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Get real

I woke up this morning not having clue one about today’s post. I’ve been neck deep in rewrites as well as doing an editorial job for a new author who is totally AWESOME. Add in my own work hijacking me yesterday and the day before into a different project and, well, MGC fell down the proverbial rabbit hole. As I searched for a topic, I came across a thread where an author was talking about their new strategy for success and, well, al I could do was shake my head.

For anyone out there thinking about writing, the first rule you have to understand is that writing is a business. As with any business, you have to do your homework. You need to know what your various distribution paths are and the requirements for them. You need to know your audience. You need to be able to supply a product that is not just good enough but that is unique in its own way. You also have to be aware of the rules for your distribution outlets because, if you fail to follow those rules, you can find yourself tossed out of that distribution arm and figuratively, if not literally, standing out in the cold. Read more

Fire from Ashes now available

Well, it’s now available for pre-order. 😉

Fire from Ashes is the latest entry in the Honor and Duty series. Check here for snippets from the book.

At war with an old enemy, betrayed by a supposed ally, Fuercon is a system on the brink of disaster. All that stands between it and defeat are its Space Navy and Marines – and the fact the betrayer does not yet know its secret plans have been discovered. But will that be enough to turn the tide of war? Read more

What do you want?

That question, or some variation of it, is one we hear too many times to count during the course of our lives. What do you want to eat? What do you want to do? What do you want to be when you grow up? What do you want to come from X, Y or Z? It is a question each writer needs to ask at various points of their careers — what do you want to write? What do you want to be, indie or traditionally published? What do you want, money or awards? What do you want to be, a genre writer or a literary one? Read more

It is time to fight back

Almost a month to the day when it was announced John Ringo would NOT be a Guest of Honor at ConCarolinas, Origins Gaming Fair decided it wanted to play too. First it announced Larry Correia would be its literary guest of honor. Then, very shortly after that, the invitation was revoked. All signs indicate the decision was made by one man, John Ward. It didn’t take long for the tidal wave of reaction to set in and, since then, Origins has done everything wrong in how it has handled the situation.

In fact, we very well may be watching the slow suicide of a con that decided to follow the saying, “Get woke, go broke.” Read more

Welcome to ConVent: a tour of Convention society with a hefty side of Kate-weird

Kate is snowed under at work, so I’m taking this time to be evil and I want you to join me. Below is a very short snippet of ConVent, the first book in her Con series. Yes, they are being re-issued. But we want more Con books, right? So let’s start the begging and badgering and maybe Kate will surprise us with a new book soon. — ASG

Mad Genius Club

In the tradition of very small presses, ConVent has gone from being released Real Soon Now to being released Any Time Now. Needless to say I’m excited. And I have a cover!

Multitalented multifarious Sarah Hoyt has graciously provided cover art that captures the multifold complex layering of this unique literary tour-de-farce. Oops. Did I say that out loud?

Anyway, snippetses are available here and here (in that order), and there will be more, so keep watching the Naked Truth for more hot undercover angel (that doesn’t sound quite right somehow).

Oh, yes. The disclaimers. Everyone except those who asked (and in some cases begged) for it is a combination of original character and pastiche of observations from multiple sources. The people who asked got to decide what I was going to do to them, and how. You know who you are. Also, the management is not responsible for any…

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We’re feeling cocky (VBEG)

(If you don’t get the joke, google “cocky”+”trademark”. I’d actually give you the author’s name involved but I don’t want to give her any more press than she’s gotten over this stupid move of hers.) In the meantime, the floor is yours this morning. Ask your questions, give us topic ideas, etc. We’ll be checking in later.

Until then!

Fork your own Broncs

(This morning, we welcome a new member to the Mad Genius Club. Not only is Jonathan LaForce one of the best “new” writers I’ve had the pleasure of knowing, he is a devoted husband and loving father to two of the most adorable kids ever. Jonathan is a veteran of Afghanistan and a Corporal of Marines, formerly with Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment. He also wrote one of my favorite pieces, something I shared on my blog last Memorial Day and will again this year. Perhaps if we ask him nicely enough, he will share something from his current WIP. For now, let’s give him a warm welcome — ASG)

This spring semester has been a hellish period of time. Between caring for a pregnant wife, two children, keeping up grades in my upper division classes, and working as a tutor for the Veteran’s Center on my university campus, I’ve been busy. Free time to read has been severely lacking.

A friend however, mentioned that David Drake had a new novel out, at which point the gift card to Barnes & Noble I had burning a hole in my wallet grabbed ahold of my ass, pushed me out the door and said “drive faster Clyde!” I read it all in one evening too. Because it’s just that well-written. Indeed, one could use it as a primer for how to write in the first-person perspective. Because it’s just that well-written. Read more