Monthly Archives: February 2010

New Website Facelift

Published February 21, 2010 in Blogging , Business , Novels , Process , Publicity , Short Stories , Writing - 1 Comment

Five months in the making.  What a pain in the butt.

Our website was getting old and out of date, held together by so much programming duct tape that we could do very little of the updates and site maintenance ourselves.  We finally summoned the courage and the energy to tackle the revamp, and started in late September with a “crack” website design team that came highly recommended.  We met with them, showed them our own site, discussed in detail what we wanted done, and they warned us that because our site was so complicated (it is—I’ve got over a hundred books, plus all kinds of foreign editions, audio, the rock CDs, non-book items, etc.) it might take them until December 1 to get everything done.

So, finally on Feb 16 we went online.

The site turned out well and we’ll be able to keep it updated much more easily.  I hope you’ll take a look.


Sunday Panel List for Writing Seminar

These are the sessions that wrap up the third day of our Superstars Writing Seminar next month.  24 hours of straight-talk and no-nonsense information of what you need to know as a professional writer.


New Media: Using It to Get an Edge (Brandon & Rebecca)
Understand the potential of new technologies to open up unexpected avenues for promoting your book and advancing your career—blogs, websites, social networks, podcasts, e-mail blasts.

E-Publishing (Eric)
Online publishing is a direct way to bypass paper, printing, and distribution costs, but in many ways it is still uncharted territory.  Learn the basics of e-publishing, e-books, and the economic advantages and pitfalls.

Movies, TV—and Authors (Dave, Kevin, Brandon)
Learn how your book can attract the attention of filmmakers for TV or movies—and how you can write novels based on popular media properties.  Understand options, treatments, pitch sessions, spec scripts, and tie-in novels.

12:00–1:30  LUNCH

Anatomy of a Major Book Release (Kevin & Brandon)
A publishing house prepares for the release of a book sometimes a year or more in advance.  Learn the crucial milestones in the leadup to your book’s appearance on the shelves and how you can take advantage of these key points.

Eleven Tips to Increase Your Writing Productivity (Kevin)
How can you be more productive amid the obligations of chaotic life?  These eleven proven techniques used by bestselling authors will give you an inside track on how to produce, and publish, more of your work.

Open Session: Q&A
Everything you wanted to know but didn’t get answered over the weekend.

We hope to see you there at the Pasadena Convention Center, March 19-21.

Saturday Panel List for Writing Seminar

Published February 19, 2010 in Advice , Blogging , Business , Music , Novels , Process , Short Stories , Writing - 0 Comments

Agents: The “A” Word (Rebecca, Brandon, Eric)
What can an agent do for you?  Does a new writer really need one?  How do you get an agent?  Straight talk from our experts on good and bad agents.

Networking for Writers (Dave, Rebecca)
Learn how to make connections, be in the right place at the right time, and make sure your name pops into an editor’s mind when a new project is being considered.

Self-Promotion for Authors (All)
How do you call attention to your book, once it’s published?  We’ll share our experiences in getting interviews and media coverage, online exposure, mailing lists, fan clubs, book signings, and effective promotional products.

12:00–1:30  LUNCH

Self-Publishing: Realities & Pitfalls (Eric, Rebecca)
Alternatives abound for authors to publish and market their own books, bypassing traditional publishers. What are the realities of do-it-yourself publishing? Can you really land a contract from a major publisher on the basis of a self-published book?

Pitching the Big Proposal (Brandon, Kevin, Dave)
You have your idea, your outline, your sample chapters.  Understand what makes a good sales pitch, how to get editors, marketers, and publishers excited about your work even before you deliver the manuscript.

Two Heads Are Better than One: Collaborative Writing (Kevin, Rebecca, Eric, Brandon)
Discover the advantages, and challenges, of working with another author, how to draw upon areas of expertise, and how to work smoothly together in highly charged creative environment.

Open Session: Q&A

Autographing Session

VIP Dinner with the Speakers

Join us at the Pasadena Convention Center March 19-21

Friday Panel List for Writing Seminar

Published February 18, 2010 in Writing - 0 Comments

The Superstars Writing Seminar (March 19-21 at the Pasadena Convention Center) is an intensive series of lectures unlike any other typical writer’s workshop.  I’ve listed the full list of panels and talks we’ll be giving on just the first day, shared by myself, David Farland, Rebecca Moesta, Brandon Sanderson, and Eric Flint.  If you’re a serious aspiring, or even established, writer, I hope you’ll be interested in joining us.


Econ 201 for Writers: Economics of Commercial Publishing (Eric)

Understand the foundation of how commercial publishing works, from advances, royalty rates, printing, bookselling, distribution and returns.  What do all those things on a royalty statement mean?

Inside Editors: How editors look at manuscripts, novels & short fiction (Dave, Kevin, Eric)

Learn how to make a great first impression when your story or novel lands on an editor’s desk, how editors look at submissions, and how you can get an edge on the slushpile competition.

“Dirty Secrets”—What you need to know about being a Professional Author (Kevin & Rebecca)
What are the key things that separate the amateurs from the pros?  How to look, act, and *be* a professional and how to be taken seriously in the publishing world.

12:00–1:30  LUNCH

From Slushpile to #1 New York Times Bestseller in 4 Years (Brandon)
Discover the steps to success by following the true story of how an unknown author went from “wannabe” to unseating Dan Brown in the top slot of the New York Times bestseller list.

Intellectual Property: How to Exploit Yours (Dave)
Your creation can be more than just words in print. Learn how to explore other options to expand your intellectual property, from graphic novels to games to merchandizing.

Balancing Acts: Writing World & Real World (All)
While working to become a successful professional author, how do you juggle the conflicting demands of jobs, family life, and and other commitments?  We’ll show you how to be productive and focused even with the distractions of the real world.

Brainstorming Improv: Real-Time Creation of a Story (Kevin, Eric)
An interactive audience experience where the Superstar authors guide you through plotting and brainstorming to come up with story after story.  Business focus on how to write to order if someone invites you.

…And two more full days, Saturday and Sunday.  For further details and to sign up, go to

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