What are some of the key tactics that self-publishers employ to make sure their books sell like hotcakes?
At the beginning of the week, I asked you, my cherished readers, to give me your opinions on a sensitive but important subject: the diversity of characters in fantasy novels. … Continue reading The Diversity in Fantasy Survey: Your Responses
Every once in a while, amidst the pictures of restaurant food and the inspirational memes and the promotional posts for TV shows I’m never going to watch, I come across … Continue reading The Privilege Index: Addressing Diversity in Fantasy Novels
If you haven’t heard by now, the literary world – and the fantasy genre in particular – has lost one of its most brilliant voices. Terry Pratchett died today after … Continue reading Death and Discworld: The Passing of Terry Pratchett
Self-published fantasy and sci-fi authors who meet minimum income requirements will now be able to become members of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers America (SFWA), one of the biggest … Continue reading SFWA to Accept Self-Published Sci-Fi and Fantasy Authors as Members
Well, it looks like I got my (very irritating) ABNA experience on the books just in time. The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award is officially kaput, according to an announcement on … Continue reading Amazon Scraps Breakthrough Novel Award in Favor of Kindle Scout
Warning: This post contains spoilers. Lots of spoilers. Did you hear me? Spoilers. Spoilers for a book that is more than 75 years old and a movie that’s only been … Continue reading The Hobbit: There and Back Again…the Long Way Round
I was very much caught by surprise when browsing my Twitter feed this weekend. Amidst the cat pictures and New Year’s wishes and hashtags, I came upon a New York … Continue reading Death be not proud: Mortality, fantasy, and a smidge of rage
Dear readers, I am deep in the throes of NaNoWriMo, beset on all sides by plot twists and rebel characters and a pack of cosplaying sea spirits. As this newest … Continue reading Five ways you can tell if you’re a fantasy junkie
I trust that watching the newly released extended trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has already been part of your NaNoWriMo procrastination routine, right? Go on, watch it. … Continue reading The Desolation of Smaug: A Cautionary Hobbit’s Tale
Last week, the results of the Writer’s Digest 21st annual Self-Published Book Awards were announced. I didn’t win. It was a hundred bucks down the drain and a predictable bit … Continue reading Fantasy cover art: It figures…or does it?
When I was in my freshman year of college, I was sitting at my desk doing some homework. I reached out towards the mouse, and twang. Something weird happened in … Continue reading World Building 101: Stress Fractures