Indies Are Leaving Money on the Table

This morning I realized something that is both shocking and disappointing. Most independent publishers of novels, anthologies, and magazines are leaving a great deal of money on the table. Here’s what happened. I’m spending this morning preparing for MileHiCon where I’ll be attending panels, carousing, comingling, and generally keeping in touch with fans, peers, and hopefully an … Read more…

MileHiCon Chemical Burn Copies Giveaway

Okay, so that was weird. Sitting at the kitchen table signing a stack of books I’m giving away at a convention… it’s a first, to be sure.  I don’t think I’ll ever get used to that… not if I ever get any further in this game or eventually become a best-seller. The whole autograph thingy … Read more…

October Installment at The Fictorians

Here’s another one of my blogs out at The Fictorians.  This one covers what *I think* is the importance of working the convention circuit if you’re a writer. Granted, it has a bit of a bias, but the benefits I’ve enjoyed as a result of attending cons are laid out pretty thoroughly. http://www.fictorians.com/2013/10/15/working-the-convention-circuit/

My Happy Smile for the Day

On the 19th I wrote mentioned that I had a new story out in Steampunk Trails’ inaugural edition. Well, there’s a review up and I get a mention and some kudos. I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t enjoy getting props for my work.  If you haven’t had a chance to read Steampunk … Read more…

RMFW “Writing Great Action Scenes” Class

This past weekend the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers association held their Colorado Gold conference. It’s a three-day extravaganza of panels, classes, carousing, dinners, pitches, critiques, and awards. The hospitality suite at the end of each day was a bit like a Mos Eisley Cantina, minus the band and severed arm… and I was in good … Read more…

A New Story at Steampunk Trails

I’m pleased and proud to announce that my story “Family Heirlooms” is now available in the inaugural issue of Steampunk Trails magazine. Mucho thanks to David B. Riley (Publisher) and Julie Campbell (Editor) for being gracious enough to include my story. And props to M. Wayne Miller who did the cover art as well as Marge … Read more…

The Phase Shift of Media Distribution

If you are a storytelling “creative,” regardless of distribution channel, you need to watch this. I would recommend that Agents, Editors, Publishers, and producers of any sort of media pay very close attention to what Kevin Spacey has to say here. The key term is “Content,” and the old rules about what people buy or … Read more…

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