Kevin J. Anderson's blog
I fell in love with Frank Herbert’s writing back when I first read DUNE at age 12, and I have been pleased for years to be working with Brian Herbert and the Herbert estate to keep Frank’s works and his memory alive. Our work in continuing the DUNE saga is the most obvious success, but at my small publishing house WordFire Press, we are continuing to bring back ALL of Frank’s other classic works, including several novels that have never before been published.
It’s an annual pilgrimage to DragonCon in Atlanta. Rebecca and I counted, and we think this is our 18th one—and it certainly won’t be our last. Of all the cons we go to, year after year, DragonCon never disappoints. It is vibrant, crowded, and full of joyful fans. You can tell that everybody loves to be there, and we always look forward to seeing the 75,000-person family.
If you’re looking for a great selection of new military science fiction, we’ve got five new short novels for you. FIVE BY FIVE 2: No Surrender contains five military SF novellas by five masters of military SF, just out now in print and in eBook form from WordFire Press. This volume has action-packed works by William C. Dietz, Kevin J. Anderson, Aaron Allston, Brad R. Torgersen, and R.M. Meluch.
The world is about to explode—and I mean that in the best possible way. A major change is happening right now in international reading and book-buying. For most people, this is occurring under the radar, but it’s big.
We haven’t missed a DragonCon in many years, and we’re looking forward to coming back. We hope to see many of you this weekend. Here’s where you can find me and Rebecca.
The 2013 Superstars Writing Seminar, held in May in Colorado Springs, was a tremendous success—our fourth one, and I think we had the tightest-knit, most dedicated group of students ever. Speakers included Kevin J. Anderson, Eric Flint, Rebecca Moesta, James Artimus Owen, Tracy Hickman, Joan Johnston, Jim Minz (Baen Books), Mark Leslie Lefebvre (Kobo), and attorney M. Scott Boone.
Being a writer, I don’t often have “typical” days. And that’s been typical lately.
Anyone who knows my work or reads this blog is familiar with how much I write. I work on several novel projects at once (and maybe a short story or two), at various stages of completion. This summer, though, thanks to prior commitments and moving publication schedules, I found myself in a collision course of deadlines. MENTATS OF DINE, THE DARK BETWEEN THE STARS, and THE DRAGON BUSINESS all came due at about the same time.
After finishing and delivering three novels in two months, I was going stir crazy. I wanted to get out, go hiking, get exercise, challenge myself. I’ve already climbed every one of the Fourteeners (54 peaks in Colorado over 14,000 ft in elevation). In sixteen years of living in Colorado I’ve climbed at least one 14er every summer (and sometimes snowshoed them in the winter), so I wanted to keep the record rolling.
A few months ago I wrote a post called “The Series Death Spiral and Other Unfortunate Realities of Publishing,” about how chain bookstores can kill a series by ordering to the net. (You can read that post here.) One of my readers responded with, “That’s why I indie publish my own books, because then I’m in control and I never have to worry about a series going out of print.”