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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Current Published List

For those who are curious, here's my publishing list, to date. Many of available either from Amazon or the Publisher

1. Novel

A. Winter Awakening
WolfSinger Publications

2. Edited

B. Of Fur and Fire
Behemoth & several poems
DreamZion Publishing
C. Time Traveling Coffers
Danger Said the Dragon
WolfSinger Publications

3. Anthologies

D. All About Eve
The Cat's Creation Tale
WolfSinger Publications

E. FTST#4: Space Horrors
Chosen One
Flying Pen Press

F. Throw Down Your Dead - An Anthology of Western Horror
No Trespassing
Sonar 4 Publications - Publisher closed their doors - Out of Pring

G. Frost Bitten Fantasies
The Storm
Dreamzion Publishing

H. Zombified - An Anthology of all things Zombie
Mighty Fine
Sky Warrior Boosk - ebook only

I. A Taste of Armageddon
WolfSinger Publications

J. Women of the Living Dead - A Zombie Anthology
Mandie's Zombies
Open Casket Press

K. Tales of the Talisman (Magazine)
Welcomed Cast Outs  (Poem)
Rhysling Nominee
Hadrosaur Productions

L. FTST#6 : Space Battles
Flying Pen Press

M. Earth's End - An Apocalyptic Anthology
Open Casket Press

N. Strange Summer Mysteries - A day at the Beach
Drip, Drip, Drip
Whortleberry Press

O. Tales of the Talisman (Magazine)
Tumbling Tumbleweeds
Hadrosaur Productions

P. The Undead that Saved Christmas
Bast's Christmas Presents
Rainstorm Press

Q. 31 More Nights of Halloween
Rainstorm Press

R. Strange Halloween
Whortleberry Press

S. Gunslingers and Ghost Stories
The Ruins
Science Fiction Trails

T. Strange Christmas
Best Gift
Whortleberry Press

I have several other stories accepted but they haven't been released yet.


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Pondering Next Year's Goals

This has been a very busy year. I've had quite a number of short stories published not to mention editing Time Traveling Coffers.

Next year I'm already planning on what my goals should be. Tentatively they will be:

1. Edit Different Dragons. There could be two volumes. Have already talked with publisher about possible release dates not to mention compiling an invite list for the second.

2. Finish Winter Emergence. I have those who have read Winter Awakening wanting to know what happens next.

3. Pitch my romance Worth the Wait. I have a publisher in mind who is searching for books for the over 50 crowd.

5. Pitch a Tween/Young Adult series involving winged cats. I've already informed by two young collaborators I might have found a market for it. They're excited.

6. Several short story submissions. Although, I think I'll slow down a bit in this arena.

7. Shaking, terrified, I'm thinking of pitching a series to either Baen or Tor.

8. Possible collaboration with a fellow writer to see if her vampire hunting dog and my vampire cats might be combined in a story/series.

9. Taking advantage of anything that comes my way.

Now bear in mind, all these goals are in between life, my day job, caring for the cats and my spouse.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Role of the Writer : Accountant and Record Keeper

Last in the series of Role of the Writer, is Accountant and Record Keeper. The Record Keeper is the one who keeps track of submissions, where they go, whether or not they're accepted, contracts received and returned, when books are released, and if they're editing, many of the same details. I personally use Excel speadsheets.

The Accountant tracks the finances. Payments and how received for accepted stories or books. Money spent on conventions or conferences, or books to sell, postage, and whether the writer makes money or looses it. I even track contributors copies whether printed or electronic.

For the past two years I've lost money. This year, I'm hoping to break even.

Final word. If you thought being a writer was all glamor. I hope this series sets you straight.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Role of the Writer : Mentor & Example

Next is Mentor and Example. In the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror genre, the older writers mentor the upcoming. They help them by reading their work, critiquing it, when they don't have pressing deadlines, and taking time to answer questions on writing or the business aspect.

They also are watched. Just as I am watching other successful writers to see how they got to where they are, I have other writers watching me aspiring to follow my examples.

These are scarey roles because you want to be encouraging. You also want them to know its not always easy. It can be challenging and sometimes outright frustrating. But well worth the struggle.

