Hugo Nomination and Thoughts

My short story “Goodnight Stars” which appears in The End is NOW edited by John J Adams and Hugh Howey, was nominated for a Hugo.  The story will be in the nomination packet as well as online for free soon now, so that those who wish to read it may. I’m damn proud of this story (the entire set of stories I wrote for the Apocalypse Triptych actually, I think might be some of my best work ever).

I should be dancing about this. Inside, I am a bit. Because it’s a damn good story, maybe the best short story I’ve ever written (and I’ve written over 100 of those things in the last six years).  But this Hugo season is full of controversy, which I’m not going to really talk about, because I find it exhausting and I have better things to do. This will be my only statement about it, if I can help it.

To clarify some things that shouldn’t matter but apparently do:

I am a socialist, if I have to quantify my political leanings. I’d vote Elizabeth Warren into the presidency if she ran, though she’s still not liberal enough for me (but she’s smart enough, too smart to run probably, hah), if that gives an idea of what I mean here.

I am queer in that I am an out bisexual who has had more female partners than male. (I am married and monogamous with a man but still identify as bi because I don’t think who I ended up in love with should matter).

I have two X chromosomes and a vagina. Also boobs. And tattoos (90 hours and counting!).

My nominated story features a non-white female protagonist. Most of my stories do, actually. I think the world is a very interesting and diverse place, I grew up in a multi-ethnic and diverse family, and I don’t see our future becoming less diverse so I choose to write about a world that has as many different people in it as I can dream up.

Honestly, the thought that the above information would change whether or not my story gets read and considered, in either direction, makes me a little sick to my stomach.  I am not so naive, however, that I think we exist in a political and social vacuum. So I figure these things need to be said by me, so that at least the information is out there. People will still make whatever assumptions they want to, and will vote however they want to. That’s out of my control.

What is in my control is how hard I work at my job. I am a professional SF/F writer. I’ve attended more than 20 workshops over the last five years, always striving to deliver better and more awesome stories for my readers. I work my ass off on my craft and on the business side. I’ve sold over thirty short stories to magazines and anthologies. I’ve sold nearly a quarter million books as an indie author.

My job, as I see it, is to write the best damn books I can, books that readers will love and not be able to put down.

I feel that “Goodnight Stars” is one of my best accomplishments. My editors, many reviewers, and my readers have agreed with this.  I think I get as much fan mail about my stories in the Triptych as I do about my bestselling urban fantasy series. So I hope the story gets read and judged on its own merits. If it doesn’t… well… not much will change.

I’ll still be here, working to write better and better books. Because I have the best fans and readers a writer could ask for, supporters who allow me to go on being a full time author and to keep doing my job.

And that is an award nobody can take away from me. 🙂

My Norwescon Schedule 2015

I’ll be in Seattle this next weekend for Norwescon.  I’m on a few panels and will be doing bar-con a bit so hopefully I’ll see some peeps there!

Here’s my panel schedule:

Marketing for People Who Hate Marketing
Fri 12:00pm-1:00pm – Cascade 13
Lola Watson (M), Annie Bellet, Diana Copland, Nicole Dieker

Next-Gen Publishing
Fri 3:00pm-4:00pm – Evergreen 3&4
Tod McCoy (M), Michael G. Munz, Stephanie Herman, Annie Bellet, Kurt Cagle

Women In Science Fiction
Fri 7:00pm-8:00pm – Cascade 7&8
Jonnalyhn Wolfcat (M), Esther Jones, Luna Lindsey, Annie Bellet, Kristi Charish

Level Up Your Indie Skillset
Sat 6:00pm-7:00pm – Cascade 9
Matt Youngmark (M), Annie Bellet, Luna Lindsey, Elliott Kay

Worth the Dues?
Sun 11:00am-12:00pm – Cascade 7&8
Cat Rambo (M), Annie Bellet, Pat MacEwen, Peter Dennis Pautz, Jennifer Brozek

Signed Paper Books!

I’m doing a little experiment, with some help from a bookstore called Powell’s Books. They are the largest independent bookstore in the country and totally awesome.

