Thinking Academically about Genre

At this year’s ReaderCon, I was chatting with a couple of friends and colleagues about the need for fantasy/sf books at different levels, from 100 level all the way up to graduate level (500-700), applying a US University curriculum numbering gloss. That got a positive response, and so I expanded it into a short essay,…

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LonCon schedule

Hi folks, I hope to see many of you at LonCon 3 this week, where I’ll be supporting participating in panels, Angry Robot Authors, and having my first ever Literary Beer event at a very British hour of 11 AM. Expect publishing gossip, geekery, and/or marketing secrets. On Wednesday at 6PM, I’ll be at Forbidden Planet…

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The Daily Deal!

Shield and Crocus is the SFF Kindle Daily Deal today, on sale for just $1.99. This means if you’ve been meaning to buy the book and haven’t gotten around to it, today’s your day to take the plunge. And if you’ve already bought the book, and loved it, this is a great chance to buy…

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Newsletter drive

Hi folks, I’m working on beefing up my newsletter as a way to reach out to readers directly, good marketing strategy and all. As an incentive, I’m going to release the original short story version of “Shield and Crocus” written at Clarion West in 2007 to my newsletter when I hit 50 subscribers. And if we hit…

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Rocket Talk!

A few weeks ago, I recorded an episode of Rocket Talk, the Tor.com podcast, with host Justin Landon. We talked about Planescape, the New Weird, SHIELD AND CROCUS (as a new weird/superhero mashup), and then we had a bonus discussion about urban fantasy). You can listen to the episode here. Since I didn’t get to mention…

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Kindle Unlimited

Earlier this week, news leaked out about Kindle Unlimited, an ebook subscriptions service for $9.99 a month, with a title list of over 600,000 titles, including Amazon Publishing titles, self-published titles, and several big-name exclusives. The program is now live, and there are details on the page. Terms – or ‘How Are Authors and Publishers…

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Just Keep Swimming

You know how ducks swimming along look all chill, but if you look under the water, they’re paddling away? That’s me, right now. I’ve got a bunch of balls in the air, so I’ve been spending more time traveling for work, writing, and submitting than on blogging. Here’s what I’m up to right now: 1)…

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PROMONADO Report

June was a whirlwind, and now moving into July, we’ve come through the eye of the PROMONADO and are now going through the second half, with CONvergence and ReaderCon, as well as more podcastery. Today, I’m on Adventures of Sci-Fi Publishing, talking about SHIELD AND CROCUS, Tor.com’s new imprint, the Hachette/Amazon situation, and more. There’s also a giveaway for…

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CONvergence is coming!

Dear all, I’ll be at CONvergence this week, a marvelous all-fandoms SF/F convention in Bloomington, MN. Lee Harris, Emma Newman and I took an Angry Robot scouting mission last year, and this year we’re bringing a bunch of authors for a full advance guard. In addition to my Angry Robot song-and-dance in the dealer hall, I’ll be…

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