Finding that creative spark all alone is hard enough, especially that spark that says, “I can write a *whole* book on this!” But finding that same creative spark with another person is really difficult. It doesn’t usually happen fast and the transition from solo writing to team writing can be a bumpy one.
I wrote my first two book with a cowriter, and I know how hard it can be. Gary Leveille and had our difficult moments—not in how we’d divide up that work, but in getting him to find time to write. You see, I think he had a life. I was pretty much free all the time, working only two days a week at the lab, (two, 17 hour days, but who’s counting?) and with a hubby who worked 14 hour days, five days a week. I had a lot of writing time back then. Gary didn’t.
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Release day for the hardcover of Thieves’ Quarry and the paperback edition of Thieftaker is tomorrow, July 2. This will be my fourteenth release day of an original title (I’ve had somewhere in the mid-twenties if you include all the paperback editions), and I have to admit to being every bit as nervous and excited about this one as I have been about all the others. The excitement never really gets old, and the fear never ever goes away.
As part of my ongoing Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour, I have two posts up today in addition to this one. I am at Aidan Moher’s “A Dribble of Ink” with a post about ideology and writing, which expands on a post I wrote here several weeks back. I am also interviewed at the blog of friend-of-MW, Alethea Kontis. I hope you will check out both posts.
I am too frazzled/psyched/terrified to [...]
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I first met Will McIntosh back in January of this year. We both were guests at Marscon in Williamsburgh, Virginia, and we wound up on several panels together. I had already heard of Will, of course. In this business, established professionals keep track of rising stars, and so I had been eager to meet Will for several years. See, back in 2009 Will published a story in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine called “Bridesicle.” That year, the story won the Azimov’s Reader’s Award, and the following year it won a Hugo. Yeah, that’s right. A Hugo. He wasn’t through. Will’s first novel, Soft Apocalypse, was a finalist for the 2012 Campbell Award, the 2012 Locus Award for best first novel, and the 2012 Compton Cook Award for best first novel. I know. If he wasn’t such an incredibly nice guy, I’d hate him, too.
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Happy Saturday, all!
I have a swim meet to get to — both my daughters are in the pool today. But I wanted to stop by and announce the winner of the THIEFTAKER t-shirt giveaway that I included in Monday’s post.
And the winner is . . . . . . . . . Cindy!
Cindy, please go to the D.B. Jackson website and use the “Email” link on the home page to send me a message that includes your full name, your preferred t-shirt size, and your mailing address. And congratulations!
To the rest of you, this is NOT the last t-shirt giveaway I will be doing this summer . . .
David B. Coe http://www.DavidBCoe.com http://www.dbjackson-author.com http://magicalwords.net
Was amazing. Fun. Harder than any ConCaro before. Less relaxing than any before. More emotional than any before (and that part for reasons I can’t quite articulate). Too many panels. Wow. They really worked us! The three MW seminars were *great,* but were held in rooms that were waaaay too small — standing room/sitting room-on-the-floor only. But David and Misty and I shared what we knew and the Q&As were terrific. (Someone got a pic of me snarling at David. I think he probably deserved it. LOL)
We had a fantastic MW lunch on Saturday at Boardwalk Billy’s. 52 people attended! There were several parties. And for me, Mom and her bestie and my bestie were there, which means responsibility that always goes beyond the usual Con responsibilities . David B Coe had his daughter there. Schlomo came to visit for a good one liner. (Inside joke.) Misty had her [...]
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Lots on today’s agenda, and I’m already running late, because I got home too late last night to post this ahead of time:
First, ConCarolinas was great fun. Magical Words has definitely left its mark on the convention: among the professionals appearing were ten current or former Magical Words contributors — Faith, Misty, John, James, Carrie, Kalayna, Edmund, A.J., Stuart, and me. And among those attending were many of our regular readers. I want to give a special thanks to Mud and Laura, who threw a terrific party on Saturday night. And I also want to thank everyone who not only made me feel welcome, but who also took under their collective wing my younger daughter, who came with me to the con. We had a great weekend.
Second, today marks the kickoff of my Summer 2013 THIEVES’ QUARRY Blog Tour. Yeah, I know: I’m here at MW most Mondays, [...]
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