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Books You Should Be Reading: THE LIBRARY AT MOUNT CHAR

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Bookery | 0 comments

Books You Should Be Reading: THE LIBRARY AT MOUNT CHAR

I want you to look at the cover of THE LIBRARY AT MOUNT CHAR. JUST LOOK AT IT. Anyone who says covers don’t sell books is lying. There’s a reason it’s the biggest marketing expense a publisher spends on a novel, and if they get it wrong, you may not be entirely fucked, but you will be put at a severe disadvantage. The cover was enough for me to click, and when I opened to the first page, well… it’s about a librarian walking along the road with a detective’s blood all over her, and why the hell would you NOT...

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All Quiet on the Midwestern Front

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

All Quiet on the Midwestern Front

It’s time, once again, for me to put myself on an internet blackout – or at least an internet diet – as I rumble toward some very intimidating deadlines. So you may see a little less of me bouncing around on Twitter this summer outside of scheduled events and news annoucements. Here’s what the next few months look like for me, and why I need the extra head space: 1) July 1st: 12 essays due to my editor at Tor Books for The Geek Feminist Revolution (out in May or June 2016!) 2) July (sometime): I’ve also promised...

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The Revolution of Self-Righteous Dickery will Not Be Moderated

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in The F Word | 0 comments

The Revolution of Self-Righteous Dickery  will Not Be Moderated

DISCLAIMER: (a la Wendig) THE IS MY PERSONAL FUCKING BLOG I read once that the real cost of racism was in keeping folks affected by same from doing their work. This works for stuff like feminism and homophobia, too. Instead of doing the work we were meant to do, bigots want to keep people spinning in circles, spending all their time writing endless think pieces that refute their insistence that we can’t and have never done anything. Yes, ::yawn:: we exist, yes we can do these jobs, yes we are human, and yes we matter. It keeps us...

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Wives, Warlords and Refugees: The People Economy of Mad Max

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Fictions, The F Word | 0 comments

Wives, Warlords and Refugees: The People Economy of Mad Max

CONTAINS SPOILERS I wasn’t going to go and see the latest iteration of Mad Max.  Don’t get me wrong: I’m a passionate fan of 80’s apocalypse movies (I wrote a whole series in homage to them!). I love the aesthetics, the desperation, the tough characters, the monstrous masculinity that both men and women must take up in order to survive… But I’ve watched as the heroines of those gritty 80’s epics I loved have been continually debased, ground out, and erased here in the last twenty years. When you’re watching a film from 1979...

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On Selling 6 New Books in 16 Months

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in The Writing Life | 0 comments

On Selling 6 New Books in 16 Months

I have gotten very good at reviewing contracts in the last 16 months. My latest sale, a collection of greatest hits and new essays titled, THE GEEK FEMINIST REVOLUTION will be out next year from Tor Books. We’re gunning for spring/early summer so it works as a good warm-up tour for the release of THE STARS ARE LEGION on October 6th. That makes 6 books sold in the last 16 months, and 9 books sold total since 2011, for those keeping track. And yes, I still have a day job. Structure your own publishing dreams accordingly. Essay...

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Now Available: THE CORPSE ARCHIVES

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Fictions | 0 comments

Now Available: THE CORPSE ARCHIVES

My short story “The Corpse Archives,” is about a young person tossed into a work camp as an “imperfect text” who fights to become an archivist in charge of a historical library etched on human bodies… and gets more than bargained for. This went out as a chapbook to Hurley’s Heroes mailing list subscribers a couple months ago. Now it’s available for purchase!   KOBO | SMASHWORDS | NOOK |...

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My BEA/Bookcon Schedule

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

My BEA/Bookcon Schedule

I’ll be driving over to NYC in three weeks for Book Expo America, followed by Bookcon, and then off to Denver for the Launchpad Astronomy Workshop. Must be con season. I’ll be re-posting this for folks as it gets nearer the date. In the meantime, if, like me, your calendar is already filling up, here’s where you can find me if you’re in NYC at either or both of these events:   BOOK EXPO AMERICA PANEL: State of Blogging and Books – KEYNOTE Date: Wednesday, May 27 Time: 9:00-9:50 a.m. Room:...

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SFF Markets that Consider Patreon Stories for Publication

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Fictions, The Writing Life | 0 comments

SFF Markets that Consider Patreon Stories for Publication

So last year Andrea Phillips put together a great list of markets that do and do not consider taking stories which were created via Patreon support. Because Patreon is a new-ish crowdfunding too, it’s not generally mentioned in submission guidelines whether or not the venue considers a Patreon story already published or not. Now that I’m producing my own work via Patreon, I wanted to see what other magazines would take these stories, and if any other had changed their minds. It’s great to produce new work, but I like...

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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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