Book Biz Rules and Riddles 004

DON’T PAY FOR THE PRIVILEGE There’s something my father taught me when I was a teenager: “Never pay for the privilege of working for someone.” What I’ve added these words of warning is, “Go to shields-full anytime someone tells you it’s ‘good exposure.’” Whenever I hear that phrase, I think of a quote from the … Read more…

On Writing the Foreign – A Confession

On his FB feed recently, Steven Brust (a man whose writing I’ve enjoyed for over 30 years), expressed something that has troubled me for a few years now. He wrote, “I keep seeing that white people shouldn’t tell the stories of black people, that men shouldn’t tell the stories of women, that straight people shouldn’t … Read more…

Book Biz Rules And Riddles 002

GETTING PUBLISHED There’s a question I hear quite often from newer authors looking to get into the writing game or people who have never done more than just think about writing. “How do I get published?” I can honestly say there is a different path for every single writer who takes up the mighty pen. … Read more…

Book Biz Rules and Riddles 001

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES It occurred to me that I have at least some information that would be useful to both new and burgeoning authors alike when it comes to getting published. I’m not authority, by any means. As of this date, I still don’t have a major book deal. However, I’ve chewed a fair amount of … Read more…

The Perils of Multitasking and Time Delays

So, I have to pony up a faux pas I made in my last post. Remember when I said that R.C. was the only one who picked up on the fact that I had a character sitting in a frozen cave buck naked during a thirty minute conversation? Yeah, well that wasn’t entirely accurate. My … Read more…

In the Aftermath of Multi-Culturalism in Steampunk

This weekend I attended COSine 2017, a very small convention held by and for writers in the Colorado Springs and surrounding areas. It is a volunteer-staffed enterprise where even the panelists pay to participate. I mention this because I go to conventions across the country—twenty cons in 2016 and seventeen cons in 2015. I can assure … Read more…

Of Oliver Twist and Porridge

So, this morning’s blog feels just a tad bit weird. Many of my peers have gone down the path I’m about to pursue. I know this, because when I tried to invite them to the platform I’m about to join, I got messages that they were already there. And not only am I going down … Read more…

Second in Sales – Advice for Writers

TIPS FOR UP-AND-COMING WRITERS: I found out today that I was second in sales for the month of November over at 7DS Books. They’re the ones who carry my short story collection Out Through the Attic. I’m not mentioning this to brag… well, I am… at least a little, but it’s not the most important … Read more…

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