Monthly Archives: April 2015

WordFire Press Books to Appear in Australia Through Satalyte Publishing

Published April 28, 2015 in Advice - 0 Comments

Some news to share about our publishing company, WordFire Press. This way we’ll be ready for Supanova in Sidney and Perth in June!


In a major deal, WordFire Press—owned by international bestselling authors Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta—signed an agreement with Australia’s Satalyte Publishing to print and distribute their novels in Australia. The first titles will be available at Supanova Sydney June 20–21, where Anderson and Moesta are the two featured author guests.

WordFire Press books are available in electronic form worldwide, but shipping and long-distance printing issues have made it problematic and prohibitively expensive to distribute their print editions in Australia. The partnership with Australia’s Satalyte Publishing, however, will smooth the way. WordFire publisher Kevin J. Anderson says, “We’ve been discussing the possibilities with Satalyte for some time, but our upcoming appearance at Supanova is an opportunity we just can’t pass up. This partnership gets our books out to Australian and New Zealand readers, with Satalyte operating as our contact there.”

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Satalyte publisher Stephen Ormsby says “That is a great arrangement for us. Supanova will see some never seen before titles in Australia by these Supastars, and WordFire has a back catalogue that features many of my favourite authors, and to be bringing them out to Australia in print is a thrill.”

WordFire Press publishes over 200 titles by bestselling and award-winning authors, including well-known works by both Anderson and Moesta, as well as books by science fiction legends Frank Herbert (author of Dune), Jody Lynn Nye, Tracy Hickman, David Farland, Mike Resnick, as well as hot new writers. Specifically for release at Supanova, Satalyte will produce books featuring Anderson’s popular humorous zombie PI, Dan Shamble, as well as Anderson and Moesta’s “Crystal Doors” fantasy trilogy.

In an ongoing arrangement, Satalyte Publishing will continue to roll out print editions of selected WordFire titles for the Australian and New Zealand markets.


Writers and Illustrators of the Future Award Ceremony 2015: Always an Inspiring Event

Published April 22, 2015 in Advice - 0 Comments

Rebecca and I just got back from the Writers and Illustrators of the Future weekend. This event never fails to fill me with huge hope, seeing so many talented people being honored for their amazing work and setting the standard for the next generation of science fiction and fantasy writers and artists.

We were well-taken care of by the Galaxy Press and Authors Services team, who brought us in from the airport and made sure we had our schedule laid out. The writer and artist winners got a full week of workshops and presentations, teaching them how to grow their talents and careers in the years to come. Rebecca and I arrived Friday to give our two-hour talk on being professional writers, and we handed out a bunch of free books from our Million Dollar Writing series to the winners.

In-between everything, I managed to grab lunch with Doug Beason and Jethro Tull drummer Doane Perry. And, in light of my Hugo nomination, I got approached by Jerry Pournelle, who clapped me on the shoulder and said, “Congratulations on the Hugo Nomination. And it’s ABOUT DAMN TIME!!!”


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I was especially pleased that my publisher Tom Doherty, of Tor Books, received the Lifetime Achievement Award, recognition well deserved for the man who did a tremendous amount to make my career what it is today.


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WordFire Press on the red carpet, with Peter J. Wacks, Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, Alexi Vandenberg, Josh Vogt


Setting up for the big show

Then it was time for the ceremony itself. Past and current judges (including Rebecca and myself), include: Dr. Doug Beason, Dr. Gregory Benford, Algis Budrys, Orson Scott Card, Hal Clement, Eric Flint, Brian Herbert, Frank Herbert, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Dr. Yoji Kondo, Nancy Kress, Anne McCaffrey, Todd McCaffrey, C. L. Moore, Larry Niven, Andre Norton, Frederik Pohl, Dr. Jerry Pournelle, Tim Powers, Mike Resnick, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Brandon Sanderson, Robert J. Sawyer, Dr. Charles Sheffield, Robert Silverberg, Dean Wesley Smith, Theodore Sturgeon, K. D. Wentworth, Sean Williams, Jack Williamson, Dave Wolverton, Roger Zelazny, Edd Cartier, Robert Castillo, Vincent Di Fate, Leo and Diane Dillon, H. R. Van Dongen, Dave Dorman, Bob Eggleton, Wil Eisner, Larry Elmore, Frank Frazetta, Laura Brodian Freas, Frank Kelly Freas, Stephen Hickman, Jack Kirby, Paul Lehr, Ron and Val Lindahn, Stephan Martiniere, Gary Meyer, Judith Miller, Cliff Nielsen, Sergey Poyarkov, Shaun Tan, and Stephen Youll.

It was a glitzy, packed event as always, with wonderful performances, tear-jerking award speeches, and a great deal of satisfaction all around. I am so happy Rebecca and I are judges for this contest.

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me presenting the award (along with artist judge Sergey Poyarkov) to Daniel Pantazis

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Rebecca and Illustrators of the Future Judge Dave Dorman (and our Young Jedi Knights cover artist!) to Tim Napper

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And here’s the official list of the 2015 winners and finalists:


Kary English, Michael T. Banker, Amy Hughes, Daniel J. Davis, Zach Chapman, Krystal Claxton, Steve Pantazis, Sharon Joss, Scott R. Parkin, Martin Shoemaker, Auston Habershaw, Tim Napper, and Samantha Murray.


