I chose independent publishing primarily for the complete creative freedom it afforded me. So hold tight—we’re about to have an adventure! Instead of the standard novel trilogy I’d originally planned, I’ve decided to release my new story as serial novellas. The project formerly known as The Darksider has evolved into The Syzygy Cycle, a gritty sci-fi saga … Continue reading Project Update: My New Sci-Fi Now Serial Novellas
You’ve written the story, revised the draft, and edited the manuscript to near-perfection, all to reach this point: publication. But don’t start decorating that memento box for your rejection slips yet. The digital age has transformed the way people consume fiction, and consequently the way its distributed. Today’s authors now have more choices in distribution … Continue reading How to Write a Novel, Part 8: Publishing
So you completed the first draft of your story. Congratulations—it’s a milestone in the novel-writing process. But your work is far from done. If you think revision means typing “The End” and running spellcheck, think again. Drafting just generates raw material. Through revision, we sculpt that narrative clay into a novel. That’s where creativity and … Continue reading How to Write a Novel, Part 7: Revision and Editing
My guest post on the gender gap in science fiction posted on the LibraryJournal SELF-e blog today, just as Iron Man 3 co-writer Shane Black revealed that Marvel's corporate interests forced him to change the gender of the movie's villain to sell more toys. According to Black, the original script featured a female version of antagonist Aldrich Killian, … Continue reading The Invisible Woman: Sexual Segregation in Sci-Fi
Pull out your calendar, because you've got a date with me this Thursday at 3PM EST. If you haven't heard of LibraryJournal's (LJ) SELF-e platform, you're missing out: it's a terrific effort to get more self-published books launched into libraries. Blue Karma won the LJ Self-Publishing Award for the science fiction genre last year, so I've … Continue reading This Thursday: live Twitter chat with me and Self-E!