Welcome to my party!


Help yourself to the cookies, the many varieties of cheese, fresh fruit, home-baked breads and pies, and of course, chocolate and champagne. I’m celebrating the rights reversion of my novel TALYN, and thanking both Robin Rue and Beth Miller (and my agency, WRITERS HOUSE) for making this happen.

But while we’re here (and simultaneously live on Twitter) meet my other guests, hold conversations with each other, and ask me whatever you’d like.

I’ll happily answer questions about my books, both in-print and upcoming, my move to self-publishing, do writing neep, whatever.

I won’t give spoilers, but I will give hints. πŸ˜€

There may be a lag in seeing your FIRST post appear; if you haven’t posted here before, I have to MANUALLY approve your post (which does pretty well keeping spam off my site). But once your first post is approved, the rest will show up right away.

I’ll be splitting time between answering posts here and Twitter, and will be around from 10 AM to 3 PM Eastern Time.

We may get crowded. If by chance we crash my site, I’ll still be on Twitter. Join me there.

Follow @hollylisle

Thank you for coming. I’m delighted to have this reason to celebrate, and delighted you’re here.

The OFFICIAL party is now over. But I’ll still be answering posts and questions here over the weekend If you have anything you’d like to know about books or courses or writing or whatever, I’ll be here tomorrow and Sunday after I get my words on WARPAINT.

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236 responses to “TALYN PARTY!”

  1. R.C. Mann Avatar
    R.C. Mann

    Hello and thanks for the invitation. Your advice has been very useful. Mainly in forcing me to think things through. I put my novel to bed for a while so I could try to get some short stories published. But a lot of your advice is applicable to all writing. If I ever start making money at this, I’ll sign up for your thinking sideways course. Meanwhile, congratulations on getting your property back. Although I still don’t understand how anyone could keep it from you. I obviously need to look into this more.

  2. stephenterry.weebly.com Avatar

    Enjoy your party, Holly. We are all supporting you. And you are an inspiration. Thanks for the fabulous support.

  3. Deborah Koren Avatar

    Congrats on getting the rights back! That is awesome. I love Talyn! I’ll just grab some of the breakfast-type munchies, toast you with a cup of tea, and then, sadly, I’ve got to start work in a few minutes and won’t be able to hang around. But thank you for everything you do, and hurray for getting the rights back!

  4. Lisa Avatar

    I am soooo excited for you, Holly. And, selfishly for me. I looked for a copy of TALYN for a long time but never found one. I’m first in line to get it when you have it out!

  5. Carol Englehaupt Avatar

    Dropping by to say congrats. I don’t get invited to a party very often. Thank you.

  6. Karen P Avatar
    Karen P

    Congratulations!!! And thank you! I just finished Mugging the Muse and am getting started on your Create a Plot Clinic. I have never been much for reading non-fiction, I usually need characters to stay involved but you put so much humor and so much of yourself in your courses that I find my self rivetted! I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was 11 but I have tons of unfinished work. I’m hoping your courses will get me to a finished book. Even if I never publish anything I will be happy with that accomplishment! Thanks again for your awesome courses!!

    1. Holly Avatar

      Thank you so much. I’m delighted you’re getting some good from the courses. Let me know how your writing goes. I’ll be here, and I’ll cheer.

      1. Robert Avatar

        Does that mean we can see an ebook version soon?

        1. Holly Avatar

          Yes. This is the story that I have to finish prior to starting the second module of How To Write A Seriesβ€”I anticipate having it in print around the end of this month. That’s my deadline for it, anyway. πŸ˜€

    2. Nicola Avatar

      All the clinics are brilliant. Buy them now!

      I can’t wait for Holly to finish the Create a World Clinic (hint, hint!)

  7. Lucy Avatar

    Congratulations and a big woo-hoo. Power to the writers!

  8. Laura Avatar

    This is worth a shot of single malt scotch! Congratulations! I agree, Talyn is the best book of yours I’ve read.

    Can’t wait to read Redbird and the Cadence Drake books that are coming. (out come the confetti and noisemakers)

  9. Rachel Cray Avatar

    I have a ton of your advice on my laptop which I’m wading through gradually. But can I catch you between drinks and ask you one question which may not be covered there:
    I have a guilt problem when the words don’t come. I have three other unfinished titles waiting, all with different themes: do you think it’s healthy to flit from writing a chapter in one book on one day and then jumping to another the next day, depending on my mood?
    Or should I really apply some Stalinist self-discipline to my psyche?


    1. Holly Avatar

      Self-discipline isn’t Stalinist. It’s individualist. Stalinist is when someone else sticks a gun to your head and says “Do it.” NOBODY wants that.

      1. Kevin McLaughin Avatar

        If anything, I’d say self (as opposed to outside initiated) discipline is fundamental to freedom. =)

      2. Susan Russell Avatar
        Susan Russell

        Aww, I missed the party…

        On the positive side, I was writing today!

