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Freelancer Summary November 2014

Only one more of these to go.

Ever wonder what a freelance author/editor does? Each month of 2014, I’m going to list my daily notes on what I do. As I always say, being your own boss means you choose with 70 hours of the week you work. None of this talks about the random pub IMs, time doing research, time reading books for blurbs, introductions, and reviews, or short author questions. It doesn’t cover my pays-the-bills work either. This is just publishing industry stuff. “Answered pub industry email” can be anything from a request for an interview, to contract queries, to reading anthology invites, to answering questions about dates… and the list goes on.

November

 

2014.11.01

Answered pub industry email. Wrote 2100 words on NEVER LET ME LEAVE. Googlegroup posts. Personal blog post. (2100)

 

 

Sunday

2014.11.02

Answered pub industry email. Wrote 2200 words on NEVER LET ME LEAVE. (4300)

2014.11.03

Answered pub industry email. Skype Interview with Adventures in Scifi Publishing podcast. Client call. Blog post. Wrote 2300 words on NEVER LET ME LEAVE. (6600)

2014.11.04

Answered pub industry email. Editing for a client. Wrote 2700 words on NEVER LET ME LEAVE. (9300)

2014.11.05

Answered pub industry email. Editing for a client. Art notes for novella. Skype interview. Wrote 3000 words on NEVER LET ME LEAVE. (12300)

2014.11.06

Convention prep. A whole lot of it. Editing for a client. Layout proof. Wrote 2300 words on NEVER LET ME LEAVE. (14600)

2014.11.07

OryCon. Panels. Publisher meeting. Back cover copy of a book. Wrote 1700 words on NEVER LET ME LEAVE. (16300)

2014.11.08

OryCon. Panels. Publisher meeting. Shattered Shields release party. Wrote 1300 words on NEVER LET ME LEAVE. (17600)

 

 

Sunday

2014.11.09

OryCon. Panels. Powell’s group signing. Answered pub industry email.

2014.11.10

Answered pub industry email. Proofed final of Dreams of a Thousand Young. Editing for a client. Anthology admin stuff. Wrote 2200 words on NEVER LET ME LEAVE. (19800)

2014.11.11

Answered pub industry email. AIP Blog post. Personal Blog post. Editing for a client. Anthology admin stuff. Wrote 2500 words on NEVER LET ME LEAVE. (22300)

2014.11.12

Answered pub industry email. Baen Universe Podcast. Processed proof notes for FROST. Wrote 2200 words on NEVER LET ME LEAVE. (24500)

2014.11.13

Answered pub industry email. Processed edits on an anthology story and returned it to the editor. Anthology admin stuff. Wrote 2300 words on NEVER LET ME LEAVE. (26800)

2014.11.14

Answered pub industry email. Reoutline act four of NLML. Wrote 3200 words on NEVER LET ME LEAVE. (30000)

2014.11.15

Answered pub industry email. Article for Suvudu.com. Wrote 2400 words on NEVER LET ME LEAVE. (32400)

 

 

Sunday

2014.11.16

Wrote 2600 words on NEVER LET ME LEAVE. (35000)

2014.11.17

Answered pub industry email. Invoiced a client. AIP Blog post. Reoutline act four of NLML. Reading at University Bookstore. Wrote 2600 words on NEVER LET ME LEAVE. (37500)

2014.11.18

Answered pub industry email. Wrote an SF Signal Mind Meld. Invoiced a client. Wrote 2500 words on NEVER LET ME LEAVE. (40000)

2014.11.19

Answered pub industry email. Contract negotiation x2. Author picture photoshoot. Wrote 3500 words on NEVER LET ME LEAVE. (43500)

2014.11.20

Answered pub industry email. Signed contract to be a special guest at the 2015 Gamehole convention. Signed contract to be a GoH at LepreCon 2015. Wrote 2500 words on NEVER LET ME LEAVE. (46000)

2014.11.21

Answered pub industry email. Wrote 4180 words on NEVER LET ME LEAVE. (50180)

2014.11.22

Answered pub industry email. Article for SFWA blog. Wrote 620 words on NEVER LET ME LEAVE. (50800)

 

 

Sunday

2014.11.23

Updated AIP store. AIP Blog post. FROST last minute details.

