The Curious Experience of Reading Oneself

I am in the process of proof-reading the electronic file for SEASON OF SACRIFICE, a traditional fantasy novel that was published in January 2002 and has, alas, gone out of print in, er, print.  The book will be my first release through E-Reads, and it will be available in a number of formats (including, yes, Kindle-compatible.)  The kind E-Reads people took care of scanning in the text.  They offered to do the proofing,...

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Book Sale

It’s August!  Last chance for summer reading, before the school year and budget time and all those other end-of-year “distractions” kick in….  To celebrate, I’m having a Book Sale.  Here’s the deal:  I’m selling multiple copies of The Glasswrights’ ProgressThe Glasswrights’ JourneymanThe Glasswrights’ TestThe Glasswrights’ MasterSeason of Sacrifice Each title...

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First Lines

Elsewhere in the blogosphere, some authors have been talking about first lines of their novels.  The conversation encouraged me to take a look at my own.  I never thought about first lines, with any of my traditional fantasy novels.  I started the books where they needed to start, and then I pushed them out into the world to lead their happy little lives.  (OK, given how cruel I am to some of my characters, their rotten,...

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Cover Art

Readers often ask me about cover art – how I choose what goes on the cover of each of my books.  The answer is very simple – I don’t.  I don’t have any say in the cover art; it’s created by a trained artist, coordinated by  in-house-to-my-publisher art directors, all with careful input from my professional editor, subject to the recommendations of her professional marketing team. I’m extremely...

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International Pixelstained Peasant Day

I’ve stayed out of the Grand Kerfuffle that has grown over on the SFWA LJ site.  I think that each writer has to make his or her own decisions about how much, if any, work should be posted on the Internet.  I think that the decisions that are right for one author have no bearing on any other author.  For example, if I ran a website with hundreds of thousands of daily visitors, and advertisers paid me to place ads before all...

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