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Dropping a Pebble in the Pond

I used to think that if I could only get one book published by a major publisher I would be able to die happy (though I did not necessarily plan that particular event soon). Now I have five books published … Continue reading

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Rowankind Delivered

On Friday night I sent off the final edited version of my upcoming novel ROWANKIND. Let me say that again because it never gets old. On Friday night I sent off the final edited version of my upcoming novel ROWANKIND. … Continue reading

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Pleasantly Pleasing Progress

I’m delighted to say that I’ve beaten my February 28th deadline and already delivered a draft of Rowankind to my publisher. OK, only 3 days ahead of schedule, but AHEAD is the important word here. Of course the book isn’t … Continue reading

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It’s Official!

With the Psi-Tech Trilogy completed, and Nimbus now in the shops, I’ve signed a contract for the third Rowankind book, called simply: Rowankind, and due for publication in late 2018 from DAW in the USA. It follows on from Winterwood … Continue reading

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Happy Book Day To Me!

My new book, NIMBUS, is out today. Let me say that again because it never gets old. My new book, NIMBUS, is out today! It’s my fifth published book, and the third in my Psi-Tech universe. It represents a milestone … Continue reading

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Due Process

My publishing process goes like this: The publisher offers a contract (negotiated by my agent) which may be for one, two or three books, and on signing I get half the advance. My agent takes the agreed cut and I … Continue reading

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Editing Anthologies – A Guest Post by Joshua Palmatier

I’m often asked what it’s like to edit anthologies.  What’s the process, why do I do it, etc.?  The answer to why I do it is easy:  because it’s fun! Patricia Bray and I started editing anthologies for DAW Books … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Editing

I thought I’d toss out some thoughts on the editing process – or rather my editing process because every writer has their own way of dealing with edits, and if it works, then it’s the right way. No two writers … Continue reading

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Agents and Publishing

My writer friend, Dave Gullen, just posted this about agents and the writing and publishing process. He’s a fine writer and has just signed up with a good agent. I wish him all the best for his future career. I’ve … Continue reading

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Winterwood Page Proofs

I’ve been concentrating on the first draft of Silverwolf, the second novel in the Rowankind sequence, which will follow on from Winterwood, due to be published in February 2016. Now I have to break off because my final obligation to … Continue reading

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Crossways – the Process

It’s page-proof time. The last opportunity to catch any typos and last minute (small) alterations in the text of Crossways before it’s sent to print. I have nearly two weeks to check 173,000 words of text. From the writer’s point … Continue reading

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On Delivering the Second Book

Empire of Dust came out in November 2014 and yesterday I delivered the final version of Crossways. Second books are difficult, mind bogglingly, scarily difficult. For starters, you never quite know how much backstory to filter in from the first … Continue reading

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Listen to Good Advice, but Trust Yourself

I’m a great advocate of writers’ critique groups, either face to face or online, but every person you show your writing to will have a different opinion: “You over-explain.” “I don’t understand X, could you unpack it a little more?” … Continue reading

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August, Cons, Page Proofs and Milford

Well, what a month! My feet don’t seem to have touched the ground, though my backside has touched the office chair for a significant number of hours. The month began quietly enough, behind my desk, nose-to-keyboard, adding more words words … Continue reading

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How long is a novel?

As aspiring novellists we always receive conflicting pieces of advice. ‘A book should be as long as it needs to be,’ is always a good one, but it’s also generally sound advice that, ‘first time novellists should aim for a … Continue reading

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Thinking about Images

Great news. My debut novel is now scheduled for publication by DAW in November 2014. At the moment it’s called ‘Empire of Dust’, but that’s a working title and likely to change. My editor emailed last week and asked me … Continue reading

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