2014.11.24

Answered pub industry email.

2014.11.25

Answered pub industry email. Wrote 1850 words for Girls on Games chapter.

2014.11.26

Answered pub industry email. Answered an interview.

2014.11.27

Answered pub industry email. Answered convention survey. Blurb for a novel.

2014.11.28

Answered pub industry email. Answered SFWA survey. Answered HWA survey.

2014.11.29

Answered pub industry email. Back cover copy. Paid PA.

 

 

Sunday

2014.11.30

Answered pub industry email. Update AIP website. Wrote 101 words for Girls on Games chapter.

When I type THE END

I've just typed "The End" on NEVER LET ME LEAVE at 51,000 words. But the book is nowhere near complete. When the novel hits "The End" for me, it isn't done. The bare bones have been laid. I have the shape of the story down and in my head.

But, I have a ton of notes that I've written myself that will add probably another 5K to the book. THEN there's the polish and descriptor adds so that I don't have talking heads in a white room. Here's some of the notes I left myself for NEVER LET ME LEAVE.

NOTE: Change floor to Level. Change “taser” to stun gun and describe.
NOTE: Figure actual, specific timeline for the book.
NOTE: Figure out when Carrie got the sedative.
NOTE: Mention the purse a couple more times.
NOTE: Figure out where stun guns and guns are for each chapter.
NOTE: Figured out where access cards are.
NOTE: Stairwells are black dark when red. Hard to get through. (find flashlights)
NOTE: Signs of eating and drinking.

While I'm adding these things I already know I need, I will mark certain spots to strengthen. Or that need a bit more an expert's advice. For example, I know just enough about computer programming to be dangerous. I broke software for a living before I became a writer. I need someone like The Husband to help make the technobabble not only plausible but real. Or get my friend, Joe, to help me with some of the stun gun details.This will add another 2000-3000 words.

After that, the manuscript is put away until January. January 1, I open the file and I start from the top, polishing, adding, fixing, editing. By the time that is done, I will feel like I almost have a real novel in front of me.

Freelancer Summary October 2014

Ever wonder what a freelance author/editor does? Each month of 2014, I’m going to list my daily notes on what I do. As I always say, being your own boss means you choose with 70 hours of the week you work. None of this talks about the random pub IMs, time doing research, time reading books for blurbs, introductions, and reviews, or short author questions. It doesn’t cover my pays-the-bills work either. This is just publishing industry stuff. “Answered pub industry email” can be anything from a request for an interview, to contract queries, to reading anthology invites, to answering questions about dates… and the list goes on.

October

 

2014.10.01

Answered pub industry email. AIP and JenniferBrozek Googlegroup posts. Contract negotiation. Freelancer Summary blog post. Wrote 308 words on co-written Lovecraft story. Submitted story to Jim Baen Memorial contest.

2014.10.02

Answered pub industry email. Logged expenses for Context 27. Conversation with new editorial intern. Wrote 150 words on co-written Lovecraft story, edited it, and sent it back to co-author. Submitted novel for an award.

2014.10.03

Answered pub industry email. Wrote 850 words on Locus article.

2014.10.04

Answered pub industry email. Wrote back cover copy for The Beast Within 4: Gears & Growls. Edited Locus article and turned it in. Poke authors who miss deadlines.

 

 

Sunday

2014.10.05

Answered pub industry email. Filled out convention survey. Edits on co-written Lovecraft story. Approved cover images for AIP books.

2014.10.06

Answered pub industry email. “Tell Me” blog post. Outlined Shadowrun story. Wrote 47 words on the Shadowrun story.

2014.10.07

Answered pub industry email. AIP Blog post. Personal Blog post. Wrote 578 words on the Shadowrun story. Cover art for anthology. AIP work for book bundle.

2014.10.08

Answered pub industry email. Proofs on Locus article. Wrote 2419 words on the Shadowrun story.

2014.10.09

Answered pub industry email. AIP PR stuff. Wrote 2805 words on the Shadowrun story. November releases PR work.

