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Writing Advice: The Pitch


Brent’s latest writing advice post is here! After taking a break for a couple months to catch up on his novel post-tour, he’s back with a detailed look at how to pitch your novel to an agent.

Check it out HERE.

(Oh, and new poll at right!)

New Interview at Fantascize!


Brent discusses his latest book tour experience, who he would cast in movie versions of his books, and what it was like to write The Blinding Knife. There’s also a short video at the end of the interview, featuring Brent discussing writing advice with Fantascize writer F.J. Bayog!

The interview is available HERE.

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.)

Imaginary Friends, Real Friends, and Friendlier Web Pages


Why, you might ask, is Brent featuring the cover of another author’s book on his webpage? Good question.

If you’ve read  The Night Angel Trilogy, you’ve seen the amazing blurb that Terry Brooks gave me, which was a great push right out of the gate for a new guy just scrapping to make it. Terry has been tremendously gracious to me, personally as well as professionally. It was Terry who introduced me to Shawn Speakman, his long-time “web druid”, who in addition to being a writer himself, runs Suvudu and the Signed Page. Shawn has also become a friend of mine, and he was recently diagnosed with cancer.

It looks like Shawn’s going to be fine once he finishes his treatment, but, hey… cancer. Expensive. The writing life is great–but the benefits stink! So Terry Brooks is listing his short story, Imaginary Friends, for 90 days at $2.99 as an e-book download, with all of the proceeds going toward Shawn’s medical bills.

Imaginary Friends is a short story that has been out of print, so you’re not only doing something nice and getting a steal, you’re reading something people haven’t had access to in years.

You can check out more details at Terry’s webpage, including how to download a Kindle app for your computer if you don’t have one. I hope you’ll all consider buying a copy of the story — I know I will! Imaginary Friends is available on Kindle, Nook.

And as a side note, I wanted to let you all know that we’ve updated the Writing Advice page to make it friendlier for all you aspiring writers out there. We hope that we’ve made navigation a little simpler (one extra click, but much less scrolling!). There’s also a special link at the top of the page to direct you to the newest content quickly.

Writing Advice Update: Editing

Happy November 1st! It’s known by a variety of names (All Saint’s Day, Day of the Dead) and is the anniversary of numerous important events: the day Honda opened their first factory in the US, the day Napoleon invaded Austria, and the day Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel was finally displayed to the public! (Thank you, Wikipedia).

And speaking of Michelangelo, it’s also the day I’ve posted new writing advice about Editing — because if you want to free David from your lump of marble, you’re going to have to use a chisel.



Good luck!

Writing Advice: Names in Fantasy Novels

After taking a one-month hiatus for travel and while I was finishing initial drafts of The Blinding Knife, the Writing Advice Post is back! This month, I am happy to address, in so far as my limited lights are able to illumine, how to come up with names for a fantasy novel. I chat at relative length about aesthetics, culture, history, social and commercial concerns. If you’re interested, please click here to see the post.

Also, I opine about this: