This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post shortly before The Spaceship Next Door debuted.  Philosophically, pieces like this were why I was writing for HuffPo in the first place: interest people in reading my articles, then show them something about my fiction writing.  Since HP doesn’t share market information, I have no idea if this…

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Prince was my first. I’ve been trying to put into words why it is that this particular death hit me so hard, and I think the best I can come up with is he was my first.  The first to make me stop and say, “now I understand what it’s all about.”  The first to make…

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Note: this article originally appeared in the Huffington Post.  Somewhat entertainingly, I submitted it to their Books section and watched it get recategorized into their Comedy section. Welcome back to Bad Advice for Writers! We at BAW were so excited by the reception to our last entry, we could hardly wait to provide you with…

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I may be the most competently incompetent social media person around.  I have Tumblr.  I have Twitter.  I have Facebook.  I have Goodreads.  and now I have Instagram.  When promoting myself in these spaces, I spent most of my time talking about my books instead of (I guess?) posting pictures loosely pertaining to them. I…

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I had this idea last summer, for a new thing.  It was a cool idea, and I liked it, so I did something about it: I wrote the thing.  Then, when I was done with it, I edited the thing, edited it again, edited it one more time, and then I commissioned a cover and told…

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