2014.10.10

Wrote 253 words on the Shadowrun story, edited it, and turned it in. Blurb for a book. Updated personal blog. Joined Authorgraph.com

2014.10.11

Answered pub industry email. Updated personal blog. Joined Authorgraph.com. Horror Selfie.

 

 

Sunday

2014.10.12

Answered pub industry email.

2014.10.13

Answered pub industry email. Signed Editorial contract. AIP Blog. New “Tell Me” Blog. Approved layout of Gears & Growls.  Poked artists with sticks.

2014.10.14

Answered pub industry email. Bubble and Squeek post. Prepped Chimera Incarnate and sent it to editor. Poked artists with sticks. Outlined Nun story.

2014.10.15

Answered pub industry email. Invoiced a client. Wrote 100 words on the Nun story. Book bundle contract.

2014.10.16

Answered pub industry email. Emailed Book bundle resources to publisher. Approve book cover. Approve bookblock for AGD. Wrote 710 words on the Nun story. Anthology cover approval.

2014.10.17

Answered pub industry email. Wrote 1277 words on the Nun story. Convention survey.

2014.10.18

Answered pub industry email. Wrote 468 words on the Nun story.

 

 

Sunday

2014.10.19

Answered pub industry email. PR approval.

2014.10.20

Tell Me blog post. Wrote 662 words on the Nun story. Apocalypse Girl Dreaming cover reveal.

2014.10.21

Answered pub industry email. Personal Blog post. Wrote 1884 words on the Nun story.

2014.10.22

Answered pub industry email. Wrote 713 words on the Nun story.

2014.10.23

Answered pub industry email. Wrote 286 words on the Nun story and edited it.

2014.10.24

Answered pub industry email. Final edits on Flotsam 2, FROST.

2014.10.25

Answered pub industry email. Final edits on Flotsam 2, FROST.

 

 

Sunday

2014.10.26

Answered pub industry email. Sent FROST off to proofer. Valdemar story pitch.

2014.10.27

Answered pub industry email. AIP blog post. Process feedback on Nun story.

2014.10.28

Answered pub industry email. Personal  blog post. Process feedback on Nun story.

2014.10.29

Answered pub industry email. NaNo prep. Wrote the OryCon convention card. Paid PA.

2014.10.30

Answered pub industry email. Character studies for Never Let Me Leave. Process feedback on Nun story and added 200 words.

2014.10.31

Answered pub industry email. Print OryCon convention card. Process edits for Dreams of a Thousand Young and turned it back in. Turned in Nun story.

NaNoWriMo 2014

I am gearing up to participate in NaNoWriMo again, officially, this year. I don’t participate every year. My thoughts on it have changed. When I first started, back in…uh…2006?

[I know I participated in 2007. I wrote THE LITTLE FINANCE BOOK THAT COULD back then. But I think I did Regresser’s Evolution in 2006. There’s a novel that will never see the light of day. But, I digress…]

When I first started, I looked at NaNo as motivation to finally finish a novel in a concrete amount of time. Now, I look at NaNo as a conveniently placed “get shit done before the end of the year” motivator. Thus, I don’t always traditionally participate. One year, it was “finish all of the contracted short stories” NaNo. Another, it was “finish this damn RPG sourcebook” NaNo.

However, when the stars align, and I have a new novel to write, and it is scheduled for the fall, I try to schedule it for NaNoWriMo. This year, everything has fallen into place and it’s time for me to write the next Melissa Allen book, NEVER LET ME LEAVE. The first Melissa Allen book, NEVER LET ME SLEEP, was written during the 2011 NaNo in 13 days. That will not happen here. Mostly because it is a bigger book with more principle characters.

Now. Some people love NaNo. Some people hate it. I use it as a tool. It is an artificial deadline and it gets me working to deadline speeds. Most of the time, I look at my NaNo draft as a 50,000+ word outline and my next draft is the real book. This is my recommendation to everyone. Your NaNo book is your detailed outline. Nothing more.

