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“Hard Times Come Again No More….”

These are hard times in the writing business.  Yeah, I know:  you don’t want to hear about it.  Frankly, I don’t want to write about it.  But sometimes we have to move past our likes and dislikes and deal with reality.  And the reality is that the publishing business is in disarray right now.   […]

Building a Writing Career—The Real Secret Handshake

There is one thing you can do to build your career in this field that will help more than anything else, a secret handshake of the writing biz. You know what it is, though it may not occur to you immediately. Who wants to take a swing at it? *a hand shoots up* Write the […]

Are writers workaholics?

Last night I was doing some online research on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder for my vampire series, and, well, you know how it goes. One link leads to another: OCD –> Obsessive Personality Disorder –> Perfectionism –> Workaholic. Workaholics, obviously, are addicted to work.  They don’t necessarily enjoy it (and they’re not even necessarily good at it), […]

More on Revising and Editing

I’m in the midst of rewrites.  I received a revision letter from my editor the other day and have been wading through his comments, trying to bring fresh thinking to a novel that I finished six months ago, the last book in a series that I was glad to finish.  Don’t get me wrong; I […]

Form of…mass market

I’ve reached a publishing milestone today–well, a milestone for me.  After years of hoping and wishing, I finally have a novel published in mass market format (that would be a reissue of the first in my WVMP Radio series, Wicked Game). I realize that many authors aspire to trade paperback or even hardcover.  They want […]

For Whom Do We Write?

I finished a novel a couple of weeks ago.  It’s the first book in a new series that I’ve yet to sell to a publisher.  I love this book.  I think it may be the best thing I’ve ever written, and I have ideas for subsequent books in the series — all of them stand-alone […]

Firsts

Last week, I had one of the coolest “firsts” ever: the first novel in my first trilogy (which is also my first-ever sold novel) was sent by my editor to copyedits, with no major editorial changes left to be made. Wooot! And: whew! And also: OH MY GOD. When my editor emailed me with the […]

Defining Our Genre

When I somewhat jokingly complained to a writer friend about not getting invited to a comic con because I wasn’t one of the “cool kids,” I expected him to laugh at me and tell me I was acting (as usual) like a diva.  Instead, he said without missing a beat, mind you, “Maybe it’s because […]

My Own ePublishing Rant

Electronic publishing is the future!  Embrace e-publishing!  Paper is dead!  You publishers are idiots, ignoring this new market! Please. I love watching the techno-geeks howl and cry about this.  I even agree with them.  Read here and here for some excellent examples. But . . . The problem with epublishing, one that neither of these […]

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David B. Coe

David B. Coe (http://www.DavidBCoe.com) 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 (http://www.dbjackson-author.com), 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 (http://magicalwords.net), 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.

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.

Jeri Smith-Ready

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David B. Coe

David B. Coe (http://www.DavidBCoe.com) 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 (http://www.dbjackson-author.com), 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 (http://magicalwords.net), 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.

Jeri Smith-Ready

Visit site.

David B. Coe

David B. Coe (http://www.DavidBCoe.com) 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 (http://www.dbjackson-author.com), 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 (http://magicalwords.net), 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.

Stephanie Burgis

Stephanie Burgis is an American writer who lives in Yorkshire, England, with her husband, fellow writer Patrick Samphire, their son "Mr Darcy", and their crazy-sweet border collie mix, Maya. Her Regency fantasy trilogy for kids, The Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson, will be published by Atheneum Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, in 2010, 2011, and 2012, beginning with Book One: A Most Improper Magick. She has also published short stories in a variety of magazines, anthologies, and podcasts, including Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Escape Pod. You can find out more, or read/listen to her published stories online, at her website. Visit site.

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.

spiziks

Steven Harper Piziks was born in Saginaw, Michigan, but he moved around a lot. Currently he lives with his wife and three sons near Ann Arbor, Michigan. His novels include In the Company of Mind and Corporate Mentality, both science fiction published by Baen Books. Writing as Steven Harper for Roc Books, he has produced The Silent Empire series. He's also written movie novelizations and books based on Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, and The Ghost Whisperer. Steven currently teaches English in southeast Michigan. When not writing, he plays the folk harp, dabbles in oral storytelling, and spends more time on-line than is probably good for him. Visit his web page at http://www.sff.net/people/spiziks or find his LiveJournal at http:spiziks.livejournal.com/ Visit site.

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