On Marketing

Marketing is more or less telling people that you’ve written something and maybe they’d like to read it. At a commercial publisher about half the staff will be in marketing. (Any time you hear someone say that commercial publishers don’t (or no longer) market their books and authors, you can discount anything else that personContinue reading “On Marketing”

On Advice

Writers are forever giving writing advice. This is because a) writers are a chatty bunch (we like to write stuff) and b) one thing that we all know is how to write. We like to talk about things we know. And new writers are forever looking for advice from the old hands. First thing, beforeContinue reading “On Advice”

On Dreams

So, can dreams turn into novels? Indeed, say I, for I have done it. Here I point to our novel Land of Mist and Snow. It started as a dream of a 19th century sailing ship racing against a steam locomotive. A kraken was somehow involved. The kraken didn’t make it to the finished novel.Continue reading “On Dreams”

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