Baltimore Book Festival

This weekend is the Baltimore Book Festival! Normally held in the Historic Mt. Vernon district, this year the festival is happening in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, which should lead to even more foot traffic, assuming the weather holds. I’ll be participating in events over the weekend, mostly at the SFWA tent. Here’s my schedule! Saturday, September…

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Amazon Crowd-Sourced Publishing

According to multiple sources, Amazon is preparing to launch a crowd-sourced, almost reality-TV-style publishing program, where authors upload unpublished MSS and those that receive the most votes get considered for Amazon Publication (by the genre/category-specific imprints, or by a new imprint, I wonder?) with fairly generous terms. Sources: http://www.thebookseller.com/news/amazon-launch-crowd-sourced-publishing.html?utm_content=bufferc00c0&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/content-and-e-books/article/64103-amazon-launching-new-crowdsourcing-publishing-program.html https://kdp.amazon.com/community/thread.jspa?threadID=207604&start=0&tstart=0 Thoughts? We’re in early…

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The Younger Gods cover

It’s here! Yesterday, the fine folks at My Bookish Ways revealed the cover for my new paranormal thriller, THE YOUNGER GODS. And here it is in all of its glory:   THE YOUNGER GODS will be published by Pocket Star on all ebook platforms this October 13th. You can find pre-order links here…

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Remembering Graham Joyce

Today I remember Graham Joyce, one of my teachers at Clarion West, who passed away this afternoon after a long battle with cancer. Graham was the instructor the week we critiqued the original short story version of “Shield and Crocus.” Graham encouraged me to go and write the story as a novel. He also taught…

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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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