I’ve had a few people ask me, so I guess I should say publicly what I’ve been saying to people when they ask.
I don’t wish to have my work considered for awards this year. I’d like to just have 2016 to get stuff done, worry about my readers and my career, and (hopefully!) not be involved in any award business. I’m not attending Worldcon 2016 either (I’ll be there for 2017 though, yay excuse to go to Finland!).
So please… if you read and enjoyed something of mine that was published this year (and there were a few things I think are some of my best work), thank you. But don’t vote for my stories. I’ve got cool work coming out next year, and maybe by 2017 I’ll have healed the stress of this last award season, but for now… please, I want a year of not having to even worry about it, slim as my chances might be.
My advice for award reading in general is this:
Read widely (there’s tons of good fiction for free on sites like Clarksworld, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, Nightmare, etc as well as lots of inexpensive anthologies and ebooks out there). BUT! Don’t feel like you haven’t read “enough” to vote. Even if you only read one story/novel/novella/whatever and it really touched you, made you want to re-read it, etc… then nominate that story or novella or book or film etc. Your opinion matters. You don’t have to know everything about every work published in 2015, or about every category. It’s okay to leave things blank. Just… read what you can. Vote for what you love.
Okay. Now that book six it out, I can blog about something else. Yay! 🙂
Just a quick note about book 7: it will be out hopefully by end of March, 2016. I’m already working on it and barring more health issues (which at the moment I seem to have a handle on), it will NOT take as long as book six. Thank you all again for your patience!
I’m signing books at Powell’s Books Cedar Hills location in Beaverton, OR at 4pm (until about 5:30-6pm) on November 22nd! I have ten shiny copies of Thicker Than Blood that will be for sale that day. So if you want it, or want the full signed set… show up on time! Or just come say hi, or just come to Powell’s because that bookstore is amazing. I’ll be giving out free dice!
I’ll also be doing panels at Orycon, the Oregon Science Fiction convention in Portland, OR this coming weekend, Nov. 20th-22nd.
Here is my panel schedule:
Fri Nov 20 3:00:pm
Fri Nov 20 4:00:pm
I Quit My Job to Be a Writer! WHAT HAVE I DONE?
What the full-time writing life is like, how to stay focused when you’re all by yourself, the realities of making a living via the written word, and techniques for forcing yourself to get dressed and leave the house.
Fri Nov 20 4:00:pm
Fri Nov 20 5:00:pm
I’ll Be Watching You…
From vampire assassins to wizard private eyes to undead thugs, crime has been mixing it up with fantasy for years. What is it about crime, noir, and the paranormal that’s so appealing? Also – what are some really good titles?
Fri Nov 20 5:00:pm
Fri Nov 20 6:00:pm
How to Jumpstart Your Novel’s Sales
Your self-published book’s sales have plunged. How can you revive them? Will a new cover make a difference? What about targeted advertising? Publishing tie-in short fiction? Appearing in multi-author bundle? Or should you learn to stop worrying and get writing the next book in the series, or even start a new series?
Sat Nov 21 12:00:pm
Sat Nov 21 1:00:pm
Revision: Path to Better Writing or Way to Never Finish?
Endless revisions can kill good writing, but everyone says polish your work. Besides, the first draft is usually bad, right? How to navigate through the apparent contradictions without going crazy.
Sat Nov 21 3:00:pm
Sat Nov 21 4:00:pm
Hybrid Vigor: Choosing Both Traditional and Self-Publishing
Don’t believe the True Believers on both sides of this non-existent divide: you can be both a traditional AND a self-published writer. Learn how to let the project choose the path.
Sat Nov 21 4:00:pm
Sat Nov 21 5:00:pm
How to Write a Series
Where to start, and how long of a series you can (or should?) write. How to make it interesting, different, and hopefully successful, and stay in love with it.
Sat Nov 21 5:00:pm
Sat Nov 21 6:00:pm
The Magic Goes to Eleven
Defining Magical Systems. Magic is not to be trifled with as far as a reader’s concerned. Discuss how to give your characters powers–but not too much power–and how to keep internal consistency.
Hope to see some people there!
This is not a drill! Book is here!
It is still not quite available at every retailer, but I’ll update the list here with links as they go live.
Right now, you can find it at:
And because my website design is spoilerific, here’s the cover for book 7. I call this book Boss Fight: Samir! in my head. Hehe.
Okay, I finally feel comfortable giving a new release date on book 6. I know it isn’t the date ya’ll want (which would have been yesterday, I know, I know), but I think it is safe to give one now and hopefully having a nice solid date again will alleviate some of the questions/concerns I’m getting!