Reading Annoucement : I have a reading for Gunslinger and Ghost Stories edited by David B. Riley, Saturday, December 8th at 2 PM. It will be at Who Else Books at Broadway and Cedar in Denver, CO. I will be reading from my story The Ruins along with several other local writers. Come and join us!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Roles of the Writer : Wardrobe Mistress, Makeup Artist & the Hairdresser

Working with the Public Relations Manager is the Wardrobe Mistress, the Makeup Artist and the Hairdreser. They're responsible for making the Writer look good. They decide on how he/she should look, what they should wear for an appearance, the right make up and hair style. Even helping the writer come up with a 'brand'. For instance, one writer wears a 1940s hat, another a huge floppy hat with a long feather and another wears something with a cat on it.

Since this is the impression left with the reader, these are very important roles.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Roles of the Writer : Sales and Booking Agent

The next crucial roles of the writer is that of Sales and Booking Agent.

The Booking Agent is responsible for searching for and setting up appearances. Sometimes its for signings at local bookstores, other times on panels at conventions, both locally and out of state, and if fortunate enough to be invited Writing Conferences.

The Sales Agent sells the product. This isn't just the work but also the writer his/her self. They convince the would be reader why the book would be enjoyed by the perspective buyer.

Both these roles work closely with the Marketing and Public Relations manager.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Roles of the Writer : Business, Marketing and Public Relations Manager

Writers are also their own Business Manager. They have to make sure their work gets done on time and is turned in. Doesn't matter is they're working for someone else, like editing an anthology, or getting a story in by deadline while freelancing. It keeps the writer motivated to play all the other roles they must in order to succeed.

The Marketing and Public Relations manager are tightly intertwined. They work together to put up a website, open a Twitter account or Facebook page. Then, the correct information must be provided to forward the writer's career. Not to mention knowing what to say during public appearances, like signings and convention or conference appearances, and what materials to have with them to boost sales.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Roles of the Writer : Writer & Editor

At their heart, writers are writers. They enjoy playing with the words and putting together stories. If it was all they had to do, they would , so to speak, be in heaven.

However, in today's market, the roles writers play are more involved. Many also become editors working independently or for a publishing house. They help other writers become better at their craft often by correcting grammar or punctuation or finding plot holes you could drive a truck through. Some edit anthologies.

They also freelance for businesses as technical writers with assignments that can range from scientific documents, computer instructions, department procedure manuals, job descriptions, vendor letters and any thing else needing their special talents. Many make their living this way while they toil away at their own creative endeavors.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Interview for A Flame in the Dark : Monsters!

I've had a story accepted for 'A Flame in the Dark: Monsters!' titled 'More Lives'. For today, please to to the above link and read the interview.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Definitely Sympathize

I got a good lesson over the weeknd on why it's important to give agents and editors a break during conference.

I'm editing an anthology called 'Different Dragons'. While attending MileHiCon, our local literary Science Fiction Convention, I spent most of my day Saturday taking pitches, or having my brain picked for information on writing. It got to the point that I went and hid at my publishers dealer's table, just to get away from writers.

It's not that I minded taking their pitches or talking with them. There just comes a point when I needed a break so I could talk with the next writer who wanted a bit of my time and experience.

This being said, the next time I see an editor or agent in the bar, or in the ladie's room or some other place, I'm going to be mindful that I need to respect their space and give them time to themselves.Yes, they're there to take pitches, as I was over the weekend, but sometimes, they need to be allowed to enjoy themselves and recharge their 'engines'.

Yes, I'd love to pitch, but I need to ask if it's a good time and if it isn't, arrange to talk with them later. In the long run, it will be better for me, or even you, the want to be published writer.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Time Traveling Coffers & MileHiCon Schedule

Time Traveling Coffers, an anthology I edited, has been released and is available from Amazon. It centers around objects being responsible, directly or indirectly, a time travel adventure. Twelve established and up and coming / new writers contributed stories.

Amazon Link:

Also, MileHiCon, Denver's local literary Science Fiction convention is October 19-21st.

My schedule is:
Friday : 6-7 PM  - The Next Buggywhip.
Sunday : 10-11 AM - Playing with Participants ; 2-3 PM - When Bad Marketing Attacks ; 3-4 PM - Time Traveling Coffers Group Reading ; 4-5 PM - TTC autograph session. 

I will be around the convention the entire weekend. Look for me at the WolfSinger Publications table. 



Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Write when you can

I've started back to work and finding time to write has been hard to come by. However, since I have several looming deadlines, I finally sat myself down and started two short stories. One is for a particular anthology, the other is answering a question I've asking myself about the series I am working on.

Granted I will have to work on them daily instead of one long session which is what I did while unemployed. Yet I know they'll both be completed even if it takes several days.

Lesson here, use the time you have to work on writing projects, even if it's only an hour, and you'll be amazed at how much you've accomplished at the end of week. I myself wrote half a novel during lunch hours while working one of my previous full-time jobs.

It works fellow writers. And you'll feel like you've actually accomplished something productive with your day.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Gleeful Rewrites

One thing I've learned, if an editor likes a story well enough to ask for a total or partial rewrite, the writer should happily oblige and resubmit the piece. It's paid off in the past for me several times and I suspect many times in the future as well.

Stories that have been published by my doing so:

'Isis' in SFST#6 Space Battles, Flying Pen Press. I've gotten an invite for another anthology with the same editor - this one with several big name SF writers who will be contributing.

'Oasis'  in Strange Halloween, Whortleberry Press- not to mention a wonderful personal note from the editor for my creativity in finding a new angle for a vampire story. She also asked for a rewrite on a Christmas story currently submitted.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Take a Chance

Acceptance! The editor took my second story. Yep, that's right. After my first story got rejected I dared to submit a second. He liked it and a contract will be on its way sometime this week.

What I've learned in this business that many writers don't take a chance. They send one story and if it's rejected - before submissions close - they don't try a second time.

Take the chance. If the editor doesn't like the first tale. Try again.

One never knows. It might just pay off.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Rejection. All part of an author's life. As I once heard at a convention, if you get rejections than you're a writer. I'm a writer. I got a rejection.

What I also have is a wonderful story to send some where else.

It's been a good week.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Doll Houses & Writing

Over the weekend our local museum sponsored the annual Miniature show. I spent most of Saturday touring the booths and discovering new little treasures I had to have to complete various in process projects. I also encountered one of the sellers who wanted a copy of my book, which of course, I pretty much promptly ran home and got for him. He was very grateful, and I think a bit surprised, that I had done that.

Granted I lived close to the hotel and it really wasn't that much trouble. Besides, I had lunch at home and then returned for a few more hours of shopping and talking to vendors I have gotten to know over the years. Not to mention looking at the various exhibits, local clubs and individuals love to show off their tiny scenes and doll houses, which are all a part of the fun. There is such creativity here.

Creativity I also use not just to build and decorate doll houses myself, but also use them in stories and upcoming planned books. Yep, you guessed it, all my houses have stories and eventually I'm hoping to turn them into a series of novels.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Returning to work

In a few days I go back to work full-time. Truthfully, I have mixed feelings about it because I like having free time to write, keep up my house, run errands, or watch movies in the afternoon. It is a blessing because the unemployment extensions run out at the end of year and who knows if they'll be continued given the current chaos in the gov and the upcoming elections.

I have enjoyed my on and off again time of being unemployed. The extra time has allowed me to launch my writing career and given me much needed rest time. I'm not saying there hasn't been a down side. Finances have been tight and I haven't been able to travel very much, the latter of which I enjoy doing .

There are still looming deadlines which I have to make and learning to better manage my time will be a challenge in order to meet them. I know of many writers who both work and write. Today's economic climate demands they do so because writing is considered a 'hobby' and not a real profession. Besides, I don't know of many writers who would thrive living on the streets or in their cars.

So as I toddle off to rejoin the rat race I keep in mind that the money generated will be keep a roof over my head and food on my table. What I will be doing isn't my 'real' career. It never will be. It's what I call the 'money job' since all I ever think about is writing.

I am a writer. Plain and simple.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Kick Off

Kick offs. They have them in football and my writing group had theirs Tuesday evening at a local bookstore. It was great fun with door prizes given out and the winners for the summer writing contest announced. (I didn't enter by the way.)

More important it gave us a chance to catch up on each others lives and reconnect not just as writers but also as people, each of us unique and none of us trying to be like someone else. We weren't envious of each others success or lack thereof,  because we celebrate equally both our failures/rejections and our victories/publication.

