All Together Now: Writing and Managing Anxiety  

All Together Now: Writing and Managing Anxiety   

Jul 15, 2015

At the end of June, I lost my shit. GEEK FEMINIST REVOLUTION was due July 7, and last ditch copyedits were due on EMPIRE ASCENDANT July 9.  THE STARS ARE LEGION is due October 1. And I still have a day job, folks. Day job 4ever. I was, in a word: stressed. I was also nearly out of the drugs I use to stay alive cause of my chronic illness, and my doctor...

All Quiet on the Midwestern Front

All Quiet on the Midwestern Front

Jun 14, 2015

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...

On Selling 6 New Books in 16 Months

On Selling 6 New Books in 16 Months

May 12, 2015

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...

SFF Markets that Consider Patreon Stories for Publication

SFF Markets that Consider Patreon Stories for Publication

May 6, 2015

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...

The Worldbreaker Saga Gets Its Final Book, & Other Happenings

The Worldbreaker Saga Gets Its Final Book, & Other Happenings

May 5, 2015

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...

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

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

May 4, 2015

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...

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

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

Apr 13, 2015

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...

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