        Anyway, this comment reminded me of the great Jim Hines cartoon: http://www.jimchines.com/2011/04/comic-amusement/

        No, I don’t really want someone to stick a gun to my head, but sometimes I need to feel like my muse has some serious fire-power.

  10. Jami Gold Avatar

    Congratulations, Holly! I love hearing about success stories in all their forms. And thanks for the chocolate too! πŸ™‚

    Now, I’ll go say ‘hi’ on Twitter. See you there!

  11. Dee Avatar

    WooT! Just wanted to drop in and add my congratulations to your new endeavors! It’s great to hear you got the rights back! I’m looking forward to all your new stuff- and your previous stuff in new, shiny formats!
    I throw confetti in your honor!

  12. Bonnie Myrick Eaton Avatar

    Holly, I’ve followed you for years and read your articles, profiting from your experience and willingness to share your talent. Even though I can’t stay (I have to have my taxes made out this morning), I wanted to attend the party for a bit. You’re a #10. A prolific writer. I’ve written five novels and thought I was doing great until I saw the ‘line up’ of your books. Wow! Anyway, party on.

    Bonnie Myrick Eaton, author of Out of Control, a paranormal suspense

    1. Holly Avatar

      GAH! Good luck with the taxes. I feel your pain. πŸ˜€ And thank you for stopping by.
      And those are just the covers that would fit. I’ve written quite a few more. πŸ˜€

  13. Carol Avatar

    Hi Holly, thanks for the invite! treats are wonderful. Look forward to your weekly e-mails, and they are great!

    1. Holly Avatar

      Thank you for stopping by. I’m delighted you’re enjoying the tips. πŸ˜€ Have a cookie. Girl Scout. Samoa. I have just this one box left.

      1. Vanessa Wells Avatar
        Vanessa Wells

        My daughter is a girl scout Holly…I’m delivering another virtual batch of cookies…can’t run out of 600 cal. a peice treats!

  14. DasteRoad Avatar

    Congratulations, Holly, I’m so happy for you! πŸ˜€

    I have to take a train in half a hour or so, so I’m probably not going to hang out much, but I brought hot cocoa (it’s freezing cold in here!), epic music from Within Temptation to listen to (fitting for such an epic occasion!) and my own copy of Talyn, since I’m reading it these days and it seems appropriate! πŸ˜€

    A little question for you, Holly: I remember some time ago you had a “friday snippets” tradition. These days I’ve been thinking we could bring this tradition back to life on twitter via the magic of hashtags! We could spread the word and have an easy way to group posts with writers sharing their snippets. What would you think of that? I’m asking because the original meme started from you and it’d be fun if you wanted to be part of it, or even just spread the word – provided you’re ok with the phrase becoming a hashtag, of course πŸ™‚

    1. Holly Avatar

      Okay, first, I’m sending you my weather, because it’s seventy outside, and more or less sunny, and you sound like you could use it.

      I love the idea. Once I’m writing fiction again, I’ll play. πŸ˜€

      1. DasteRoad Avatar

        It was -15Β°C (5Β°F) this morning. You can probably imagine what kind of mood I was in while I stratched the ice away from my car window! At least it stopped snowing now, but still… :\

        I’m glad you like the idea! I’m going to start spreading the word soon πŸ™‚

  15. Kristin Hancock Avatar
    Kristin Hancock

    I just wanted to pass along my congratulations to you and your agents!! You are such an inspriation to me, and I want you to know how much I appreciate everything that you do. You have given me the courage to actually call myself a writer, and pursue my writing dreams. Good luck with the self-publishing!

    1. Holly Avatar

      Thank you. And you too. Make the life you want to live. I’ll cheer for you.

  16. Prue Avatar


    Mmmmm…chocolates, fruit, pies, cheese, champagne and all virtual so not a calorie to be seen πŸ˜€
    Here’s to the future Holly
    *holds glass up and chinks it*

    Cheers m’dear, and to Robin and Beth too, cheers.

    1. Holly Avatar

      BIG cheers for Robin and Beth.

      They’re awesome.

  17. Holly Lisle Avatar
    Holly Lisle

    @hollylisle Synopsis of TALYN please?

    Mortal enemies forge an alliance against a hidden enemy that will destroy the world and lives they both love.

  18. Jane Avatar

    Yes! Getting the rights to your own work back is a wonderful thing! I like the idea that with self-publishing, that isn’t an issue. Anyway, I am looking forward to all sorts of out-of-print books and new ones, both, being put out there for all of us to enjoy! (I am having my own try at self-publishing right now, partly due to things I have read on your blog. It’s exciting and scary, all at once!)

