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Updates Catch-Up + Michael Whelan Stormlight 2 Cover

Updates Catch-Up + Michael Whelan Stormlight 2 Cover Playing catch-up with the Writing Excuses podcast, we did episodes on both Writing Reluctant Characters and Combining Dialogue, Blocking, and Description. We also did a Q&A session at the Out of Excuses Retreat that touches on these questions: To Dan: How did you go about selling your first trilogy in Germany before…

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STEELHEART fan art contest ends tonight + Updates

STEELHEART fan art contest ends tonight + Updates This week’s Writing Excuses podcast episode is entitled “Your First Contract” and it’s about exactly that! We’re not lawyers so don’t consider this to be legal advice, but as a writer you’re a a small business owner who should be thinking about this sort of thing. The STEELHEART…

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Random House Mega Vault Contest + Updates

Random House Mega Vault Contest + Updates Below I have info on a contest that’s Steelheart-related (sorry, for the US and Canada only). But first some updates. This week’s Writing Excuses podcast episode covers chapter breakdowns—what determines our chapter breaks? How do we handle POV shifts, scene/sequel balance, and other considerations when we’re carving our stories into…

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Updates for this week

Updates for this week In this week’s Writing Excuses episode, Mary, Dan, Howard, and I talk about Space Opera. Give it a listen. My assistant Peter has uploaded another Twitter posts archive. There will be another one next week; we’re a bit behind. As always, you can follow me on Twitter and Facebook (both have basically the same content) for up-to-the-minute…

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June is Audiobook Month + Updates

June is Audiobook Month + Updates This week the Writing Excuses podcast has a “project in depth” episode on Mary Robinette Kowal’s novella “Kiss Me Twice,” which was nominated for the Hugo and Nebula last year. Give it a listen, though you’ll probably want to read the novella first. Tor.com had a couple of The Way of Kings articles last week. First…

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Alcatraz in the UK & Updates

Alcatraz in the UK & Updates ALCATRAZ VERSUS THE SHATTERED LENS has now been released in the UK (and presumably also in Australia and New Zealand). That means all four books are now out, and since they all came out this year, it should be relatively easy to find them on shelves and in ebook…

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Signing Tonight at the Provo Library + Updates

Signing Tonight at the Provo Library + Updates This week’s Writing Excuses episode talks about prewriting with our guest E.J. Patten, author of RETURN TO EXILE and THE LEGEND THIEF. Check it out. The Tor.com reread of THE WAY OF KINGS has reached chapter 12, covering the introduction of Dalinar and Adolin. I’m signing tonight at the Provo Library, with books sold…

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THE RITHMATIST Illustrations, Book Expo America & Updates

THE RITHMATIST Illustrations, Book Expo America & Updates The newest Writing Excuses podcast episode is called “What The Avengers Did Right.” It has a bunch of spoilers for that movie and talks about it from the point of view of a writer. I’ve uploaded all of Ben McSweeney’s awesome illustrations for THE RITHMATIST. This includes the map (which…

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Hugo Voter Packet Out Now, Signed THE RITHMATIST + Updates

Hugo Voter Packet Out Now, Signed THE RITHMATIST + Updates A few weeks ago I talked about the Hugo Voter Packet and how for a $60 supporting membership to Worldcon you could get copies of most of the Hugo Award-nominated works. Well, the packet was finally released today, so if you’re already a member go download…

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Quick Update

Quick Update Just a quick update today. I’m on my way to New York for the release of THE RITHMATIST on Tuesday. More about that in another post tomorrow, but The Book Smugglers have an interview with me where I talk about it and about writing YA, among other things. This week’s Writing Excuses podcast episode talks about the…

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