So here is how it works. The Powell’s at Cedar Hills Crossing is carrying some of my books (after a very successful signing back in November) and I made a trip in to sign them.  So there are a very limited number of copies available, signed, right now. If this works and people want more signed books, Powell’s and I can coordinate more orders and I’ll make another trip to get stuff signed.

Below I’ve put book covers for the books that are available. Each cover links to the Powell’s website. Click the link of the book you want a signed copy of, and buy it! Powell’s ships pretty much everywhere, I think. Here is the slightly tricky part: you want to check the sale page and make sure the book is still listed as in stock at Beaverton, or your copy will be shipped from the warehouse and won’t be signed. So make sure it says in stock. Quantities are limited as this is an experiment.

Here are the books you can choose from:

 

 

Hunting Season is Alive!

New release day! Book 4 in The Twenty-Sided Sorceress series is live on all sellers!

Description:

The enemy of my enemy is my enemy’s enemy. Nothing more…

Demon hounds. Celtic legends coming to life. Angry druids.
Just what gamer and sorceress Jade Crow needs to help her days feel complete. All her hits will have to be crits to get out of this one as enemies and friends collide and the lines between the two blur.

Hunting Season is the fourth book in The Twenty-Sided Sorceress urban fantasy series.

Get it on Amazon here.

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Orycon Panels and Powell’s Signing!

In the Pacific Northwest? Want to see me talk about whatever?  Or come get a signed copy of one of my books?

I’ll be at Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing on November 9th at 4pm signing books (as will an awesome line-up of other SF/Fantasy authors!). Get the details here: http://www.powells.com/events/6272/

Here’s my schedule for Orycon, Portland Oregon’s Science Fiction and Fantasy convention.
Fri Nov 7 3:00:pm
Morrison
Pseudonyms, Genre and Branding

Can one writing name encompass, say, space opera, high fantasy, military scifi and erotic romance? When to fracture your writing identity, how and why.
(*)Annie Bellet, Theresa (Darklady) Reed, Leah Cutter, Mary Rosenblum

Fri Nov 7 5:00:pm
Fri Nov 7 6:00:pm
Madison
Getting Your First Professional Sale

An author can struggle for months or years before achieving their first success, but even after writing their opus, they can be tripped up by a process which is both entirely new to them and yet critical to their success. This panel describes what an author may experience as they revel in their first success.
(*)Shawna Reppert, Annie Bellet, Erica L. Satifka, Kristin Landon, Devon Monk

Sat Nov 8 2:00:pm
Sat Nov 8 3:00:pm
Hamilton
It’s Not Selling!

Oh no! Your book is sliding off the list–ALL the lists! Don’t worry, there are things you can do to turn things around.
(*)William Hertling, Annie Bellet, Frog Jones, Phyllis Irene Radford

Sat Nov 8 3:00:pm
Sat Nov 8 4:00:pm
Madison
Minor Characters

Do your minor characters take over the scene? Or do you have the opposite problem where they all seem the same or are faceless automatons? Learn the tricks of the trade that help writers populate their fiction with believable, interesting characters that don`t overwhelm the scene.
Doug Odell, David Bara, Annie Bellet, SD Perry, Kier Salmon

Sat Nov 8 4:00:pm
Sat Nov 8 5:00:pm
Lincoln
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.
Steve Perry, J. A. Pitts, Annie Bellet, Phyllis Irene Radford, Ken Scholes

Sat Nov 8 7:00:pm
Sat Nov 8 8:00:pm
Hawthorne
Speeding Up Your Output

Fast writing is not necessarily bad writing, and more words per day equals more stories for your readers. Discuss methods for upping your daily word count without sacrificing quality or your life.
Scott Alan Woodard, Annie Bellet, Shawna Reppert, Jennifer Brozek, (*)Leah Cutter

Sun Nov 9 11:00:am
Sun Nov 9 12:00:pm
Hamilton
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.
Annie Bellet, (*)Anthony Pryor, Elton Elliott, John Hedtke

Sun Nov 9 12:00:pm
Sun Nov 9 1:00:pm
Hawthorne
Audiobooks and Podcasts

Selling the rights, ACX, hiring a narrator or–gulp–doing it yourself!
Todd McCaffrey, Mark Niemann-Ross, Annie Bellet, (*)William Hertling