Today’s post can be found at http://magicalwords.net, the group blog on the business and craft of writing fantasy that I maintain with fellow authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, A.J. Hartley, and Stuart Jaffe, among others. The post is called “Writing Your Book, part XI: Marketing Your Work and Yourself” and it’s about trying to sell that first manuscript in today’s market. I hope you enjoy it.

This weekend I’ll be appearing at the Tennessee Antiquarian Book Fair, a festival for book collectors.  This years fair is being held in Cowan, Tennessee, a cute little town just a few miles from where I live.  It’s a two day event — Saurday and Sunday — although because of a prior family obligation (Swim Championships — Go Tiger Sharks!!), I’ll only be there on Sunday.

My talk is at 1:00 and the title (not of my choosing) is “Character and Conflict Development in Works of Fantasy.”  I’ll be reading excerpts from several of my books and will deal with character issues, though perhaps not exactly as the fair organizers expected.  Call me unpredictable….

After the talk, I’ll be signing books and attending a reception from (roughly) 2:00 to 3:00.

If you’re in the area and have the time, please stop by.  It should be a fun afternoon.

An Upcoming Anthology

July 13, 2010

I am pleased to be able to announce that I will have a short story appearing in a new anthology edited by Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray.  The anthology is called After Hours:  Tales From the Ur-Bar.  Here is the editors’ description:

The first bar, created by the Sumerians after they were given the gift of beer by the gods, was known as the Ur-Bar. Although it has since been destroyed, its spirit lives on–in each age there is one bar that captures the essence of the original Ur-Bar, where drinks are mixed with magic and served with a side of destiny and intrigue.

Contributing authors include S.C. Butler, Maria V. Snyder, Laura Anne Gilman, Benjamin Tate, Patricia Bray, Ian Tregillas, Anton Strout, Jackie Kessler, Juliet McKenna, Avery Shade, Seanan McGuire, Kari Sperring, Barbara Ashford, Jennifer Dunne, and yours truly, writing as D. B. Jackson.

My story is titled “The Tavern Fire,” and it is set in 1760 Boston.  At least one character from my Thieftaker series appears in the story, which is why I chose to write it under the pseudonym.

After Hours will be published by Daw and its release is scheduled for March 1, 2011.  It is available for pre-order.

Working with Joshua and Patricia on this project was an incredible experience.  They are wonderful editors who understand the writing process and are more than happy to push their writers so as to get the most out of every story.  This promises to be an excellent anthology.

Today’s post can be found at http://magicalwords.net, the group blog on the business and craft of writing fantasy that I maintain with fellow authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, A.J. Hartley, and Stuart Jaffe, among others. The post is called “What’s Your Book About” and it focuses on keeping your book directed and thematically coherent as you write. I hope you enjoy it.

Today’s post can be found at http://magicalwords.net, the group blog on the business and craft of writing fantasy that I maintain with fellow authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, A.J. Hartley, and Stuart Jaffe, among others. The post is called “The Observer and the Observed: Character Descriptions Revisited” and it’s a follow-up to last week’s post on character portraits. I hope you enjoy it.

A little recognition for MagicalWords.net, the group blog I maintain with Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, Stuart Jaffe, and A.J. Hartley.

http://parkinglotconfessional.com/2010/07/02/and-the-blog-awards-keep-coming/

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