PitMad Post-Mortem: What Type of Book Pitch Got the Most Attention?

Confession: I usually avoid Twitter during PitMad. The quarterly Twitter "Pitch Party" invites writers to post 280-character manuscript pitches, which agents and editors can request with a 'like'. Twitter's eager writing community, amped up on fantasies of scoring a book deal, turn my feed into an endless scroll of self-promotion and supportive retweets. I'm not … Continue reading PitMad Post-Mortem: What Type of Book Pitch Got the Most Attention?

Last Chance To See Our Planet: 30 Years, 2 Reviews, 1 Earth

Despite his popularity as a science fiction writer, the late author Douglas Adams championed the value of planet Earth. In the late 1980s, he teamed up with zoologist Mark Cawardine for a BBC radio series called Last Chance to See, in which the pair tracks endangered species around the globe. Adams' 1990 book chronicling the … Continue reading Last Chance To See Our Planet: 30 Years, 2 Reviews, 1 Earth

Walk the Moon: A Sci-Fi Book Launch Honoring Apollo 11

Fifty years ago today, emissaries from Earth--riding in a command cabin the size of a car, and guided by a computer less powerful than a modern smartphone--landed on our Moon and left Homo sapiens' first footprints on another world. In honor of the Apollo 11 anniversary, I chose this date to launch the print edition of my lunar-based … Continue reading Walk the Moon: A Sci-Fi Book Launch Honoring Apollo 11