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Over the past twenty years, Rebecca Moesta and I have given our workshop ”Things I Wish Some Pro Had Told Me When I Was Starting out” to thousands of writing students. In preparation for Nanowrimo next month, and also for the upcoming Superstars Writing Seminar in February, we put all that knowledge down on paper, including a lot of new sections that we never have time to cover in person. This book won't teach you how to write—it will teach you how to be a professional writer. The print version will be released next week. Available now in all eBook formats for $6.99 Kindle Kobo Nook All other formats If you want to be treated as a professional writer, you need to act like a professional. Take yourself and your career seriously. Behave in a way that you would expect a professional to behave. When you see a doctor, lawyer, banker, or business executive, you expect certain standards—that they are mature, reliable people you'd want to do business with. You've probably seen writers portrayed on TV or film as eccentric, ditzy, pompous, or curmudgeonly, as if that's the norm for a writer. They shrug. “Eh, creative people. What can you do?” You can be [...]
Tue, Sep 30, 2014
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On September 14, Rebecca and I celebrated 23 years of marriage. In 1991, in the back yard of our house in Livermore, CA, we had a wedding ceremony surrounded by friends, with “Best People” Doug Beason and Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Rather than picking one thing to do to celebrate our anniversary, Rebecca and I have instituted “anniversar-week.” We each put down things on an anniversary bucket list, places we wanted to see, favorite restaurants, fun activities, movies to watch. Small but fun things that we do together. And then we spend the week doing as many of them as we can. We went out to dinner at Tajine Alaimi, our favorite local Moroccan restaurant; one night we made fondue for two at home; we went out to see Guardians of the Galaxy in the theater, and RedBox rented Spider-Man 2, RoboCop, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (all of which we had missed in the theaters). We went to a Saturday morning breakfast at the Egg and I, went to another dinner at Rock Bottom Brewery. We took a few weekend hours at the local Farmer's Market, which we had always wanted to do. We went to [...]
Fri, Sep 26, 2014
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When I do appearances and travel, sometimes I'm just a guest author. Sometimes I fit right in. The Rushcon folks are definitely my people. I was invited to be a guest at Rushcon 14 in Toronto, August 22-24, so I could talk about CLOCKWORK ANGELS the novel and the new comic series being released by BOOM! Studios. It's always good to have any excuse to go up to Toronto, and I gladly accepted the invitation. I flew out a day early to spend time with Mark Leslie LeFebvre from Kobo Writing Life, since my WordFire Press does so much direct work with Kobo. Of course it was business-related, but since Mark is also a big microbrew fan (and Rush fan, too) we spent the previous evening together hitting (crawling) the local pubs, and I even had my obligatory poutine at a pub—which was far superior to any other one I'd had previously. Mark Leslie LeFebvre, poutine, and beer: three essential items for a visit to Toronto After spending the night in Mark's guest bedroom, we headed out Friday morning to a meeting at the main offices of Wattpad, a vastly popular reading-sharing site, where we meet with the Wattpad people to talk about [...]
Mon, Sep 15, 2014
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Announcing another storybundle, this one crammed with gritty, cyberpunk novels—including my first novel RESURRECTION, INC. (inspired by the Rush album “Grace Under Pressure”), and HIGH OPP, a previously unpublished Dystopian SF novel by Frank Herbert, author of Dune. The important details: Name your own price at storybundle.com, get seven complete novels in your preferred eBook format for as little as $3 (minimum bid); if you pay $15 or more, you get an additional six complete novels. Thirteen novels for fifteen bucks? And the offer is good WORLDWIDE. A quick visit to Wikipedia will confirm that “cyberpunk is a subgenre of science fiction in a near-future setting. Noted for its focus on “high tech and low life,” it features advanced science, such as information technology and cybernetics, coupled with a degree of breakdown or radical change in the social order.” But for me it's always been about the radical change in social order over the high tech. It's been about hackers, artificial intelligences, and megacorporations, and tend to be set in a near-future Earth that's absolutely dystopic, not some far-future setting in a galaxy far far away. What's important is the extraordinary cultural impact of the technology being twisted [...]
Wed, Sep 10, 2014
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