Hi there! Coming in a bit late this morning with some announcements and a short grumble. Cambion's Blood is competing in Cover Wars this week! The gorgeous cover of Cambion's Blood is featured in Author Shout's Cover Wars this week. You can vote for beautiful demon women carrying swords here. The winning cover will become … Continue reading Cover Wars, Baby’s First Podcast, and a Brief Rant
Welcome to the latest edition of my occasional interview series “How Tho?!” in which I ask cool writers breaking traditional career molds and doing amazing work about their writing path and process. Today I’m chatting with my good friend and #SelfPitch project partner Shoshana Rain, author of STRIFE’S APPLE is a modern fantasy romance the … Continue reading Shoshana Rain on Hybrid Authorship and Writing Anti-Heroines
Welcome to the latest edition of my occasional interview series “How Tho?!” in which I ask cool writers doing amazing work about their writing path and process. Today I’m chatting with S.J. Whitby, author of the Cute Mutants series (now, with their first multi-author anthology in the world, legitimately the Cute Mutants Extended Universe!) SJ … Continue reading SJ Whitby on Self-Pub, Superheroes, and Series Writing
Read on for an excerpt from Cambion's Blood! My debut year has come and gone. In a way, it's nice to be able to say that. There’s so much expectation and pressure wrapped up in first-time authorship. I wrote here extensively about my debut experience. It was a wild year of ups and downs, lessons … Continue reading Debut No More: Why the Second Book Hits Different
Writing has no age restrictions. This should go without saying. And yet. Every few weeks, it seems, the discourse comes around again. Specifically, it tends to revolve around the age of debut authors in particular. Usually it starts because someone relatively young comments that they feel like they have to get their first book deal … Continue reading It’s Never Too Late (or Early) to Start Your Writing Career
I said what I said. Authors love to suffer. We must, otherwise we wouldn’t put ourselves through so much torture, right? Writers know all about the tightrope between pleasure and pain. We walk it constantly. Our chosen calling asks us to lay ourselves on the line, flay our hearts on the page, and publicly expose … Continue reading Authors Are Masochists and We All Need Aftercare
Popping in for a bonus post on here to share some exciting news: I'm going Rogue...Mentor, that is! I've been selected as a Rogue Mentor for the Spring/Summer 2022 session and I can't wait to get started. You can view an image-light version of my wish list on the Rogue Mentor site as well as … Continue reading I’m Going Rogue: Mentor Wish Lists Are Live!
This is the house that oligopoly built... When I originally set out to blog on this topic two weeks ago, I intended to write an explainer of WHY publishing is not okay. My first draft focused on professional burnout, the oligopoly of the Big Four, disruptive technology, and how labor exploitation lines the pockets of … Continue reading The Publishing Industry Is Not Okay. Now What?
This is not a recipe blog. Or is it? Okay, maybe it is, because today I'm sharing my recipe for cooking up the publishing equivalent of a soufflé: the much-dreaded query letter. Most authors hate writing them, but query letters are a prerequisite for fiction submissions to most agents and editors. A good one will … Continue reading The 5 Essential Ingredients of an Effective Query Letter
Pitch Wars is dead. Long live Pitch Wars. Last Tuesday's announcement by Brenda Drake, the founder of the Pitch Wars mentorship program, sent shockwaves through all of my writing groups. https://twitter.com/PitchWars/status/1493595439005945856?s=20&t=NSxsdbjgV_CZ9Us3XFm5sg My 2020 alumni chat, now the penultimate mentee class, gathered in our Discord chat for a virtual group hug, expressing sadness, surprise, and gratitude … Continue reading Pitch Wars Is Over. Its Legacy Is Just Beginning.