Grist for the Mill: What America’s Next Top Model Can Teach You About Publishing

Grist for the Mill: What America’s Next Top Model Can Teach You About Publishing

Feb 16, 2015

After writing 9,000 words on Saturday and spending Sunday doing, well, everything else I don’t have time for during the week, I sat down Sunday night for some trashy TV. I was out of Pawn Stars and Swamp People and Storage Wars, so I opted for season 6 of America’s Next Top Model, which is just one step up from something like Road Rules or Honey Boo-Boo. One...

Life on 10,000 Words a Day: How I’m Hacking My Writing Process   

Life on 10,000 Words a Day: How I’m Hacking My Writing Process   

Feb 2, 2015

I’ve talked before about how I don’t write every day. This idea blows the minds of some folks who follow me on Twitter during the long marches right up before deadline, when I’m updating them with insane word counts while weeping into my whisky and mourning extravagant character deaths. But the reason I binge write – and, in fact, the reason it’s often...

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

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

Jan 27, 2015

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...

So You Think You Finished a Novel…

So You Think You Finished a Novel…

Jan 26, 2015

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 Never Saved Anything for the Swim Back

I Never Saved Anything for the Swim Back

Jan 21, 2015

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...

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

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

Dec 31, 2014

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...

Newsflash: All Quiet Until 2015

Newsflash: All Quiet Until 2015

Dec 16, 2014

So, now that the last announcement of the year is out, I’m off to go finish this fucking book that’s due in SIX WEEKS EEEEEEEEEE so you can read EMPIRE ASCENDANT on time in October of 2015, so I can get started on THE STARS ARE LEGION which is DUE in October 2015 (yes, do the math there with writing/promo and life looks grim in October), so you can...

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