Monthly Archives: October 2012

“Big 6” Now “Bigger 5”

On Monday, Penguin Books and Random House, two of the Big 6 publishers, announced they were merging in order to better compete in the global marketplace.  The new company, to be called Penguin Random House, will become the largest book publishing … Continue reading

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Six Tips for NaNoWriMo Success

I’ve hit the target goal of 50,000 words for the each of the four times I’ve participated in National Novel Writing Month, so I guess I could be described as a bit of a veteran.  While every writer is different, I thought … Continue reading

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Who’s Reading My Book and How Did They Find It?

Since I started writing for publication, I’ve become more interested in the reading habits of the public.  In June, I looked at sales figures for ebooks versus books from traditional publishers.  I’ve also explored the correlation between religion and speculative fiction.  … Continue reading

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“Still Life” to Get the Toasted Cake Treatment

It’s been a while since I’ve reported any sales, so it’s a pleasure to write this post.  The fact that I get to report the sale of “Still Life Through Water Droplets” to the Parsec Award winning podcast Toasted Cake makes … Continue reading

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Covering My Story

My contributor’s copy of Aoife’s Kiss (issue #42), containing my story “The Last Horse,” arrived in the mail yesterday, and the cover is even nicer looking in print than it was digitally.  It was created by Laura Givens, who has done … Continue reading

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Ready or Not: NaNoWriMo is Coming

For the past four years, I’ve taken part in National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for those in the know.  For those not familiar with NaNoWriMo, it’s a celebration of writing with a challenge for all those who wish to participate: write a … Continue reading

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Silence Speaks Loudly

I think it’s unprofessional when an editor sits on a manuscript and doesn’t respond to queries.  Fortunately for me, this hasn’t happened often, but one publication (that will remain nameless) is doing just this to me now.  They’ve had one … Continue reading

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Did They Really Say That?

“The Beauty of Wynona” is the only historical fiction story I’ve written, so I’m certainly no expert on this sub-genre.  That said, this story taught me a lot about writing such stories.  “The Beauty of Wynona” is set in 18th century England.  I’m … Continue reading

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“The Beauty of Wynona” Goes Live….Sort Of

“The Beauty of Wynona,” my novelette set in 18th century England, is in the October issue of Lacuna…or at least it will be once the editor sorts out a publishing glitch.  A few of the stories apparently got lost in the … Continue reading

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Proofs and a Possible Title Change

Last week I received the proofs for my story “Dreams in Dust” from John Joseph Adams, editor of Lightspeed Magazine.  They looked good, with only a few minor edits. Mr. Adams asked if I would consider a title change for … Continue reading

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