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Our Weekly Podcast: Alone in a Room with Invisible People

Whether you’re a writer just getting started, or writing your fiftieth short story or novel, or even if you’re a reader who is curious about the real story behind how fiction gets made, come hang out with us.

I’m Holly Lisle, and I’ve been writing and publishing both commercially and independently since 1991. Meanwhile, my daughter Rebecca Galardo is a long-time fiction writer but a new novelist. Together, we discuss our own adventures (and misadventures), answer listeners’ questions, and explore the weird job of writing fiction for a living.

And the show title? That’s not a strange joke. That’s just the job description.


 

Marketing Tuesday: Finished with my survey results (and a game)

So, for as long as I’m doing Marketing Tuesdays, I’ve made myself a little image — with Scary Halloween Lettering, because for me at least, trying to wrap my head around marketing is scary. But I have the most amazing readers. I had a massive response to my three-question quiz. Thank you to every single reader who answered — there’s Continue reading →

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Free Writing Class: Find Your Fiction Mojo

This is one of those classes I built and then forgot I built. (Yes, there are more of them, and I’ll get them all back up and running over time.) But today I stubbed my toe on THIS one. Just click the cover below to go to the sign-up page for the class. This is a simple email class with Continue reading →

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The Wishbone Conspiracy: Totally left-fielded myself today. WOW!

Oh. My.  God. Today was the day you want to be a novelist for. Yesterday, I’d set Cady up with a banquet on an activity card,  and a crazy thirty-plus hour schedule she was going to have to get through in which she would not have a single minute to herself, and in which she had to have at least Continue reading →

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The Wishbone Conspiracy: 2068 words, and I passed the halfway point

This was a good writing day, in spite of the fact that I slept in, AND in spite of the fact that I had a hard time getting started this morning. Pushups and coffee only go so far. Problem was, I woke up at around four AM, and couldn’t get back to sleep, so I went out to hang out Continue reading →

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The Wishbone Conspiracy: Flying words, and ONE word that summoned a new world

This morning was an awesome experience. First, I got 2117 words on The Wishbone Conspiracy. Fun words. I woke up a little late, got started a little later, but nevertheless popped open my Scrivener document, headed into the last words I’d written, scanned my plan for the chapter, and jumped in. The words started slowly— they usually do. But Cady Continue reading →

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I’ve UNPUBLISHED Hunting the Corrigan’s Blood, and Warpaint

This was a tough decision to make. I’ve pulled both Hunting the Corrigan’s Blood and Warpaint from circulation. They will be back… But not until I know I’m going to put them in front of the readers who will love them. I’m going to have to get (or make) new covers for both books, completely redo keywords and blurbs, change Continue reading →

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Just discovered the actual genre for Cadence Drake… derp!

Biopunk. Biopunk? BIOPUNK! Real genre, I write it, I have been writing it since the late nineties… <le sigh> So how exactly did I miss this? How did I not realize this was a thing that those of us who love science and genetics and SF and fantasy were writing? That would be the Epic Fail. Thanks, guys. You are Continue reading →

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Marketing Tuesday #1 – Reading Emails, Building a “Loves, Hates, and Recommends” chart

So because last Tuesday was TAX DAY, in which I had to finish up everything to get to my accountant, today is my first ever Marketing Tuesday. In which I am building a chart to help me understand who my readers are, what they’re looking for from me, what other work they like and what they like about it. Reader Continue reading →

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Mondays… -@*~&#$^

Got my words on Dead Man’s Party — that was the fun, interesting, easy part. We did a site update over at HollysWritingClasses.com that was overall just buttery smooth. But I did not have “Test Downloads” in my list of post-update checking, and downloads were not, therefore, tested. And guess what was broken? Dan fixed them quickly and beautifully, but in Continue reading →

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3 Questions for My Readers (and the story behind why I’m asking)

Survey is now closed. This is going to sound pretty strange, but I have recently discovered that I have no clue what it is about my fiction that readers like… And I’m a lot less certain I understand what kind of fiction I write than I was up until yesterday. Here’s where I discovered how little I actually know about Continue reading →

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