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Author August 2011
Hello and welcome to my professional blog. In this blog, I will mostly write about writing, editing, publishing, slush reading and the calls for submission I am making or responding to. There will be writer advice based on whatever lesson I am relearning, interview links for current projects and random bits that relate to writing in some emotional or technical way. I have no filters and make liberal use of the tag system.

See my profile for my event appearances, book covers, bio and other such things.

My personal blog, gaaneden , is where I talk about my husband, my cats, my gaming and other randomness of everyday life. It is a lot less structured and a lot more fluff. Feel free to add my personal LJ as well.

Vacation

Author August 2011

(Crossposted from Jennifer Brozek)

The Husband decided a couple months back that he wanted to go on a real (not to a convention, not to Sherpa me around, not to try and sell books) vacation. I agreed. Fortunately, with the timing, all the stars aligned and this vacation happened right after I signed a three book deal. (Whoo-hoo!) That meant I could actually relax, too.

We went to Sooke, Canada on Vancouver Island and stayed at Points West (who was quite pleased to host “a real author.” It was wonderful. Exactly what we both needed. We slept in. We had two planned events (Afternoon tea at the Empress and a visit to Royal Roads University) for the entire trip. Everything else was spur of the moment.

We spent one day just driving up the west coast of Vancouver Island from Sooke to Port Renfrew. We came across three amazing, amazing places. You see, beyond being B&B country, it is Artisan country and there are roads signs that say “Artisan” and the name of the artist country. We stopped at a bunch but here were the stand outs.

Aivars Logins, Wood Artist – The sign wasn’t much but I like woodcraft. Man, oh man. If I was rich, Aivars would never be out of work. You have got to see his carvings. Small or large, all of it was amazing. Also, he and his wife live in a 14-sided house that looks a little like a gussied up grain silo. He let me look around it because it was so interesting. We bought a burl cedar bowl so I can stick all my random jewelry in my office in one place.

Foggy Mountain Forge – This place. A working forge with the nicest guys ever. Marty made us a steel feather from a thin rod as he was showing us how everything worked. I also picked up a card holder that won’t walk off and Jeff got a ridiculous mace. Marty, it turns out, is also the fire chief in the area while his son, Justin, who specializes in weapons, is also a volunteer firefighter. Marty’s wife is an EMT. It makes sense. They all know how to deal with fire. I had a blast at this local artist. It’s the kind of place you revisit. And I’m sure some version of the Gilbertson family is going to end up in one of my books.

Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery – Mead! And honey! We met Dana in the tasting room and wow, they make excellent honey. No fooling. We came home with several bottles and honey and some honey-logenberry jam. It was so good. Dana is personable and happy to talk about the meadery. Soon, the place is going to sport one of the only honey / beekeeping museum on the island. The adding ego boost was running into a family from Redmond where the wife said, “I’m so excited to meet a real live author!” It was fun and another brush with being an "obscure celebrity."

Now that I’m home, I feel relaxed and able to meet my work schedule for the rest of the year. Which needs about 1000/day/5 days a week for the next 26 weeks. Doable as long as I’m consistent. Every writer needs a real vacation to refresh the creative well. This was the perfect one for me.

Freelancer Summary June 2014

Author August 2011

(Crossposted from Jennifer Brozek)



Ever wonder what a freelance author/editor does? Each month of 2014, I’m going to list my daily notes on what I do. As I always say, being your own boss means you choose with 70 hours of the week you work. None of this talks about the random pub IMs, time doing research, time reading books for blurbs, introductions, and reviews, or short author questions. It doesn’t cover my pays-the-bills work either. This is just publishing industry stuff. “Answered pub industry email” can be anything from a request for an interview, to contract queries, to reading anthology invites, to answering questions about dates… and the list goes on.



June



 



Sunday


2014.06.01



Answered pub industry email. Blog post.



2014.06.02



Answered pub industry email. AIP blog post. Wrote the Origins Game Fair convention card. Edits on Famished: The Commons. Approved cover art.



2014.06.03



Answered pub industry email. Freelancer summary blog post. Edits on Famished: The Commons.



2014.06.04



Answered pub industry email. A whole lot of Origins Game Fair prep as a dealer and as a panelist.



2014.06.05



Answered pub industry email. Final edits on Apocalypse Girl Dreaming.



2014.06.06



Final edits on Apocalypse Girl Dreaming.



2014.06.07



Answered pub industry email. Final edits on Apocalypse Girl Dreaming.



