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    Short Story Workshop

    Here in Las Vegas… I was stunned when I discovered that there are still three spots open in the Short Story Craft Workshop here in Las Vegas, April 17th through the 21st. The workshop is taught by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, possibly the best working short story writer in the business. I was surprised there were still spots open for two reasons. First, in this workshop Kris is going to teach the craft of writing short fiction across all areas of fiction. And in our modern world of indie publishing and discoverability, short fiction is critical in every genre. Short fiction can not only can make you some nice money, but…

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    My Own Getting Ready

    Charts, Graphs, Planning… So much to do to get ready for this coming new year. And I am honestly having a blast. For example, tonight I did a 20 week chart to track my steps, my running, my weight loss, calories in, that sort of thing. (Basically a spread sheet.) But I printed it out by the week and every day I write down exactly what I managed the day before. For each week I have a goal for weight, a goal for total steps, a goal for total running miles. Going to build running slowly until May, steps stay the same at 12,000 a day, seven days a week.…

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    Dare To Be Bad Revisited For 2017

    Dare to Be Bad (I initially published this blog back about six years ago. I have updated it a little to fit going into the new year.) Kevin J. Anderson credits me with coming up with the phrase, but it was a catch phrase that Nina Kiriki Hoffman and I used in our early years of our short-story-per-week challenge. I think Nina might have said it first, but it was our chant. And I have repeated it over and over during the last few decades. Both to myself and to other writers. Now in this new world of publishing, it still applies, maybe even more. Back in my early years,…

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    Star Trek… Fifty Years

    Star Trek: Fifty Years Couldn’t let this day go by without a comment or two, since I wrote so many Star Trek books and edited it over the years as well. I was a sophomore in high school in Boise, Idaho, fifty years ago and was home that night to watch that first show that first Thursday night. We had just bought our first color television. And I was hooked. Instantly. And for the next three years I watched every show I could, including during my senior year going home on a Friday night to watch Trek. Yeah, I had that good a social life. (grin) It never once occurred…

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    Fiction River Subscription Drive: Take Two

    The Second Fiction River Subscription Drive That’s right, we’re doing it again. It seems we have a tradition. We started Fiction River on Kickstarter in 2012, did a successful subscription drive in September of 2014, and now two years later here we go again. You can see the Kickstarter drive . Kris and I have been the executive editors of this fantastic project right from the start, and also edited a bunch of volumes. We are in year #4 now and going strong and very proud of every issue. And yes, that is an original Frank Herbert story in Fiction River: Pulse Pounders.  You can see full details and information about…

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    Busy Monday (Normal)

    Busy Monday (Normal) Mondays are always nuts. Plain and simple. And today was no different. – THE DAY IN GENERAL I managed to say goodbye to the caged raccoon I had been feeding all weekend to keep alive so it could be hauled away. Then off to walk with another professional writer and talk about a session or two he and I will be doing at the Master Class in October. Great discussion while we got exercise walking in circles around a mall parking lot. Usually we walk around the mall, but it’s crazy tourist season here and the mall if full of herds. Then I went off to the…

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    Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing: Writing Fast

    Years ago I did this series called Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing. I stopped doing this because I hoped for a time that indie publishing would murder a few of the myths on its own, but sadly, it hasn’t. In fact, indie publishing created some new ones to go along with the old ones. Since I am going to blog about a ghost novel I’m writing here, I figured why not bring this forward to make sure everyone is on the same page as I go into this writing week. And maybe after I get the book done I’ll start back updating and bringing forward all these and get…

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    The New World of Publishing: Blurb Writing

    As I said in the first post of this short series, I will take a few areas of publishing and compare them across, from indie to traditional. The differences, the beliefs, the myths, and how things are actually done. The first post I did on editing and proofing, and I’ll do another on cover design, plus other areas that are common between the two forms of publishing. One area per short post. But for this second post, it’s time to talk about blurb and promotional writing. As I start this, a bunch of writers are coming into town to attend a “Pitches and Blurb” writing workshop here. It’s a four-day…

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    Some Star Trek Fun and History

    Last week in the mail I got this huge packet of royalty statements from Pocket Books. Now understand, when I say huge, I mean huge. Maybe 200 pages. I’ve written shorter novels to be honest. These statements are only for the books I did with Pocket Books that are still in print in one form or another. And a bunch of them are Star Trek books of one sort or another. Looking through those statements, it reminded me that I got a letter recently from someone questioning my credits. This poor person could not believe that anyone could have written over a hundred novels and since I was lying about that,…

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    The New World of Publishing: Book Pricing from Another Perspective

    Teri Babcock posted the following comment on the last article I wrote in this series and I asked her for permission to move it to the front page. Thanks, Teri, for permission to use it here. Teri’s comment is spot on the money in many ways, at least from my opinion. So even through I hate talking about pricing of e-books, it is an important topic for indie writers and Teri’s great comment really hits home.  And, of course, I will make some comments after his post as well. —— Teri… Went over to the Kindle boards, remembered why I don’t go there. A lot of people arguing with the…