The state of publishing was explained to me early on, when I first started writing. You see, publishers prefer it if you write in a specific way, because they can categorize you much more easily. Likewise, booksellers know just where to put you so that your fan base can find you. After all, you’d never find Bag of Bones in the Romance Section or Duma Key in Men’s Self Help. In fact, if it was up to publishers, your first book would set the stage for everything that came after, thus locking you into a career of writing that very first thing which was published. So armed with this knowledge, I embarked on a writing career. Continue reading
“It seems almost every player — publishers, search engines, libraries, pirates and even some scholars — is vying for position at authors’ expense… The value of copyrights is being quickly depreciated, a crisis that hits hardest not best-selling authors like me, who have benefited from most of the recent changes in bookselling, but new and so-called midlist writers.“
To the left, me signing a customer at Comix Connection’s 25th Anniversary party, which you can read about HERE.
Okay, so the next seven days or so will be one of those weeks when my head is buried in work. With that in mind, here are some important updates and news items on various things.
1. My new comic, Masters of the Universe: The Origin of Hordak, is up for pre-order here.
2. There are still a few copies of the collectible edition of The Damned Highway left in stock. Buy one here.
3. The deadline for professional manuscript reviews is approaching. Details here.
4. If you’re an author or publisher looking for someone affordable but professional to do e-book design, Robert Swartwood is accepting a limited number of jobs. Rob designs all of my self-published Kindle, Nook, and Kobo editions. I recommend him highly. For details, click here.
I recently accepted a limited number of manuscripts for professional review. I am now accepting them again for another limited time. What follow is two parts – an update for those who already submitted, and instructions for those who wish to submit. Continue reading
Last week, I posted my speech to the Borderlands Boot Camp, entitled On Writing Full-Time (circa 2013). Some folks, like John Skipp and Tim Waggoner, agreed. Some folks, like Dan Simmons and Nate Southard, disagreed. I think all of them raised great points. I stated in the speech that there are many paths, and this was the path I chose, and you might – or might not – want to choose it. It was a cautionary tale. Anyway, the aforementioned Nate Southard was moved to write this rebuttal to the speech, and I think it’s a great essay and raises some exceedingly important things. So here it is. Continue reading
As promised, what follows is the speech I gave to Borderlands Boot Camp at Towson University last weekend. I was asked to talk about how to make a living as a full-time writer — the perils, pitfalls, and silver linings. So I did. This is not a transcript, so not included here are the mid-speech digressions and the Q&A afterward (which delved more into self-publishing and, oddly, stalkers). Continue reading
Earlier this year, I was announced as one of the instructors for the 2013 Borderlands Writers Boot Camp, held January 25th – 27th. Then, back in October, it was announced that due to the downturn in the economy, one of the instructors had to be cut, and I (rightfully) took the bullet for F. Paul Wilson and Douglas E. Winter. But yesterday, Borderlands figured out a way to have me on hand after all.
I’ll be giving a speech and a Q&A on Saturday night about living as a full-time writer: how to do it, how you get paid, how you find health insurance, what it does to your relationships, how to produce every day, how to avoid writer’s block, how to set up a signing tour, etc. All in the same no-nonsense straight talk you’ve come to expect over the years. So, if you’re on the fence, sign up now!
A month ago, I announced that I would be offering professional manuscript reviews for a limited time. You can read all the details, rules, etc. here. Now that a month has gone by, and I’ve got a comfortable handle on how many I have to do and the time-frame it will take to do them, I’m announcing an official cut-off date — which is November 10th (this Saturday). Any manuscripts post-dated after that will be returned unopened. So if you want to take part in this, please make sure they go in the mail before the 10th. Depending on how successful folks think my feedback was, I’ll probably do this again next year at some point.
Last week on Twitter, Steve Melnick asked me if I had any advice regarding writer’s block based on a lack of confidence. His concern that people might not like his writing was preventing him from writing. I told him I did have advice, but it wasn’t something that would fit into a Tweet, so I’d write a Blog entry instead. So I have. Continue reading
For a limited time, I’m accepting manuscripts for professional review. If you’re a writer wishing to take advantage of this, here’s how it works. Continue reading