 



 



Sunday


2014.06.08



Final edits on Apocalypse Girl Dreaming. Pre-pack prep for Origins.



2014.06.09



Answered pub industry email. Final edits on Apocalypse Girl Dreaming. Pre-pack prep for Origins.



2014.06.10



Final edits on Apocalypse Girl Dreaming and emailed to publisher. Pack and travel to Origins Game Fair.



2014.06.11



Origins Game Fair. Dealer table setup. Answered pub industry email.



2014.06.12



Origins Game Fair. Dealer table. Panels.



2014.06.13



Origins Game Fair. Dealer table. Panels.



2014.06.14



Origins Game Fair. Dealer table. Panels.



 



 



Sunday


2014.06.15



Origins Game Fair. Dealer table tear down. Panels. Answered pub industry email.



2014.06.16



Answered pub industry email. Travel home from Origins Game Fair.



2014.06.17



Answered pub industry email. Project expense summary projection on potential project. Invoice client. Pub industry phone call x2. Contract negotiation. Blog Post.



2014.06.18



Answered pub industry email. Blog Post. AIP Blog Post. Noted freelance expenses from Origins. Contract negotiation. Googlegroup management for both AIP and JenniferBrozek.



2014.06.19



Answered pub industry email. Practice reading for live event. Edits on Famished: The Commons.



2014.06.20



Answered pub industry email. Reading at Waywards. Edits on Famished: The Commons.



2014.06.21



Answered pub industry email. Contract negotiation. Edits on Famished: The Commons.



 



 



Sunday


2014.06.22



Finished edits on Famished: The Commons. Pub industry phone call. Back cover copy for Flotsam 1: Exile.



2014.06.23



Editorial reading on The Bringer of War. Invoiced a client.



2014.06.24



Answered pub industry email. Editorial reading on The Bringer of War. Blog announcement of Chicks Dig Gaming.



2014.06.25



Answered pub industry email. Editorial reading on The Bringer of War. Facebook interview.



2014.06.26



Answered pub industry email. Back cover copy for The Bringer of War. Editorial reading on The Bringer of War. Anthology story pitch.



2014.06.27



Editorial reading on The Bringer of War.



2014.06.28



Answered pub industry email. Editorial reading on The Bringer of War. Contract negotiation. Approving new cover art.



 



 



Sunday


2014.06.29



Answered pub industry email. Editorial notes for The Bringer of War. Contract negotiation. Signed and returned Melissa Allen series contract.



2014.06.30



Answered pub industry email. Final polish of Exile: Flotsam 1. Blog announcement of Melissa Allen series sale. AIP Blog announcement of Cross Cutting trilogy acquisition.



My Melissa Allen series is sold!

Author August 2011

(Crossposted from Jennifer Brozek)

I’ve been sitting on some big news as all the details were hammered out. While I was at Origins Game Fair, I got an offer from Permuted Press for the first three books my young adult SF-thriller series. The Melissa Allen series (Never Let Me Sleep, Never Let Me Leave, Never Let Me Die). As I told my parents… “It’s the kind of stuff I wished early Stephen King would have written for teenagers. So, yay! Only 7.5 years after I became full time freelance author!”

I’m super excited to be part of the Permuted Press family and I have to thank Tim Long and Katie Cord for making sure me and the head honchos from Permuted met.

Here’s a bit about the first book:

NEVER LET ME SLEEP
Troubled teen, Melissa Allen, wakes to find that everyone in her house, on her street, and in her town is dead. As she learns that the unexplained massacre expands well beyond her town, she discovers she is not alone and what hunts her isn’t human. With her only support the voice of DHS Agent David Hood on the phone, Melissa must survive long enough to break the signal that murdered everyone she ever knew and stop the creatures before their plans succeed.

Chicks Dig Gaming!

Author August 2011

(Crossposted from Jennifer Brozek)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Chicks Dig Gaming:
A Celebration of All Things Gaming by the Women Who Love It
essay collection slated for November 11th release


Mad Norwegian Press is proud to announce the forthcoming publication of Chicks Dig Gaming --- an essay collection and sister publication to the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords, the Hugo-nominated Chicks Dig Comics, and more.

The book is edited by Jennifer Brozek (Apocalypse Ink Productions), Robert Smith? (Who’s 50: The 50 Doctor Who Stories to Watch Before You Die) and Lars Pearson (editor-in-chief, the Chicks Dig series), and features essays by nearly three dozen female writers.

