priceofdoingbusiness_cov1_smToday, I am back at Magical Words, the blog on the craft and business of writing that I co-founded with Faith Hunter and Misty Massey, writing about creating characters, and celebrating the release of the newest Thieftaker short story, “The Price of Doing Business.”  The story can be found today at Tor.com. It is about Ethan Kaille’s first encounter with the lovely and deadly Sephira Pryce, who would become his rival in thieftaking and his arch nemesis.  The post can be found here.  I hope that you will check out both the story and the post, and I hope that you enjoy them both.

After about a six-week hiatus from posting, I am back at Magical Words, the blogsite on the craft and business of writing that I co-founded and continue to maintain with Faith Hunter and Misty Massey.  Today’s post is about plotting and pantsing, and the ways in which the nature of the book itself can dictate the best approach to take.  It is called, “The Plotter Goes Pantsing:  The Relationship Between Process and Product.

I have spent the past several weeks finishing one book, revising another, and writing the early chapters of a third. For the last few days I’ve been proofreading the galleys for yet another novel, A Plunder of Souls, the third Thieftaker book.  Busy times, but as any writer will tell you, busy is good.  It’s nice, though, to be posting again, and I hope that this marks the first of more posts to come in the coming weeks and months.  In the meantime, I hope you enjoy today’s essay.

Today’s post can be found at the SFNovelists blog, a site I help to maintain with over one hundred other published authors in speculative fiction.  The post is called “Writing Resolutions for the Coming Year,” and it is my annual post listing my goals and resolves for the coming New Year.  I hope that you enjoy it.

And I want to wish all of you a merry Christmas and a New Year filled with laughter and joy.  Have fun, people, and be safe.

I have two related, cross-linked posts up today.  They are both on the business of writing and publishing.

The first post is my regular Monday post at the Magical Words blog site, which I maintain with fellow authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, John Hartness, and Mindy Klasky.  Today’s Magical Words post is called, “‘It’s Just Business’: Loyalty Versus Pragmatism in the Publishing World,” and it is about the various factors that go into a writer’s career decisions.  You can find the post here.

The second is my monthly post at the SFNovelists blog site, a site I maintain with over one hundred published authors of speculative fiction.  That post is called “Professional Comportment and What it Does For a Writer,” and it is about the ways in which an author can maintain a good relationship with his/her publisher.  You can find the SFNovelists post here.

I hope that you enjoy both posts and find them helpful and informative. Thanks!

It is officially fall, so I suppose that the Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour has to be over. But the Fall Blog Tour is now underway and today I am all over the place.  I have my usual Monday post up at Magical Words, the group blog on the craft and business of writing that I maintain with Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, Mindy Klasky, John Hartness, James Tuck, and several others.  Today’s post is called “On Writing: Outlining Vs. Pantsing Revisited,”  and it’s about the reasons I have grown more committed to outlining my books

My second post is at SFNovelists, another group blog that I maintain with over one hundred other published authors of fantasy and science fiction. This post is called “Thoughts on Giving a Reading,”  and it offers a bit of advice to aspiring writers getting ready to do their first public readings of their work.

Finally, I am a guest today at Mike Dariano’s blog, 27 Good Things.  Mike invites artists and recognized professionals in various fields to blog about three Good Things to Read, three Good Things to Watch, and three Good Things to Use.  It’s a fun site — I certainly enjoyed writing my entry.  So what things did I choose?  Well, you’ll just have to visit the site and see.

I hope you enjoy today’s posts.

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post for the Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour (yes, it’s September, but it’s still summer officially . . .), and in that time I have attended DragonCon, and been busy on a couple of other fronts that I can’t discuss just yet but hope to announce soon.  Today, I am happy to point you to an interview I did with Garrett Calcaterra about writing professionally in the current market.  Originally, Garrett interviewed me for an article he published at Black Gate Magazine that touched on these issues and focused not only on me, but also on fellow writers M. Todd Gallowglas, Wendy N. Wagner, and Patrick Hester.  Today, the full interview is available here, on Garrett’s website.  I hope you enjoy it.

Today the Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour is back at Magical Words, the group blog on the craft and business of writing that I maintain, as David B. Coe, with Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, John Hartness, James Tuck, and Mindy Klasky, among others.  Today’s post coincides with the dropping off of my oldest child at college for her freshman year.  So it is called “Grist For the Mill:  Emotion and Creativity,” and it is about using personal experience and emotion and memory to strengthen the emotional content of our books and stories.  I hope you enjoy it.  And I hope to see many of you at DragonCon later this week!

After a bit of a hiatus, the Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour is back with a post about conventions — specifically DragonCon (which I will be attending next week) and WorldCon.  The post can be found at SFNovelists, the group blog I help to maintain with over one hundred other authors of fantasy and science fiction.  It’s called “A Quick Guide to Making the Most of Conventions.”  I hope you enjoy it, and I hope to see many of you at DragonCon next week!

I’ll be attending the con as D.B. Jackson. During the weekend I will be on panels (Urban Fantasy Track, Writer’s Track, Alternate History Track), I will have a reading and an autograph session, I will be in a booth in the exhibition hall selling books, and I will be at parties and in the hotel bars having fun and chatting with friends old and new.  Come by and say hello!

After a brief hiatus while I enjoyed some family time at the beach, I am back with another installment in the Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour.  Today’s post comes on the eve of my departure for Calgary, Alberta, where I will be leading a writer’s workshop and appearing as Guest of Honor at WhenWordsCollide.  I’m very excited for my return to Calgary, and to mark the occasion I have written a piece about my preparations for the writer’s workshop, with an emphasis on patterns I have seen as I have read manuscripts.  The post can be found at http://magicalwords.net, the group blog on the business and craft of writing fantasy that I maintain, under the name David B. Coe, with fellow authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, Mindy Klasky, John Hartness, and James Tuck, among others. Today’s entry is called “Lessons Learned While Preparing for a Writer’s Workshop.” I hope you enjoy it.

Once again, the Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour is at Unusual Historicals, this time for a Q&A, and of course, the THIEVES’ QUARRY giveaway.  Leave a comment or ask a question on the post and you’ll be entered to win a signed hardcover copy of the newest book in the Thieftaker Chronicles.  So check it out and enjoy!  Here’s the link:

http://unusualhistoricals.blogspot.com/2013/07/guest-blog-db-jackson.html

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