I know I will do well because this is what I do the rest of the year. Only, I need to make my words publishable words. So far, this year, I’ve written about 145,850 new words of fiction. Never mind the emails, contracts, editing, etc… I’ve done. That’s just under an average of 15,000 new words to be published every month of the year. Or 3650 new fiction words a week. Or an average of 521 new fiction words every single day of the year.

Obviously, I don’t write every single day of the year. To date, my least amount of words written in one day (when I wrote) was: 11 (Jan 14). The most: 4512 (Feb 21, Rainforest Writing Retreat).  The point is this: I wrote steadily and consistently to an average weekly word count. If I wasn’t writing, I editing but thinking about writing.

It’s nice to be part of the yearly writing mob scene because people who don’t really understand what it is like to write every day get a taste of it. Some people love it. Some people don’t. I’m going to enjoy my NaNo time and the fact that people, for at least a little while, understand what it is to be consumed by story writing.

I’m GaanEden on NaNoWriMo. Feel free to become my writing buddy.

Freelancer Summary September 2014

Ever wonder what a freelance author/editor does? Each month of 2014, I’m going to list my daily notes on what I do. As I always say, being your own boss means you choose with 70 hours of the week you work. None of this talks about the random pub IMs, time doing research, time reading books for blurbs, introductions, and reviews, or short author questions. It doesn’t cover my pays-the-bills work either. This is just publishing industry stuff. “Answered pub industry email” can be anything from a request for an interview, to contract queries, to reading anthology invites, to answering questions about dates… and the list goes on.

September

 

2014.09.01

Answered pub industry email. Googlegroup posts. Tell Me blog post. Copy edits on The Bringer of War. Wrote 668 words on Chimera Incarnate 7.

2014.09.02

Answered pub industry email. AIP Blog post. Freelancer Summary blog post. Quarterly tax payment. Personal blog post. Copy edits on The Bringer of War and sent to proofer. Edited Chimera Incarnate 7 and sent to alpha readers.

2014.09.03

Re-outlined last third of Chimera Incarnate for pacing. Wrote 1205 words on Chimera Incarnate 8.

2014.09.04

Paid SFWA dues and updated profile. Wrote 2110 words on Chimera Incarnate 8.

2014.09.05

Answered pub industry email. Wrote 1855 words on Chimera Incarnate 8, edited and sent off to alpha readers..

2014.09.06

Wrote 1405 words on Chimera Incarnate 9.

 

 

Sunday

2014.09.07

Wrote 600 words on Chimera Incarnate 9.

2014.09.08

Answered pub industry email. Convention hotel booking. Reconfirm travel arrangements to Context 27. Phone call with publisher. Wrote 2253 words on Chimera Incarnate 9.

2014.09.09

Answered pub industry email. Sent author interview out. Processed Proofer notes on The Bringer of War. Edited Chimera Incarnate 9 and sent to alpha readers.

2014.09.10

Answered pub industry email. Wrote 2150 words on Chimera Incarnate 10. Phone call with publisher.

2014.09.11

Answered pub industry email. 2nd notice on an invoice to a client. Wrote 2027 words on Chimera Incarnate 10. Tracked now authors new addresses for royalty checks.

2014.09.12

Answered pub industry email. Wrote 671 words on Chimera Incarnate 10, edited it, and sent it to alpha readers. Shutterstock search for cover art. Blocked out the fights in Chimera Incarnate 11.

2014.09.13

Blocked out the final fight scenes in Chimera Incarnate 11. Wrote 1730 words on Chimera Incarnate 11. Logged royalty reports/checks.

 

 

Sunday

2014.09.14

Answered pub industry email. Wrote 1163 words on Chimera Incarnate 11.

2014.09.15

Answered pub industry email. Invoiced a client. Wrote 2140 words on Chimera Incarnate 11.

2014.09.16

Answered pub industry email. Edited Chimera Incarnate 11 and sent it to alpha readers. Context workshop prep. Wrote 1012 words on Chimera Incarnate 12.

2014.09.17

Answered pub industry email. Wrote 1632 words on Chimera Incarnate 12. Consultation for contracts. Blog post.

2014.09.18

Answered pub industry email. Wrote 1650 words on Chimera Incarnate 12. Context workshop prep.

