• Listen to me on “To All the YA I’ve Loved Before”

    Last month I recorded two podcasts, and the first of those went live today! To All the YA I’ve Loved Before featured me and Cheerleaders from Planet X as part of their “Alien April” month, including an interview with me and then a review of the book. I really enjoyed talking with fellow YA author Kaycee Racer about what life was like as a teen, which honestly was kind of…

  • My somewhat unusual proof process

    My first proof for One World has arrived! Note that I said my first proof—there will be more. Several years ago (back in 2017, when I was writing Cheerleaders from Planet X), I figured out a handy little writing hack for myself. I’ve mentioned in various places (such as in the podcast I recently recorded with Jewel Riders Archive, which will be available for you to listen to soon) that I…

  • Why I’m excited about the Draft2Digital + Smashwords merger

    If you’ve read this blog in years past, you know I have been down on Smashwords before. You know I’ve said some not-very-nice things about them. But truth be told, for many years, the Smashwords store was my go-to place to buy books as a reader. When I got my first Kindle, I ran to the Smashwords store and browsed a special sale they were holding, grabbing all sorts of…

  • The anatomy of a symptom flare

    It’s been a long, long time since I’ve been active on this blog, or sent out my newsletter, or posted anything decent on social media. My amazing assistant, Esther Hadassah, had been doggedly continuing to post content on Facebook like a trouper. I appreciate her keeping it going even as I’ve given her nothing new to post about in well over a year. I’ve discovered that when you get out…

  • The Martian calendar system in The Iamos Trilogy

    In preparation for the last book in the Iamos series finally? coming out?? soon??? (we can all hope and pray), I am getting together some supplementary material for the series to help readers out, especially those who want to be able to jump into the final book as soon as One World is out without having to start over from the beginning. Right now I’m working on detailed recaps for…

  • There is no magic bullet

    Something that’s been really bothering me for a couple years now is this pervasive idea in indie publishing that there’s a formula to success, and anyone can be making five+ figures from their writing if they follow the formula. You’ll see it a lot on social media, especially on Facebook in writers’ groups. Authors will post that their book isn’t selling, and the peanut gallery will come racing in with…

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