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I have a new book coming! It’s actually a novella, which, in publishing parlance, generally means stories under 50,000 words, with the average novel being about 100,000.
For people that still, somehow, want to more about either The Chimera Code or me, I put in a couple of additional appearances at some new places.
The formidable Chuck Wendig has a list of five things I learned writing my book. That article appears on his blog, HERE.
If you’d like to hear how I actually sound when I speak, I had a far-roaming chat with Dan Smith on his Coffee In Space podcast. That audio interview is HERE.
I am now a published author. Or, at least, published in eBook format, as the print edition is slated for November.
Wow, this is a very weird feeling since I’d been waiting years for this. The day has arrived, but, as with most things in publishing, this was a slow-motion affair that has been plodding towards this moment. I had a lot of fun writing this book, so I hope you have fun reading it.
Wow, I am really bad at this.
Promotional activities are part of being an author, but I failed to recognize that I should be doing this myself on occasion. A couple of websites have interviewed me. Readers interested in finding out more about me can check them. If you’re into rambling, nerdy musings, I’ve got your back.
The first interview is from the website Word Wonders. It’s a website that focuses on diversity in the fiction arena, and my first interview appears here as part of the Color The Shelves series. You can check it out HERE.
The next interview is a little matter of Local Pride as Civilian Reader is a fellow Canuck in Toronto. This blog covers all things geeky including books, music, and movies. Anyone interested in that should check out all the content, there’s a lot. The interview with me for Civilian REader is HERE.
There may be more interviews incoming. For now, that should give you a good idea of just how nerdy I am.
For a long time, I felt embarrassed by the things that inspired me as a writer.
I mean, for most people, the decision to be a writer means putting in the work. Looking at what has come before. It means studying the masters of the craft, going back over your Shakespeare, your Milton, your Joyce, and your Hemingway. If you’re slumming it in the ghetto of genre fiction, then, begrudgingly, some will acknowledge the necessity of referring to the masters. In the case of science fiction and fantasy, your Tolkien, Asimov, Le Guin and maybe some newer names like Gibson and Jemisin. Continue reading →
For many writers at the start of the I-Want-To-Get-Trade-Published journey, there’s the belief that there’s only one really big, obstacle-ridden, steeple-chase laden, struggle, and that’s getting the literary agent. And if you get that literary agent, or, you decide to dispense with trade publishing entirely, and go self-publishing, then everything else is easy street, and the success will come with the inevitability an anvil dropped in a high gravity planet.
These beliefs are horribly, horribly wrong.
[SPOILER: It Wasn’t Quick Or Easy]
If you’re reading this now, you’re probably here because you saw an announcement on social media, or maybe just saw me ranting or commenting about something on a forum, or the aforementioned social media, or hey, maybe you even found me on Goodreads, in which case, you’re trying to find out more. One of the things I found useful during my process of trying to get published is the way others did it. Everyone is going to have a distinct road, though there are some similarities. Some will get an agent fast, experience quick publication success and generally enjoy a smooth journey. Others will walk on roads of broken glass, cross country, for several years. And, when publication arrives, just be thankful to be able to sit down. Maybe raise their feet and stop bleeding for a while, rather than think, “HOLY HELL, I DID IT! WHOO!”