Archive for February, 2010

Writing Terms Defined

Agent - Reviews the contracts to eliminate unfavorable clauses and protect the author’s interests, allowing the author to relax and enjoy the experience of being published.  In the relationship model of publishing, the agent is the condom.* Censorship – The suppression of speech, generally by the government or others with authority.  China’s ongoing efforts to arrest and silence those […]

How I Know I’m a Writer

Sometimes posts are easier to write than others. There are times when a subject for a post presents itself with such force that it really does — pardon the cliché — write itself. And then there are days like today. It’s rainy and cold outside, I have some very nice jazz on the stereo (Brian […]

Emasculation not required

It used to be that women in stories were incompetent.  Their only jobs were to a) look pretty and b) make the hero look good. (Even the villainesses.) They got in trouble so the hero could rescue them; they asked dumb questions so the hero could demonstrate his knowledge; they stood around spectating so the […]

One Writer’s Take on Amazonfail

There’s been a lot of ranting back and forth lately about the Amazon/Macmillan fiasco of a couple of weeks back, and I thought I’d take a moment to make clear what I thought (and what I believe a lot of other authors thought) about the whole thing.  First of all, it wasn’t about the pricing.  […]


…as it were. No, I’m not talking about privilege and THAT kind of entitlement. I’m talking about the names of books. What made me start cogitating on this was quite simple – I got a hefty book for Christmas, one I wanted and asked for – Hilary Mantel’s “Wolf Hall”, the story of Thomas Cromwell […]

Writing Companions

Writing is a lonely business. You sit with your computer (and your email, facebook, twitter, myspace, cell phone . . . so it’s less lonely than if you just had your typewriter, but go with me on this). Okay, so you sit with your computer and your coffee/tea and you write. And you get lonely. […]

Attacking by Retreating

This past weekend, I indulged in a writing retreat with two fellow writers.  We gathered at one writer’s home on Friday afternoon, and we left on Sunday afternoon.  While there, we talked about writing, ate, talked about the world, ate, talked about reading, ate, and worked on our various  works-in-progress.  (One of us was re-reading […]

Author Information

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.

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.

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.

Alma Alexander

Alma Alexander is a novelist, short story writer and anthologist whose books include High Fantasy ("Hidden Quen""Changer of Days"), historical fantasy ("Secrets of Jin Shei", "Embers of Heaven"), contemporary fantasy ("Midnight at Spanish gardens") and YA (the Worldweavers series, the Were Chronicles). She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two cats. 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.

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.



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