Category: Business of Writing

Pride and Process

I’ve been getting asked a lot lately how I keep everything straight. As an author, editor, and communications jack-of-all-trades, I wonder that sometimes, too, and if I wasn’t busy enough, I added 14 or so hours a week of working in a comic shop (because I can), and might be picking the horse training back…
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Project Updates

Whew. It’s been a long road, but I am happy to announce that Genius Loci has gone to all the authors, and is on its way to backers! The digital copies are already out, and we’ll hopefully be able to post links to the general sale version soon. We’re also working on backer rewards. And…
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Convolution Workshops!

After a last-minute cancellation last year, I’m returning to ConVolution in San Francisco for the 2015 convention. I’m really excited about this, I like Bay Area conventions, I’ve just always had scheduling conflicts since I moved. Better yet, I’ll be on some really exciting panels! Did You Really Think We’d Stop Talking About This? Saturday…
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A Bright and Painful Future

Dear SF: The hate in the #HugoAwards hashtag is the bitter flailing of a species fighting extinction. Let them rage. We’ve got this future. That future is gorgeous, painful, diverse, socially-conscious, challenging, revolutionary. Don’t let the hate win. You got this. #HugoAwards Last night, the SF Twitter rather exploded. It wasn’t unexpected: the Hugo ceremony…
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Changing of the Guard

Effective July 1, 2015, I will no longer be SFWA’s Communications Director. It’s been a long, interesting, and educational time with the organization, and one that has been immensely beneficial to both sides. I have been considering my options for a while now. While I have had the fortune to work on many wonderful projects…
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Sharing the Table

Copying over from FB for archival and ease-of-referencing purposes.    Disappointed by the Sturm und drang in response to the challenge Tempest made to read more diverse works this year. So pardon the tone and occasional sarcasm of the following, because it’s keeping me from headdesking into the Stone Age. 1.) She’s not ordering everyone…
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Do Your Research, or How Not to Make a Good Impression

I find myself, in general, having less and less patience with people who can’t be bothered to learn the most basic things about the business, or who think that they’re entitled to make other people do the work for them. There’s so much information available, and it’s so much easier to find than my contact…
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On Dignity

*sigh* Since it apparently bears repeating… As an author, convention-manager, artist, *creative of any sort*, or anyone who is in the public eyes, you have a responsibility to act a little better than everyone around you. It is your *job* to be graceful under pressure. I know it’s hard and hurtful and you may go…
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Pull up the big-kid pants

In advance: I’m not ranting, I’m not calling anyone out or trying to make anyone look silly. Snippiness of tone is the result of a frustrating week and a looming train to catch, but this is important. I received a query today from a new writer who was bewildered by publishers who said ‘we don’t…
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