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Category Archives: self-publishing

Posted in Books, Business, DAW, ebooks, Elantra, Essalieyan, Luna, self-publishing, writing.

It’s Cana­dian Thanks­giving today — Amer­ican Thanks­giving is in November. But, as I’m Cana­dian, we cele­brate in October in these parts :) In between my last report and this one, I finished the page proofs for TOUCH, which is sched­uled for January, 2014, in hard­cover. I will have a cover to post very shortly, and will change the book on the front page at that time. I am now over half way through Cast in Flame, although I’m now wondering about the title, given the compli­ca­tions that have arisen from the events at the end of Cast in Sorrow. I am now over halfway (with luck!) through Oracle, which is the new title for the second last book in the House War series. So writing … Continue reading 

Posted in Books, self-publishing, Short Stories.

Last July, I started repub­lishing ebook versions of my out of print short stories. I still have fifty-nine to go, but sold Silence, and added a book to my dead­line plate. Since I publish the short stories, I am unlikely to seri­ously tick me off if I let things slide. I promised I would have a print version of Memory of Stone and Other Stories for my print readers. I’m grateful for the many years of support print readers have given me. This doesn’t mean that I’m less grateful for the support ebook readers give me now, but I started writing and publishing in a time when the only medium was print, and many of you have been with me since I started. Also: I have an iPad, but I still prefer reading … Continue reading 

Posted in DAW, Essalieyan, Queen of the Dead, self-publishing, writing.

First: Battle has been turned in to my editor at DAW. It is not finished in the sense that it is now a book — she’ll read it, and she’ll make notes of the things that don’t work or are not clear enough, and I’ll do a revi­sion pass to correct the things I can address. After which, it will go out to a copy-editor and from there, to produc­tion, which will then print out galley pages, which come back to me. This makes me cry (and I apol­o­gize in advance because I know I whine a bit on twitter when I am proof-reading). There is nothing worse than reading your own books looking only for your mistakes, typos, etc. All of the good things become invis­ible: you’re left with the … Continue reading 

Posted in ebooks, self-publishing, Short Stories.

I have finally managed the last little bits and pieces of asso­ci­ated format­ting & ISBN retrieval and back-cover blurb writing (which I am not terribly good at, sadly), and have final­ized three short stories. As decided by general consensus, the shorts are being released in chrono­log­ical order. One of the things that really strikes me, rereading them, is how much tech­nology has changed, because two of the three are set in the theo­ret­ical now, which would really be the now of the early ‘90s. Honestly, some­times it is very hard not to revise every­thing. Shadow of A Change is the first of the three (or the 9th of the sixty, depending on how we’re counting). It was orig­i­nally published in Dinosaur Fantastic, edited … Continue reading 

Posted in ebooks, self-publishing, Short Stories.

There are two stories, which are much shorter than the previous six. They were written at about the same time – very early ‘90s, and over­lap­ping by a month. It’s inter­esting for me to reread them, because I often don’t reread my short fiction unless I’m looking for specific details in a partic­ular story – for instance, when looking up the Maker’s Guild in Memory of Stone. As I approach the task of proofing them (and describing elements of each story to the graphic designer), I’m struck by the sense of watching myself change as a writer over a decade and a half. These stories were written twenty years ago. All stories come from the sum of our expe­ri­ences, obser­va­tions, and inter­ests, but not in completely predictable ways. I do not remember … Continue reading