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The Worldbreaker Saga Gets Its Final Book, & Other Happenings

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in The Writing Life | 0 comments

The Worldbreaker Saga Gets Its Final Book, & Other Happenings

As reported by Angry Robot Books today, we’ve sold rights to the third and final volume in The Worldbreaker Saga, titled, THE BROKEN HEAVENS. This deal has been in the works for awhile (THE MIRROR EMPIRE did well; it was just a matter of coming to terms on the deal, and for AR to unpack after their sale last year), and now it’s official. For those keeping track, this means I’ve sold 5 books in the last 16 months (and the year isn’t over yet), which is a long way from 17 months ago when it looked like my career was...

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What’s it Like to Be a Creator on Patreon? My First Month

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in The Writing Life | 0 comments

What’s it Like to Be a Creator on Patreon? My First Month

I’ve never crowdfunded anything before now, though not for lack of thinking about it. I have contractual obligations on everything novel length at this point, and with Tor’s new novella imprint paying so much for novellas, it didn’t make much sense to crowdfund them. So I looked at the type of fiction that generally pays the least no matter how I try to publish it – short fiction. Oh, short fiction, you are great, but $100 does not cover the 20-40 hours it takes to make you. I’m not a fan of Kickstarter in part because what you’re...

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On Internet “Bravery”: This is not Nazi-Occupied France, Folks

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in The Writing Life | 0 comments

On Internet “Bravery”: This is not Nazi-Occupied France, Folks

My grandmother grew up in Nazi-occupied France. When she was nineteen, she and her friends found a Nazi boot containing a severed human leg while walking along the river. For every Nazi the French killed, the Nazis would kill ten French citizens. So how many would the Nazis kill, my grandmother thought, for a severed leg? She and her friends huffed the boot and its fleshy occupant back into the river, and spent the next month waiting to hear how many of them would be shot in the street. Compared to my grandmother’s problems, there’s...

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Books I Read on my Twitter Vacation

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Bookery | 0 comments

Books I Read on my Twitter Vacation

My to-be-read pile is a thing of wonder, as my voracious need to own all the books will never keep up with my pace of reading all the books. At any rate, taking a Twitter vacation turns out to have been great for that part of me that was hardly reading anything anymore, and look! Hey! As promised, here’s my slightly deeper reactions post to what I’ve been reading. Today seemed like a great day to talk about great books. PLANETFALL by Emma Newman (November 2015) This was a book I was reading for possible blurbing (and yes, dear...

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Thoughts on That Controversial Awards Announcement…

Posted by on Apr 5, 2015 in Bookery, The F Word | 0 comments

Thoughts on That Controversial Awards Announcement…

So, that Tiptree list, amirite? (what, you thought there was another awards announcement I was interested in talking about? Silly rabbit!) I had a few people ask why MIRROR EMPIRE wasn’t on the Tiptree longlist, which is always awkward, when people ask why you weren’t nominated for something, because the short answer is always, “Uh, because people didn’t vote for it? Go figure!” My work has only been longlisted once, for GOD’S WAR (though I have a hazy recollection of a short story of mine also longlisting...

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Why I Don’t Generally Boycott Conventions

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in The F Word | 0 comments

Why I Don’t Generally Boycott Conventions

Most people know I not only check the woman box on forms, but I’m not exactly the straightest arrow in the quiver (I know! Shocker!). I’m often known for angry, loud feminist rants online. So why is it, then, that when people loudly declare that they won’t attend conventions with harassment policies, or that they are no longer going to Gencon, say, because it’s legal to discriminate against, well, anyone, there if you decide that treating them humanely is against your religion (“no popcorn for you, girl-cootie...

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Writing Income Timeline: The Long Game

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in The Writing Life | 0 comments

Writing Income Timeline: The Long Game

Now that the year’s taxes are done, it’s time to play the yearly “How much I made writing fiction last year game! I’ve written before about how fiction earnings have made up about 12-15% of my yearly income in times past. Since I know you all love these graph posts, here’s a nice neat graph of how much I’ve made in fiction writing earnings since I sold my first novel the first time in 2008. It was cancelled, then re-sold in 2010, which is why you see the rise and huge fall there in the middle when my...

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What I Did on my Twitter Vacation

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in The Writing Life, Updates | 0 comments

What I Did on my Twitter Vacation

It’s amazing how much you get done when you’re not on social media. Here’s what’s been happening. STORY SALE I have a new short story in Jonathan Strahan’s upcoming Meeting Infinity anthology, which has a fabulous Table of Contents. The story is called “Body Politic” and it’s dark and weird, as you’d expect from me. You can order that one now. It comes out in December (I’m sometimes asked if I get royalties on anthologies. YES. Buy away!) WORKSHOP I’ve been accepted to the...

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Break in Service: What I’m Working on For You Behind the Scenes

Posted by on Mar 14, 2015 in The Writing Life | 0 comments

Break in Service: What I’m Working on For You Behind the Scenes

I’m often asked why I bother posting “I won’t be on the internet for awhile” posts on the internet, and it’s because these posts aren’t really for you all, they are to remind ME every time I’m tempted to come back that I told YOU that I had WORK to do. In addition to my usual social media burnout (when I started muting people for correcting grammar mistakes, I knew I was DONE) that occasionally crops up, I have… a lot of WORK to do. People think “being a writer” is writing 300 words a...

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The unBREAKable Kimmy Schmidt

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Media, The F Word | 0 comments

The unBREAKable Kimmy Schmidt

It’s the Netflix original series with the most catchy theme song around, and the most unapologetically feminist comedy series I’ve seen since… I don’t even know when. I would like to tell you that the backlash is officially getting pushback here in 2015, with shows like this sneaking onto the air, but let’s be real about how The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt finally saw daylight. Tina Fey is co-helming this one, and NBC ordered a bunch of episodes initially, but when they got the final product, they balked. Like The Middle Man, The...

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