Allies and Enemies: Exiles – 2017 Dragon Award Finalist

Something incredible has happened. Allies and Enemies: Exiles has been named a finalist for “Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel” for the 2017 Dragon Awards hosted by Dragon Con. And you’re totally behind this! You might remember that last year, Allies and Enemies: Fallen, had also made to the short list in the same category in the inaugural year of the awards. I’m flattered and deeply honored to end up a finalist again. I’ll be there to cheer on the winners at this year’s Dragon Awards ceremony on Sunday, September 3rd during Dragon Con in steamy Atlanta, GA. It...
Murderbots and Other Stuff You Should Read

Murderbots and Other Stuff You Should Read

Hey! This one goes out to indie authors. You’ve heard that advice to read a lot if you’re looking to up your game as an author. It’s a great way to learn your craft as you entertain your brain. (Not to mention support your brethren.) And, I don’t know about you, but I gain inspiration when I enjoy a well-written story. It’s some great advice. I read about 2-3 books a week. Not all of them are fiction. There’s some non-fiction writing craft stuff in there too. Here’s a shout out to some books that I’ve recently “discovered” and don’t...
Hey, Bub! Get a Book Bub!

Hey, Bub! Get a Book Bub!

I’ve become obsessed with landing a BookBub deal for  Allies and Enemies. At the time of this writing, I’m still waiting to hear about my latest deal submission. (So, fingers crossed on that, ok?) Anyway, I owe some of this obsession to the recent post over at Dave Chesson’s Kindlepreneur site. [Excellent place to check out info on self-publishing and run by a super nice dude, BTW.] I can’t be alone when I ponder the questions: who is/are Book Bub? Why are they so powerful? So let’s unpack this. I’m going to preface this by saying, that I based this post...
Eating Your Young

Eating Your Young

  Yesterday, I read a somewhat mean-spirited post by one of my favorite authors. Throughout his tirade, he maintains that he was speaking to a particular subset of independently published writers that release poorly written stories with zero editing and bad covers. He’s known for these spittle-flecked tirades laced with gruesome metaphor and massive doses of 6th-grade humor. I’m told that he’s actually a very nice guy in person. But posts like this are his shtick. It’s what he does. I get it. This post struck a nerve with me, not just because he called out indie authors, but because...

Short Stories: Chihuahuas vs. Dire Wolves

Here’s a theory—Chihuahuas have the souls of larger dogs (most likely dire wolves) wedged into those tiny little bodies. It would explain why these tiny pups think they’re big enough to take on a cat twice their size or why they always seem to shake. (The shaking is actually their molecules vibrating with the effort to keep all that “big dog soul” energy contained in such a small package.) Like I said, a theory. Consider short stories. You’re trying to package an entire universe, complete with exposition and world-building into this teeny weeny manuscript that shouldn’t be more than 30,000...
Keeping it real

Keeping it real

Recently, I was interviewed for the Rocking Self-Publishing podcast by the charming Simon Whistler. (The podcast should air on 3/30. I say should because I’d like to give Simon an easy out in case he realizes what a spaz I am.) This was a fantastic experience for me. Not only was it lots of fun chatting with Simon, but he asked some excellent questions. During the interview, I had the chance to discuss my personal philosophies on being an indie-author and ran through my Top 5 Elements of Middling Success or How to Fail Upwards. (I’m still working on the...
Livin’ the Con Life

Livin’ the Con Life

I’ve been going to science fiction conventions for over a decade now. My first one “barely” qualifies as a real con in the eyes of the true, hard-core convention goer. It was poorly attended, run by a company that charged crazy money for the pleasure of sitting in a room to watch some of my fave actors talk about their experience with Star Trek and its various spawned franchises. The dealer room was basically a closet and the food was ridiculously expensive. It sounds like a dreadful experience. But, you know what? I was hooked. It was like the mother...
Write a @$%*! Author Bio, already.

Write a @$%*! Author Bio, already.

You stare at the blank screen. The little cursor is blinking away—you swear it’s mocking you. You have to be witty, charming, appealing. You have to write your author bio. Sure, you can talk about your book for hours, but when it’s time to talk about you, your muse clams up and slinks off to a desolate corner of your little mental cocktail party or maybe goes to bury herself under the thick pile of winter coats in the master bedroom. You need a good author bio. It may seem unimportant: why would anyone care if you live in Montana?...
Meet Me At Arisia 2017

Meet Me At Arisia 2017

Arisia, “New England’s Largest and Most Diverse Sci-Fi & Fantasy Convention” has just announced its programming for 2017 and I am delighted to be on two panels. Taking place from January 13 – 16, 2017 at the Westin Boston Waterfront hotel, this con seems to grow bigger every year. I’ve been attending religiously, but this is my first chance to be part of a panel as a legit author (the second panel is about costuming). This year’s Guest of Honor is Ursula Vernon. If you’re attending Arisia, why not stop by and say hi? Marketing Your Book in a Digital Age...