Mar 25

March 25, 2015

Why Deadline Is the Troll We Can’t Ignore

[Forgive me if I begin here a little basic for some of you.] They’re called the “trades,” for the uninitiated out there. They aren’t magical arcane scrolls or anything. In fact, odds are good there’s one or several or several dozen related to your job. A “trade” is simply a publication that covers the news and relevant events of a particular industry and/or profession. Plumbers, baristas, waiters, welders. They all have them. It just so happens the trades covering the…


Mar 23

March 23, 2015

What’s an award actually worth? A new episode of DITCH DIGGERS is live!

Hey, folks. Live from Morgan Freeman’s half-bath, Campbell Award winning author Mur Lafferty and I are back with a brand new episode of Ditch Diggers, our NSFW podcast about writing as a job. In this episode Mur and I talk about awards, specifically the Hugos, and what their practical value is to your career as a writer. We even have statistics. That’s right, shit just got real. We also answer email and take questions from Twitter on marketing, small press, contracts,…


Mar 9

March 9, 2015

ATTENTION: A fantastic author and member of my Doc Savage-esque team of publishing adventurers needs your help!

Hey, folks. I’m going to keep this short and to the point. Brand Gamblin is known to many of you. He’s a podcaster and author of some considerable talent. He created the truly delightful Calls for Cthulhu podcast and has written novels like Tumbler, Discount Miracles, and The Hidden Institute (which features the fictional sport of bear polo, for my money a better fake game than quidditch). Brand is also part of the team I assembled a couple of years…


Mar 6

March 6, 2015

You Can’t Win: Publishing’s Culture of Extremes

You can’t win. You know that, right? That book you’re laboring over so dutifully? The novel you’ve soiled with virtually every variety of fluid contained in your body? The one you’re going to self-publish? The one you’re going to market and sell directly to the reading consumer? It might as well be a lottery ticket. Actually, your odds are probably better playing the lottery. Don’t worry. It’s the same for traditionally published authors. They can’t win, either. It doesn’t matter…


Mar 3

March 3, 2015

Episode five of DITCH DIGGERS is live and features Elizabeth f’n Bear!

Hey, folks. The fifth episode of Ditch Diggers is live! Go! Listen! Learn! Briefly, for the uninitiated: Campbell-winning author Mur Lafferty and I co-host a new podcast that is about writing as a job. It’s not a show about the craft or pursuit of writing and story, it’s about being a professional writer attempting to earn money and make a living. And it is NOT sanctioned by or affiliated with Morgan Freeman in any way. You’ll notice I’m linking you…


Mar 2

March 2, 2015

What Grief Is, and a Confession…

I’m going to tell you some things I believe about grief and the grieving process now. It’s going to be slightly rambling and not altogether fashionable, and at the end of it I’m going to make a confession. I’m going to confess to you the thing I don’t say whenever the subject of mortality comes up in conversation. This is how we’ll begin. Leonard Nimoy died last week. It impacted me the same way it impacted a lot of you….


Feb 27

February 27, 2015

Gender as Asymptotically Binary: A Different Way of Looking at Things

This is a rare thing for my blog. This is a post about someone else’s post. In the latest episode of Ditch Diggers, the writing-as-a-job podcast I co-host with author Mur Lafferty, we took a bunch of questions from Twitter at the end of the show like we always do. I suggested to Mur, quite gracious of me I thought, that we should make a point to credit all the Twitter users who asked us questions, something we tend to…


Feb 26

February 26, 2015

The fourth episode of DITCH DIGGERS is live!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, cis and non, writers of all stripes and creeds, the fourth–FOURTH–episode of Ditch Diggers is now live! If you’re new to things that are awesome, Ditch Diggers is the new(ish), inexplicably and overwhelmingly popular podcast Mur Lafferty and I host which deals specifically with writing as a job. In this episode Mur and I talk about how time elapses differently in publishing than in any other construct, the terminology of time in publishing, and…


Feb 24

February 24, 2015

Ben Woolf: Requiem for an Irregular American

“We do not live long, the big and the small.” – Andre the Giant “You’d think they [Los Angeles residents] would be more accepting of people who are different, and it’s kind of the opposite, actually.” – Ben Woolf This is Ben Woolf, actor, preschool teacher, LA resident, and Irregular American. On Monday Ben died from injuries he sustained after being hit by a car here in Los Angeles. He was 34. Reading the news shoved a large fist down…


Feb 12

February 12, 2015 and I Would Like You to Know Novellas Are the New Novel

Big news from the world of mainstream publishing today, folks, and for the first time in a long time I find myself playing a part in it. This morning announced the inaugural list of their new novella line. Launching in September of 2015, will be publishing up to five novella-length books a month. They will all be available in print, ebook, AND audiobook form simultaneously. It’s a bold, innovative move for an arm of one of the biggest…