Last year, I put together a stellar group of authors in the anthology Can’t Go Home Again. Next year, I hope to have another great book with the anthology follow-up But Not Broken, so I need stories! Like Can’t Go Home Again, this anthology will focus on stories of hope and healing around PTSD, with… Read More Anthology Call: But Not Broken
The idea has been batted around for a year now: an anthology of hunting tales. Objections have been raised. Hunting stories are, by their very nature, meant to be performative. Alcohol is frequently involved. Fiction is at the edges of all of them, intended or not. Since they are usually spoken, they run short –… Read More Open Call: Hunting Anthology
A few months ago I decided I was going to commit to being a Real Publisher. Part of that was driven by helping my friend and fellow author Misha Burnett bring his idea for Adventure Stories for Young Readers to life. That anthology is happening, the stories are in, he’s working on edits, and I… Read More Open Call: Anthology
The little engine could, and did. This big bookstore seems to be running out of steam and sliding backwards down the slope and toward a crash. I spent several hours in the store I’ll call BN for brevity, yesterday. And the heck of it is, we hadn’t planned to go to the bookstore in the… Read More The Big Bookstore that Can’t
I’ve had a number of people ask me about publishing a book using Createspace, so I wanted to take a few minutes and outline what I have done. If I didn’t answer what you needed to know, ask in the comments and I’ll do my best to follow up. First of all, this is a… Read More How To: Createspace
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