Tung Chi Lee, Michelle Lockamy, Emily Siu, Shuangjian Liu, Taylor Payton, Amit Dutta, Alex Brock, Quinlan Septer, Choong Nyung Yoon, Nyung Yoon, Megen Nelson, Megan Kelchner, and Daniel Tyka.

The Golden Pen Award went to Sharon Joss while the Golden Brush Award went to Michelle Lockamy. And the whole book was edited by Dave Wolverton.

Congratulations to one and all!

If you missed the live stream of the event, you can still catch every spectacular moment online here:

Well, the weekend is over, but the work is never done. Time to get back to writing and editing, including editing the first draft for Navigators of Dune!

And if you’re a writer or artist of any sort, take the advice many of the winners echoed: Keep on submitting to the contest. Submit, and submit, and SUBMIT until you’re the next one up on that stage.

Yes, WonderCon was full of wonder!

Published April 18, 2015 in Advice - 0 Comments

What a con! First off, how can a con weekend not go well when it starts with a visit to Disneyland? Our hotel was literally across the street from the theme park in Anaheim, CA, and Rebecca and I enjoyed a little “stroll,” getting back in touch with our inner children (yes, they’re still there).

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Then I got to enjoy being a special guest for WonderCon. By the time I got to the convention center, the WordFire Press booth was standing tall and proud. We were all ready to conquer the con once the doors opened and the crowd rushed in.

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During the event, Rebecca got a spotlight panel to talk about her career while I presented on The Secret Origin of Good Readers, Working in the Star Wars Universe, and my popular talk: Building My First Lightsaber! Packed rooms during all of those, I’m happy to say.


As usual, we had an incredible team at the WordFire Press booth, including Rebecca (and a few of her nephews), Quincy J. Allen, Lissa Jensen, Darin Calhoun, Eva Eldridge, Peter Wacks, Michelle Corsillo, and Josh Vogt. Some of the Galaxy Press folks also came over and got involved in engaging the crowd and selling books—they said they had a great time, so we have to believe them!

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Author Greg Van Eekhout also joined us for most of the weekend. His books—California Bones and Pacific Fire—sold out quickly, and we loved having his smiling face there.

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Alongside all that, we hosted space for a new charity, Stories for Students, a nonprofit working to get more books and ebooks into classrooms, libraries, and more. We gave away a bunch of fun steampunk-styled, illustrated stories and coloring books while signing up teachers, librarian, and others in the education system for future charity newsletters.

I often run into tons of people I know, and this weekend was no exception. I saw Bill Morrison, of Simpsons and Futurama fame, Sergio Aragones, Patricia Tallman, and also met a dazzling duo, the Winner Twins, Brittany and Brianna.

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Oh…and this happened!



I’m very pleased by the honor, and we’re already making plans to be out at Sasquan for Worldcon in August 19-23. Hope to see many of you there, plus at all the other cons we’ve got planned along the way.

First Hugo Award Nomination

Published April 10, 2015 in Advice - 1 Comment

Politics aside, please.

I am very pleased to announce that the first book in my Saga of Shadows space opera epic, The Dark Between the Stars (Tor Books, June 2014) is a finalist for the 2015 Hugo Award to be presented at Sasquan, the World Science Fiction Convention.  Over the course of my career I’ve published over 120 books and I’ve won or been nominated for the Nebula Award, Bram Stoker Award, Shamus Award, and others, but never the Hugo Award.


I grew up in science fiction and I’ve pretty much spent my entire life and career in the field. When I was a kid in a small town in Wisconsin, making regular trips to the science fiction section in the local library, the “Hugo Award Winner” label was synonymous with “You Must Read This”—the big deal, Academy Award in the field. Starship Troopers, A Canticle for Leibowitz, Stranger in a Strange Land, Dune, Lord of Light, The Left Hand of Darkness, Ringworld, Rendezvous with Rama, The Forever War...

My Saga of Seven Suns universe is my love letter to the genre, a big canvas that allows me to play with all the beautiful shiny objects that captured my imagination. Galactic empires, alien races, deserted cities, space battles, killer robots, romance, politics, and a sweeping cast of characters cutting across all races, genders, and social station. I have commuted to work there in my imagination for the past eleven years, and I couldn’t be more pleased that The Dark Between the Stars is the book put up for consideration.

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I’m up against some excellent competition, and I look forward to reading them all:  Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie, The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison, Lines of Departure by Marko Kloos, and Skin Game by Jim Butcher. If you are interested in attending Sasquan, or buying a supporting membership to vote on the awards, see their website at  And if you do vote, I very much hope you will read all the candidates before you make your choice.

In the meantime, if you want a much shorter introduction to the Seven Suns universe, I’ve written a prequel novella, Veiled Alliances, published by WordFire Press. It’s available in print and in all eBook formats.


Veiled Alliances is now featured as part of a science fiction bundle from Humble Bundle, seventeen books all DRM free, pay what you want, including titles by myself, Mike Resnick, Cat Rambo, Jody Lynn Nye, Brian Herbert. Doug Beason, Neil Peart, Peter J. Wacks, James A. Owen, Michael A. Stackpole, Frank Herbert, Bill Ransom, Mike Baron, David Farland, and Rhiannon Paille.  Only six days left before it gets taken down.  A portion of the proceeds goes to the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund and the Challenger Center for Space Science Education.