Making money in the business of writing is hard.
Every writer learns that at some point, even New York Times Bestselling writers learn it when a book or a new series tanks, when a beloved editor is canned, or when a cover stinks, when a line of books is ended, or a company folds. The disappointment is boundless, the resulting depression can be dark and deep as an ocean. We all know that.
But success can be found (even if it was lost ). Money can be made, at any level, with perseverance and determination and creativity. It can’t be done if you give up. There’s that.
Many of you know my story.
Fifteen years with only 1 (ONE) short story sale. SO MANY REJECTIONS. HUNDREDS OF REJECTIONS. Yes hundreds. Just one positive note in 15 years. Think about that. 15 years to find the dream. Then —
Two book […]
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Last weekend, I was at Balticon. This coming weekend, I’ll be at ConCarolinas, and then after that, Origins Gaming Fair. From there on in, the summer’s pretty busy: Congregate, Confluence, LibertyCon and then DragonCon, with ContraFlow and Atomacon rounding out the year. I did four cons earlier in the year, and I’m already signing up for and getting confirmed for 2017 conventions.
Conventions are expensive. Most writers pay their own way: travel, hotel, food, vendor table and merchandise. It’s time away from family and from writing, and from sitting by the pool chilling out with a beach drink. So why do we do it? Sure, there’s visibility, meeting readers, promoting the new book. But as I saw at Balticon last weekend, the most valuable part of a convention lies in connections to other writers and the stream of information and possibilities created by good relationships.
What kind of information and […]
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I love my job. I really do. I love the freedom of working for myself. I love the fact that I’m sitting in my home office in sweatpants (shorts, actually, but there’s not a good word for those), bedroom slippers and a t-shirt with a cat coming by to check on me once in a while. I love the fact that around lunchtime Suzy will come into the office and ask me if I’m going to come eat with her, and we’ll watch an episode of Newsroom on Amazon Prime while we have lunch together, then I’ll return to the word mines for the afternoon shift. I love the fact that if something comes up, I can drop most everything and handle it.
I don’t really love the fact that I’m doing it surrounded by hundreds of pounds of cardboard boxes, all full of books, because it’s con season and […]
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The Patron and Kickstarter method of funding life and projects.
More and more we are seeing writers and others in arts and science go to the public for assistance for everything from funding a film, to producing an anthology, to creating a comic book, to producing a new battery to run cars, to making a watch, which surely must contain a genie who has magical flatulence to support the cost required by the startup money needed. Some projects are so successful that they fund hundreds to millions of dollars over the startup capital needed to produce the … whatever it is.
I’ve used this method myself, using Kickstarter to fund the Rogue Mage Role Playing Game. We were successful. We finished the project. It was grueling and I’ll never do it again because it was the “Project from Hell,” which I’ve written about here and won’t bore you with it […]
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Hey there, gang, it’s time for another moment of honest truth and business talk from Uncle Johnny.
Yes, I will absolutely punch you in the nose if you ever call me Uncle Johnny. There are about five people in the world who call me “Johnny,” and if you’ve never done it, you’re not on the list, so don’t start.
Just needed to clear that up before anyone got injured. But anyway, I’m running a little late today because my dad had a doctor’s appointment and real life interfered. Sorry about that.
Today’s topic is pretty timely, given that Gail Z. Martin and I are working frantically toward the launch of our first ebook box set collaboration, and we’re almost as excited about it as we are terrified! The set is called Modern Magic, and it features some incredible books by some of today’s best Urban Fantasy writers. It will release […]
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Welcome to a special release-day edition of Quick-Tip Tuesday. Today is the official publication day for Shadow’s Blade, book III of The Case Files of Justis Fearsson (following Spell Blind and His Father’s Eyes). I have a giveaway going on my Facebook page; my publisher, Baen Books, is giving away five copies on Goodreads; I’ve been posting teasers from the book and last week I recorded an interview for the Baen podcast. Pretty standard release time stuff.
I love this book and this series, and would very much like to write more in the Fearsson universe, so if you have not yet started reading the Fearsson books, please consider picking them up and giving them a read. And if you have been reading them (thank you!) and have been waiting with bated breath for this newest volume to drop, now’s a great time to order your copy. We’ll wait. [Cue […]
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I owe an apology to all of you.
To every person I have critiqued at a Live Action Slush, to every student whose manuscript I’ve marked up, to every aspiring writer I’ve advised with arrogant confidence, I am truly sorry.
For what, you ask.
For failing to realize just how fortunate I am, and have been, to have the career I’ve had.
What has brought this on?
Well, I am editing Children of Amarid, my very first novel. I have the rights back to the book — to the entire series, actually — and I’m planning to come out with what I call the Author’s Edit (kind of like the Director’s Cut of a movie). So I’m reading through the book, editing as I go, rediscovering the tale that kicked off my career.
And it’s awful. I mean TERRIBLE. I am mortified to realize this book has been in […]
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