Here’s a slightly more specific-to-me video: A list of five things that surprised me about getting published.
Just a quick unprofessional video telling you why it’s important to be professional when you submit your work to agents or publishers!
This video explains the philosophy behind why authors should not assume the message or the story is going to be so fantastic that it will eclipse the need for basic language skills. Good stories can be and will be rejected sometimes because their execution is messy.
The message: If you are not so great at this, please get a proofreader, and NEVER assume you’re going to be the exception.
Here is a video covering perspectives on authors responding to reviews.
The short version:
DON’T DO IT.
This month’s video features a rather rambly list of thoughts for anyone who wants some perspectives on naming characters.
My short story “On the Inside” is now available in the fourth issue of James Gunn’s Ad Astra.
“On the Inside” is set in an alternate world in which the sexes of male and female are strictly separated in terms of their gender roles and elemental education. Protagonist Lihill was determined at birth to be a boy, but she knows in her heart she’s a girl, and her story is about trying to be seen, heard, and believed.
“Ace of Arts” is my placeholder title for the new book I’ve started writing. Though I’m liking it more and more as I’m getting used to its association with the project.
I’ve been planning to write this book for a long time–though I have not formally outlined it–and it uses characters from a short story I wrote in 1999. I wrote its first chapter on November 1, 2015, and the book is now officially in progress.
It’s a YA contemporary novel with an asexual protagonist, detailing Megan’s adventures as she struggles with relationships and attempts to get into art school.
See you on the other side!
The Invisible Orientation is now out in paperback.
You can get it at various sellers, some of which are listed on my Purchase Page!
The new edition has some updates, corrections, and a little bit of new content. It is not completely rewritten or revamped, but it is new and improved. (And comparatively inexpensive, wink wink.)
In this month’s video, I give some advice on what you might consider for your acknowledgments page.
This video does apply to folks who don’t have a book deal or even those who haven’t finished their books yet. Start keeping these things in mind now, and I promise it’ll save you a lot of headache later!
Editors at Mindbodygreen decided they wanted to feature some writing about asexuality and they chose (and modified) one of the pieces I gave them permission to reprint from my Tumblr.
Please read “Ten Things You Should Never Say to Someone Who’s Asexual.”
Here’s another new video from my writing channel offering a discussion of what it means to “write to the market” and what compromises you can expect to make if you want to be marketable.
Spoiler alert: The practical upshot here is that attempted trend-riding will get you nowhere, and attempting to be marketable should not lead you to compromise the soul of your work.