2014.09.19

Answered pub industry email. Podcast prep. Wrote 868 words on Chimera Incarnate 12 and typed THE END on the rough draft of Chimera Incarnate, fourth and final book of the Karen Wilson Chronicles. YAY. Send Chimera Incarnate 12 to alpha readers. Approved Famished #3 outline.

2014.09.20

Answered pub industry email. Plotted out the novel due dates vs conventions dates for 2015. Geekerati podcast interview.

 

 

Sunday

2014.09.21

Answered pub industry email. Convention questionnaire.

2014.09.22

Answered pub industry email. Wrote Context convention card. Processed The Bringer of War proof marks. Character Tour blog post.

2014.09.23

Answered pub industry email. Convention prep. AIP Blog post.

2014.09.24

Answered pub industry email. Convention prep. Pack. Leave for Context.

2014.09.25

Arrive for Context. Context guest dinner, etc…

2014.09.26

Context. Panels

2014.09.27

Context. Anthology Workshop, panels, signing.

 

 

Sunday

2014.09.28

Context. Outlining Novels Workshop, panels. Travel Home.

2014.09.29

Answered pub industry email. Convention Catch-up (so much email). Publish The Bringer of War. Proof edits for Apocalypse Girl Dreaming. Paid PA.

2014.09.30

Answered pub industry email. Chasing down invoices. Context write up blog post. Processed final proof edits on Apocalypse Girl Dreaming. Wrote 70 words on Lovecraft story.

Context and the Great, Big Shock

I'm back from Context 27 and it was a great time. Steven Saus and Lucy Snyder did an excellent job of Programming and Workshops. My audiences were engaged, inquisitive, and eager to learn. That's ideal for workshops. I'm so pleased that many of my students thanked me after my workshops and panels were done.

Betsy Mitchell was wonderful to talk to and Jonathan Maberry was a joy to meet. He really is that awesome. I finally got to go to an Apex party and taste Jason's "red stuff" and "purple stuff." The Apex parties legend for a reason. Geoffrey Girard was part of it with his Cain's Blood (too tasty for safety for me).

Context 27 really was a good conference. If you are looking for an intimate, informative writing convention, Context is a good choice.

And now for the great, big shock...

I spent a lot of time talking with the convention attendees. One guy, RR, dropped this little factoid on me. He has 6 completed genre novels but he is afraid to send them out because, according to his writing professors at Purdue... “If your first novel is not the 'great American novel' you will never have a writing career.”

WTF?!

When I was told this, and it was confirmed by another student from Purdue, I was aghast and outraged. Every single publishing professional I told about this was just as shocked and angry as I was.  “If your first novel isn't a Great American Novel, you will never have a writing career.”? This is so wrong as to be farce. At best, it is pure ignorance. At worst, it is pure maliciousness. Either way, it sounds like the Purdue English department (or some of its professors) are so out of date and out of touch with the publishing industry as to be a detriment to its student body and need a refresher course themselves.

This is one of the most exciting times in the history of publishing. There are so many avenues to take, so many opportunities to be a success as a writer. Your first novel tank? Try again. Use a pseudonym if you need to. Investigate traditional press, small press, self publishing, crowd funding, and anything else that comes up. (Except for vanity presses. Those guys are scammers.)

Good gracious, things are changing so fast and there are so many ways to get your words out there. Don't say a writer will never succeed if they don't succeed with their first novel. That’s just dumb.

You have to get your novels out there. It's the only way to learn and grow as an author. You have to fail, to only partially or fully succeed, to go through the submission process, dealing with contracts, dealing with revision and rewrites, to work to a publishing house schedule. You have to get out there and learn by doing. It is this process that makes you a better writer and a professional. Until you do, you can't understand what is expected.

And another thing, Purdue...

While talking to RR and the other student, I noticed something. Anytime they spoke about themselves or their writing, their shoulders hunched in anticipation of pain. Both of them marveled at just how much the publishing industry professionals, and the other convention members, were positive, helpful, and supportive. How much they worked to help each other to advise, or direct each other to needed resources.