Each of us are on our own path to publication. That is as it should be since we are each different from one another and have our own goals and where we want to be either today, tomorrow or five years from now.

Such support is more than worth its weight in either gold or silver. I am fortunate indeed.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Anthology invites

On my agenda since I have two invites for anthologies are:

A Western ghost story for which I have several ideas but haven't settled on which one yet.

An adventure of space colonization that I'm really excited about and already have the opening scene in mind.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Signings - not what most think they are

Saturday I had a signing at the Denver County Fair along with fellow authors David Boop, Julie Campbell and David Riley. We didn't sell many books but we did network, visit with friends who dropped by to support us and talked with potential new readers. 

Afterward, I wandered the fair with my spouse, bought some new clothes then drove home in the rain.

Monday, I went to another signing, mostly to support my fellow writers, at Fireside Books and Coffee in Englewood. I had a great time networking, meeting folks I only know on my Facebook, actually bought a book, and sought submissions for 'Different Dragons', my next anthology project.

My next project - write a ghost story for an anthology that David Riley is editing.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Fanfiction Story

Only project that got done this week was a fanfiction story that was requested by a fanzine editor.
Title: 'Happened Before and Again'.
Opening line : My directive stood. I was to protect Atlantis at all costs. 
Zine : 'Diamonds and Dynamite'.
Editor : Mysti Frank.
Fandoms : Stargate Atlantis, Stargate SG1, Falling Skies, Battlestar Galactica both the 2003 & 1978 versions, and Caprica. (Crossover.)
Available :
Not sure how to search for it so you might have to contact Mysti and ask.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Time Traveling Coffers Update

'Time Traveling Coffers' is finally done and sent to the publisher.  Theme: An object must directly or indirectly be the cause of a time traveling adventure.  The twelve accepted tales from both published and new comers tackled the question in some very interesting ways. Targeted release date: October 2012 in time for MileHiCon.

Final story order:

Time Con  - Alan Lickiss                                                               

The Locket – Nikalas Nowell                                                              

Island Out of Time – Dave Withe                              

Eternal Escapes – Carol Hightshoe                                     

One Large Universe – Peter Wacks                               

The Worm – Matt Chatelain  

Question Unresolved – Malcolm Cowen                      
Johnny Cache Steps Out – Sheryl Normandeau               

Seven Secret Minutes – Kessie Carroll                                   

The Story Within – Kaitlyn Wooley                                

Sins of the Father – Rebecca McFarland-Kyle

Danger said the Dragon  – Dana Bell   

Congratulations to all the writers and readers - come enjoy the fun!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Bryan Thomas Schmidt : The Saga of Davi Rhii - Keeping a Sequel Fresh