Contributors include Catherynne M. Valente (The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland…, Indistinguishable from Magic), Seanan McGuire (the October Daye series); G. Willow Wilson (Alif the Unseen), Rosemary Jones (Forgotten Realms), Emily Care Boss (Gaming as Women), Mary Anne Mohanraj (Bodies in Motion), Jody Lynn Nye (the MythAdventures series), E. Lily Yu (“The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees”) and more.

Also included: exclusive interviews with Paizo CEO Lisa Stevens and Dragonlance author Margaret Weis.

Chicks Dig Gaming will be published on November 11, 2014, and retail (print version) for $14.95. The book will also be available as an ebook on Kindle, Nook and iBooks on the day of release.

To request a review copy of Chicks Dig Gaming, or to schedule an interview with one of the editors or contributors, please email: MadNorwegian@gmail.com

A web-quality version of the Chicks Dig Gaming cover is attached; please email: MadNorwegian@gmail.com if you require a print-quality version.



I'm super proud of this collection. I had an idea of what I wanted to do with it. Lars and Mad Norwegian Press took it in ways I didn't expect. This is a fabulous set of essays. Really. I don't think I could be more proud than I am right now about this book.

Origins Quotes

Author August 2011

(Crossposted from Jennifer Brozek)

Some really awesome things said to me at Origins. I want to remember them. It's quotes like these that make going to conventions and working my butt off worth the sweat and toil.

“I want to be you when I grow up. You are just awesome.”

“Last year, you told me that I should consider writing short stories because they do have a faster turnaround than novels. I did that and I just recently made my first sale. Thank you for that.”

“You may not remember me but last year, you told me that I needed to focus and figure what I really wanted to do… and I did. I decided that I wanted to edit comic anthologies. Here are my first two. So, thank you for that kick in the butt.”

“You are one of my favorite people at Origins. I always have to come see you.”

A conversation with a nine year old budding author that was just too cute for words. “My first story is a mystery and I don’t know if I have enough paper to print it out on but I wanted to know… how big is a chapter?” and “Do you get to draw the pictures, too?”

Bubble and Squeek for 17 June 2014

Author August 2011

(Crossposted from Jennifer Brozek)

REVIEW: Geeky Library reviews Bless Your Mechanical Heart and give it 5/5. Woo-hoo!

REVIEW: National Space Society reviews Beyond the Sun. I can’t actually tell if they liked my story, “Dust Angels,” or not. You decide.

READING: This Friday, 20 Jun 2014, I will be at Waywards Coffeehouse, reading from my story in By Faery Light.

Origins!

Author August 2011

(Crossposted from Jennifer Brozek)

I will be at Origins Game Fair this next week. I have a no shyness zone around me. Come over and say hello. I have 10 panels or I will be in the Library section (back left) of the Dealers Hall. Make sure you get one of my convention cards. It's a good one!

Thursday, Jun 12, 11am - Writer's Block and You   
Thursday, Jun 12, 12pm - Storytelling and Plot   
Thursday, Jun 12, 4pm - Women in Fiction   

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Friday, Jun 13, 12pm - History in Fiction   

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Saturday, Jun 14, 11am - Writing Tie-In Fiction   
Saturday, Jun 14, 12pm - Anthology Creation Workshop   

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Sunday, Jun 15, 10am - Writing for RPGs   
Sunday, Jun 15, 11am - Pitch Session for Small Press   
Sunday, Jun 15, 1pm - What's the Next Big Thing?   

Freelancer Summary May 2014

Author August 2011

(Crossposted from Jennifer Brozek)



Ever wonder what a freelance author/editor does? Each month of 2014, I’m going to list my daily notes on what I do. As I always say, being your own boss means you choose with 70 hours of the week you work. None of this talks about the random pub IMs, time doing research, time reading books for blurbs, introductions, and reviews, or short author questions. It doesn’t cover my pays-the-bills work either. This is just publishing industry stuff. “Answered pub industry email” can be anything from a request for an interview, to contract queries, to reading anthology invites, to answering questions about dates… and the list goes on.



May



 



2014.05.01



Answered pub industry email. 750 words on Red Aegis assignment. Multiple virtual introductions to link people together. Edited 49 pages of Gaming anthology. Created the convention card for World Horror Con.



2014.05.02



Answered pub industry email. Freelancer monthly summary blog post. Wrote foreword for Gaming anthology. Turned in Gaming anthology. Final edit of Red Aegis assignment and turned it in.



