A message from DAW

Those of you who have already pre-ordered From Unseen Fire might have gotten an email today letting you know that the publication date has changed. Not to worry! I'll now be debuting on January 2nd, 2018, and I'm terribly excited to have the chance to be "first out of the gate", as it were, in … Continue reading A message from DAW

Query Letter: A Success Story

what's super interesting is that, for as much as the book has changed over the past three years -- and boy howdy has it -- this query letter is still a fairly accurate description of the story...

A Title… Again!

I knew I wanted to go the traditional publishing route rather than self-publishing because I wanted a team.

“The selfsame name, but one of better nature.” – On evaluation, discovery, and improvement

I call it come-to-Proserpina or come-to-Ma'at because it's a process of thinking of what those ladies would say of me, were I called to stand before them now. How do my actions represent me? What do they say that my tongue might not? If my heart were to be weighed against Ma'at's feather, how would it balance?

Sisters, sisters…

A sister is different than a friend. Friends, you can choose. But sisters, you're given.

The Charms of Cartography

I mention all of this because, when you're writing a fantasy historical epic, having maps is rather crucial to keeping one's head in place and places in one's head.

Attention to Detail, or, Cass is an obsessive freak

So I'm almost done with this round of revisions. I'm at the point where I'm doing the penultimate read-through, which will hopefully make sure I catch any continuity errors created by my changes thus far and that I fill in any major omissions from the points raised by the editorial letter. Then the final read-through … Continue reading Attention to Detail, or, Cass is an obsessive freak

#AmEditing – Some more!

I am thoroughly delighted to have a second editorial letter in my hot little hands, chock-full of things for me to attack in the manuscript. No, I really mean that. This letter is fantastic. The first one was great, but much more open-ended. Sarah and I were still getting to know each other, and she didn't … Continue reading #AmEditing – Some more!

Where World-Building Starts

Kate Elliott is writing an excellent series of World-Building Wednesdays, and today's post, The Flowering of an Image, focuses on the germination of a world -- what kernel it is that turns into a place in which stories can live. Elliott says that her world-building most often begins with an image which then spurs the … Continue reading Where World-Building Starts

From Moodling to Manuscript: The Revision Process

I'm starting 2016 off strong! I've just completed and sent off the first round of revisions under official DAW Editorial guidance (as opposed to Connor's editorial-agent guidance). Those edits are the reason I haven't been blogging here much through the fall -- I could never quite justify to myself writing a blog post when I knew I … Continue reading From Moodling to Manuscript: The Revision Process