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RustyCon in Seattle, COSine in Colorado Springs

Published January 30, 2013 in Writing - 0 Comments

Two weekends in a row, two cons in a row.

January 18–20, Rebecca and I were guests of honor, along with Brian Herbert, at RustyCon a small and cozy science fiction convention at the SeaTac Marriott in Seattle.  We had a great time meeting fans, but also just hanging out with Brian and his family.  Brian is currently editing the fourth draft of MENTATS OF DUNE, so we were able to do a little brainstorming.

Fellow authors Bruce Taylor and Bill Ransom were also present to chat and sign books—both were celebrating the WordFire Press print release of new books, Stormworld by Brian Herbert and Bruce Taylor, and the massive Pandora Sequence omnibus, by Frank Herbert and Bill Ransom.   Both books debuted at RustyCon.

Brian Herbert, Bill Ransom, Kevin J. Anderson

I did a reading from Death Warmed Over. Brian and I had a panel on the Dune legacy, and we all participated in other panels and events.  We particularly enjoyed spending time with the artist guest of honor, Chris Gilman who had many amazing Hollywood art direction stories.

The following weekend, we arrived for our hometown con, COSine in Colorado Springs.  S. M. Stirling was the guest of honor, and we had a chance to chat for a while. We also met with other Colorado authors Connie Willis, Quincy Allen, Peter Wacks, Guy de Marco, David Boop, Sarah and Dan Hoyt.  We spent only Saturday at the con (I did a panel on the technology of steampunk, ePublishing, and a reading of “Stakeout at the Vampire Circus.”  Rebecca had panels on Young Adult literature and how to end a series; we both presented a 2-hour panel on high-end writer workshops with Shahid Mahmoud from Sail to Success.)

Now we’re home again, next con in a few weeks is GalaxyFest, also in Colorado Springs—and then, in March, I’ll be on the road for the HELLHOLE AWAKENING tour.  Details to come soon!

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Sail to Success Writing Cruise

Published January 27, 2013 in Writing - 0 Comments


Man, I wish these things were available when I was starting out as a writer!

Each year, Rebecca and I put on the Superstars Writing Seminar (this year’s will be May 14–16 in Colorado Springs), an intensive three-day seminar on the business of writing and publishing, with Brandon Sanderson, David Farland, and Eric Flint, along with guest instructors.  Now, we are also instructors for Sail to Success, another high-end writing workshop—and this one is aboard a cruise ship in the Caribbean.

The first Sail to Success workshop took place in December 2012 aboard the Norwegian Sky ship, departing from Miami with stops in Freeport, Nassau, and the private island of Great Stirrup Cay.  (Not a bad place to be in December!)  We had a group of very impressive fellow instructors, including Toni Weisskopf (head of Baen Books), agent Eleanor Wood (Spectrum Literary Agency), and authors Mike Resnick, Nancy Kress, Jack Skillinstead, and Paul Cook. Next year’s faculty will also include Eric Flint.

The curriculum included business lectures, writing craft, intensive manuscript critiques, and a lot of networking.  And did we mention it was on a cruise ship?

Next year’s Sail to Success has already been scheduled and is ready for early-bird signups.  All-inclusive cruise and workshop (and meals) starts at $1395.  For more information, see the Sail to Success website.

Mike Resnick and Toni Weisskopf

Nancy Kress in her critique session

Mike Resnick and Eleanor Wood

Toni Weisskopf critique session

Rebecca Moesta, Kevin J. Anderson, Mike Resnick

Full faculty Q&A

After hours networking (and beer!)

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CLOCKWORK ANGELS: Special “Watchmaker’s Edition”

Published January 23, 2013 in Writing - 2 Comments

Now this is really cool.  Brilliance Audio is creating an amazing special edition for their unabridged audio of CLOCKWORK ANGELS: The Novel, read by Neil Peart.  A special packaging designed in part by Hugh Syme, a real clocktower and a working clock, stained-glass insets! Preorder for $79.99.

This special edition features the complete, unabridged audiobook packaged in a unique, working upright clock tower designed by the band’s album cover artist, Hugh Syme. Intricately themed and largely handmade, this is a beautiful and functional design piece that will be a must-have for Rush fans and steampunkers alike.

Did I mention that it’s pretty cool?  Order from Audio Bookstand.  The special Watchmaker’s Edition will be released on March 1.

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CLOCKWORK ANGELS: Special "Watchmaker's Edition"

Published January 23, 2013 in Writing - 2 Comments

Now this is really cool.  Brilliance Audio is creating an amazing special edition for their unabridged audio of CLOCKWORK ANGELS: The Novel, read by Neil Peart.  A special packaging designed in part by Hugh Syme, a real clocktower and a working clock, stained-glass insets! Preorder for $79.99.

This special edition features the complete, unabridged audiobook packaged in a unique, working upright clock tower designed by the band’s album cover artist, Hugh Syme. Intricately themed and largely handmade, this is a beautiful and functional design piece that will be a must-have for Rush fans and steampunkers alike.

Did I mention that it’s pretty cool?  Order from Audio Bookstand.  The special Watchmaker’s Edition will be released on March 1.

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