The Tale of the Tail in the TalysMana Revision

Revision Help

Last Friday, I printed out my manuscript and my revision worksheets, located my  pens, and set everything aside. Saturday was to be my first day of revision. And Saturday with the the big table cleared for writing, I started into revising my badly wrecked fantasy novel TalysMana, written back in 2010. I was planning on doing the way I always … Continue reading →

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Getting the books out, getting the word out.

Longview 2: The Selling of Suzee Delight

The second edition of Tales from the Longview, Episode 2: The Selling of Suzee Delight has entered distribution today. This is the sequel to Tales from The Longview, Episode 1: Born from Fire (previously released as Enter the Death Circus), now available permanently for free. I’m hoping to have the third episode, The Philosopher Gambit, ready to publish in two weeks. … Continue reading →

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Born from Fire: Permafree release of Episode 1 of Tales from the Longview

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When love is a crime, who will save the guilty? That’s the question at the heart of the first story in my Tales from THE LONGVIEW series. I’m releasing the story as permanently free. You can read the first chapter on the page, then download the complete story here. I’ll be adding all the other places where you can get … Continue reading →

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I’ve started writing fiction again

This is such a delicate thing I’m almost afraid to mention it. But stories started sneaking back into my consciousness after the parathyroid surgery, and lately I’ve been starting each weekday morning writing a few hundred words. It’s what I can make time for before I start into the still-enormous daily workload of getting the HollysWritingClasses.com site up and running … Continue reading →

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Video & Podcast Test: How To Write Suckitudinous Fiction

I chose one of my funnier articles on writing fiction and turned it into both a video and a podcast. I’m testing new software that I hope to use for a number of different applications, including workshops, and I’d like to know how these two formats work for you. VIDEO TEST: AUDIO TEST YOUTUBE LINK: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTAksz1NFyc … Continue reading →

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The Philosopher Gambit is off to the copyeditor!

Finally. I’m having the folks at Silver Jay do an in-depth proofread for me—I’ll do the clean-up and publish when I get it back. I’m considering offering a print version of the first three stories, which would give the reader the equivalent of a 90,000-word novel. I KNOW I’m going to offer this book later, when I have all six … Continue reading →

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Before I was so RUDELY interrupted…

I had just put together my schedule for the next couple of months. (Link opens in new tab). The VERY next day, a WordPress update broke an old plugin on my HowToThinkSideways.com site that just happened to have been delivering about 90% of my readers’ and writers’ purchased downloads. I finished manually locating and manually moving each of those roughly … Continue reading →

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Scheduling a writing life: Follow-up #1

I’m following up on the “How Would You Clear My Schedule” post. First, INTERNS!!! was the cool and awesome suggestion that I leapt on, only to discover that the legal ramifications made it impossible for me to do. (Enormous thanks to Margaret Fisk, who did the research and let me know about this.) There are folks actively hunting for ways … Continue reading →

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The REVISED new LONGVIEW covers, and how to run a solvent self-pub business

Book covers…GOOD book covers, anyway—are a big flying pain in the ass on a good day, and they are so very much easier to get wrong than right. And blithe comments about hiring a professional cover designer don’t help. A BIG DIGRESSION ON THE FINANCIAL END OF SELF-PUBLISHING, AND HOW YOU STAY SOLVENT The Longview stories are, right now, low-margin. … Continue reading →

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The New Covers for Tales from The Longview… I listened.

I read every comment, made notes, came up with alternate concepts, and here are the three final results. WITH new titles, too.     So…does this fix the many problems? … Continue reading →

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