Nightingale Songs and a whole lot of running

It’s happened! For those of you that don’t know, last year, released a book titled . He also ran a short story contest which I entered and was a finalist. Today, my story, “Memory of Justice” was released as part of a mini-anthology called , available on Amazon. It’s free for a limited time. I’ve been revising Alacia, hoping to get it done before WorldCon, but that doesn’t look too likely. Dreams of the Elder Gods is done, more or less, however, so it should still be a profitable trip. I’ve also decided to make Alacia into a YA. I think it fits into that bracket quite nicely, but it just can’t be done by the end of the month. I need to add a second POV to give it a sense of urgency that the current draft is...

Superstar Writing Seminar 2012 and current projects

I just got back from the Superstart Writing Seminar in Las Vegas, a yearly seminar held by Kevin J Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, David Farland, Brandon Sanderson, and Eric Flit.  This year, James Owens and Dean Wesley Smith were also there.  As always, this seminar was immeasurably valuable.  It is a must for anyone who wants to be a professional writer.  Not only do they cover things like copyright law, networking, and contract negotiation, but you also get to spend time with New York Times best selling authors.  Just as important, they get to know you. Events like this are the reason I get to have dinner with Kevin J Anderson whenever he’s in town.  Highlights were when Brandon Sanderson helped me come up a pitch for two of my books, and the session on...

Writing for properties

As I tend to do sometimes, I was looking through the qualifying markets of SFWA and I saw Black Library, the imprint that does Warhammer/40K books. Obviously, that’s not too surprising, but I’ve never really considered trying to get published there. The reason is that those two universes are properties. Writing for properties is different from writing in your own universe. First of all, even if you create a completely original character in that property, the rights to that character do not belong to you. If I get Soul of Humanity published, I can do whatever I want with Corlath or the Ascalon or curians, but if I write a story on the Phoenix Guard, Kintos, Kintos belongs to Black Library and Games-Workshop. That’s not really a deterrent,...