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Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part...

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Let the Band Ring Out and the Banners Fly: To promote or not to promote Welcome back to my series on marketing and selling short...

Emailing a Book Blogger About a Review and Why First Impressions...

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One of the primary benefits of reviewing books on a blog is that people will work hard to get you to give their book...

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part...

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They Said WHAT?!?: Dealing with reviews Welcome back to my series on marketing and selling short fiction. I've written these posts in a very specific...

The Artful Collector: Handling Difficult People Part 1: The Artist (or)...

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Let's say, for the sake of this posting, that our corner of the collecting world consists of two groups: The Creators and The Collectors. ...
Reading and signing

Why I Do What I Do

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I have been asked several times in the last week alone about indie publishing. Before I talk about what I'm doing, and why, let...

Marketing 101: Start with the Right Attitude

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Marketing.  Is there any other word that instills more fear in a writer? I don't think so.  When authors talk about marketing, here are...

The Artful Collector: Vulgaris Triumphus? on Judging (SFWA) Magazines by Their...

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Judge books by their cover?  Everyone does it.  That’s why – and despite the mis-marketing, agenting “horror stories” (both artist and author) and egregious...

Interview with Michael J Sullivan

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Hello all, I am back from my hiatus as I moved to Ohio. Now that I am settled, enjoying the weather in the southern...

The Artful Collector: Are Conventions Good Places to Find Art? (Part...

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Once upon a time, science fiction and fantasy conventions were great places to find, and buy, original art - and, in time - reproductions...

Why I Don’t Like My Heroes

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When I first started out as a published writer of science fiction in 1978 and sold my first novel in 1979, I started going...

Books That Never Were – Farewell Atlantis

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Taking a look at fiction within fiction: literary works that has appeared in books or movies, but never published in the real world.

Demystifying the Synopsis

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A synopsis is a larger version of the book jacket blurb you see on the back of most paperbacks in the bookstore. You write...

I am a Reader

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Before I was a writer, I was a reader. My mother tells me I’ve been reading since I was four, and I accept that,...

The Artful Collector: Why isn’t There a More Active Market in...

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A common thread of discussion for collectors who buy art from me, and which runs through many sites dealing with collectibles, concerns the factors...

Trials and Tribulations of the Publishing Game

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As I put the finishing touches and edits on my latest novel, I am charged with the task of also creating the cover art....

The (Ongoing) Death and Transfiguration of Science Fiction Publishing

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Lazy Literary Agents in Self-Publishing Money Grab Via Argo Navis Most of you who are reading these blogs here at Amazing Stories are probably well...

Why You Want to Go To A Writer’s Convention

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A short while ago I attended (and participated as panelist and guest author) at the World Fantasy Convention in Toronto. And I was all...

Should You Judge a Book by its Cover?

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Most readers—me included—will pick a book off the bookstore shelf because its cover interests us: the title intrigues; the cover illustration attracts; the author’s...

The Dreaded M-word

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A recent conversation about self and independent publishing led to me voicing my thoughts on what to do once the book is released. This...

Demystifying Contracts #2: Novels – Territories

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This will be my third installment about contracts. For reference you can also refer to: Demystifying Contracts #1: Novels – Ownership vs Rights Transfer Pulling Back...

The Artful Collector: Price vs. Value

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It's an innocent question: What's it worth? And I always answer: That depends on whether you're buying or selling. An object's "worth" can relate to price,...
Cedar Sanderson Novel

To ISBN, or Not to ISBN?

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I’ve been on the brink of buying a ten-pack of ISBN numbers a half-dozen times the last few weeks. The reason I haven’t just...

How to Make a SciFi Feature Film for $500

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In 2006, I created Borg War, an animated Star Trek feature film. Since I suspect that most writers would jump at the change to...

The Artful Collector: Collecting Strategies Part 5 “Living Dangerously”

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There is one strategy for collecting that I haven't yet mentioned. It is not only potentially the most expensive, it is also the most...

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part...

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Markets, Markets Everywhere: How to select the right market Welcome back. This is my ninth post on how to market and sell short fiction. This...

Three is a Magic Number

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Yes, I'm old enough to remember "Schoolhouse Rock" and that ditty, along with "Conjunction Junction," still is taking up storage space for reasons I'm...

Better Than Oprah

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Several years ago I interviewed an author whose book had been turned into a movie. The book had been a selection of Oprah Winfrey's...