Monthly Archives: November 2013

Surviving the Publishing Apocalypse

By Gail Z. Martin You’ve seen the headlines.  “Print is dead!” “Books are History!” “It’s the End of Reading As We Know It!” Not. Rumors of the death of publishing, to borrow from Mark Twain, have been exaggerated.  It’s certainly … Continue reading

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Mythology and Fantasy—Where’s the Line?

By Gail Z. Martin If you’re a fan of world mythology, you may have noticed that famous (and rather obscure) creatures from folklore and legend have made their way to the pages of recent bestsellers.  Epic and urban fantasy, paranormal … Continue reading

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Why we can’t get enough of medieval magic

By Gail Z. Martin What is it about the Middle Ages that makes us think of magic? Maybe it’s because those times seem so far removed from our own that it’s difficult to believe they were actually real, and not … Continue reading

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Promoting Your Book with Podcasts and Trailers

By Gail Z. Martin You’ve written a book. Congratulations!  Now you need to let the world know, and attract readers.  That’s the hard part. Out of the many options you have for promoting your book, many authors choose to make … Continue reading

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Giving Back to Fans

By Kelly Hashway Probably the most incredible thing about being a writer—other than getting to make up stories for a living—is talking to fans. Authors love their books. We wouldn’t write them if we didn’t. But hearing readers love our … Continue reading

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Guest blog by Janine K. Spendlove

Howdy everyone! Gail was kind enough to let me do a guest post on her blog, and so I’ve come on to talk about the recent hubbub about the phrase “strong female character” attached to this article: http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2013/08/i-hate-strong-female-characters It’s probably … Continue reading

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What comes first? Character or plot?

By Gail Z. Martin What happens first in the mind of a reader—character or plot? My answer is—it depends. Sometimes, I have a very strong feel for a character, and the more I think about that character, the more clear … Continue reading

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Q&A with Ian Tregillis

1. What is the title of your newest book or short story?  What’s it about?  Where can readers find it? My newest novel, “Something More Than Night,” comes out from Tor Books on December 3.  It’s a Dashiell Hammett- and … Continue reading

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Q & A with Ice Forged author Gail Z. Martin

Q:  You write epic fantasy.  What got you interested in sword-and-sorcery stuff? A:  As a kid, I loved anything about King Arthur, and I read every book I could find about Arthur, Merlin, Morgan LaFey, and the Round Table.  I … Continue reading

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The Days of The Dead Wrap-Up—Still Plenty of Tricks and Treats!

Thank you for helping put Ice Forged at #1 in the US and Canada in three categories for books and ebooks on Amazon and into the top 70 books on Kindle in both countries! Some of the contests in the … Continue reading

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