Spec Tech – A Warship for Fantasy or Steampunk: the Trireme

When we looked at designing a ship for a fantasy novel, I chose a 15th century carrack.  It was a good choice. It has the right look, has all the DNA of more modern sailing ships and could be used for trading or warfare.  It has occurred to me, however, that there is another ancient craft that would work…… Continue reading Spec Tech – A Warship for Fantasy or Steampunk: the Trireme

Promoting Without Selling

Since he is too modest to say so, we will mention that the third book of Chris Evans’ Iron Elves trilogy was released this month.  The series begins with A Darkness Forged in Fire.  More information can be found at http://chrisevansauthor.com/books/ — Promoting without Selling – The Paradoxical Way to Sell by Chris Evans Finding…… Continue reading Promoting Without Selling

Guest Blog: Mark Lawrence, Author of PRINCE OF THORNS

I’m writing this in the dark in a cubicle at the children’s hospital in Bristol, UK. If I lean the laptop screen far enough forward to illuminate the keys with its glow, I can type but not see what I’m typing. If I lean it further back I can see what I’ve typed, but not…… Continue reading Guest Blog: Mark Lawrence, Author of PRINCE OF THORNS

Interview with Jim Butcher, author of The Dresden Files

This month’s guest author is Jim Butcher, author of the bestselling Dresden Files series.  He was kind enough to take some time to answer questions for our readers about his successes, setbacks, and writing processes. Your latest novel Ghost Story comes out today, and people are a little desperate to find out what’s next for…… Continue reading Interview with Jim Butcher, author of The Dresden Files

Never Be Ashamed.

There’s already a lot of advice on the Internet about how to break into professional writing. I don’t have much to add. In my experience, at least, there was no magic formula or kung-fu technique that finally did it for me. All I did was keep writing, every day, while trying to get people to…… Continue reading Never Be Ashamed.

Market Insights: Lou Anders, Pyr Books

Hello Clarion. It’s great to be here. I’ve written elsewhere about who we are at Pyr, how we got our start, and what we’re about, so today I’m going to take a different slant from what I’ve done in the past. Rather than talk about who we are, I thought I’d talk about who we…… Continue reading Market Insights: Lou Anders, Pyr Books

Market Insights: Russell Galen, Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency

WIRED DIFFERENTLY In these troubled times for the book business I’m seeing a few authors selling much better than expected, many declining drastically, others staying flat.  Part of the reason for that crazy volatility, I think, is the unpredictable appeal of some genre books to readers who usually read other things. But my clients’ attempts…… Continue reading Market Insights: Russell Galen, Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency