the publishing business

“I am terrified, but I’m not afraid” (a writing year in review)

This is a story about a story.  But it’s more than that. Somewhere in early 2012, I’d started working on a story, set in the same universe as my short stories “Crossroads” and “The Devil’s Jack” (forthcoming in DEAD MAN’S HAND).  But about three thousand words in, I realized that there was more here than […]

Ch-ch-ch-changes…. (but not much changes at all)

and lo, the news is finally official – Joe Monti makes the move from agenting to editing. Simon & Schuster is preparing to up its presence in the science fiction, fantasy and horror market with the launch of a new imprint dedicated to the category. The as yet unnamed imprint will be overseen by Jon […]

There and Back Again, or the Baltimore Book Festival

This weekend past was the Baltimore Book Festival, where SFWA had their usual pavilion (okay, a large tent), with a bookstore, author signings, and SRO panels.  Seriously, we were packed all day every day, and thanks to everyone who came out and added to really good discussions! (and thanks to the weather, which was perfect) I […]

Some YAY! on SOUL OF FIRE (and some boo, too)

RT has weighed in on SOUL OF FIRE, the October  follow-up to HEART OF BRIAR… “A battle may have been won, but the war looms and the odds of preventing the upcoming preternatural invasion are not good. The action in Gilman’s riveting follow-up to the excellent Heart of Briar picks up after all-too-human Jan rescued […]

Oh people, my people…

So this weekend a bit of a nasty kerfuffle started in SFWA because of an unfortunate article published in the SFWA Bulletin. I won’t go into details, but suffice it to say that an older member of SFWA who has repeatedly revealed a rather wide streak of misogyny and arrogance took offense at other members […]

Boosting the signal, and commentary: C.E. Murphy’s “a momentary reality check”

Preface:  I am normally of the “it’s none of your business how much I earn, any more than how much you earn is any of my business” mindset.  But… maybe this will help people understand.  Or not.  I don’t know. ———————— mizkit posted about writerly income at a momentary reality check and I’m reposting here because, well, WHAT […]

New Kid on the Block

So I have sent off my bio and photo, and will, I am assured, soon be up on the Client Board .  Weirdly, even though we’ve signed a contract, and New Agent has already negotiated a new deal for me, that will be the moment I feel like I’m really Part of the Pack. Soon enough, […]

Today’s Lesson is Zen.

Along with the occasional joys and successes, into every writer’s life come the things that fall through.  The options that are never picked up, the movie deals that stall, the projects that are cancelled, and endless variations through every year and day of your career. They’re not even things that you can maybe use later: […]