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
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
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
My first experience with companionable writing happened at Clarion in Michigan in 1982, where there were twenty-four of us crammed into a dorm (with assorted foreign exchange summer students), sharing a few communal spaces, encountering each other in the cafeteria at ungodly early hours before heading over to Van Hoosen to critique each other, or…… Continue reading Writing Out/Writing With Others
Hello, friends of Clarion! Today marks the beginning of the 2011 Clarion Write-a-Thon. The Write-a-Thon is a way for writers who are not able to attend Clarion to feel part of the team and to take several weeks out of the summer to focus on their own writing goals. For the next six weekends, the…… Continue reading 2011 Write-a-Thon, Week 1
Desperation by John Kessel So you’re coming to Clarion. I don’t know you or your personal reasons, but I think I know something about what might drive somebody to make this commitment. One of my favorite albums of all time, one of my top three of the 1990s (along with Radiohead’s OK Computer and Moby’s…… Continue reading Desperation
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.