Thicker Than Blood will be out on November 10th.
Thank you to everyone for your patience on this and your understanding about my health etc. I’m truly sorry for the delays. I know six months is a long time, especially given the “zomg what!?” ending of book five but thank you for hanging in there with me for Jade’s story to continue.
May all your hits be crits in the meantime!
Not had a good health week 🙁 Got slowed down in final bits of getting Thicker Than Blood ready for publication. The book is nearly here, but just a little longer. Sorry peeps. Don’t worry, I’ll post freaking everywhere as soon as the file is live in the stores.
Book 6: Thicker Than Blood is nearly ready. It’ll be out this month (September). I know I said August, but the plans of mice and writers, eh?
Health stuff continues as it was. My life is an episode of House, basically, except I haven’t coded on a table yet. It’s slowing down the work a lot, but books are still being worked on, no worries. It is just unlikely for the near future that I’ll be able to keep up the pace of releases I had last year, so it will probably be at least 3 to 5 months between books going forward, sorry! I don’t want to release anything I’m not 100% happy with, so hopefully the wait will be worth it.
Meanwhile, if you haven’t read the first three Twenty-Sided Sorceress books for some reason or have friends or pets or dolphins or whatever that haven’t read them, there’s a special sale going on now where you can get the bundle for $0.99. This is only good through Sept 6th!
Health issues still putting me down a lot, sorry guys. I need a little more time. This is the last delay, I promise. I won’t even give a date, we’ll just say early August, but it might be before end of month. The book is almost there. I just want it to be perfect and I have so little energy thanks to this ongoing illness that everything is taking longer than expected.
Thank you all for understanding and having patience!
Hey peeps. You can find me at Worldcon in Spokane this year at the following panels. I’ll also be signing at various times at the Doomed Muse Press booth in the Dealer’s Room (it’ll be hard to miss I think, we have great banners this year), and I might run a pick-me-up session or two of Pathfinder/D20/whatever if I get enough interest.
What Makes an Effective Cover Image?
Thursday 14:00 – 14:45, 302AB (CC)
Of course you can judge a book by its cover. That’s why we have cover artists! They aim to catch our eye amidst the cacophony of other titles on the bookrack, and they can make us step aside and shudder when done oh-so-poorly! But how do they attract our attention and convey the message when the title is ambiguous? When the author is an unknown? When it is a well-known series with recognizable characters? Learn some of the issues and challenges that face our interdisciplinary panelists as they beguile us into opening the book and reading that first sentence…
Mark J. Ferrari (M), Annie Bellet, Stephen Segal, Karen Haber, Lee Moyer
We Won: How SF, Fantasy and Comics Have Taken Over TV
Thursday 17:00 – 17:45, 300C (CC)
Not very long ago it was hard to find any SF on TV, let alone good SF. But today, every night has multiple shows. Some of the most talked-about shows on TV — Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead — are genre shows, Doctor Who is a worldwide phenomenon, and even shows that started as thriller shows like Person of Interest are clearly SF. Agents of Shield, Grimm, The Flash, Gotham, Orphan Black … the list goes on. And what about the shows that start of promising and collapsed quickly (Twelve Monkeys)? Is the zombie-takeover of TV starting to peter out?
Darlene Marshall (M), David Peterson, Andrea G. Stewart , Annie Bellet
Kaffee Klatche – Annie Bellet
Friday 14:00 – 14:45, 202A-KK2 (CC)
Join a panelist and up to 9 other fans for a small discussion. Coffee and snacks available for sale on the
Requires advance sign-up (*my note- there might be swag!)
Game Mastering 101
Friday 17:00 – 17:45, 303A (CC)
What are the basic tools and approaches for running a game of D&D, or other role-playing game? What are the fun-ruining pitfalls to avoid? And how can practice as a gamemaster help inform writing, reading or other elements of fandom?
Annie Bellet , Brian Campbell , John Welker
Self-publishing — How to Market Your Work
Saturday 16:00 – 16:45, 303A (CC)
Your manuscript is done, you’ve found your printer, uploaded your files, and your book is done. Now how the heck do get people to buy it? Successful self-published authors share their methods.
Sarina Dorie, Doug Farren, Kameron Hurley, Annie Bellet
Thicker Than Blood is going to be delayed until July 21st.
I’m sorry, peeps. I know how much you all want to read this book (and it’s my favorite that I’ve done so far, so trust me, you really do), but I’ve been really sick all month and the book isn’t ready. I refuse to release something I’m not 100% confident in, so please have patience. Life happens, and I’d rather take a couple extra weeks with my betas and editors to make sure this book is everything I know it can be.
Thank you for understanding.