Apparently, at Purdue, the writing students are mentally and emotionally beaten about the head and shoulders and told how much the publishing industry is all about competition. When the idea of being supportive and collaborative is foreign, there is something wrong.

Almost every successful writer got advice as they emerged. They learned, grew, and were support as a writer by other writers. Mentorship is not an extinct concept. Don't teach that it is. One author does not need to fail in order for another to succeed. Publishing does not work like that. And no, it's not all roses and sunshine. For that point of view, read Chuck Wendig's Tough Talk post. But still. Your students shouldn't walk around wincing like a veteran with PTSD.

Bubble and Squeek for 2 Sep 2014

The Writer's Edition

Article: What does it take to write a book? The five qualities published authors share.

Article: How to Fall In Love With Writing Again. Dealing with burn out and the blahs.

Article: 21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Writing Tips From Great Authors. These weren't that harsh to me. More common sense.

Article: Writers, Should You Quit Your Day Job? Short answer: probably not.

Article: How to Write Descriptive Passages Without Boring the Reader or Yourself. All about touching the senses.

Kickstarter: Girls on Games: A Look at the Fairer Side of the Industry. It's already funded and I'm writing a chapter on tie-in fiction.

Freelancer Summary August 2014

Ever wonder what a freelance author/editor does? Each month of 2014, I’m going to list my daily notes on what I do. As I always say, being your own boss means you choose with 70 hours of the week you work. None of this talks about the random pub IMs, time doing research, time reading books for blurbs, introductions, and reviews, or short author questions. It doesn’t cover my pays-the-bills work either. This is just publishing industry stuff. “Answered pub industry email” can be anything from a request for an interview, to contract queries, to reading anthology invites, to answering questions about dates… and the list goes on.

August

 

2014.08.01

Answered pub industry email. Page reviews for Shattered Shields.

2014.08.02

Edit on Chimera Incarnate 4 and sent it to alpha readers. Outlined Chimera Incarnate 5.

 

 

Sunday

2014.08.03

Answered pub industry email. Wrote 140 word Elopus story. AIP presence at Dylan Birtolo’s kickstarter Knights show.

2014.08.04

Answered pub industry email. Wrote 140 word Elopus story x2. Updated AIP page. AIP Blog post. Wrote 241 words on Chimera Incarnate 5.

2014.08.05

Answered pub industry email. Wrote 140 word Elopus story x4. Wrote 1323 words on Chimera Incarnate 5.

2014.08.06

Wrote Gen Con author story card. Wrote 140 word Elopus story. Wrote 1072 words on Chimera Incarnate 5. Posted Gen Con schedule.

2014.08.07

Answered pub industry email. Wrote 1562 words on Chimera Incarnate 5. Posted “Tell Me” blog post. Gen Con prep.

2014.08.08

Answered pub industry email. Wrote 140 word Elopus story. 447 words on Chimera Incarnate 5. Posted “Tell Me” blog post. Gen Con prep.

2014.08.09

Gen Con prep. Edit on Chimera Incarnate 5 and sent it to alpha readers.

 

 

Sunday

2014.08.10

Gen Con prep. Updated AIP webpage.

2014.08.11

Answered pub industry email. Gen Con prep. Updated AIP webpage. AIP Blog post, book release.

2014.08.12

Answered pub industry email. Read AIP novel outline. Gen Con prep. Leave for Gen Con.

2014.08.13

Gen Con, arrive and set up booth.

2014.08.14

Gen Con panels, signing, and booth. Meeting.

2014.08.15

Gen Con panels and booth. Meeting.

2014.08.16

Gen Con panels, signing, and booth. Meeting.

 

 

Sunday

2014.08.17

Answered pub industry email. Gen Con booth, tore down booth. Meeting.

2014.08.18

Answered pub industry email. Arrive home from Gen Con and collapsed.

2014.08.19

Answered pub industry email. So much email to catch up on. AIP Blog post.

2014.08.20

Answered pub industry email. Volunteer form for Sasquan. Blog post.

2014.08.21

Answered pub industry email. Submitted a story. Editorial read of Flotsam #2.

2014.08.22

Answered pub industry email. Editorial read of Flotsam #2 and sent back to author. Wrote 363 words on Chimera Incarnate 6.

