Posts Tagged ‘advice’

One thing that makes me put down a book or a submission is a world where the behavior of the inhabitant doesn’t bear any resemblance to what you can expect of people as a whole with a their cultural history. The Pearl Harbor attack affected the American psyche because it was the first attack on […]

Good Day, I’ve had the privilege of meeting many very smart, talented and interesting people in the years I’ve attended conventions and been part of the professional end. It’s been an undiluted pleasure to meet people like Elizabeth Bear, David Drake, and Lois McMaster Bujold. I’ve met artists and editors, publisher, agents and publicists. The […]

Twitter For The Not So Chatty

Posted: 19th November 2012 by onyxhawke in Social Media
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A couple days ago Chris posted about social media. Specifically, he asked about how to generate conversations, and well, stick to something that doesn’t come naturally to him. Any form of social interaction that doesn’t come naturally to you is uncomfortable. A couple things to remember: No matter what ridiculous or insane thing you say, […]

Battlefield maps aren’t really difficult to come by, but getting one map with absolute brain breaking loads of the them from a source known for quality? Just about unheard of. Click here and drool. One of the fascinating differences between introverts, like say Charles Darwin or Albert Einstein on one hand and extroverts such as […]

I have a pretty simple criteria for words I don’t want to see in books. It probably hasn’t changed in years. I don’t think I’ve ever explained exactly what it is. Your mileage may vary, but for me it is real simple: If I haven’t heard a word spoken in conversation at least three times […]

Pre-primer primer & housekeeping post

Posted: 3rd September 2011 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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So, among the half hundred reasons for leaving Livejournal was that I wanted to put together a list of posts for new readers to start with. They can be things on the business. Posts about editing and critiquing are certainly on the menu. Pretty much anything current readers have found enjoyable, useful, enlightening or whatever. […]

There is nothing more frustrating to me than finding a great book, reading one or two more by the author and then finding out they are no longer being published. Sometimes its just because I have found a writer who has passed away, decided they don’t wish to go through all that is need to […]

One of the impactful questions that lurks behind the question of self publication (or in some cases micro-presses and scam organizations) is: Why does self-publishing have a stigma? There are two answers to this, the first is the simple one, the second will no doubt get me unfollowed on twitter, unfriended on Facebook, and generally […]

My war

Posted: 1st April 2011 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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One of the biggest areas of failure for a lot of writers is failure to grow their craft. I don’t make money as a novelist (and don’t think I could) but my writing is still important. Most writers have at least two things they are contantly fighting against to keep their writing at their highest […]

Here’s your answer, its the email i sent to a writer friend this morning:Subject: You Damn TheifBody: You owe me five hours sleep. "***** ******" was awesome.Mike That’s it. We want a book to invade, attack, lay siege and occupy our attention for hours, it needs to overrun the other stuff we need to be doing. […]

Thanks Stacey.

Both much and nothing have been made about B&N being for sale. They say their stocks are undervalued. They also have a legal showdown at center stage as some of their largest shareholders have lawyers drawn and blood in their eye. I’m not a market genius, but I do know enough about human nature to tell […]

The names have been changed to protect well, no one It was just fun to do. I thought after the delightful weekend battle of the titans, that the publishing industry could use a slightly more amusing bit of nonsense to talk about. Friend: You deal with writers, right? Me: Yes. Me: Why? Friend: Interested… Me: […]

Radio Show

Posted: 28th January 2010 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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The count down begins! I managed to create a login for blogtalk radio show using my Facebook account. Listen for an announcement during the show. Moshe from Tor has been replaced by Toni from Baen.  

Thursday night at 9pm ET I will be taking part in the radio show Genre Unbound with author David Lee Summers, host David Boop, and an editor from Tor Books. There is a chat room that we’d love some people to show up in on Facebook see David Boop’s profile for more info.  

Good Businesses

Posted: 25th August 2009 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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All of us have made complaints about bad businesses. Hell, I did a con report last year where I did everything but name the employees responsible for a ruined evening. Few of us ever thank good businesses publicly. Here’s one that’s moderately on topic, and useful to more than one person out there. The folks at Dynoplex […]

Remedial Agent Seducing

Posted: 19th February 2009 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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I’ve had the pleasure of meeting several of my competitors over the last couple years. While we all have our own personalities, we do have several things in common. Near the top of that list is a dearth of time. This is true of those of us building our lists, and those who have lists […]

Facebook’s new TOS

Posted: 16th February 2009 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Facebook’s current terms of service give them the right to do what they wish with any content you post for as long as you leave it up. This means your stories, pictures, wall conversations and comments on other peoples notes. I’ve already stopped feeding my LiveJournal into Facebook and won’t restore it until they have […]

It occurred to me as i read this list that a lot of these simply don’t occur to some of the writers who submit stuff to me, or sadly to one or two of the things I’ve seen in print. Some of the high points of the list: 2. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting […]

Does your book sound like this?

Posted: 13th February 2009 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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If so, revising may be a good idea. Thank you Darius.