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Stop the Presses!

Posted by on February 16, 2017 in rebel flight, recent | 0 comments

Stop the Presses!

REBEL AUTHOR TAKES ON MIGHTY EMPIRE (A press release for our times) A little more than a week ago, in a city not far away, author Mindy Klasky was putting the finishing touches on her new novel, then called REBEL RISING. Klasky had worked on REBEL for the past four years, adapting an earlier work that had failed to find its audience, allegedly because certain large store book buyers did not care for stories about children who rebel against the religion of their parents. Due for release on February 28, with cover designed, ads purchased, and...

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Settling Into a New Home

Posted by on February 15, 2017 in administrivia, recent | 0 comments

Settling Into a New Home

Nineteen years ago, I launched my first website, promoting the one book I had available for sale, The Glasswrights’ Apprentice. That site was designed by Sharon Keir Patry and her husband, Frank Patry, and it was hosted on sff.net, where most of my science fiction- and fantasy-writing friends had their pages. For years, I merely updated Sharon and Frank’s code, changing background colors and a couple of graphics. Eventually, I became brave enough to overhaul the entire site, and then I discovered WordPress, where I played with a...

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Not a Treat

Posted by on February 15, 2017 in cats, recent | 0 comments

Not a Treat

Today’s item that sounded like a cat treat but wasn’t: (Not the soap itself, but the plastic wrapper around a new bar.) Share...

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Plotting, Pantsing, and Something In Between

Posted by on February 14, 2017 in how to, law and murder, recent | 0 comments

Plotting, Pantsing, and Something In Between

In the age old discussion of how writers write, people often make a distinction between plotters (people who create an outline prior to writing, also called “architects” by George R. R. Martin, of Game of Thrones fame, because they develop blueprints for the finished structure prior to beginning work) and pantsers (people who write “by the seat of their pants”, making it all up as they go along, also called “gardeners” by Martin, because they plant a seed, water it, watch over it, and see what grows.)...

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LAW AND MURDER – Not Your Ordinary Book Launch

Posted by on January 31, 2017 in recent | 2 comments

LAW AND MURDER – Not Your Ordinary Book Launch

Bounce, bounce, bounce! Today is my first book birthday in nearly a year! (Yes, there are a lot of reasons for that, but that’s a blog post for the future…) Today, I’m reveling in the swirl of posts — congratulations from family and friends, emails from readers who are just getting their own copies, reviews from advance readers that are being posted for the first time on public media… It’s all very exciting. But just in case I get too convinced of my own importance, Twitter had a bit of a comeuppance...

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The Power of One

Posted by on January 15, 2017 in business of writing, recent, self-publishing, writing | 8 comments

The Power of One

A couple of weeks ago (in other words, centuries in the past, in Internet time), someone (let’s call her Naive Non-Fiction Author) published an article on one of the big aggregator sites, saying that all self-published books were terrible, and that all self-published authors were deluded fools who write drivel in hopes of parting honest readers from their hard-earned cash. Predictably, sparks flew. Authors wrote responses to Naive Non-Fiction Author on Facebook and Twitter and personal blogs. Some people responded to the content of the...

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Treat and Treat Again (Writing Retreats for the Busy Author)

Posted by on December 1, 2016 in recent, writing | 1 comment

Treat and Treat Again (Writing Retreats for the Busy Author)

::blowing dust off the blog:: The Old Retreat Model Once upon a time, I wrote an article about writers’ retreats, summarizing different types of retreats for different types of writers. The full article is now available for free on my website. I summarized my ideal retreat at the end: My ideal retreat is an intimate gathering of no more than six friends.  We get together three or four times a year, for a three-day weekend at each gathering.  We stay in the home of one author, often doubling up in guest rooms.  We focus on solitary...

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Cupcake Tarot

Posted by on August 5, 2016 in fright court, recent, vampire series | 12 comments

Cupcake Tarot

Cupcake Tarot. But first… Magic Times Two, my two-book duo special with Deborah Blake, goes on sale on August 18.  What’s it all about? You can get *two* full-length light paranormal novels for the price of *one*! (The low, low price of one — Magic Times Two only costs $2.99!) If you haven’t read Fright Court, this is a great way to get your hands on the book. And if you have read Fright Court,  this is your chance to revisit it, and to discover Deborah Blake’s fun, exciting witchy read. (A practicing witch! A...

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Announcing The Rational Writer: A to Z

Posted by on July 19, 2016 in rational writer, recent | 2 comments

Announcing  The Rational Writer: A to Z

When I was a camp counselor, the word “announcements” was an invitation to the campers to start singing a thoroughly obnoxious song, drowning out any important information that was about to be shared.  I think I can trust all of you to let me say:  The Rational Writer: A to Z is in stores today! Last year, I published The Rational Writer: Nuts and Bolts, a book that included legal forms and spreadsheets, all appropriate for experienced writers.  When that book hit the stands, a number of people asked me what advice I had to share...

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Z is for Zephyr

Posted by on July 15, 2016 in author's alphabet, recent | Comments Off on Z is for Zephyr

Z is for Zephyr

Z is for Zephyr. Zephyr is the west wind, a light wind, one that has traditionally been considered the most mild and favorable. Your writing career is beset with winds of change. The past ten years have seen massive consolidation in the traditional publishing field, with many long-time leaders merging. Imprints have been dropped and treasured editors have been let go. Ten years ago, Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing did not exist; today, it is the largest self-publishing platform for writers.  The Kindle itself had not been released, although...

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