Monthly Archives: January 2010

Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing: Agents Can Help with Careers

Kris and I in workshop after workshop, in conference after conference, give the same advice over and over. WRITE WHAT YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT, THEN TRY TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO SELL IT. The myth: Agents can give good career … Continue reading

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Workshops Getting Closer

If you click on the tab that says workshops, there is a schedule there for the professional level workshops we are doing this year. By professional level, I mean someone who is a ways into writing already, either sold a … Continue reading

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New Cover for Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing

Pati Nagle sent me this great public domain picture of a cow that she said would be great to use for a cover for the book Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing, and she nicely offered to do up a … Continue reading

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Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing: All Agents Care About Writers First

I never intended to do so many of the agent myths in a row, but since we’re having such a great conversation, and Laura Resnick brought this one up in the comments on the last one, it makes sense to … Continue reading

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Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing: Agent Agreements

Okay, without a doubt, the silliest thing that has ever come along is agents having writers sign an agreement. To understand how silly, just put this in real world terms instead of writing terms. Think about walking into a job … Continue reading

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Comments on Agents

Wow, thanks everyone, especially Laura Resnick, for the fantastic discussion about agents going on after the last Sacred Cows Post on agents marketing your work. If you haven’t read it, it’s just two posts below this one, and now has … Continue reading

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Two Great Writing Posts

As the discussion after the last Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing goes on in the comments section (thanks everyone, for the great comments), I want to point out two great blog posts by professional writers that are very much … Continue reading

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Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing: Agents Know Markets

Back to agent myths for a moment. There are a lot of them. I did a general Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing post about how you need an agent to sell a book. If you haven’t read it, go … Continue reading

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Nifty Pulp Site

Many of you know that I am a major fan of old pulp magazines of all types. While writing Star Trek, I got to write Captain Proton a number of times, including a cover story for Amazing Magazine. Great fun. … Continue reading

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Talking About a Book: Headed West

Last month I started a series of posts called Talking About Books. Over the years I’ve written some really fun novels, and some strange novels, and some just downright weird novels. Some of the books bored me, some were a … Continue reading

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