Aaron asked, in the previous comment thread: Do authors get nervous when their works become accessible to the masses? With this book, perhaps less so, considering this is a series work in progress with an avid readership. However, I can’t help but wonder if you (in particular) get butterflies the first “opening days” of your releases. Since I was more or less thinking about writing about this very thing, it’s the perfect question at this time. But first, the usual very strong and very relevant disclaimers. I can’t speak for authors in general. No author can. Writing process – from start to finish – is so individual that what works for one author perfectly will cause another to seize up and wordlock. This is true when writing a novel; it’s … Continue reading
Monthly Archives: July 2009
I’ve posted this over on my LiveJournal as well, so if you read that, you’ve already seen it :). I really like Confluence, and my husband and I will be heading there this coming weekend, the 24th-26th of July. My programming schedule for the weekend is: Friday 5pm Oak Why are there so many Twits on Twitter? John Scalzi, Laurie Mann, Michelle Sagara West,Sarah Zettel I really like reading John Scalzi, and I’m planning on being highly amused. Saturday 12pm Salon A Folklore and the Roots of Fantasy Alan Irvine, Michelle Sagara West, Susan Dexter, Bill Mayhew Saturday 1pm Oak Is Amazon “Kindling” a New Generation of Readers Thomas Seay, Gary Markette, Michelle Sagara West, Jean Goldstrom Saturday 2:00 PM Autographing Michelle Sagara West Saturday 4pm Jr Ste Kaffee Klatsch … Continue reading
As of last night, Cast in Silence was listed as in stock at Amazon and B&N, and one reader emailed to let me know that it’s hit bookstores in Illinois. So, we’re live! There are four things that are always exciting, even after all this time: 1. Finishing the first draft of a novel 2. Getting the cover flats of a novel 3. Receiving my author’s copies, at which point it’s a real book 4. Having the book arrive in stores, because it’s a real book for everyone else And now, having jumped up and down like a loud, small child (and I have two, so I have some practice in recognizing this behaviour), I’m now going to go and work on Cast in Chaos and House Name.
This is a bit late, for which I apologize, and it’s probably not of interest to anyone who isn’t already attending the convention, but my schedule for the weekend at Polaris 2009 is as follows: Print book vs E‑book E‑book sales have been steadily increasing over the past few years. Will they endanger physical, paper books, or is there room for both? What are the advantages of e‑books and print books? Panelists: Anna Hatton, Timothy Carter, Michelle Sagara West, Stephen B. Pearl Scheduled day/time: Friday 9:00 PM Female superheroes. The few, the love interests, the female versions of male superheroes… A few years ago Sequential Tart asked their readers to submit a list of top ten favourite female superheroes. Rules: Superheroes, not just comic book characters; no female … Continue reading
I’m at best a haphazard and slightly under-organized person. I didn’t realize just how close July the 1st was until, well, today. June has disappeared in a trail of words, chapters, and the end of school. I’ve done a fair amount of writing, and I’m three quarters of the way through Cast in Chaos (which I always now type instead of Silence). I’ve also finished revisions on what exists of House Name, having added some seven thousand words, and I’m now at the point where I’m once again writing new words in that book’s closing arc. Someone came into the store a couple of months ago and suggested that one of my future Cast novels should be titled Cast in Concrete, which was very funny – and if … Continue reading