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Writing Advice: I Got a Book Deal! Now What? (Part 1)


What comes after you’re a real live published author? Can you quit your day job? What should you do at conventions? How do you handle social media?

Find Brent’s answers HERE.

As this is an extra-long post, and he will be on tour for much of next month, this is the part 1 of 2, and deals primarily with handling your finances after publication.


New: Writing Advice, Interview, Poll

All sorts of goodies for you today.

First up, new writing advice for the month of June HERE. I’m doing things a little bit differently this month by answering a slew of questions in shorter form. Among the topics: overcoming self-doubt, agents and online publishing, and brainstorming.

Second, I’ve just completed an interview with the excellent Shawn Speakman of It’s all about book covers: The Blinding Knife cover, how it came together, and some of my favorite book covers out there today. Go HERE for the interview.

Last but not least, I’ve got a new poll at right. (Not that I’m taking orders here, but I’m curious to see what you’re most curious to see.)

Speculate! Brent’s Guest Podcast Interview


Brent was invited to a Speculate! podcast for an interview, which has just gone live HERE.

Bradley P. Beaulieu
Gregory A. Wilson









SFF authors Bradley P. Beaulieu and Gregory A. Wilson host the discussion. (You can check out their work HERE and HERE.) The three authors discuss the drawbacks of fame, the writing life, and learning from other writers.

Writing Advice Update: Closing the Gap


Brent has just put together a new update for his Writing Advice column (a bit delayed due to copyedits for The Blinding Knife and a short vacation).

April’s update is all about the gap between what a writer wants to do and what she can do, and how to close that gap. Check it out HERE.

Cage Match Finals: Kylar vs. Moiraine

Well, I don’t know how we did it, and at least five other authors don’t know how we did it either, but Kylar has made it to the finals in the Suvudu Cage Match. Suvudu is Random House’s official SFF blog, so you don’t get to the finals by flying under the radar. 64 fantasy characters entered this year, and Kylar has faced characters from more beloved series than he has any right to (Gimli from J.R.R. Tolkien, Harry Potter from J.K. Rowling, Julia from Lev Grossman, Erevis Cale from Paul S. Kemp, Granny Weatherwax from Terry Pratchett).

And now, in the finals, he’s facing Moiraine from my personal favorite, Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson.

So if you’re going to go down, it’s good to go down to someone you love! But if you’re going to go down, I think Durzo would say, “It’s best to go down swinging.”

Click HERE to read Suvudu blogger Abyss’s take on how the fight will go. And don’t forget to vote!

My thanks also to David Pomerico and to Suvudu for giving Kylar the chance to be seen by other fantasy fans. A lot of hard work goes into putting these together, and in doing the write-ups, and I really appreciate it!

(You may also have noticed that there isn’t a new writing advice post this month. Between copyedits for my next book and a short vacation, I haven’t had time to write that yet. But it’s coming soon!

A new poll is also at right.)

Writing Advice Update: Work Schedule & Planning


Not Like This.

Brent has a new writing advice post up.

Highlights of the post: working in the shower, the beauty of low word count goals, and hacking your feelings. He also explains why he has a news feed, and not a blog.

(Brent says: if you want a good excuse to avoid meeting your own word count goal, check it out HERE.)