On Social Media Breaks, and the Pressure to Stay Connected

On Social Media Breaks, and the Pressure to Stay Connected

Sep 2, 2015

As someone who’s adept at using the internet to connect with folks and broaden my audience (I can safely make that statement without disclaimers now), you might think I’m one of those tense, big-eyed folks slavering at the keyboard screaming, “YOU MUST BE JACKED INTO THE MATRIX AT ALL TIMES OR RISK OBSCURITY.” But one of the things I’ve kept top of...

The Future of Work is Here – and It Sucks

The Future of Work is Here – and It Sucks

Aug 5, 2015

I woke up this morning and read this essay “Why Your Rent is so High and Your Pay is So Low” and nodded and sighed as I read it. It blows away a lot of assumptions held by older people in particular about “kids today” and “how they don’t work hard enough.” The joke I saw on Twitter summed up this position perfectly: Baby Boomer: “In my day I...

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...

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...

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...

Why I Don’t Generally Boycott Conventions

Why I Don’t Generally Boycott Conventions

Mar 31, 2015

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...

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