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…

Someday I May Just Make the Big Leagues

I’m still nobody, but I’m less nobody today than I was last week. That may sound harsh, but it’s actually not. The reality is that making a name for yourself in any entertainment industry is as hard as it is to get struck by lightning. Try me on that one; go out and get struck by lightning. … Read more…

A Fact of Life and Business

Once upon a time there was a plumber named Bob and a home-builder named Tom. On a bright, sunny day, Tom asked Bob to tile a bathroom for a home. Tom intended to sell this home to either investors or other homebuilders. The two men agreed upon an estimated price for the work, and with … Read more…

Thanksgiving Surprise

I spent Thanksgiving morning enjoying a surprise… and a promise… one that pandered to the whimsical child that I have, in recent years, resurrected from a cold grave. I must admit, lamentably, that such whimsy touches my heart all too infrequently these days, but I endeavor to give it life with each passing day. My … 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/

Making the Best of Patterns in the Wash

One could call it a coincidence—mere happenstance—but I prefer to consider it portent. I just got back from the 2013 Superstars writing seminar with Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, James A. Owen, Eric Flint and Tracy Hickman as instructors.  I’ll be delving into some of what I learned there in an upcoming post, but what I want … Read more…

Another Step Forward in the Master Plan

I got my hard-copies from WordFire Press today.  Both The Pandora Sequence and Five by Five arrived today.  For those of you who didn’t know, I’ve been doing some production work for WordFire, including eBook conversions and interior book design / layouts.  Thus far I’ve worked on titles written or including work by Kevin Anderson, Rebecca … Read more…

The Golden Unrule

I’m in a writer’s group run by a friend of mine.  It’s called “Paths to Publication” and it’s more about pursuing a writing career than it is about performing the act of writing.  We talk about projects and successes and failures.  We discuss how were pursuing our writing goals and what our long-term plans are.  I … Read more…

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