It’s About Good Use of Your Resources.

Making Money Mondays…

Morning ALL!

To be published, there is nothing better than the one-on-one of a writer to an editor, talking about a proposal, an ongoing project, or even a project that didn’t go well and didn’t sell well. Unless you are independently wealthy or have a sugar-honey-love, and can make trips to New York to talk to editors, and actually get an appointment (no they usually even don’t make lunch appointments with prospective writers, despite what film industry says), you need to go to writers’ conferences.

Which cost money.

So what to do? First, make a list of what you want out of your dollar spent: Editors as guests? Professional writers in your genre as guests? Opportunity to pitch your project? Opportunity to have a professional critique your writing? Cost of hotel within a certain price range? Near to your house? Inexpensive travel? Restaurants nearby?

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Three TOP TENs

I just got back from CONCAROLINAS 2016. This is a great con. If you’ve never been, you should go! However, at all cons there are the usual problems—some big, some merely annoying, some that might be viewed with disagreement. At CC this year, the biggest problem was with the AC not working in the ENTIRE WRITER AREA. It was hot!

To make your future con experience better, here are my thoughts on Cons in general: Top ten things NOT to do on a panel.


We’ve all been there, when someone disrupts a panel. (Maybe we’ve even done it, all without thinking, and regret it later.) We’ve been on a panel and we see actions by someone in the room that just feels wrong. Or an action by a moderator that lets things get out of control. So for the writer out there who hopes one day to be on […]

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Just back from Dragon*Con late last night and as usual the day after a big con, I’m sleep deprived, elated and let down all at the same time. Sleep deprivation is obvious, of course – who sleeps at a con before it becomes an absolute necessity? You might miss something! Elated because of the fabulous people met and wonderful contacts made. Our booth included incredible authors like David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson, Faith Hunter, Kalayna Price, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Diana Peterfreund, C.L. Wilson, Jennifer St. Giles, Deidre Knight, John Hartness, James Tuck, Elaine Isaak, and Tracy Akers. Many, many books sold out, including THIEFTAKER by D.B. Jackson and the first novel (and sometimes others) in about every series. I wished I’d brought more BAD BLOOD! I know I wasn’t the only one kicking myself for being conservative. Let down because now I have to get back to real life. Although there’s […]

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Writing Life — An Aspiring Writer’s Guide to Conventions and Conferences

Dragon*Con, Atlanta’s humongous science fiction and fantasy convention, takes place this coming weekend, and many of us MW-types are planning to attend. I’ll be on several panels and will also be doing a reading and book signings. My (still incomplete) schedule can be found here. Faith, Misty, A.J., and Kalayna are on the program as well, as are big names from the worlds of television, movies, science, and literature. It should be a blast, and we hope to see many of you there.

This struck me as a good time to return once more to the subject of conventions and conferences. Over the next two months I will be attending not only Dragon*Con, but also the annual conference of the South Carolina Writers’ Workshop, and World Fantasy Convention, which takes place this year out in San Diego. Each of these events, as well as other conventions I attend during the […]

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So there I was, in the elevator, and who walked in?

Blurb /blɜrb/: 1. a brief advertisement or announcement, esp. a laudatory one 2. to advertise or praise

Yesterday, in her excellent post on “bait and hook”, Faith mentioned an agent meeting that served as a turning point for Kim Harrison. In the weeks prior to the meeting, Faith spent a good deal of time helping all of us learn how to blurb our work. I’m sure you’re familiar with blurbs on book covers, lines of praise that are used to help sell the book. Blurbs are also excellent tools for the author approaching an agent or editor. I don’t know how many of you have been to any writing conferences or met many agents. Sometimes these events are so crowded that your chance at a one-on-one may come in an elevator, or while waiting in line for the lunch buffet. Trust me…if you luck onto two minutes of an […]

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Redemption and Cons

A lot of things happen at a conference, especially one with both a writing fan angle. Add in a gaming element and it takes on a totally different atmosphere and feel. My previous exposure to conferences has been through the mystery genre, and let me tell ya. Them babies is very different from ConCarolinas. At no mystery con, would one walk into the ladies room and see a bikini-leather-clad dominatrix putting the finishing touches on her makeup…and then, later, leading Little Bo Peep around by a neck collar, leash, and handcuffs. It was … interesting. Hubby enjoyed every minute of the event. But I have a feeling that David and Nancy kept the girls away. *grin*

At a mystery con, people are desperately trying to get on panels, meet new fans, dress for success, meet agents, […]

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