Category Archives: For Writers

Posts that should interest other writers in science fiction and fantasy, as well as other genres

Trade Fairs: They’re all about the booksellers 0 (0)

A couple weeks ago at the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association (MPIBA) Trade Show, I helped out at a booth for the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and the local Mystery Writers of America. While I was there, it struck me that many beginning authors and writers don’t know much about book trade fairs. Are […]

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What do authors chat about at signings? 0 (0)

Jeanne Stein and I have much in common, more than just having our books shelved close (alphabetically) in the SF/F section. We’re members of RMFW and we both have strong heroines, where Jeanne writes Urban Fantasy (the Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles) and I write military-flavored SF (the Major Ariane Kedros Novels). Our first publications are […]

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Creating a book trailer 0 (0)

Authors are now encouraged to have book trailers (usually before the book comes out, but I flouted tradition, again). There are companies who will create book trailers for authors, but what does a former software engineer with a dangerous bit of Photoshop (PS) experience think when looking at those prices? I can do that myself! […]

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PPLD Mountain of Authors, PPWC 0 (0)

Here I am at my table at the Pikes Peak Library District’s (PPLD) 4th annual Mountain of Authors. I was invited to attend and be on their genre author panel. Surprisingly, almost all the other authors spent their introduction time explaining why their books don’t really qualify as genre (to be fair, one of the […]

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Writer’s block can have physical causes 0 (0)

The basement is finally finished and livable, just in time for my sister-in-law’s Thanksgiving visit. More important, I finally got back into book #3 because I learned something important about my writer’s block: the medicine (beta-blocker) that I’d been given in June to subdue my horrendous headaches is known to affect creativity and concentration. My […]

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My first editorial letter 0 (0)

I have no idea where February went, but March has been filled with making changes to Peacekeeper. I received my first editorial letter, which is always scary for a writer, from my editor Jessica. She didn’t want serious plot/characterization changes, but she did ask for clarification in certain parts. She also wanted one or two […]

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