Saturday, April 12, 2014

Love and the Science Fiction Action Heroine

I'm over at Fantasy Cafe today to take part in the always awesome Women in SFF month! As you might surmise from the title, I'm taking on the subject of romance in Science Fiction and the Devi books in particular. Here's a sample...
"There’s a deeply rooted belief in our culture that falling in love and admitting it makes a person weak. I can understand the logic. Loving makes us deeply vulnerable, and even the euphemisms for it—softer feelings, going mushy, melting for someone—are all in the language of surrender. That’s scary stuff for a character like Devi who is so invested in being strong and invulnerable, and I understand how a reader could view my decision as an author to have Devi succumb to these softer emotions as a betrayal. It doesn’t help that falling in love is also seen as a stereotypically female weakness, making it a double punch to my strong leading lady. So yeah, I get it. I also think it’s wrong."
Fun huh? Go on over and read the whole post! To celebrate, Orbit Books is also giving away a full set of the Paradox trilogy, so head on over for your chance to win, and I really hope you enjoy the post!

- R

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Part 1 of my interview with Elizabeth Moon is up at Orbit!

Soooooo this is where having a publisher is AWESOME. Orbit books set me and my ultimate author heroine Elizabeth Moon to do an interview series together. In between me being like...

I somehow also managed to actually type responses! They make sense and everything!

So if you want to see me and Elizabeth Moon talk some shop, head on over to Orbit's site and read away! Part 2, where we switch seats and I interview her, will be up closer to the April 22nd release of HEAVEN'S QUEEN!


Friday, March 14, 2014

Success, Change, and Choice

Since I did IndieReCon last month and generally came out to the public about my self publishing intentions, (Nice Dragons come out in July!) I've been hearing from a lot of other writers asking for advice if they should try self publishing or start querying for traditional publishing. To these people, I always say the same thing: what's right for you depends on your definition of success.

Warning: lengthy discussion about the nuances of the self publishing/traditional publishing choice ahead! If that's your thing, then dive right in. If not, here's a picture of a baby turtle eating a strawberry as an apology for wasting your time.

Monday, March 10, 2014

My interview with Lytherus!

So this weekend was my birthday, and I was so busy drinking and running around and generally trying my best to slow the ever onward march of time that I didn't get a chance to post about the absolutely awesome piece online SFF magazine Lytherus did on HONOR'S KNIGHT!

First off, we have a very nice review of the book itself and, if you'll excuse me putting on my Pretentious Author Cap for a paragraph, I really like it not so much because they liked the book (though don't get me wrong, I'm over the moon that they liked it), but because they really got what I was trying to do with Devi and the multiple levels of information in the books. I can't even count how many hours I spent on this aspect of the story making sure I was keeping the reader guessing just as much as Devi about what was really going on, who her allies were, and who she should trust. Unfortunately, this is the sort of work where, if you do it right, the end result should be invisible, which makes it kind of a hard achievement to brag about. To actually read about it in a review is just amazing and I am so so so happy. Thank you, Lytherus!

There's also a chance to win a copy of HONOR'S KNIGHT for yourself at the bottom, so stop by for that at least! Free stuff!

Finally, I also did an interview with them about the Devi series and writing in general, and the questions were awesome. It's generally spoiler free, so if you're hungry for inside information about the Paradox books and what's in store for Devi, head on over!

Thank you and enjoy!

- R

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

I'm everywhere today!!

First up, happy book birthday to HONOR'S KNIGHT, which is out today!!

I don't think it's spoiling anything to say Devi has a rough time of it this go round. Gotta have lots of juicy problems to shoot for the third and final book, HEAVEN'S QUEEN, coming April 22, 2014!

To celebrate the launch, I've written a piece for Orbit about why powered armor is the best, so if you're here for real content, go check it out!!

And finally, I'm a guest at IndieReCon this week. I've got a new post for them called "Words Are Cheap" about what I've learned since writing my "How I Went From Writing 2,000 Words a Day to 10,000 Words a Day"post in 2011.I'm also doing a live chat on their site at 5:15 EST today. It's a good time and it's free, so I hope you'll drop by and say hello!

Whew, okay, I think that's enough crazy for one day. Thank you everyone for helping me make the launch of HONOR'S KNIGHT such an awesome success. And if you enjoyed the book, please consider leaving a review! They really really REALLY help :D

Thank you everyone, and I hope your Tuesday is as awesome as mine!

- R

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

IndieReCon 2014

With the release of Honor's Knight in only 2 weeks away, I emerge from my writing cave to announce that I'll be at this year's IndieReCon, a free online writing convention for authors with a focus on self publishing, marketing, editing, and other topics of general writerly interest running Feb 25-27! 

