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Five Star Reviews: Story Genius

A few days ago I got an email from a friend who was having trouble with a story. He has an interesting world and characters and exciting things happening all the way up to an epic climax…which he can’t resolve. … Continue reading

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EccentricCowboy’s questions about agents

I’ve talked with EccentricCowboy (aka Austen Confer) about questions about self-publishing and traditional publishing. The final part of our conversation was about agents and finding a writing scene. EC: …I doubt I could do something like, say, be contracted to write X number … Continue reading

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EccentricCowboy’s questions about publishers

Last week I answered EccentricCowboy (aka Austen Confer)’s questions about self-publishing. Today, we’re on to traditional publishing, and the (at least, potential) benefits thereof. EC: If I may ask, what are some of the pros and cons of having a publisher? … Continue reading

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EccentricCowboy’s questions about self-publishing

A little while ago I got this message from EccentricCowboy (aka Austen Confer) on Deviantart. Austen writes weird westerns, and he wants to know about self- versus traditional publishing. EC: Hello there! Jumping kind of out of the blue here but … Continue reading

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Beta-readers for The Sultan’s Enchanter?

Friends, arkadashli, and arkadaşlar! My historical fantasy-romance-alternate-history is done…again! Three years ago, my agent told me to rewrite the first three chapters and send it back to her. Three years later, I have somewhat done so! If you’ve read earlier versions of The … Continue reading

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Done with The Sultan’s Enchanter!

(which is what I’m calling Charming Lies now) (and it’s just the latest round of edits that I’m done with but it’s still a big milestone, damn it! Including breaks I’ve been working on this thing for over four years!) 204 pages, … Continue reading

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Maintaining that Sense of Discovery

I’ve been collecting author processes for a while. It’s one of things I always ask other novelists when I get the chance. Do you just start writing and produce incomprehensible garbage that you then go back over and revise a … Continue reading

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Asking Why

Here’s how I got rid of my writer’s block today. I was having trouble with The Centuries Unlimited because I realized there was a plot hole in my outline. I came up with a fix, but that introduced new plot … Continue reading

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I’m on Gnooks!

The author-recommendation algorithm has finally smiled upon me! And look at all those excellent authors who I also like who are listed as close to me! Perhaps because I’m the one who put my name into the system and trained … Continue reading

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Wordy Wednesday with me!

Want to learn how well I give an interview while the last of the anesthesia sweats out of my system? Wonder no more! Tattooed Mummy asked me some hard-hitting questions and did I ever answer them. Want to know what … Continue reading

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