2014.05.03



Answered pub industry email. VikingCon (panel and dealer table).



 



 



Sunday


2014.05.04



Wrote book foreword to Apocalypse Girl Dreaming.



2014.05.05



Answered pub industry email. Wrote 2 story forewords for Apocalypse Girl Dreaming.



2014.05.06



Answered pub industry email. Answered interview. Writing blog post. Wrote 4 story forewords for Apocalypse Girl Dreaming.



2014.05.07



Wrote 15 story forewords for Apocalypse Girl Dreaming and emailed it to the editor.



2014.05.08



Answered pub industry email. Tinkered with a collab story. Reviewer list of RPG anthology. Outlined new short story.



2014.05.09



Answered pub industry email. Wrote 4000 words on “Making Amends in the Ghost City of Fanghan.”



2014.05.10



World Horror Con. Panel.



 



 



Sunday


2014.05.11



Wrote 1400 words on, and finished rough draft of, “Making Amends in the Ghost City of Fanghan.”



2014.05.12



Answered pub industry email. Final proof of a “Kelpie Storm” for an anthology. Polished “Making Amends in the Ghost City of Fanghan” and sent it out to beta readers.



2014.05.13



Answered pub industry email. Sent in a YA novel for awards consideration. Wrote 300 words on Salton Academy 3.



2014.05.14



Answered pub industry email. Processed feedback edits for “Making Amends in the Ghost City of Fanghan” and added 300 words. Wrote 650 words on Salton Academy 3.



2014.05.15



Answered pub industry email. Wrote 2000 words on Salton Academy 3.



2014.05.16



Answered pub industry email. Processed feedback edits for “Making Amends in the Ghost City of Fanghan” and added 100 words. Wrote 2000 words on Salton Academy 3.



2014.05.17



Answered pub industry email. Wrote 250 words on Salton Academy 3.



 



 



Sunday


2014.05.18



Answered pub industry email. Meeting with photographer to discuss novel covers.



2014.05.19



Answered pub industry email. Wrote 2100 words on Salton Academy 3. Freelancer consulting Skype meeting.



2014.05.20



Answered pub industry email. Invoiced client. Wrote 600 words on Salton Academy 3.



2014.05.21



Wrote 2300 words on Salton Academy 3.



2014.05.22



Answered pub industry email. Wrote 2200 words on Salton Academy 3. Phone call with prospective publisher.



2014.05.23



Wrote 4100 words on Salton Academy 3 and finished the rough draft at 16,200.



2014.05.24



Partial polish of Salton Academy 3.



 



 



Sunday


2014.05.25



Answered pub industry email. Finished polish of Salton Academy 3 and sent to alpha reader.



2014.05.26



Answered pub industry email. Posted “Tell Me” blog post. Plans for a convention book release party. Began edits on Flotsam 1: Exile.



2014.05.27



Answered pub industry email. Posted blog post. Edits on Flotsam 1: Exile.



2014.05.28



Answered pub industry email. Approved cover art thumbnails. Edits on Flotsam 1: Exile.



2014.05.29



Answered pub industry email. Completed edits on Flotsam 1: Exile. Final polish on The Last Days of the Salton Academy and sent off to beta readers.



2014.05.30



Answered pub industry email. Quarterly taxes paid. Googlegroup posts done (on time!). Paid PA.



2014.05.31



Answered pub industry email. Edits on Famished: The Commons.



Remembering Jay

Author August 2011

(Crossposted from Jennifer Brozek)

I do not want to read this on Tor.com. I do not want to write this about Jay. I don’t. I really don’t. But I have no choice. Jay is dead.

He wrote for me. My first anthology, Grants Pass, when I was nothing and no one. He wrote for me every single time I asked him to. For the Edge of Propinquity. For small press anthologies and large.

He was my mentor for years before I published his non-fiction book, Jay Lake’s Process of Writing. We talked by phone, by Skype, and at conventions. He was generous with his time and his advice. It was this wealth of knowledge that led me to ask him if AIP could publish a non-fiction book. It was then I learned so much more from him.

I can’t help but feel for his family, Bronwyn, Lisa, and the rest of those family members—by choice and blood—whose  names I just can’t remember though the tears.

All I can remember is how good he was to me and how much I’m going to miss him.




Radcon 2009 - Not the first time I met him in person but close to.



JayWake 2013