Guest Post: The Saga Of Davi Rhii-Keeping A Sequel Fresh
People ask this question a lot: how do you keep the next book fresh. This especially seems to be the case with sequels. In part, I think it stems from Hollywood moviemaker’s tendency to believe sequels should be rehashes of everything people liked about the first film, which is mainly an attempt to grab money rather than please people artistically and usually results in drab fair. The result is that people come to expect sequels to deliver less than the prequel, and they also are far more ready to criticize and find fault with a sequel for not living up to expectations.
But from the creative standpoint of the writer, this creates a challenge, especially if the first book is successful, although, often times, the second book will be written and turned in just as or before the first book is released. The challenge is compounded by the timeline of publishing. The first novel may be something you’ve worked on for several years, a decade or more. But once you sign the contract, you have a year to deliver book two and a year after that for book three, so if you didn’t start on them before a deal, you suddenly find yourself facing a challenge and a tight timeline you’re not used to working in.
For me, the approach I took was to look at each book’s tone, theme and style first. For example, The Worker Prince is a coming of age tale. It is primarily Davi Rhii’s book and story, although there are two major antagonists and a number of key supporting POV characters and roles. The book has seven subplots intertwined throughout in addition to the main throughline and within these are substories of family drama, romance, friendship, rivalry, and more. Each plot and subplot has its own arc and interacts with the individual arcs of the others as well as the characters themselves. But whereas the main plot is the driving force and framework for the book, the subplots add to character development and the overall plot but deepening relationships, conflict, and theme in various ways. So, in The Worker Prince,  the subplots, ultimately, are tied to Davi’s coming of age story in some way. Everything thus is framed by this and must be written to reflect it.
With the second book, The Returning, the story becomes about a group of people rather than just Davi. Davi has a major role, sure, but we have an expanded canvass of people whom we got to know and grew to care about or despise (antagonists perhaps) in the first book and want to learn more about and spend more time with. Again, Davi is at the heart of the prime story in which the Vertullians have won freedom and are trying to be regular citizens while dissenters who resent the change still seek to cause trouble from riots to protests to assassinations. Davi investigates and seeks to uncover who’s behind this, with the help of his key friends, Yao and Farien, and yet there are subplots involving his fiancée, Tela, his mother, Miri, the two antagonists, members of the Council, etc.
Interestingly, one of the things people really liked in book 1 was the camaraderie of Davi, Yao and Farien. In The Worker Prince, they were together at the beginning and then kind of wound up on different paths with only a few encounters bringing two of them together at various times. In The Returning, by including them on the main plot with Davi, I got to keep them together for much of the book and explore the dynamics of their friendly rivalry, friendship, banter, etc. It allowed me to develop those relationship far more deeply as well as expand all three as characters in fun ways. So this was one way I captured something people liked about the first book to use in the second.
Another thing people liked was the political maneuvering and scheming of the subplots, so I brought back Aron, Tarkanius, Xalivar, Miri and others for more of that in book 2 and a number of them take on increased roles this time.
To lend the book a different feel and more urgency, I chose a thriller-style surprise story for The Returning with more intense stakes and action and faster, more sudden twists and turns that would keep readers guessing and barely let them come up for air. There are few reflective, quiet phases this time around, unlike The Worker Prince, which had a bit less intense middle section. This book’s pace and plot keeps pounding and twisting forward the whole way, like a rollercoaster ride. It creates a different feel than the first book and also allows me to make the middle chapter feel complete, despite the fact that many of its arcs carry over into the book that will follow. Still, The Returning and The Worker Prince, while they do have similiarities—world and characters above all—are different books and thus, I hope, each fresh and unique on their own.
What are some of your experiences writing sequels or next books? Have you switched genres? Have you switched POV from first to third? What are the tricks and tools you use to keep things fresh not only in your prose but creatively for you as writer and for readers? We’d love to hear about it in comments.
In Bryan’s second novel, The Returning, new challenges arise as Davi Rhii’s rival Bordox and his uncle, Xalivar, seek revenge for his actions in The Worker Prince, putting his life and those of his friends and family in constant danger. Meanwhile, politics as usual has the Borali Alliance split apart over questions of citizenship and freedom for the former slaves. Someone’s even killing them off. Davi’s involvement in the investigation turns his life upside down, including his relationship with his fiancée, Tela. The answers are not easy with his whole world at stake.

Bryan Thomas Schmidt is the author of the space opera novels The Worker Prince, a Barnes & Noble Book Clubs Year’s Best SF Releases of 2011  Honorable Mention, and The Returning, the collection The North Star Serial, Part 1, and several short stories featured  in anthologies and magazines.  He edited the anthology Space Battles: Full Throttle Space Tales #6 for Flying Pen Press, headlined by Mike Resnick. As a freelance editor, he’s edited a novels and nonfiction.  He’s also the host of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Chat every Wednesday at 9 pm EST on Twitter under the hashtag #sffwrtcht. A frequent contributor to Adventures In SF PublishingGrasping For The Wind and SFSignal, he can be found online as @BryanThomasS on Twitter or via his website. Bryan is an affiliate member of the SFWA.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Short but sweet

I really can't say this is a slow week so I'm keeping my blog brief.  I've written a short story for submission and working on an idea for my next one. Plus, I plan to put 'Time Traveling Coffers' together and get it sent off to the publisher by Friday, the 20th, now that I have rewrites and bios back from all my authors. Got another rejection. Which is fine, that's the life of the writer. Next week, I have a guest blogger, Bryan Thomas Schmidt author of  'The Worker Prince' and 'The Returning'.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Open call - Different Dragons

Open call.

Most everyone has the same image of dragons and there are tons of Fantasy anthologies and series on the market following pretty much the same formula.

For ‘Different Dragons’ however, what is being sought are stories with a twist. While they can be Fantasy, the editor
is also seeking Science Fiction, Paranormal, Horror, Steampunk, Mystery, Romance, Humor, Christian Speculative
and just about any genre as long as it meets the guidelines.

