I had a fantastic time at CONduit and met a lot of fans, new and old, and sat on some very interesting panels. The publishing panel I was on was particularly enlightening, but it proved to me that no two people get into the world of publishing the same way.
As many of you know, I'm doing many more panels at Origins this week, and I wanted to drop my schedule on you.
The topics always lead to fascinating discussions and I hope to see plenty of you there.
1:00 PM: Publishing 101 - What’s hot and what’s not in fiction? Panelists look at publishing trends, predict where the market is going, dish out some publishing news and statistics, and offer suggestions on where to send your manuscripts.
2:00 PM: The Digital Landscape - Take the do-it-yourself approach and publish your own fiction. The authors on this panel have done just that. They’ll talk about software, formatting, markets, and more.
4:00 PM: Write What You Don't Know - We remember English teachers lec…
From Friday, May 25 through Sunday the 27, I'll have a table at CONduit in Salt Lake City. It's being held at the Radisson downtown on 215 S. West Temple. The special guest is Tim Russ, who played Tuvok on Star Trek Voyager.
I'll be appearing on at least three panels:
Saturday: 10am - Web Based TV productions
Sunday: 10am - Getting Your Stuff Published
Sunday: 12pm - Starship Troopers: Fascism vs. Socialism in SF/F
I might or might not have a copy of Operation: Montauk on me for the first person who asks to get one.
Then next week, May 30-June 3, I will be off to Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio for the official premiere of Operation: Montauk. I'll have a table at The Library and will be on quite a few panels. You can check their website for the details.
As soon as I get back, I'll will be launching the offi…
There comes a time in the life of every project where it has to just be done. You've worked diligently and consistently toward your deadline, and then suddenly that deadline is tomorrow and you're still looking at 20 or 30 hours worth of work left to do at the bare minimum. And there's also a birthday party scheduled for your son. And other work obligations.
I haven't pulled an all-nighter since I working on Killer at Large. Not because I haven't had deadlines in that time, it's just that I think I've learned how to be fairly effective with my time management skills. But sometimes family duties and work just pile up over the top and you can't be as effective as you'd like with your writing.
Over the weekend, that's exactly what happened. Operation: Montauk's final proof check and polish was due on Sunday morning. I worked all day Saturday trying to get it done and Sunday came round and it still wasn't complete. But it was the birthday pa…
I received the first proofs of Operation: Montauk yesterday, as well as two new reviews of the book. I can't tell you how good the books look. Lucas and Blain knocked this cover out of the park. I can't wait for you all to get your hands on it.
There are two people who have got their hands on it, though, and they've written reviews.
The first, is Troll in the Corner's Glenn "Naked Hobo" Buettner.
After a hilarious after-life exchange between Michael Crichton and H.G. Wells, Buettner wrote a review of the book you really just need to read.
Here's an excerpt: I think the most refreshing thing about this book though is that it tells a great story with interesting characters without the need for twenty seven encyclopedic volumes of epic insanity. I could hardly put my copy down, and if it had been longer I would have probably lost my job.
I think it's safe to say he liked it.
You can read the full review here, if nothing else for the Crichton-Wells conve…
As many of you know, I'll be premiering Operation: Montauk at the Origins Game Fair. I'm a guest in The Library and will be on all sorts of panels about writing. But I have yet to book an event here at home in Salt Lake City. That changed yesterday, actually, and I am pleased to announce that my very first reading and signing in my hometown will be at The King's English.
The event is June 8, 2012 and starts at 7:00 pm. There will be a reading, light refreshments will be served, and I will then be signing copies of the new book.
The King's English is located at 1511 South 1500 East in Salt Lake City.
I look forward to seeing you all there. You can check their website for more information about the event.
It has also come to my attention that I've made no formal announcement in this space that I have acquired a publicist for this project. Consetta Parker from Parker Publicity will be representing me as a publicist during the launch of this book. Consetta is a great p…
Lucas Ackley from Ackley Design has been responsible for every single one of my print covers. For Operation: Montauk, he took Blain Hefner's incredible painting and turned it into an amazing vintage book cover, front and back.
While this looks fantastic, I have even better news.
Operation: Montauk has had its first review, and it's a doozy. [insertgeekhere] gave it some high praise indeed. Here's an excerpt:
The book grabbed me from its opening words. I was thrust so quickly into the story that I felt like Cpl. Mallory trying to figure out what the heck was going on. I didn't even realize I was holding my breath until a word appeared. A word that never fails to cause a reaction from me - dinosaur. Like Mallory, time froze for me. At that moment, I let out my breath and unlike Mallory, started to grin like an idiot.... ...I could not put this book down, only my need to sleep and work prevented me from finishing this in one sitting...
There are two anthology collections that my work is appearing in over the next couple of months. This is me telling you about them.
The first is a very exclusive, limited print run anthology that features my story alongside stories from Timothy Zahn, Aaron Allston, Michael Stackpole, Janine Spendlove, Sarah Hans, Steve Saus, Don Bingle, RT Kaelin, and I could just keep listing them. This is a collection of short stories by authors who are guests at "The Library" at Origins Game Fair. This book has all new, never-before-seen stories from all of us and will only be available in print at the convention. It's also limited to 500 copies. I'll be getting my hands on a few of them, but expect it to be a rare commodity.
But Origins is the best place to get it signed by everyone involved.
"Time-Traveled Tales" is almost 200 pages and contains 19 stories.
The story I have in this collection is called "Deep Salvage" and is a sci-fi/thriller sort of story. I…
Operation: Montauk, which will make its official debut at Origins Game Fair at the end of the month, is now available for pre-order. Operation: Montauk is a time-traveling science fiction novel patterned after the pulp-adventure stories of the 1920s and 1930s. Lost in time after a failed attempt to kill Hitler before his rise to power, World War II soldier Cpl. Jack Mallory finds himself stranded, his whole team killed, nearly 100 Million years off course. Together with a group of other wayward time travelers, Mallory has to fight to survive in a hostile environment swarming with dinosaurs. Desperate to find a way home, the community of lost travelers searches for any solution that might send them all home and unlock the secret that shipwrecked them on the shores of time...But the jungle holds a secret from Mallory's future-past... ...and it's out to kill them all!
I wrote the book with my son in mind, so it's an all ages sci-fi adventure I hope you'll all enjoy. It…
As many of you know, the pub quiz I host won the reader award for Best Pub Quiz, as voted by the readers of Salt Lake City Weekly for 2012. I put a lot of effort into the questions and we write so many every week. Last year, I put together 4 volumes (and one collected edition) of the pub quiz trivia I'd written to that point and it's time I unleashed another batch of it on the world.
I think this stuff is much better than the prior stuff, but it's all fascinating.
I can't explain how much my writing has been helped with my weekly forays into random trivia.
First off, let me give you Christopher Walken's pitch for you to buy Lost at the Con:
Ok. I lied. That wasn't really Christopher Walken. That was Marcus, the world famous comedian. You might remember him from his time on Last Comic Standing. We were just having a bit of fun with that video.
He really liked my collection of science fiction short stories, Man Against the Future, and when I asked if he'd record the audio book, he leapt at the chance. Literally. Jumped. Leaping. Right through the air.
After he got back to the ground, we started recording. We're about halfway done with that process and we're in the post-production phase for quite a bit of it as well. It's just such good stuff, his reading is far beyond what I'd be able to do, and I wanted to share with you a taste of the audio book.
Here is the complete, unabridged version of "The Hero and the Horror" a vampire story I wrote for the collection.
I really think he knocked it out of…