The One and Only Lesson Self-Published Authors Can Learn From M.R. Mathias

Not too long ago, self-published author M.R. Mathias went on quite a tirade at fantasy-faction.com about how his self-promotional forum post should not have been moved from the general books forum into the self-published/small press forum. You can read the whole thing from Fantasy Faction’s perspective here: “The Man Who Thought He Was King.” Now, [...]

Hey, Newbie! Stop Writing!

Hey, Newbie! That's right. You. Yeah, you. Stop writing. You heard me. Stop writing. Right now. Just stop. You done? Good, now we can move on. When I teach composition, I start out the semester by telling the students that I have one rule about writing. That it's a simple rule. I get in front [...]

Summer 2012 Goals

When my dad died on April 3, all the lofty goals I had set for myself and the coming summer went poof. I wasn't able to concentrate--still can't to the level that I was--and I just didn't have the drive to write. I still don't, to be honest, but I'm making myself. Baby steps and [...]

Guest Post – 4 Elements You Just Have to Love About Steampunk

Over at Once Upon a Time, Naithin and Jaedia were kind enough to let Austin and me write a guest post to help promote the recent release of Nimbus: A Steampunk Novel. Why don't you head on over to see exactly what we mean when we say that Nimbus is steampunk for people who don't know [...]

What is the Worst Thing That Can Happen in this Chapter?

Think about what makes you keep reading a book. Is it when everything works out well? Is it when the story finally fits together like a month-long jigsaw puzzle? Is it when the end of the book is exactly what you expected from the prologue? Of course not! That would be silly and boring! You [...]