My latest title, Snow in Her Eyes, is available for sale! The cover is a clickable link to buy (or borrow with Kindle Unlimited) Detective Amaya Lombard is a witch hunter and a damn good one. Hated by the magical because she works with cops, feared by cops because she works with magic, she walks… Read More Snow has Fallen!
As I type this, I’m uploading the manuscript for Tanager’s Fledglings… It needs to be checked on various devices (during which process we will find typos, they are inevitable!) before it’s ready to launch. I’m also thinking I might tweak the blurb a bit. This is what I have, what do you all think? Jem… Read More Nearly There
A blast from the past… three years ago I wrote this, but it is still pertinent today. I’m reposting as it’s in a several month period of blog posts which got lost when I moved hosts a couple of years ago, and I need to dig through those and republish the good stuff, while I’m… Read More Writers Have Vanity Issues [Repost]
I had a neat experience yesterday. I’d gotten an email from my school inviting students and staff to come see one of the instructors of English talk about writing and publishing. I was immediately curious, but wary. I did a little bit of research, which rocked me back on my heels and made me wonder.… Read More An Author’s Trial by Fire
Win a copy of Dragon Noir! You can play along in the comments here, or on facebook where I kicked the thing off yesterday. Comment for an entry, and I will draw a name at random on Sunday, July 19 and announce the winner. Then I will do it a second time and give away… Read More Win a signed book!
So my problem with Gotprint was resolved. Sort of. They never admitted they had done anything wrong. There was no apology, nor any attempt to help me get the materials I needed. Instead, several days after my initial contact with them, there was a bland and confusingly-worded email offering me a discount or free reprint.… Read More A Small Resolution
I am amazed any new people dare attempt to break in at all. I mean, it seemed bad when I was trying to break in, but it’s extra-bad now. Don’t say the wrong thing. Don’t anger the wrong people. Don’t publish with the wrong publishers. Don’t question the bullshit that stinks right in front of… Read More A Fear Factor
It doesn’t matter. The brilliant MC Hogarth sums up. “…and I find… that I don’t care. Because oppression only matters if people have power over you. These days, I don’t have to care if editors don’t like stories by women, or Hispanics, or conservatives. I can just go to Amazon, publish them myself, and find… Read More Purple Neuter Polka-Dot Eater
If you are interested in the publishing world, how it is changing, and what a popular, well-known author has to say about it, you must read this. All Changed, Changed Utterly I don’t know where all of this is going—which gives me something in common with everybody else in the world. The publishing landscape is… Read More Lawrence Block
A friend (actually, more than one, come to think of it) pointed me at a ranty post made by another writer this last week. I looked at it, shook my head, and went back to homework. But it stayed with me. Not the first part of the rant, which was… well, it didn’t make sense,… Read More Playing with the Big Boys
I get all metaphorical, and as snarky as I ever get, this morning over at Mad Genius Club. I’m the nice one, over there, but really… they are just special, aren’t they? Books are, as this article eloquently puts it, emotional artifacts. GigaOm: “What makes Amazon’s dispute with publishers different from a typical battle between… Read More Emotional Artifacts
All right, I’m sitting here with a brain full of recipes and a novella to complete. You probably had enough of the recipes yesterday, and anyway, these I haven’t made yet. So I’m running around the blogosphere collecting quotes and articles I recommend to you as authors/inde publishers/ what-have-you. See you tomorrow! Dean Wesley Smith… Read More Writing Roundup