I mostly post here when I have a new release or other writing news to share. The rest of the time, I keep busy writing novels, as well as learning about the craft of writing and the business of indie publishing.
I meant to write this post a while ago, but this summer has been crazy busy.
So here are some highlights from my first ever Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Nebulas Conference, which took place May 17-20, 2018, in Pittsburgh, PA, as well as some lessons learned, inspiration, and my (revised) writing plans for the future.
First of all – the conference was a BLAST! If you write science fiction, fantasy, horror, or any other type of speculative fiction, and can attend, I highly recommend it. You don’t have to be a SFWA member, by the way (I am not eligible myself yet, although I’m working on it). SFWA is wonderfully open, supportive, and generous toward all new writers, no matter your level of experience or publication track.
My favorite thing about the conference, hands down, was meeting other writers, learning about their writing journeys and their current projects, and talking shop! Cheers to all my new writer friends!
The full 2018 Nebulas Conference schedule is here. You can also check out the #Nebulas2018 hashtag on Twitter.
Here is a session I had the honor & pleasure of being a panelist on!
Are here are some other sessions I attended, enjoyed, and learned a great deal from:
And, of course, the Nebulas Awards Banquet, which was great fun and very moving!
You can see the full list of the 2017 Nebulas nominees and winners here (by the way, the nominees are already winners in my book). Here are some photos from the event. And finally, you can watch the entire Nebulas Awards ceremony on SFWA YouTube channel–enjoy!
As a newcomer and an indie author to boot, I was hesitant to promote my books the first time I attended the Nebulas, and among so many authors and editors whose work I’ve read and admired for years.
The restraint wasn’t altogether a bad thing. I was already busy attending the sessions, absorbing the knowledge, meeting people, and just enjoying being part of the SFWA community. But there were a few simple things I could have done (and plan to do next time):
I was already an avid reader of short fiction, including online story podcasts, before I attended the Nebulas, and I wrote a few short stories here and there. But my focus was on novels (or series, to be precise), and I was committed to braving the indie author publication path for all my writing.
Attending the Nebulas inspired me to revise and expand my writing plans! First, to write and publish more short fiction, in addition to my novels. And second, to be a hybrid author: sticking to the indie route for my novels (at least for now), but aiming at publication of my shorter fiction in traditional SFF magazines.
Check out also Kate Baker’s article “Bragging Rights: A Comprehensive Look at SFWA Services.”
And if you are an indie author interested in becoming a SFWA member, here are the eligibility requirements.
Best of luck with your writing!
It’s official! I have my ticket for the 2018 Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Nebula Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, in May.
It’s my first ever SFWA conference, and I’m super-excited.
If you’re going too–see you there!
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I’m happy to report that CAGE RUNNER, book 2 in the Sand Runner series, is coming to both paperback and ebook within a week or two. Thank you to everyone who patiently waited.
Here is an exclusive cover reveal and a free preview for you.
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Today I published a new coloring book, the third in my Coloring Collection.
It’s called Terrific Tools: A Coloring Book for Teens & Adults, and as the name suggests, it’s all about tools.
That’s right! A coloring book about tools. It has wrenches, hammers, screwdrivers, and more. 20 original, hand-drawn designs, with 2 or 3 copies of each design. All were great fun to draw – and I hope they will be as much fun to color.
So whether you’re shopping for yourself, or you need a fun Valentine gift for him – look no further!