Apr 30

April 30, 2015

The blockbuster 10th episode of Ditch Diggers! Co-hosted by New York Times best-selling author Gail Carriger!

Some good things do last, folks. At the end of 2014 Campbell Award-winning author Mur Lafferty and I recorded a podcast with no name. We had a frank and honest discussion, not about writing, but about our careers as writers. That conversation spawned something we still didn’t fully understand called Ditch Diggers, and over the past several months we’ve slowly figured out what this show is and not only has it gotten pretty popular, it’s gotten, in my humble opinion,…

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Apr 24

April 24, 2015

Crowdfunding! Reapportioned sex robots! A new Ditch Diggers is live!

Campbell Award-winning author Mur Lafferty and Knott’s Berry Farm’s Ghosts of the Old West Elementary School Short Story Contest-winning author Matt Wallace are back at it again, folks! We’ve got a brand new installment of our writing-as-a-job podcast for you, and it’s about when NOT to crowdfund and/or self-publish your work. We also field questions from Twitter about writing schedules, how to balance your writing business admin with your actual writing, and using email lists, newsletters, and book blast services…

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Apr 14

April 14, 2015

Brianna Wu! Conventions! Morgan Freeman’s wrapping room! A new episode of Ditch Diggers is live!

Hey, folks. Campbell Award winning author Mur Lafferty and I  are back again for a new episode of your favorite podcast about writing as a job. We call it Ditch Diggers. In this episode Mur and I talk about us both being mentioned in Entertainment Weekly in the same week for totally unrelated reasons (they talked about Mur’s Twitter creation #Sansaball and I was credited as “other industry source”). We also briefly touch on Morgan Freeman’s penchant for multi-lingual versions of Uno…

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Apr 2

April 2, 2015

I’m pleased to announce ENVY OF ANGELS coming October 20th, 2015 from Tor.com!

  Big news today, folks. You might recall back in February I announced I’ve signed for two books in a new original urban fantasy series with Tor.com’s innovative novella project. Well, today I am pleased to announce that the debut book in the series, ENVY OF ANGELS, will be released on October 20th, 2015! This is a big deal, folks. I have neither the time nor the inclination to be humble about it. This is a big new thing Tor.com is…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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