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Rush “Headlong Flight” from CLOCKWORK ANGELS

Published April 25, 2012 in Writing - 1 Comment

Rush has released a new single from their forthcoming CD Clockwork Angels, “Headlong Flight”—so fans can start gathering more pieces of the wonderful steampunk adventure story told by the music in the album and in the Clockwork Angels novel I’m writing with Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart.

Listen to “Headlong Flight” in their music video with lyrics.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcFGrWjOX0E

You might get some hints of a few scenes in the novel.

Rush has previously released two other tracks from Clockwork Angels“Caravan” and “BU2B” (which form the first section of the novel). Neil and I have been through four complete drafts of the novel and the manuscript is nearly finished—we’re very pleased with it.  The CD will be released on June 12.  Preorder a copy here.

The novel is due out on Sept 1. Preorder a copy here.

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Rush "Headlong Flight" from CLOCKWORK ANGELS

Published April 25, 2012 in Writing - 1 Comment

Rush has released a new single from their forthcoming CD Clockwork Angels, “Headlong Flight”—so fans can start gathering more pieces of the wonderful steampunk adventure story told by the music in the album and in the Clockwork Angels novel I’m writing with Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart.

Listen to “Headlong Flight” in their music video with lyrics.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcFGrWjOX0E

You might get some hints of a few scenes in the novel.

Rush has previously released two other tracks from Clockwork Angels“Caravan” and “BU2B” (which form the first section of the novel). Neil and I have been through four complete drafts of the novel and the manuscript is nearly finished—we’re very pleased with it.  The CD will be released on June 12.  Preorder a copy here.

The novel is due out on Sept 1. Preorder a copy here.

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Full Schedule for Superstars Writing Seminar

Published April 23, 2012 in Writing - 0 Comments

One week from today the third Superstars Writing Seminar launches at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas.  Here is the detailed schedule for the lectures. We hope to see you there!

MONDAY

8:00 AM Intro, seminar overview, introduce speakers
8:30 From a Newbie to #1 Bestseller in 4 Years
Brandon Sanderson
9:30 It’s Business: How Publishing Economics Works
Eric Flint
10:30 Building Your Network
Rebecca Moesta, James A. Owen, David Farland
1:00 PM Indie-Publishing & Ebooks: Free For All
David Farland, Rebecca Moesta, Kevin J. Anderson, Eric Flint
3:00 Getting Noticed: Self-Promotion for Authors
Kevin J. Anderson, Brandon Sanderson, David Farland, James Owen
4:00 One Thing Leads to Another: Popcorn Theory
Kevin J. Anderson
4:45–5:30 open Q&A session

Evening:  Welcome mixer/reception

TUESDAY

8:30 AM Myths of Publishing
Rebecca Moesta
9:00 Copyright basics
Dean Wesley Smith
10:00 Climbing the Slushpile: How editors look at manuscripts
Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Kevin J. Anderson, Eric Flint, David Farland
11:00 Dissecting a Contract
Eric Flint
1:30  Negotiating
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
2:30  Agents: the “A” word
Brandon Sanderson, Dean Welsey Smith, David Farland
3:30   “Dirty Secrets”: Being a Professional Author
Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta
4:30 Drawing out the Dragons
James A. Owen
5:15–5:45 Open session:  Q&A

VIP Dinner: Fogo de Chao Brazilian steakhouse

WEDNESDAY

8:30 AM Ergonomics: When Writing Gets to Be a Pain
Rebecca Moesta
9:00 Selling Before You Write: Audience Analysis
David Farland
10:00 Windup and the Pitch (pitches, queries, proposals, treatments)
Kevin J. Anderson, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Eric Flint
11:00 Young Adult
Brandon Sanderson, James Owen, Rebecca Moesta
1:30 Intellectual Property: How to Exploit Yours
David Farland, James A. Owen, Dean Welsey Smith, M. Scott Boone
2:30 Eleven Tips to Increase Your Writing Productivity
Kevin J. Anderson
3:30 Being a Writer and a Real Person at the Same Time
All
4:30 Open session:  Q&A

 

 

 

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Hollywood, Yuri Gagarin, and Writers of the Future

Published April 22, 2012 in Writing - 2 Comments

Last weekend, Rebecca and I flew to Hollywood for the Writers of the Future workshop and awards.  We spent a lot of time talking with the prize-winning writers and artists, and gave a full two-hour workshop on professionalism and managing a writing career.

On the first night, we went out to dinner with Dr. Harry Kloor and his wife Rayna, and Mike Resnick, a belated birthday celebration for me, since Harry and Mike couldn’t come to Colorado for the official party. After dinner, we went to a formal party to celebrate the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s historic flight, the first human in space.

With Mike Resnick and Yuri Gagarin space art

Harry Kloor and Mike Resnick must be impressed by my ray gun and spaceman hat

Kevin J. Anderson, Mike Resnick, Dr. Harry Kloor, Bill Nye the Science Guy

When we got back to our hotel room, Rebecca and I discovered that the Writers of the Future people had set up their own special birthday stunt—sneaking into our room and stacking up a pyramid of 50 cans of assorted beers (for my 50th birthday).  Quite a wonderful surprise (and plenty of beer with which to be generous for the next few nights.)

In between obligations, I found working areas in the hotel to finish up my revisions and fourth-draft edit of CLOCKWORK ANGELS: THE NOVEL. Twice, I was able to sneak out to get a coveted In-N-Out Burger for Rebecca and me. On Saturday for lunch, our friend Doane Perry, the drummer for Jethro Tull, drove up to meet us and we drove to Santa Monica for a great Indian meal, hours of conversation…and then back to Hollywood for rehearsal of the Writers of the Future Awards ceremonies.

Sunday night we attended the Awards (always glitzy, always glamorous, always very satisfying). You can see the full details of the ceremony at the Writers of the Future website. Carolyn Clink took the following photo of all the judges preparing for the event.

After we came home, we learned the sad news that Writers of the Future coordinating judge and long-time workshop instructor K.D. WENTWORTH had passed away. She was an excellent teacher, dedicated to helping new writers, and was responsible for launching the careers of many successful writers.  You can read a fine appreciation of her at K.D. Wentworth.

 

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