Writers are highly encouraged to research dragon lore and use dracos from other countries. Yes, there will be stories
about the traditional European Dragons, but examples of others are: the Chinese Lung, Korean Yong, Frost Dragon,
Knucker, American and Mexican Amphithere, Lindworm, Wyvern, Marsupial, Tibetan, Dwarf Dragons and Sea

To give the contributor an idea on what types of different ideas the editor is looking for:

1. What if a multi-headed dragon had the abilities of Medusa?
2. Was the dragon the evolutionary step between dinosaurs and birds?
3. How would the outback be different if Marsupial Dragons had evolved instead of Kangaroos?
4. In the Antarctica Scientists stun the world by discovering the still partially skin covered skeleton of a Frost Dragon
and the remains of hatched eggs.
5. Perhaps a piece of jewelry inherited from some eccentric relative contains the spirit of a dragon and is left to a very
surprised and unprepared niece or nephew.
6. What would be the result if a dragon was part lion? Or a shape shifter?
7. Dragon angel anyone?

The ideas are infinite and the above list is just a springboard. Main characters can be the dragon his/herself, a human
going through some misadventure, or even a companion animal. They can be set in modern day, on other planets,
alternate dimensions, in the past, in the future, and even in a painting. The only condition is that a dragon must appear
in some form.

Not wanted are stories with graphic violence, excessive cussing, sex scenes, sorry, if you’re characters go to bed
together it must be behind closed doors and not shared with the reader, erotica, animal cruelty or FanFiction. Rating
for the anthology is PG13. Characters whose faith is an integral part of the plot will be accepted, but please, no

All writers of all skill levels, published or not, and even teenagers, are encouraged to submit. Length can be from 1000-
6000 words. Times Roman 12. Standard Manuscript submission form.  Attach as a RTF document. Prefer original
stories. Query on reprints.

In the subject line please put: Submission: ‘Different Dragons’: Title of your story: Your name.
In cover email please tell the editor a bit about yourself, the genre of your story and a quick one line synopsis.

ALL writers are encouraged to submit. Doesn’t matter if you’re a pro with years of credits, a beginner just starting
out or a teenager - please feel free to send the editor a story. In your cover email, please tell the editor a bit about
yourself and a quick one line synopsis of the story. Include genre. If experimental, please explain the type or how so
the editor doesn’t edit out the form or reject it out of hand. Thank you.
In the Subject line please put :
Submission : Different Dragons : Title of your story : your name.
Attach as rft document.
Send to:

Payment will be $5.00 initial, plus an equal share of 50% of royalties.

Deadline will be 31 Dec 2012 // Because we are also reading for our 2012 Anthology – please do not submit for this
anthology until July 1st. Stories received before that time, will be filed in the Publisher’s email folder and risk getting
lost with all the other emails – we are hoping to release Spring 2013.

Bios will be requested is your story is accepted and should be written in third person.

As I'm telling everyone - I'm NOT looking for the traditional Fantasy story with a European dragon. Writers really need to think 'outside the box'. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Time Traveling Coffers

Last week I spent most of my time editing stories that were accepted for 'Time Traveling Coffers'. I'm a picky editor, as those who submitted will tell you. I'm currently awaiting rewrites and will be sending out bio requests and contracts early this week. I have no intention of working on the July 4th. Planned release date is October just in time for MileHiCon - my local Science Fiction Convention. Sneak peak and tentative order" Time Con - Alan Lickiss The Locket – Nikalas Nowell Island Out of Time – Dave Withe Question Unresolved – Malcolm Cowen One Large Universe – Peter Wacks The Worm – Matt Chatelain Sins of the Father – Rebecca McFarland-Kyle Johnny Cache Steps Out – Sheryl Normandeau Seven Secret Minutes – Kessie Carroll The Story Within – Kaitlyn Wooley Eternal Escapes – Carol Hightshoe (Title) – Dana Bell Serval/dragon My story is a lead in for 'Different Dragons'. It is currently open for submissions. Guidelines are on the WolfSinger Publications site.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Camp NaNoWriMo - Week 4

