Why do I write the books I write? – Venture Galleries

I have a post live at Venture Galleries today. It's about honesty in writing and about the books I write, and why I write them. Also, I'm publishing my short story, Bullies and Soggy Soup Bones end of this month. I've made some changes, fleshed it out some, and had critical eyeballs scrutinize it. Still … Continue reading Why do I write the books I write? – Venture Galleries

RE: If JK Rowling Cares About Writing, She Should Stop Doing It

You've probably heard about this article over at Huffington Post or maybe you've read it already. It's creating quite the buzz. Essentially the writer of the article, an author herself,  feels that because J.K Rowling is such a huge success and if she truly loves writing, she should retire so other writers can take a … Continue reading RE: If JK Rowling Cares About Writing, She Should Stop Doing It

IndieReCon – Free Online Conference Starts Next Week

I missed this one last year. It won’t happen this year. Quite a few well-known authors will be attending the conference. Prepare yourself for discussions about the craft itself as well as the business of writing. The latter is becoming super important. I’m especially looking forward to hearing more about writing serials and writing fast (I think they go hand in hand), and Barry Eisler’s and Joe Konrath’s take on how to stand out in the pile.

I’m Looking forward to meeting other writers and share talks about this great thing we love to do and I hope to see you guys there.


David Gaughran

IRCpromobadge1 There’s a free, online self-publishing conference taking place next week.

It’s the second year of IndieReCon, and they have an action-packed schedule filled with all sorts of great stuff – a mixture of posts, vlogs, webinars, as well as the opportunity to drill deeper into the various topics with a series of online and Twitter chats.

The fun kicks off next Tuesday, Feb 25 at 10:00 (EST) and runs until Thursday, Feb 27 at 22:00 (EST).

I have all the details below from one of the co-founders, SR (Shelli) Johannes, which I’m happy to share. Be sure to drop in, there’s some cool stuff planned, and it’s all FREE (make sure to register to gain access).

Here’s Shelli with more:

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In one week, IndieReCon will return to the web and we’d love to have you join us!

Last year with over 10,000 visitors, IndieReCon was awesome with…

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Merger stuns world of popular fiction | Lawrence Block

With Hugh Howey's launch of AuthorEarnings.com and the loud bang that followed, I failed to notice this bit of news: James Patterson and Clive Cussler have formed some kind of merger. The deal will include all rights--film, electronic, and audio. Publishing circles were apparently abuzz with the news (and again, I can't believe I missed … Continue reading Merger stuns world of popular fiction | Lawrence Block

The day Raymond Chandler struck back…

I found a wonderful article written by Caleb Pirtle III on Venture Galleries. It's about Raymond Chandler and if you love words or are a Chandler admirer like me, you will find unreserved joy in reading this piece. It deals with rejection and strong opinions. Chandler had a style all his own. I love his voice. The … Continue reading The day Raymond Chandler struck back…

11 Most Prolific Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors of All Time

A couple of weeks ago I wrote Bullies and Soggy Soup Bones, a three-thousand-word short story about finding courage in the unlikeliest of places. I wrote it in a day from initial idea to complete semi-final draft. Now, it's not even remotely publishable and requires some fleshing out and maybe more showing and less telling, but the point … Continue reading 11 Most Prolific Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors of All Time

After Midnight Ramblings

I haven't forgotten. I'm working on the cover reveal for Guardians of the Seals #2. And I'll be introducing a new title with the cover. My eyes feel like they are carved from stone, but the house is quiet and peaceful. No moaning or crying or urgent diaper changes. Everyone is asleep. This is nice. It … Continue reading After Midnight Ramblings