What I Did on my Twitter Vacation

What I Did on my Twitter Vacation

Mar 30, 2015

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...

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

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

Mar 14, 2015

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...

Is Becoming a Pro Writer Worth it?

Is Becoming a Pro Writer Worth it?

Mar 9, 2015

I spend a lot of time talking craft and word count and publishing as a business online, and I do my fair share of exhausted-tweeting, like last night when I sat up until 10:30 signing bookplates for newsletter subscribers. Or on Saturday when I squeezed out my 5,000 words for the week in one go, annoyed that I hadn’t hit my goal of 10,000 because I desperately...

How Book Titles Turn Browsers into Readers

How Book Titles Turn Browsers into Readers

Mar 4, 2015

There’s no “rule” for book titles. Not a single one. They aren’t copyrighted, so you can call your book whatever you want. Call it WAR AND PEACE or WIZARDS OF EARTHSEA or THE CLOUD ATLAS or whatever. You can do what you like. Got that out of your system? Now let’s get to work. Titles are easy for folks to confuse. Ask the guy who wrote this THE CLOUD...

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....

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