May 2013

Pulling Big Publishers into the 20th Century

In the early 1990s when I was launching my career as a novelist, I began work on an Apple //e, then graduated to a Mac. For my first four novels, I had computer text files (ASCII) of my manuscripts…but I was distressed that my publishers could not accept them. They didn’t have the facility.  Instead, my first four novels were *rekeyed by hand* from the printed manuscripts (which introduced a whole host of new typos, no matter how clean MY manuscript was in the first place).

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ComicPalooza in Houston

Rebecca and I just came home from our weekend as author guests at the Comicpalooza show in Houston.  We had an excellent table and looked forward to meeting a lot of fans.

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New, Previously Unpublished Frank Herbert Novel, ANGELS’ FALL

Frank Herbert published his first novel in 1956, the highly acclaimed futuristic thriller, The Dragon in the Sea.  Despite the success of Dragon, though, Frank Herbert spent the next several years writing novel after novel, unable to get them published. Then he wrote Dune, a novel that was also considered unpublishable…and eventually became the best-selling science fiction novel of all time.

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Dan Shamble, INTERNATIONAL Zombie P.I.

What do you do if you need a Zombie P.I., but you live outside the US or Canada? Now Dan Shamble has finally expanded his territory worldwide.

We’ve just released all of Dan Shamble’s adventures in eBook format worldwide on Kindle and Kobo. Readers around the world can enjoy these monstrous cases in the Unnatural Quarter for approximately $1–$5 US (depending on currency).  Jeff Herndon created amazing new covers for the entire series. (He’s working on HAIR RAISING right now—I’ve seen the sketches. It’s going to be awesome!)

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A Groundbreaking Change for EBook Sales

Publishing is changing faster than the tide can go in and out, and authors are climbing to higher ground, building boats, or getting washed out to sea.  Many of us are putting up backlist titles as our own indy eBooks, while writing frontlist titles for traditional publishers. Much has been posted about do-it-yourself eBook publishing for ambitious authors, but we’ve been out of the loop on the eBook versions of our titles from major publishers.  Until now.

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Our first titles up on the Baen eBook Library

WordFire Press has joined forced with the extremely popular and innovative Baen eBook Library, and our first four titles have just been featured in their Read more

Editing THE DARK BETWEEN THE STARS: New “Seven Suns”

Late last fall I went through a writing marathon to finish the first draft of THE DARK BETWEEN THE STARS—Book 1 in The Saga of Shadows, a new “next-generation” trilogy set in my Seven Suns universe.  After prepping for many months by rereading all seven novels in The Saga of Seven Suns, plotting the multiple storylines in great detail, I wrote the entire 836-page first draft in 47 days.  Then the editing started…

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Brainstorming HELLHOLE INFERNO with Brian Herbert

A week ago, I flew up to the Seattle area to spend several days with Brian Herbert so we could immerse ourselves in plotting HELLHOLE INFERNO, the finale to our Hellhole trilogy.  We do this for each book. Since we live far apart (Brian in Washington state, me in Colorado), we need the intense face-to-face brainstorming that lets us bring out the best in the story.

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