I wish I could say that I'm dashing toward the 50,000 mark, but that wouldn't be the truth. There have been too many interruptions not to mention everything I have to do for the anthology I'm editing so it will be ready by the publishers deadline. On the up side my next novel has gotten a healthy start and I'll be able to get the first draft finished more easily. Not to mention the short stories I've managed to get submitted. So while I'm not hitting the final word goal, at least I had some limited success that will help me complete my next novel. One last thing I'll share - I did have a virtual pitch session with an editor for the Love Inspired line at Harlequin and she requested a synopsis. That's a huge win in my book.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Camp NaNoWriMo - Week 3

Week 3 already? Really wish I could say I was doing well and getting lots done on my next novel, but that would be an untruth. However, I have managed to get other writing and editing done. I've accepted two more stories for the anthology I'm editing. (Time Traveling Coffers) Plus resolved an issue with another story I'm considering. Attended our local ComicCon where my publisher informed me she sold all copies of my book she'd brought with her. Yeah! We also had out of town family visiting. Family is important. Something I'm learning the longer I live.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Camp NaNoWriMo - Week 2

Welcome to the second week of camp. Can't say I've done as well as I'd like. I had three days when I did not write at all. Got side tracked for a day of hitting neighborhood yard sales and then, since I'm editing an anthology, I spent two days reading the final submissions that came in right before the deadline. While my novel is behind, I have managed to write and submit two short stories with fast approaching deadlines. Today, finally, I'm hoping to get back to my novel and make up word counts since I'm lagging so far behind. Particularly since tomorrow, I have out of town family visiting and a local convention to attend on the weekend.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Camp NaNoWriMo - Week 1

Week one of CampNaNoWriMo and I'm already behind. I'm only at a little over 3000 words. However, since I elected to take the weekend off, partially be design and partly because of a horrific lightening and thunder storm - I turned off my computer to keep it safe - one could actually say I'm right on schedule. Several of my fellow campers have checked in and a couple still haven't posted. I'm hoping they didn't get lost during the wilderness hike or maybe they elected to stay around the campfire and eat s'mores. More on this wild summer adventure next week.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Collaboration and a new Tween series

Yesterday during Denverfilk I got a few minutes to talk with my two young collaborators. We're working on a possible Tween series and did some brain storming on characters, plot ideas, and some different monsters we could introduce. While we're in no hurry to launch the series, the first book isn't even written yet, I do hope to start marketing it by early next year. Not to mention more collaborations over the summer with my two young friends. And yes, their parents know what we're working on. I would not be doing this without their permission. So stayed tuned for updates as this Tween series unfolds.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Camp NaNoWriMo

Most are familiar with NaNoWriMo which happens every year in November. For the past couple of years I've participated finishing the first draft for 'Worth the Wait' at over 50,000 words (my first romance) and then the next session completing 'God's Gift' and several short stories. I'm uncertain if I can participate this year. However, I got an email for Camp NaNoWriMo which will happen in June and also in August. Sooo...I signed up for June. My goal - finish 'Winter Emergence' or at the least the first draft. Already, I have several who have requested I be in their virtual 'cabin' where we will hang out and encourage each other. It'll be fun. As the month progresses. I'll keep everyone updated on how it's going. Better yet - join me in camp!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Never Been Happier

Every week, at least when I'm able, I attend a group called Writers for the Journey. It's a local Christian writing group who encourages and supports each other. We celebrate rejections and cheer for acceptances. We're instructed in our craft so we can improve. There are write outs when we all come together and spend the time writing either on paper or our laptops. It's a celebration of the gift God has placed in all of us. And today, Terry Burns, a literary agent here for the Colorado Christian Writer's Conference in Estes Park, was our guest speaker. He shared the tricks of how to be shy yet still pitch to an editor or agent and market our books. Watching the faces of my fellow writers, I could see the 'light bulb' switching on as we all figured out how to use what he was teaching us in our writing career. More importantly, the question was asked, what really is our goal as writers? Is it to write lots of books? Is it to reach just one reader who needs the message contained in the pages of our novel or piece of nonfiction? In the world, success is measured by having a book on the best sellers list and making lots in money. For Christians, it's the one person who is reached with the message God has for them. In many ways, what Terry Burns said today made lots of sense. I write because I love to. I have many stories published for which I am never paid and to me, that doesn't matter. There's a message in them for someone. I also mentor up and coming writers. I have a huge heart to see them succeed. It's one of the reasons I edit anthologies. Would I love to be the next J.K. Rowlings? Won't lie and say that I wouldn't. I'd love to be able to write and not worry about having to work a day job. But the day job adds to my experiences and gives my writing more depth. Bottom line, as a writer I'm successful. Maybe not in the way most popularly think, but I'm following my calling and have never been happier.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

