Finding a perfect stranger to read a hundred thousand words you have written is not an easy thing. A writer is asking for about ten hours of a reader’s time in addition to whatever feedback can be shared. I found my betas mostly via this blog and through a local community website. My upcoming science […]Read more "Why We Love Beta Readers"
It was a question to which I’ve always said no. But now that I’m trying out plotting in advance, I want some sort of metric for measuring progress. With Nineveh’s Child mostly done and awaiting release, I wanted to tighten up on the plotting end. I started Nineveh’s Child with a loose outline, but story […]Read more "To Word Count or Not to Word Count"
Caesar Augustus helped popularize a Greek phrase that can translate to “Make Haste Slowly.” This is my preferred route to take when writing. The wisdom I glean from the “write as quickly as you can” authors is to be deliberate, limit distractions, and set goals.Read more "I’m Going to Write a Novel in One Day (and Other Lies)"
Presenting the official release of House of the Galactic Elevator by Gerhard Gehrke. There’s a reason humans never get invited anywhere… Edited by Cassandra Metcalfe https://veritasauthorservices.wordpress.com Proofread by Brittany Dory http://www.blue-minerva.com/ Cover Design by Mark Hardman http://www.secretagentart.com/ Blurb: Now everyone’s stuck… In the aftermath of a foiled invasion, the troubled hub of a thousand worlds […]Read more "Official Release and Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!"
If you’ve ever been part of certain Facebook groups involving any kind of promotion, you’ve probably come across folks running Thunderclap campaigns. This entails the campaign runner getting at least one hundred people to support them for the Thunderclap to blast out a simultaneous Twitter tweet, Facebook post, or Tumblr whatever-it-is-they-do-there. For the uninitiated, […]Read more "Redefining Needy: Thunderclap Campaigns"
I had two longer draft of my book blurb that made its rounds to Facebook groups and other interested parties, with multiple tweaks and edits. I received many helpful suggestions along the way, and the internet is replete with blogs on writing the perfect blurb. You can even hire someone to write one for you, […]Read more "Revised Final Blurb for House of the Galactic Elevator"
Neal (Cryptonomicon, Snow Crash) Stephenson’s father was an engineer and his mother a scientist, and he himself studied science at Boston University. Isaac Asimov (Foundation) has a PhD in Chemistry. Stanisław Lem (Solaris) was a medical doctor. Besides a Master’s Degree and other educational achievements, Margaret Atwood (Oryx and Crake) is an inventor of a […]Read more "What Makes a Solid Foundation for Writing Science Fiction?"