Archive for September, 2007

Promo yes or no?

I’d like to examine this truism of publishing. It goes like this. Publishers buy books and then don’t do enough to promote them. So each author must pick up the slack and promote his or her own books so the book doesn’t fail and ruin the author’s writing career. You see authors throwing a lot […]

You Shelved It…Where?

Pop quiz, hotshot. (Nah, there are no buses or bombs involved.) You’ve heard terrific things about this one urban fantasy novel that came out a few months ago. It supposedly has everything you like — supernatural creatures, tension, an engrossing plot, humor, action, characters you can root for (or against). So you go to your […]

To Theme or Not To Theme

Never “write to market” I tell my students.  Go with the ideas that excite you, I say, and don’t worry about that cowboy elf anthology you saw mentioned in Gila Queen that offers to pay twenty cents a word.  Come on, you know what happens.  More often than not you end up writing some drivel […]

Maunderings on expertise and writing

I watch these movies about people who are so completely involved in their work that they are these marvelous experts. They know everything anybody ever did in their field, they have read or discussed all the current theories and technologies, they are completely informed, up-to-date, and totally in love with what they do. I’m supposed […]

A video interview with S.C. Butler

Somewhere just outside Pittsburgh at the SF convention Confluence, I sat down with S.C. Butler and talked to him about his career, his books, and more. The sound may be a bit low and need turned up. To share this video and see it’s original page, click here.

Author Information

Sarah Prineas

Sarah lives in Iowa City, Iowa with her mad scientist husband and two kids. Author of the Magic Thief series; the first book is coming in summer 2008 from HarperCollins and a bunch of other publishers around the world. Visit site.

Jackie Kessler

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Tate Hallaway

Tate Hallaway is the best-selling paranormal romance alter-ego for an award-winning science fiction author. Her most recent novel is DEAD IF I DO is forthcoming from Berkley Trade in May of 2009. Visit site.

Diana Pharaoh Francis

Diana Pharaoh Francis has written the fantasy novel trilogy that includes Path of Fate, Path of Honor and Path of Blood. Path of Fate was nominated for the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award. Recently released was The Turning Tide, third in her Crosspointe Chronicles series (look also for The Cipher and The Black Ship). In October 2009, look for Bitter Night, a contemporary fantasy. Diana teaches in the English Department at the University of Montana Western, and is an avid lover of all things chocolate. Visit site.

Tobias Buckell
Tobias Buckell

Tobias is a professional blogger, freelance writer, and author of 2 novels. His Caribbean roots often inform his fiction, but so does his love of technology, science, and the rapidly changing world all around us. Visit site.



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