Category: Rebel Tales

  • Facing Devastating Failure

    My heroine has been going through hell in hopes of achieving a tremendous goal, only to have everything she worked for ripped away from her because she chose integrity over compromise. 754 words tonight. Story, Help Wanted. Headache is pretty bad right now, but I finished out scene two with a nice cliffhanger. How are…

  • Back To Fiction

    I’ve had to take a bunch of days off, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. However, when I’ve been up to it, I’ve been working. On Rebel Tales, on NovelWritingSchool.com, and also on fiction. I was doing pretty well with TalysMana, but my daughter has some scheduling problems right now, so we’re having…

  • Rebel Tales Submissions Go Live

    You’ve probably read about my war for the midlist—to recreate something that should never have been destroyed. You may have read my New Year’s Resolution. Well. I’ve almost got one piece of the puzzle done. And I just turned fifty a couple weeks ago, so I’m even almost on schedule. Holly Lisle’s Rebel Tales is…

  • Buying To The Net Redux: Or ‘I told you so’

    No less a writer than Norman Spinrad has hit the publishing death spiral, and with a flip of the bird to those who tried their damnedest to ruin my reputation when I laid out the whole evil “buying-to-the-net” process back in December ’06, I’ll simply say: I told you so. I told you so. I…

  • That surprise I promised? TWO surprises.

    That surprise I promised? There are actually two, though I spent all night working to get everything up and running on both. (And for those who got the e-mail first and discovered you couldn’t post anything, please pretend you didn’t notice that I clearly should not be setting up anything complicated at 3 AM.) The…

  • Editor Incest, Surprise Delay, and a Favor

    Editor Incest A question came up in a previous post on whether Rebel Tales editors could publish stories by other Rebel Tales editors. Frankly, I thought the answer so obvious that it didn’t occur to me to mention it—and now that it’s been asked, I have proof that it wasn’t obvious after all. I’m going…

  • I now have all my first-round editors

    I received 152 applications, and in what has to be a world record for someone taking job applications, more than half were not just qualified, but WELL-qualified. It was both astonishing and gratifying. It was also hell to get through, because I had 32 slots to fill, and 152 prospective people to fill them. I…

  • Rebel Tales Editor Update

    I’ve now filled all try-out slots for Fantasy and Suspense editors. I took the weekend off, spent all day yesterday catching up on customer service, and today I’m going to get the last SF and Paranormal applicants. I received more than 150 applications, and was blown away by the skills, experience, and vision of the…

  • Rebel Tales: My War For The Midlist

    What used to be assets It wasn’t that long ago that science fiction and fantasy were genres supporting a lot of midlist careers. And if you say “What’s the midlist?” you’re not alone. The midlist was where writers who’d never had a New York Times bestseller, but who created great stories regularly, lived. They weren’t…

  • “I Have A [Writing] Dream”

    “I Have A [Writing] Dream”

    Fiction is my passion. Stories that matter and that have something to say were my earliest independent love, they have been the focus of my creativity for a quarter century now, and I have made them my career. Now, a few months from fifty, I want to tell you about the vision I have for…