Part of the writing process often involves sitting back, looking over what you've done, feeling pleased and accomplished with yourself, and then ruthlessly cutting most of it during the edits. My writer--brain screams in pain every time I do this. My editor--brain chuckles evilly. One of the things I've seen over the years is that … Continue reading The Working Man
I have to admit, I'm not a fan of Apple. Oh, I have an iPhone, don't get me wrong. I like it. It works for me and it does what I want it to do. That being said, I don't worship at the altar of Jobs. I don't drink the Kool-Aid. I don't hand Apple … Continue reading Saving Yourself From Yourself
Brief note today since I'm still feeling under the weather. Only seven more days until MidSouthCon. Looking forward to meeting lots of new people and establishing new contacts. I've been sitting on the publishing sidelines (as it were) for the past two years, and I think it's time to venture back into the madness of … Continue reading C-4 and a Smile
So that "overreaction" on my part about agents becoming e-publishers and the conflict of interests I posted about a few months back? Nothing to see here folks, move along please. First: I don't have a dog in this fight, just an opinion and a genuine fear. If you're an agent, please feel free to browse my wares. … Continue reading Messy
Wednesday, it was Ed Victor. Today, it's Curtis Brown. Afraid of being left behind in a new money-earning venture, lit agent giant Curtis Brown announced today that they were exploring bringing out-of-print titles back into the publishing venue by creating their own publishing branch. I was against Mr. Victor's push into publishing, partly because of … Continue reading Another Salvo
In the past few weeks, we have heard rumblings on the borders of a coming war. Between traditional publishing and the battles for authors to retain their e-rights to the industry, as a whole, ignoring the vast importance of the growing ebook phenomenon, authors have been watching as the entire industry has begun to adapt (poorly) … Continue reading A Very Bad Idea
Hrm... my desk is getting messier than allowable. I'm not nesting, am I? I must rectify this today sometime, probably after I finish up In the Shadow of Paradise, another short story I hope to sell to the next Heroes in Hell book (Adventurers in Hell). It's a better story than And Injustice For All, … Continue reading Building Stuff
Yeah, it's April Fool's Day. I'm not participating. Call me a spoilsport, but my inbox has been flooded with people telling me that they are moving (Piper, you can't move if you guys own the only successful business in town!), are pregnant (four dozen men and women alone... the hell are they putting in the … Continue reading It’s April, Fool!
The agent's job is to sell your novel, not charging for "editing" help. When I find sites which offer help for a fee, I tend to red flag them. I found one tonight.