I'll be there talking about writing fast with a new essay update looking back at 2 years of 10k a day. I'll also be doing a live chat at 5:15 on Tuesday, Feb 25 on all manner of writing and publishing topics. That said, there's a lot more going on at this convention than just me. Here's the full 2014 schedule, and as you see, it's pretty rad. I'll be attending a lot of these chats myself just as a con goer, and I'll tweet when I do in case you want to join me. Let's talk some shop and have fun!

Speaking of shop talk, I'd like to piggyback on this announcement for a moment to set my own shop straight. Between being a guest at a self publishing convention and the fact that the first book in my new series, Nice Dragons Finish Last (coming in July 2014!) will be self published, it might seem like I'm jumping ship. To that, I say there's more than two ships in the sea of publishing. 

At this point in my career, I've done big NY traditional publishing and I've done self publishing, and I've had pretty good luck with both. But like the sea I just compared it to, publishing is ever changing, and the smart author is always open to trying something new. So that's what I'm doing, trying something new, and I'll be sure to let you all know how it turns out. 

In the meanwhile, whatever your end publishing choice, I think there's a lot to be learned from successful self published authors. I've met a lot of authors over the years, and the self publishing folks are hands down the most savvy when it comes to marketing, promotion, and the business of being a writer. So I'm going to see if I can't learn something new from the experts. If you're interested in being a writer, I hope you'll come join me. Registration is free, so it's not like you'll be out anything if you don't like it. Considering the schedule and the guest list, though, I have high hopes!

See you there!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Grand Prize Giveaway!

Oh, what a crazy seven days this has been, but now, at last, we've come to grand finale. Time to announce the grand prize winner. Drum roll, please...

And the official winner of the HONOR'S KNIGHT raffle is... Jessi! WOOOO!!!!

Jessi! You win signed copies of both FORTUNE'S PAWN and HONOR'S KNIGHT plus a $50 gift card! HOORAY! Please contact me with your address and how you'd like the books made out and I shall send your prize post haste!

And with that, our raffle is over! Thank you to everyone who helped me spread the word about Devi. You have all be a giant help and I couldn't do any of this without you. Seriously. Without readers, I have no job. I OWE YOU MY LIFE... O__O

*Ahem* well, thank you again for everything and congratulations to all the winners! I am dedicating tomorrow to mailing books (assuming the mail is still working what with this ice storm). Weather permitting, all prizes will be mailed tomorrow. Thank you again, and I hope you love HONOR'S KNIGHT!!

Day 7 Winner and Grand Prize Hype!

Okay, I TOTALLY BLANKED and didn't post a winner yesterday. I'm really sorry, and without further ado, Monday's winner is....Carl V. Anderson!!! Come on down!!

Thank you so much for helping promo this book! Please contact me with your address and how you'd like the book made out.

And with that, this is our FINAL DAY! I'll be announcing the grand prize winner tonight (for reals this time), and it's anyone's game. Keep spreading the word about HONOR'S KNIGHT and Devi in general and posting about it in the comments on the original post and I'll keep tallying your entries!

Again, thank you everyone for helping me launch this book! Sometimes book promo can feel like so much shouting into the void, and I want you to know that I really, really appreciate all your help. I couldn't do this without you!

See ya'll tonight!!

- Rachel

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Day 6 Winner!!

And today's winner is....Conal O'Neill!! Yaaaay!

Thank you so much for helping me get the word out about Devi! Please contact me with your address and how you'd like the book made out. Remember, you are still eligible for the grand prize, so keep entering!

And for everyone who didn't win, there are still 2 more days (one more contest day and then the grand prize give away on Tuesday!) to win free books, so keep spreading the word about HONOR'S KNIGHT and posting about it in the comments on the original post. Everyday is a new day to enter. The more you spread the word, the more chances you have to win!!

Thank you everyone for helping me launch HONOR'S KNIGHT!!!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Day 5 Winner!

And today's winner is...Lali!!! HOORAY!!

I was so happy when your number came up because you have DEFINITELY gone above and beyond and I can't say how amazingly grateful I am for everything you've done! Thank you a million times for helping me get the word out about HONOR'S KNIGHT!

Please contact me with your address and how you'd like the book made out. Remember, you are still eligible for the grand prize, so keep entering!

And for everyone who didn't win, there are still 2 more days to win free books and the grand prize, so keep spreading the word about HONOR'S KNIGHT and posting about it in the comments on the original post. Everyday is a new day to enter. The more you spread the word, the more chances you have to win!!

Thank you everyone for helping me launch HONOR'S KNIGHT!!!