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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Comicpalooza this weekend!

Hey, Houston!

This weekend, I'm at Comicpalooza, and I'm doing several panels, a workshop, and a signing. If you're at the convention, here's where you can find me:

Friday, May 22
1-2pm: Writing Unforgettable Characters - 352A
4-5pm: Comics & SF as Modern Mythology - 381C

Saturday, May 23
2:30-5:30pm: No Holds Barred Critique Workshop - 352A

Sunday, May 24
11:30am-12:30pm: Good Habits of Good Writers - 350A
1-2pm: Should You Self-Publish Your Book? - 350A
3-3:50pm: Signing at the Barnes & Noble table - Row 2000
4-5pm: How to Get Your Fiction Noticed by an Editor - 350C

Friday, May 8, 2015

"No Holds Barred" Critique Workshop at Comicpalooza!

There are two salient tidbits here:
  • First, Comicpalooza is just two weeks away, so I'll see you there wait you haven't registered yet what are you doing go register now.
  • Second, there will be a critique workshop YES YOU HEARD THAT RIGHT. If you are a person who likes putting words on pages and want to get some professional feedback on those words from writers, editors, and publishers, then boy have I got a deal for you. Read on...

Author Shannon Winton, writer and critic Kevin Ranson, Jason Aydelotte of Grey Gecko Press, author Diana Dru Botsford, and yours truly (yes that's me) will critique up to 10 works of up to 2,000 words each in a three-hour workshop. We will be gentle.*

The workshop will be Saturday, May 23 from 2:30 - 5:30 pm. Send your submission to literature@comicpalooza.com by May 15. And really, why wait?


*So it IS called the "No Holds Barred Critique Workshop." We'll provide candid, straightforward critiques, but our goal is to help writers hone their craft.

¡Ahora en español!

For all you hispanohablantes out there, the wonderful folks of the VerdHugos Podcast invited me to chat with them about books, The Buried Life, and all things spec fic! They're one of the premier speculative fiction podcasts in Spain, so check us out here!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Comicpalooza Schedule!

We're less than a month away from Houston Comicpalooza! I'll be participating as an author guest this year, so here's where you can find me at the con:

Friday, May 22
1-2pm: Writing Unforgettable Characters - 352A
4-5pm: Comics & SF as Modern Mythology - 381C

Saturday, May 23
2:30-5:30pm: No Holds Barred Critique Workshop - 352A

Sunday, May 24
11:30am-12:30pm: Good Habits of Good Writers - 350A
1-2pm: Should You Self-Publish Your Book? - 350A
3-3:50pm: Signing at the Barnes & Noble table - Row 2000
4-5pm: How to Get Your Fiction Noticed by an Editor - 350C

See you there!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Blog Tour for The Buried Life!

It is now officially release week; The Buried Life will be among us this Tuesday! Now, I may be keeping mum around here, but several kind folks have been gracious enough to allow me to share Recoletta, Jane, Malone, Arnault, and more from The Buried Life at their online abodes.

Also, brisket.

More to follow, but here's where you can keep up:

February 26: Giveaway of The Buried Life @ Just a Guy That Likes To Read
February 27: Author Query Redux: On Delays and Surprises @ A Fantastical Librarian

Monday!
March 2: Eating Authors: The BBQ Road Trip @ Lawrence M. Schoen
March 2: 2015 Debut Author Challenge @ The Qwillery

Tuesday!
March 3: Memoirs of a Young Bureaucrat (An Excerpt) @ The Book Plank
March 3: Five Favorite Weird Metropolises @ Tor.com
March 3: Listmaking: My SuperpowerThe Skiffy and Fanty Show

Wednesday!
March 4: Book Bites: Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Casserole @ Fran Wilde
March 4: Wednesday Geek Woman @ geekfeminism.org

Thursday!
March 5: My Favorite Bit @ Mary Robinette Kowal
March 5: Five Things I Learned Writing The Buried Life @ Chuck Wendig's terribleminds
March 5: The Perfect Sidekick @ All Things UF

Friday!
March 6: The Big Idea @ John Scalzi's Whatever

Saturday!
March 7: 2pm Signing and Launch Party @ Mysterious Galaxy San Diego

March 8: Unlikely Influences, or What I Learned about Writing from Scuba Diving @ Kate Heartfield's blog

March 9: Talking 'Bout Book Launches @ The Kingdoms of Evil with Dan Bensen

March 11: InterviewThe Qwillery

March 12: Podcast "The Buried Life of Broken Souls" @ Dungeon Crawlers Radio

March 16: I Can't Believe It's Not Steampunk! @ The Tex Files with Tex Thompson

March 20: Podcast and Interview @ The Skiffy and Fanty Show

March 30: Gaslight Geeks @ Generations Geek

Saturday, January 10, 2015

New year, new release date

2014 was a fantastic year. A lot happened. I finished my second novel, Cities and Thrones. I got firmly settled into my fantastic job as a narrative designer at Obsidian Entertainment. I went to a handful of SFF conventions and made some incredible friends. And I got my first whirlwind taste of pre-launch book promotion.

And yet, there's one thing in particular that didn't happen. The Buried Life, my debut novel, did not come out.

If you follow industry news, you may already know that my publisher, Angry Robot, was sold last year. This was the reason behind the delay of my book and several others.

I learned about the delay roughly a week before the scheduled release and shortly before I went to Detcon. I didn't say anything. I'd been specifically asked not to - the details of the sale weren't public information, and I certainly didn't want to start any speculation that might compromise a deal.

So I kept my mouth shut and my fingers crossed for a quick resolution.

Fortunately, the sale was announced September 30, and all is well in Robot Land. The Buried Life drops March 3 (March 5 in the UK), and a whole slew of other tasty new novels will come out in the spring, too.

I'm glad operations are back to normal, and in a way, I'm also strangely grateful for the delay. In the initial publicity push, The Buried Life got some fantastic reviews and press - in Publishers Weekly, The Guardian, SciFiNow, and io9, to name a few. It was tough to see so many of those mentions appear when I didn't even know the final release date of the novel, but I'm also grateful to have them now that the launch is on the horizon. And after getting a taste of pre-release madness, I'm better prepared for the next two months.

And on that subject, here's the part where I mention that The Buried Life will be back on NetGalley starting Monday.

All in all, I'm excited to finally share The Buried Life with the world in March, and I'll be thrilled to share the sequel, Cities and Thrones, just a few short months later! 2014 was great, but here's to a wonderful 2015.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

CONvergence Schedule!

I'm now in lovely Minneapolis, getting ready for CONvergence! Here's my panel lineup for the weekend:

  • Skiffy & Fanty Show - Live at CONvergence! Thursday @ 2pm, with Michael Underwood, Martha Wells, David Annandale, Shaun Duke, and Paul Weimer
  • Hard SF Movies are Back! Friday @ 9:30am, with Romeo Azar, Mark McPherson, and Dave Margosian
  • You Against the Game Friday @ 2pm with Craig A. Finseth, Walter Sullivan, Michael Black, and Dave Benhart
  • Oregon Trail... WITH ZOMBIES! Sunday @ 9:30am with Michael Black, Karl Tingelstad, and Sam Wroge