Buy My S&$!

John G. Hartness
In the Still of the Knight

That’s my tagline at conventions, in case someone has missed it. I hand-sell a lot of books, and a fair number of those sales start off with encouraging people to simply “Buy my (stuff).” I then laugh at their shocked expression and go on to explain that it’s what everybody else means, I’m just willing to come out and say it. More often than not, they buy something.

So hey, you – Buy my (stuff)!

I’ve mentioned once or twice that the fifth book in my Black Knight Chronicles series comes out next Tuesday, and we’ve talked about how important pre-orders and first week sales are to authors, especially mid-list authors like me and most of your MW crew. There are real dollar attached to selling well out of the gate, so it’s very important that we promote our new releases as vigorously as possible. To that end, I’m […]

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The Daily Deal – big deal?

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The Black Knight Chronicles Omnibus is the Kindle Daily Deal for Science Fiction & Fantasy today. That means that you can pick up the first three complete volumes of my Black Knight Chronicles for just $1.99 on Kindle, which will likely be price-matched across other formats. If you don’t already own the book, please take a moment to click the link below and go buy it.

Thanks. So why is the Kindle Daily Deal a big deal? There are several reasons, some of which are general and one is very specific to me and my world at this point in time.

Specifically, this is very important to me because I have a new book coming out June 30th. Even more specifically, I have the fifth book in this series coming out June 30th. So my sincere hope is that the visibility of the entire series will get a boost […]

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Naming Your Baby

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Shortly after graduating from college, I moved into my first apartment. I purchased curtains and kitchen utensils, and started learning how to budget for utility bills and such. And I adopted a puppy. She was a beautiful black English Setter/Golden Retriever mix, very loving and sweet and not even much of a chewer-on-shoes. I was determined to come up with the perfect name, something that would communicate her beauty and calm nature. In the meantime, I called her Baby, because I had to call her something, right?

Eleven years later, when she died, I was still calling her Baby.

Titles are easy for some people, but not for me. Even when I think I have a great title, I worry that it’s not hitting just the right note. The title works similarly to the first line in hooking a reader. It’s even more crucial in some ways, especially once your […]

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David B. Coe: Holiday Superlatives!

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One of the problems with doing these one month appearances on the site is that those months tend to be pretty focused: a post on character, a post on plotting, a post on the writer’s life, and a promotional post on whatever book we happen to be pimping promoting at the time. One of the great things about being a Magical Words co-founder, is that I can sign on for more than one month at a time, as I have for the release of Spell Blind, the first book in the Case Files of Justis Fearsson, which comes out on January 6. I’ve been here for December, and I’m sticking around for January, too.

And that means I have time to do some fun stuff in addition to the promo. So welcome to my 2014 Holiday Post!!

We’re in the last couple of days of Hanukkah, and Christmas is the […]

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David B. Coe: Point of View, Voice, and the Choices We Make

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I’m sure that some of you saw the title of this post and groaned. I have written about point of view on this site quite a bit. I talk about point of view on panels and in writing workshops all the time. I have said again and again that, to my mind, point of view is the single most important narrative tool we have at our disposal, because it brings together character development AND plot AND setting. How does it do this? By coloring all that our readers experience with the emotions, thoughts, perceptions, and knowledge of our point of view characters. You’ve heard all of this before, and many of you are probably sick to death of it. Sorry. But it really is important . . .

I’m not going to give you the whole “Here’s why I care so much about point of view” thing today. I’m sure […]

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David B. Coe: Openings, Hooks, and Breaking Rules

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Last week I re-introduced you to my upcoming novel, Spell Blind, which is the reincarnation of a book I wrote a long time ago, and the culmination of years of writing, reinvention, and revision. I have always loved the characters, but it wasn’t until I came up with a new plot and, more importantly, a new magic system that the novel and its sequels became all that I wanted them to be.

What I love most about all the books in the Case Files of Justis Fearsson are the characters and their interactions. And I intend to write a couple of posts about them (Spell Blind comes out January 6, so I’m going to be showing up here at Magical Words throughout December and January; we have plenty of time to cover a bunch of topics) and about other elements of the story as well. But today I want to […]

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The Weird Wild West

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Back in the summer, while standing in the hallway after a raucous session of Live Action Slush (it’s a panel we do – loads of fun and definitely something you should check out if you come to ConCarolinas next year) Emily Leverett, Margaret McGraw and I were talking about weird westerns. Ideas were flying fast and furious, and all of a sudden, before we really had a chance to think about it, the three of us were agreeing to edit an anthology of western fantasy stories. Over the next few months, we approached publishers and writers until we found one we were happy with – Danielle Ackley-McPhail, of eSpec Books. The quickest way to get the ball rolling seemed to be trying a Kickstarter to fund the project, so we had photos made, arranged pledge rewards and stretch goals from our committed authors, created a video and built the site. […]

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