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Baen Acquires Ten Lee and Miller Titles

Sharon Lee and Steve Miller have sold the entire backlisted Liaden Universe(R) novels — ten in all — to Toni Weisskopf at Baen Books.  The deal was made by their agent, Jennifer Jackson, of the Donald A. Maass Literary Agency.  The ten titles will be released as four omnibus editions, starting in June 2010, to […]

Thoughts on Self-Promotion

As I close in on the end of my current writing project, the issue of self-promotion is much on my mind. I don’t mind admitting that it’s a prospect I contemplate with dread. I’m one of those I-just-want-to-sit-in-my-room-with-my-laptop writers who really is not constitutionally suited for a world in which the definition of “author” also includes “huckster” (or, if you want to be a bit more diplomatic about it, “entrepreneur”).

How semantics can help you! Part 1

Choosing the right word is critical to getting our meaning across as writers. Here are a few initial things to think about:

1. Does this word have the meaning I’m looking for?
2. Does it supply that meaning unambiguously?
3. Does it have the proper positive, negative, mysterious, or other desired connotations?
4. Does it reflect on the attitude or identity of the point of view character?