  19. Wendy Avatar

    I’m super happy for you Holly – and I can’t wait to start reading some of these (and supporting you directly for it while doing so). I’ve been wanting to read Corrigan’s Blood since I started HTTS in 2009. After hearing stories of some of the publishing ick you’ve run into, I’m glad things turned in your favor on this one.

    Three cheers!

    Wendy (estuary, on the forums)

    1. Holly Lisle Avatar
      Holly Lisle

      Thank you, Wendy. I really appreciate it, and I’ll look for you on the forums. πŸ˜€

  20. Nicola Avatar

    Just wanted to drop by and say “Hi”, drink a bit of punch, grab a few nibbles and enjoy the carnival atmosphere.

    I am really pleased for you!

    1. Holly Lisle Avatar
      Holly Lisle

      Welcome. Have the Godivas over there. They’re really tasty.

  21. MsZola Avatar

    I’m so pleased for you πŸ™‚

    1. Holly Lisle Avatar
      Holly Lisle

      Thank you!

  22. Ben Buitendijk Avatar

    Congratulation. It must give you great satisfaction.

    1. Holly Lisle Avatar
      Holly Lisle

      I am rejoicing.

  23. Agnieszka Mauch Avatar

    Congratulations, Holly! That’s just wonderful!
    I just wanted you to know that everything you’ve said about writing, every piece of advice, I have applied to my writerly life and it has helped a whole lot. For many a year I was in a dark, murky pit and now I managed to crawl out. Thank you.
    Cannot wait to read more of your books. Also, how many books are you working on right now? πŸ™‚

    1. Holly Lisle Avatar
      Holly Lisle

      At the moment I’m finishing up my courses, and doing the Weekend Warrior route writing WARPAINT. I strongly prefer to write just one book at a time.

  24. PD Singer Avatar

    Congrats on winning the rights battle and best of luck with your venture!

    1. Holly Lisle Avatar
      Holly Lisle

      Thank you. I’m dreaming of the new Afterword already. πŸ˜€

  25. Lucy Avatar

    Fabulous party. Too early for champagne for me, but I’m toasting the event with Juan Valdez’s finest.

  26. Holly Lisle Avatar
    Holly Lisle


    1. Shannon Mackay (@RaenaraBradley) Avatar

      Redbird: Timeline? I love your books in this world.

      1. Holly Lisle Avatar
        Holly Lisle

        Answered in the REDBIRD subthread a bit above this. πŸ˜€ Add more REDBIRD questions there.

    2. Holly Lisle Avatar
      Holly Lisle

      @hollylisle Someone on the party page mentioned Redbird. I’d be interested in knowing if/when you plan on writing her story! #hollyparty

      I’ll finish WARPAINT, and probably book three of the Cadence Drake series. Then I want to write REDBIRD. Its been a long time coming, but not as long as Cady.

      1. Shannon Mackay (@RaenaraBradley) Avatar

        Completely understandable! I love your books, and really wish Sci-Fi was something I could read. Redbird is worth waiting for, as are all of your books.

    3. Nicola Avatar

      Will Redbird take place at the same time as Hawkspar – or will it be a sequel (obviously focusing more on Redbird). Also will Talyn appear in it.

      Plus ****SPOILERS***

      I would love to know what new trouble the Tonk get into after taking down the Feegash – also find out how Talyn and Hawkspar are doing!

      1. Holly Avatar

        REDBIRD will have to be a stand-alone, because I don’t have the rights to HAWKSPAR and cannot begin to guess when, where, or for how long it will be available.

        Not sure yet if Talyn will be in it or not. If she has something useful to do in it, she will. The Woman in White is still in the back of my mind, and I need to know what she’s doing with Talyn, and why. That may show up in REDBIRD.


        As for the Feegash… they’re down. But they’re around.

  27. John Avatar

    Congrats on your endeavors and accomplishments! An inspiration to all who aspire to do the same! As someone else stated, gotta go hit the keys and pump out some product (i.e. my sci-fi story).

    1. Holly Lisle Avatar
      Holly Lisle

      Kick ass, and write with joy.

  28. Lynda Miller Avatar
    Lynda Miller

    I am very happy for you and look forward to reading your ebook! You have had a load on you in the last year and I for one, am glad to see you are back on your way up! Lynda Miller

  29. Glynis Smy Avatar

    Congratulations! Here is a few litres of Cyprus village wine to get the party flowing. The souvla will be off of the BBQ shortly. Have fun!

    1. Holly Lisle Avatar
      Holly Lisle

      Awesome. On the record player now, PURPLE RAIN, request of David Nevin.

  30. Dianna L. Gunn Avatar

    Congratulations! It’s always nice to win a legal battle.

    Here’s my question–once you’ve completely switched all your books to self-pub, are you going to have an agent? What for?

    1. Holly Lisle Avatar
      Holly Lisle

      Because there are subrights. Movies. Video games. Translations. I own them, I want to sell them.

  31. TIger Avatar

    Congratulations and thanks for the invite to your party. What a great reason to celebrate, too. How nice to be back in control of your own words/work.

    1. Holly Avatar

      And from here on out, the work I write is work I will control.

  32. Ann Callan Avatar
    Ann Callan

    Just wanted to say congrats…love getting your emails, I havent written anything yet (even though I have been planning to for 30+ years, you think I’d get around to it), but I really enjoy your comments, help and insight…thanks so much and party down Holly!!!

    1. Holly Avatar

      Thank you. I’m glad you enjoy them.

  33. Lorraine Nelson Avatar

    Awesome news, Holly! Onward and upward!

    1. Holly Avatar

      πŸ˜€ Thank you. I’m dancing.

  34. Will Avatar

    Just wanted to say congratulations about the rights reversion, and to personally thank you for all the superlative resources you’ve developed and offered online. I wish you continued joy!

    1. Holly Avatar

      Thank you so much. πŸ˜€

  35. Phyllis Bourne Avatar

    CONGRATULATIONS on getting those rights back! Passing you a glass of cyber-bubbly!

    I recently got the rights to my first book back from Dorchester, so I’m grinning right along with you.

    1. Holly Avatar

      Cheering wildly for you. GO, RIGHTS REVERSION!

  36. Amy Padgett Avatar
    Amy Padgett

    Congrats on the rights reversion. That is exciting news worth celebrating!

  37. Tim King Avatar

    This is wonderful wonderful news regarding one of my all-time favorite novels! How long–if you know–before it comes out as an ebook? (I so want to link to it from my site.) -TimK

    1. Ross Avatar

      +1 for this. Being UK-based, ebook would be my best option.

  38. Deborah Sutton Avatar

    Congrats on the rights, Holly! I’m delighted to hear there are more Cadence Drake novels in the works as I’m a big fan of Corrigan’s Blood. I’m now eagerly awaiting WARPAINT.

  39. Lisa Costello Avatar
    Lisa Costello

    Just wanted to drop in and say another CONGRATS! I’m so glad this worked out for you, and am really looking forward to you getting back to writing and exercising your freedom to get your work out into the world. Go, Holly!!

  40. wlabrador Avatar

    Hi Holly! I just wanted to stop by and say thank you! Because of you I am in my first edit of my novel!

  41. Greg Carrico Avatar

    Great BIG congratulations to you and your agent! I have been following you, mostly quietly, for a couple of years, and you have been, and continue to be a great help and inspiration to me. My first book was just published on Amazon.com through their Select program, and I blame you for the great reviews and feedback it has received!
    So once again, Thank you and Congrats!! It’s a bit early, but what the heck, hand me a glass!
    Warm regards,
    Greg Carrico

  42. Beth Caudill Avatar

    Congrats on getting your rights back. I know some authors are having trouble with that these days.

    I would like to know which camp you are in:
    Those who are believe the book should be self-published as it was initially published. Or are you for rewriting the story with the tone and style have you now as a writer.

    1. Holly Lisle Avatar
      Holly Lisle

      I have to many new books to write to go back and mess with the old ones. πŸ˜€ So they’ll go into reprint as they went into print.

  43. Nicholas Bollaert Avatar
    Nicholas Bollaert

    Congratulations! Interesting use of social media here.

  44. Emily Casey (@EmilyCaseysMuse) Avatar

    Wow, seeing all those book covers in one place really puts things into perspective. I’d love to stay and party, but I think there’s a manuscript calling my name…

    Congrats, Holly!

    1. Holly Lisle Avatar
      Holly Lisle

      That’s just some of them. πŸ˜€ Didn’t have room to put everything up. Thanks for dropping by. Go kick writing ass. πŸ˜€

  45. david larson Avatar
    david larson

    Does this give us any ETA on Redbird?

  46. Michael Culp Avatar
    Michael Culp

    This is Awesome news and a great thing to celebrate!!

    1. Holly Lisle Avatar
      Holly Lisle

      I’m wildly excited. Trying to figure out what I want to go into the afterword. And now I can Write REDBIRD, knowing that at least TALYN will stay in print to support it.

  47. Victor Flores Avatar
    Victor Flores

    Hunting the Corrigan’s Blood was one of my old favorites, and why I’ve pretty much read everything you’ve written to date. Any plans to revisit that universe?

    1. Holly Lisle Avatar
      Holly Lisle

      God, yes. Nine more Cadence Drake books. I’m working on WARPAINT, book two, now.

  48. Corie Weaver Avatar

    Hooray!! Just wanted to say thank you – your advice and courses made it possible for me to start trusting myself, and get my books out there! Many many thanks.

  49. Ross Avatar

    Woo, that’s got to feel good! It must have been pretty frustrating having some people tell you what you can or can’t do with your own work.

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