'Winter Emergence'

Moth's are tasty kitty treats. I have two cats, Maximillian and Adara who enjoy the nightly chase of miller moths who managed to sneak in the door and flutter around whatever light has attracted them. Watching them bounce around, leap in the air and finally catch their prey, are wonderful reminders of the powerful hunters they are descended from. As I watch them, I am in process of writing the second book in my trilogy, 'Winter Emergence'. It is the human story with sprinklings of what is going on with Word Warrior, Mute, Rowena, Indrani, and many others my readers were introduced to in 'Winter Awakening'. (WolfSinger Publications 2011 - available on Amazon and SmashWords.) My kitty babies inspired my first book and will continue to influence the next two books. So will Gray Momma and her five kittens who inhabited our back yard last summer. They were wild ones we watched and fed. Eventually, we trapped them all and they went off to a good foster home to be tamed so they could eventually be adopted. However, watching her behavior and her kittens gave me a good idea on how cats not familiar with humans would act. This will play a prominent role in my next book.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

World of the Writer

Today, I managed to rewrite chapter one of 'Winter Emergence', the next book in my trilogy. During Pikes Peak Writers Conference I had a read and critique session with Steve Saffel and he told me although it was well written, it didn't grab him. What did I forget? You always need a hook to grab the reader and pull them into your world. So, I rewrote the entire first page, moved information around in the chapter and did a much better job at 'showing' rather than 'telling'. The reader wants to experience the world through the character. A simple fact I had forgotten. Speaking of experiencing the world through the writer, I currently have a cat on my lap. She's purring, warming my legs, her gray fur is soft on my arms and her tongue rough as she tries to both bathe me and get my attention away from the keyboard. It's rather annoying. What first attracted me to bring her home were her vivid green eyes. Not to mention she took a toy away from a child who was trying to play with her. I decided then and there she'd be perfect to bring home and introduce to the 'boys' - my two senior cats. There was lots of hissing and 'why are you sniffing my tail?'In between her hiding under the wooden bench next to the carpeted stairs. What happened? Well, that's a tale for another day.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Dana's Dragon Note - Keep at it.

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to attend Pikes Peak Writer's Conference in Colorado Springs, CO. I had a wonderful time meeting new people, which was my goal. I didn't pitch an idea to any publisher although I did introduce myself to Lou Anders of Pyr Books. I suspect when I did so he thought I was going to approach him on an idea. That wasn't my purpose. I simply said 'Hi' and moved on.

I also did a read and critique with Steve Saffel of Tital Books. He gave some very good and insightful advice on improving my opening page for 'Winter Emergence', sequel to my novel 'Winter Awakening'. I also sat in with at a Muse session because I'm stuck on my current in progress work 'Thunks in the Attic' a paranormal. His suggestions helped and I can't wait to get back to it.

Much of what was covered I pretty much already knew. Review is always good and I loved writers sharing stories about their struggles and how they overcame them. How they set goals for themselves, Carrie Vaughn has one of not living in a card board box when she's eighty so her mother, who's an account, is helping with her financial planning.

I think what really surprised me was the number of writers who almost quit before selling the break through novel. I can identify with this myself. I too reached a point where I questioned whether I wanted to continue on the pro march or just resign myself to being a fan fiction writer. I'm glad now I kept at it.

What I took away from the conference is this, and I heard it more than once, 'The surest way to fail - is not to try.'

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Welcome to Dana's Dragon Note, the official site of Dana Bell, author and editor.

Big announcement, FTST#6 Space Battles was released today, April 18th, 2012. My story 'Isis' is in this anthology along with several tales by talented writers. Edited by Byran Thomas Schmidt this volume contains adventures that are family friendly, exciting, and well written.

'Isis' is about a sentient ship and her pilot her rescue a missionary group after a vicious attack by the Buton. They flee into the Badlands, a tricky part of space to navigate and pursued by their enemies.