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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.

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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 →


Mondays… -@*~&#$^

Got my words on Dead Man’s Party — that was the fun, interesting, easy part. We did a site update over at 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 →


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

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 my own fiction. My Continue reading →


The Wishbone Conspiracy: Crossed the 30K mark!

Was not the smoothest start I ever had, considering I was at the desk and writing at 8:45 AM, and it’s now 11:30 and I just finished my words. I got a little distracted listening to Disturb’s latest album, Evolution, which has some damn compelling lyrics. It’s utterly loopable — I can just put the whole thing on replay and let it Continue reading →


The Wishbone Conspiracy: Words with wings, and conspiracy!

Today went well. Seriously, and it was a nice change. Becky and I ran to a ten-minute timer, and in about two hours I got 2016 words — and I like them. And I thought it would be fun to capture this morning’s starting words and ending words as screen shots, and let you see what was on them if Continue reading →


The Wishbone Conspiracy: Dark

Today was much rougher than it should have been. I got in early, got started, and the words just inched out. But at the point where Cady and Badger ended up face to face (in a fashion that is the core conflict of this novel), everything all of a sudden flowed like melting butter. It was tough to write — Continue reading →


The Wishbone Conspiracy: 2027 words, and a Change in the 3-Novels Experiment

Got pretty decent words today on The Wishbone Conspiracy. 2027 new words, taking me to a total of 23,873 words in the novel. I mostly like what I got, though I had a bit of a hard start. And that’s what I want to talk about today. The “Write on three different novels each week” experiment worked very well. Until it Continue reading →


The Pointy Marketing End of Writing Fiction: Old Dog, New Trick

No big secret that I’m working hard on making my fiction a full-time paying gig again — my objective is to earn 50% of my income from fiction, with the other 50% coming from my writing classes. Fiction has been shoved over in a corner for years, because, well — writing good nonfiction is about a million times easier than Continue reading →


The Emerald Sun: Lost some time to the world

I got 879 words today — not the 1500 I’d planned. But Genna found herself at the end of the world, and it took me a while to figure out how to get that part of the scene right. The dragon and his many voices has rejoined the party, and the cat had a terrible scare. I love what I Continue reading →

Dead Man's Party

Dead Man’s Party: How’d you like your brain sanded, writer…?

This morning I rolled into work pretty sure I knew what I was going to do. And hit my novel of the day, Dead Man’s Party, with a sort of “Have not had my coffee yet, but I’ll get this anyway” focus. Read my short description of the chapter I’d scheduled to write, and realized several weeks’ distance from my provisional Continue reading →