Worldbuilding at Savvy Authors

July 27, 2014

On-line appearance update: This coming Wednesday, July 30th, I’ve been invited to run a chat on Worldbuilding on the SavvyAuthors.com website.

How does an author seamlessly present the audience with a complex unfamiliar world and make it seem real? We will cover how to create a consistent fictional world, and how best to present it without breaking the reader’s interest or suspension of disbelief.

We have a date

July 19, 2014

Dragon Thief DetalDragon•Thief has an official publication date from DAW. It will be hitting stores in April 2015.

So, anyone want a book?

July 13, 2014

Dragon princessI was talking to a colleague about the non-writing part of this writing thing. Specifically, what a mid-list author might do to get some publicity for their book. The conversation hit the obvious points, signings, distributing ARCs and so on. But he did mention something I hadn’t ever considered: having his minions friends leave propaganda bookmarks at giveaway tables at cons for him. This is one of those ideas that are so simple that it’s baffling why I hadn’t thought of it before.

Here’s what I’m thinking of doing. And I’m going to offer this to anyone reading this post: If you are attending a SF convention or similar venue in the continental U.S. over the next 12 months, and are willing to drop off bookmarks/postcards promoting my Dragon* books, I will give you a signed copy of Dragon•Princess in return. (If you have that, I’ll send a copy of Dragon•Thief when it becomes available.)

If you are interested, e-mail me at author@sandrewswann.com at least one month before the convention you’re planning to attend.

Done (for now)

July 7, 2014

I just handed the finished copy of the second book in the Dragon* series off to Sheila at DAW. Dragon•Thief is done for the moment, pending editorial revisions.
For those who start at the last page, here’s the last line:

Things really never go wrong in quite the way I expect.

Ending the Experiment

July 2, 2014

While the site is officially under construction I’ve gone and removed my experiment in republishing TeeK on my blog. I haven’t deleted the work, but I’m not leaving it public while it’s unfinished and I have no idea what to do with it. Apologies to anyone who was following it, but other writing projects took priority and I don’t have the time or resources to continue it.

And some actual news. . .

July 1, 2014

“My rival Dark Lord to the contrary, there is more than one way to offer a virgin sacrifice.”
—The Goddess Lysea

I have completed, more-or-less, the revised draft of Dragon•Thief. After some spelling and copy-editing, I should be turning it in to DAW by the 15th. Fans of the misadventures of thief Frank Blackthorne should be happy to know he does get what he wants, and it turns out about as badly as you’d expect.

Still Working

June 28, 2014

Most of my time right now is devoted to revisions of the new novel. (When not engineering sheep habitat.) But I will be returning to this shortly.

yeah the site was dead for awhile. . .

June 9, 2014

I’ll be bringing it back.
 
Watch this space.

Watch this space. . .

August 21, 2011

Well in a little less than two weeks I’ll be attending DragonCon, my last convention for a while as I retool myself to paying a little more attention to the writing part of this whole writing thing.  My agent has two full novels to shop around, and I’m busy finishing my Namowrimo project from last November, a YA horror novel w/o vampires.

However, if you’re missing seeing seeing me in print lately, hang on.  I will be trying an experiment on this here blog starting September 5th.

I’m Alive

June 23, 2011

Just don’t have much time to be blogging. All my free writing time is going to the actual novel(s). I have some ideas about what I may be doing with this blog in the future, but for the time being I’m on a blogging hiatus.