0 comments

ConFusion 2015: Panel Schedule

I’ll be at CONFusion next month (eeeee) from January 16th-19th. That’s… in 2015! 10 days before my book will be due! OH LORDY. I plan to be at the bar that Thursday night, so I do hope to see the early birds there as well to kick off the drinking right, as you can see my first panel isn’t until 5pm on Friday. And if you miss that Justin-Landon-interviews-me-and-Joe-Abercrombie event, well… YOU ARE A FOOL WHY ELSE WOULD YOU COME TO THIS CONVENTION BUT FOR THIS ONE EVENT??? So, here we go. Here’s where you...

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