2014.08.23

Sick. Answered pub industry email. Final proof edits on a short story and returned to publisher. Wrote 378 words on Chimera Incarnate 6.

 

 

Sunday

2014.08.24

Sick. Wrote 763 words on Chimera Incarnate 6.

2014.08.25

Sick. Answered pub industry email. Tell Me blog post. Wrote 535 words on Chimera Incarnate 6.

2014.08.26

Answered pub industry email. Begin copy edits on The Bringer of War. Processed the email signup list from Gen Con and added them to the appropriate email lists. Answered a SFWA survey. IM conversation for blog. Wrote 1008 words on Chimera Incarnate 6.

2014.08.27

Answered pub industry email. Gen Con follow up. Logged Gen Con expenses. Copy edits on The Bringer of War. Wrote 1400 words on Chimera Incarnate 6.

2014.08.28

Answered pub industry email. Gen Con follow up. Final proof of Valdemar story. Edited Chimera Incarnate 6 and sent to alpha readers. Copy edits on The Bringer of War.

2014.08.29

Answered pub industry email. Copy edits on The Bringer of War. Wrote 880 words on Chimera Incarnate 7.

2014.08.30

Paid PA. Copy edits on The Bringer of War. Wrote 1078 words on Chimera Incarnate 7.

 

 

Sunday

2014.08.31

Answered pub industry email. Copy edits on The Bringer of War. Wrote 1975 words on Chimera Incarnate 7.

The Writing Life for Me

I just got back from Gen Con. As usual, it was the busiest four days of the year – panels, signings, manning the booth. I got to see old friends and new. I sold a thing. I got offered a gig which I will do. I got to talk to a bunch of fans. I shared my experience and knowledge with those who asked. It was a convention.

We got to have three of AIP’s six authors at the table at one point. Four if you count me. Dylan, Ivan, and new author Wendy. She’s a sweetheart and smart! I’m so happy we’ll be publishing her next year.

I had to take the week of Gen Con off writing for two reasons: 1. Con. That’s a given. Unless under deadline, I shouldn’t do a lot of writing at a convention because I’m so tired by the end of the day. 2. I did something very bad to my shoulder and needed to rest it. It seems to be better now. But no clicky games for the foreseeable future.

Not being allowed to write always makes me want to write more. I love conventions but I’m never happier to get home, back to my routine and to write. I’m almost half-way through Chimera Incarnate and Never Let Me Leave is fully outlined. I’m giving Peter M. Ball’s Flotsam #2 a read through and then it’s onto Dylan’s Sheynan #2 for a full edit.

It’s a busy schedule but I’m looking forward to it.

The Writing Life

My life is boring from the outside. All I can talk about is what I've edited or written. I'm in a groove of work and not much more right now. A number of projects are falling in my lap all at once.

I just finished the final edits of my Shadowrun novella, Doc Wagon 19. It's been officially accepted and all that. I also just turned in Never Let Me Sleep (Permuted Press), the first book of the Melissa Allen series, my YA SF-thriller where I kill a whole state in the first chapter. Today, I'm working on the page proofs of Shattered Shields and I know page proofs for Chicks Dig Gaming are on their way.

Now, I'm shifting to writing-writing-writing. I'm working on Chimera incarnate (Apocalypse Ink Productions), the final book in the Karen Wilson Chronicles. Then I will be all about Never Let Me Leave, which is Melissa Allen #2. I also have 3 short stories due by the end of the year. So, my days will be marked by word counts, revisions, and page proofs. It's boring from the outside but awesome for me. I'm busy but I'm happy.


Still to be released in 2014

  • August, Doc Wagon 19 (Catalyst Game Labs)
  • October, "Dreams of a Thousand Young," Jazz Age Cthulhu (Innsmouth Free Press)
  • November, Shattered Shields  (Baen Books)
  • November, Chicks Dig Gaming  (Mad Norwegian Press)
  • December, "Written in the Wind," No True Way and Other Tales of Valdemar (DAW)
  • December, Apocalypse Girl Dreaming (Evil Girlfriend Media) - Though, this may move to early 2015