What’s Your Post-Launch Book-Marketing Plan? (You Have One, Right?)

I finally got a report from my publisher detailing my book sales from January, February and March.

As I touched on last month — yes, thatdid take a while. There was a delay of two months, to be exact.

This type of delay between the close of a sales quarter and a report of those sales is fairly normal in publishing, from everything I’ve learned from other writers and information available online.

Read more at The Write Life.

Interview: Talking Hyperion, The Shield and Star Wars with Chuck Wendig

Chuck Wendig is an urban fantasy and sci-fi author of the Miriam Black series, Blue Blazes, and Zer0es. He also writes YA in the Empyrean Sky and Atlanta Burns series. He also is writing a Star Wars novel trilogy (Life Debt releases on July 12, 2016), and over the past year he has forayed into comics with The Shield (with Adam Christopher and David Williams, Dark Circle), Hyperion (with Nik Virella and Emanuela Lupacchino, Marvel), and a comics adaptation of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (with Luke Ross, Marvel).

As a writer myself, I have had worship-level respect for this guy’s unique voice, dynamic characters, and wildly original and twisted stories ever since Blackbirds(Miriam Black #1) hit the shelves in 2012.

So when I realized he was going to be in my ