More on Query Letters

| February 25, 2008

Still a-novelling, so my blogging is minimal, but I thought I’d post link to some deconstructions of good query letters (query 1, query 2) posted some time ago by Nathan Bransford of Curtis Brown Ltd. both showing impressive examples of what a good query should look like. The more examples I see, the more I […]

Pop culture implosion

| February 23, 2008

This pic from io9 has to be a sign of the apocalypse, or something.

Moving the Goalposts

| February 22, 2008

Blogging is taking a back seat to the new novel (30K+ yea me!) And yes, I bumped up the total wordage of Valentine’s Night, the spec novel I’m working on while waiting to hear back from Anne. Two reasons. I have trouble writing short, and I don’t feel I’m that close to the halfway point. […]

Another week, another asshat. . .

| February 19, 2008

Presented for your consideration, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White of California. Whose attitude toward the free flow of information on teh interwebz seems cribbed from North Korea. Apparently a swiss bank is somewhat miffed at a website organized by a bunch of journalists and other activists whose primary mission is to give an anonymous […]

We just keep rolling along

| February 18, 2008

Well my latest spec project is still rolling along quickly, quickly enough that if Anne continues being overworked at Bantam, I might get the whole thing done before I have to do any editorial revisions on Wolfbreed #1 (titles, I need titles). I started it a week and a half ago, and I have 23K […]

Holy acid flashback, Batman!

| February 16, 2008

No, I can’t explain it. (blame the Smart Bitches) If that didn’t weird you out, maybe you want to watch this.Or not. (Blame Mrs.Giggles)

Coping with the day job

| February 14, 2008

Reading Scalzi’s great posts on making a living as a writer got me to thinking about the worst piece of career advice I ever got: “Take some brainless low-paying job just to make ends meet so you can devote all your creative energy to work on your writing.” Do me a favor, next time someone […]

Tomorrow’s economy.

| February 13, 2008

I’ve gone on at length about the replicator economy, what will happen to commerce as the cost of “stuff” goes to zero and the ability to copy anything becomes ubiquitous. Understanding the implications of this is going to make the difference between success and failure for whole industries. It also will help in drafting a […]

Book spamming for the Lord!

| February 12, 2008

Today I got a new book spam. This has come to me via Media E-Blast, a company whose name was coined by someone in a desperate attempt to make unsolicited spam and e-mail harvesting all respectable and Web 2.0ish. Here’s my first piece of advice: Paying some “consultant” to make you a fancy JPEG ad […]

An idea whose time has passed

| February 11, 2008

According to Reuters, Random House is trying an experiment: Random House … is planning to test selling individual chapters of a popular book to gauge reader demand. [They] will sell the six chapters and epilogue of “Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die” for $2.99 each according to the report. First: e-books […]