Archive for June, 2008

My New Day Job

On Friday, June 13, I left my old day-job, as the National Library Manager for an international law firm with 14 offices, managing 26 employees and supporting 700 attorneys across seven time zones. On Monday, June 16, I started my new day-job, as a full time novelist and freelance writer, managing, um, me.  As with […]

Who do you write for?

Am I the only one who doesn’t have a clue how to answer this question?  Whenever someone finds out I’m an author and starts asking me about my work, it’s a decent chance they’ll want to know who I write for.  Who’s my audience?  Who would enjoy my books? I hate these questions, in large […]

The Book I Love and Can’t Sell

The best book I’ve ever written hasn’t been published yet.  It hasn’t even been contracted. This isn’t some lame attempt at metaphysics or inspirational tripe.  I mean this literally.  The book is written, and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.  But I can’t sell it, and it’s driving me nuts.  Let me back up […]


Incubation is, in my writing definition, like pregnancy:  the amount of time a story and/or world gestates within you before you really start work on it.  Some scrap of emotion, character, movement, imagery, or a glimpse of a scene or angry conversational exchange:  any of these, or one of a hundred other things, might snap […]

The Process of Finishing Up a Book

As I write this post, I am in the process of trying to finish up a draft of a book. There have been some potholes and speedbumps in the process involving health and life issues, but it’s almost done and I’m feeling relatively good about it (relatively because usually at the end of a book […]

Giving it all away

Earlier this year I was casting around for some way to publicise the fourth novel in my ongoing SF/Humour series before the launch. The books are doing fairly well in Australia, but there’s a huge chasm between ‘fairly well’ and where I’d like them to be, and so I got talking to the publisher. Like […]

The writer at play

Back in May, Clarkesworld Magazine published a piece by Justin Howe and Jason S. Ridler, Of Dice and Men, a mind-meld of SF/F writers on the topic of role-playing games and their writing careers. My first thought on reading it was, “they stole my blog post idea!” My second was that it’s easy to come […]

Getting Things Write

I’m primarily a writer of what’s referred to “hard sf,” which of course means what I write is really difficult science fiction. That’s baloney.   Ok, something a little harder than baloney.  Salami, or a nice summer sausage. What I write is science fiction with plausible science.  I try to get all the science right, and […]

Whistling in the Dark-Or More On The Pace of Publishing

As a writer, part of my job is to answer questions about my current, past, and future works and what I was thinking when I wrote this or that. We do this for interviewers, classrooms, talk audiences, and fans. If you happen to notice that I or another writers pauses a moment before answering questions, […]

Hurry Up And Wait

That’s what they say in the army, but it applies to publishing as well.  It’s the idea that you, the writer (or the soldier), have to do everything you’re supposed to by yesterday at the very latest, while your officers (or your publishing company) get to take as long as necessary (or as long as […]

Author Information

Mindy Klasky

Mindy Klasky is the author of eleven novels, including WHEN GOOD WISHES GO BAD and HOW NOT TO MAKE A WISH in the As You Wish Series. She also wrote GIRL'S GUIDE TO WITCHCRAFT, SORCERY AND THE SINGLE GIRL, and MAGIC AND THE MODERN GIRL, about a librarian who finds out she's a witch. Mindy also wrote the award-winning, best-selling Glasswrights series and the stand-alone fantasy novel, SEASON OF SACRIFICE. Visit site.

Jim C. Hines

Jim C. Hines' latest book is THE SNOW QUEEN'S SHADOW, the fourth of his fantasy adventures that retell the old fairy tales with a Charlie's Angels twist. He's also the author of the humorous GOBLIN QUEST trilogy. Jim's short fiction has appeared in more than 40 magazines and anthologies, including Realms of Fantasy, Turn the Other Chick, and Sword & Sorceress XXI. Jim lives in Michigan with his wife and two children. He's currently hard at work on LIBRIOMANCER, the first book in a new fantasy series. Visit site.

David B. Coe

David B. Coe ( is the Crawford award-winning author of the LonTobyn Chronicle, the Winds of the Forelands quintet, the Blood of the Southlands trilogy, and a number of short stories. Writing as D.B. Jackson (, he is the author of the Thieftaker Chronicles, a blend of urban fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction. David is also part of the Magical Words group blog (, and co-author of How To Write Magical Words: A Writer’s Companion. In 2010 he wrote the novelization of director Ridley Scott’s movie, Robin Hood. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Visit site.

Kate Elliott

Kate Elliott is the author of multiple fantasy and science fiction novels, including the Crown of Stars series and the Novels of the Jaran. She's currently working on Crossroads; the first novel, Spirit Gate, is already out, and Shadow Gate will be published in Spring 2008. 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.

Simon Haynes

Simon is the author of the Hal Spacejock series, featuring intergalactic loser Hal and his junky sidekick, Clunk. His website contains a number of articles on writing and publishing, and he's also the programmer of several freeware apps including yBook, BookDB and yWriter. In his spare time(!) he helps to run Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. Visit site.

Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the author of more than forty short stories and seven novels, the most recent of which is the urban fantasy Lies and Prophecy. Visit site.

Mike Brotherton

Professional astronomer, science fiction novelist (Star Dragon, Spider Star). Visit site.

Kelly McCullough

Kelly McCullough is a fantasy and science fiction author. He lives in Wisconsin with his physics professor wife and a small herd of cats. His novels include the WebMage and Fallen Blade series—Penguin/ACE. His short fiction has appeared in numerous venues including Writers of the Future and Weird Tales. He also dabbles in science fiction as science education with The Chronicles of the Wandering Star—part of an NSF-funded science curriculum—and the science comic Hanny & the Mystery of the Voorwerp, which he co-authored and co-edited—funding provided by NASA and the Hubble Space Telescope. Visit site.

S.C. Butler

Butler is the author of The Stoneways Trilogy from Tor Books: Reiffen's Choice, Queen Ferris, and The Magician's Daughter. Find out what Reiffen does with magic, and what magic does with him... Visit site.



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