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The Words Don’t All Have to be Right: Writing and Rewriting

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in the writing life | 0 comments

The Words Don’t All Have to be Right: Writing and Rewriting

I’m writing about a book a year right now. With a day job and freelancing work on top of my novel writing, that’s about all I can manage. Next year’s schedule has me writing at least one book in just eight months, which a lot of folks who write four or more books a year are probably laughing at, but my work is known for its worldbuilding, and to be brutally honest, coming up with the worlds I do without starting to repeat myself like a parrot would be impossible with any more than a book a year. I’ve already found myself repeating...

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I Love Writing Books. So I Need to Get Better at Writing Them

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in the writing life | 0 comments

I Love Writing Books. So I Need to Get Better at Writing Them

I read a really spectacular Advance Reader Copy yesterday of a book called THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT (out Sept, 2015. I’ll talk more about it then). I was hooked from the first page and cried through the first 40 pages. It’s a tragedy in the traditional sense, like Madame Bovary or Macbeth (or Mass Effect 3!). You know everyone is fucking doomed. You know it from the first forty pages, and the inevitability of that, of knowing that to “win” in this book, for the protagonist, means the endurance of staggering, brutal losses, was...

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MIRROR EMPIRE Back in Print! Holiday Giveaway

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in admin | 0 comments

MIRROR EMPIRE Back in Print! Holiday Giveaway

After a tough few weeks (we sold out of the first printing in, like, a month) I’m pleased to announce that THE MIRROR EMPIRE is back in print! That means it should be showing up at your favorite bookstores (not just B&N) today or later this week. Amazon, B&N, Booksamillion already show it available, and any bookstore you ask should be able to order it for you no problem now. As the holidays are upon us, I wanted to celebrate! Most of you may have already bought your paper copies of THE MIRROR EMPIRE, but if you haven’t, or...

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Books You Should Be Reading

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in bookery | 0 comments

Books You Should Be Reading

As I’m bouncing up and down about MIRROR EMPIRE finally being back in stock at the distributor, here’s some other great titles I’ve enjoyed this year that YOU SHOULD BE READING: WAIT FOR IT WAIT YES THESE ONES:   CITY OF STAIRS By Robert Jackson Bennett Unless you live under a tree, you’ve probably heard me rant and rave about this one. Last year I talked a lot about ANCILLARY JUSTICE  (pssst sequel out now!) and why you should read it. This year it’s CITY OF STAIRS. What a lot of folks don’t realize...

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When Trolls Attack: Hunting the “Kinder, Gentler” Internet Unicorn

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in the writing life | 0 comments

When Trolls Attack: Hunting the “Kinder, Gentler” Internet Unicorn

I was listening to the SF Squeecast yesterday when the topic of the “kinder, gentler” days of the internet came up. I’m part of a generation of writers and bloggers who came of age in the early days of blogging, when everything was fresh and new and you clicked the “next” button on Blogger to find new blogs, or accepted LJ invites from friends that pulled you into the rabbit hole of TMI. I’ve heard a lot of folks talking about how the internet has become some sort of rage shitstorm of abuse and outrage without end since then, and...

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How Being a Corporate Copywriter Made Me a Better Novelist

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in the writing life | 0 comments

How Being  a Corporate Copywriter Made Me a Better Novelist

When many fiction writers hear I write marketing and advertising copy for a living, they’ll inevitably ask, “Isn’t it hard to write corporate copy all day and fiction all night? Aren’t you burned out by the time you get home?” Folks generally tell me the story of a web designer or illustrator who’s so burned out after working on corporate projects all day that they don’t have the headspace to work on personal projects. But for me,  corporate copywriting and writing novels are very, very different pursuits. They use entirely...

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THE MIRROR EMPIRE In-Stock Date: NOVEMBER 11th (U.S.)

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

THE MIRROR EMPIRE In-Stock Date: NOVEMBER 11th (U.S.)

The publishing wheels grind and grind and grind, and now we have an official back-in-stock-date for THE MIRROR EMPIRE. As most folks know, my publisher, Angry Robot, was up for sale this summer at the behest of its parent company, Osprey, which resulted in a bit of a business interruption while they were transferred over to their new owner. THE MIRROR EMPIRE did far better than I think any of us anticipated, and sold out of its first US and UK print runs in… a month? Six weeks? Something insane like that. Getting this reprinted was up at...

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On Becoming What You Hate, Redux

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in admin | 0 comments

On Becoming What You Hate, Redux

When I was 18 I was living in a shitty apartment, far from home, with an emotionally abusive boyfriend. I felt totally powerless in my own life. I contemplated suicide often. I would learn, later, that taking birth control pills had caused a debilitating state of depression, one I simply could not shake, no matter how much I willed it. Being mentally fucked up by my medication and entangled in an ongoing bullshit relationship with an asshole left me feeling I had no control over my own life. So I decided to be someone else. I did what a lot of...

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This is the end: RAPTURE UK Cover Reveal, Release Date

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in admin | 0 comments

This is the end: RAPTURE UK Cover Reveal, Release Date

It’s sometimes difficult to remember that the Bel Dame Aprocrypha isn’t quite wrapped up in the UK as yet. But we’re just about there? For those who’ve been waiting to complete the set, the final volume of the series, RAPTURE, will be out from Del Rey UK on February 26th, 2015. The ebook should be out a bit before that, so stay tuned. For those wondering about the cover, well, we’re sticking with the yellow/red/purple color scheme (though in the UK it’s red/yellow/purple). Here’s your final iteration...

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On Responding to Reviews

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in admin | 0 comments

On Responding to Reviews

I’ve been asked a few times recently – certainly more than I was asked with God’s War , Infidel and Rapture – to address specific responses to THE MIRROR EMPIRE. We all like a good author meltdown, I suppose. I think what some folks don’t realize is 1) this ain’t my first rodeo, and I’m very good at sorting GamerGate style trolls/imposters from real responses 2) I’m a pro author with a book due in February, and I seriously have better things to do. In any case, it seems to be requested more now...

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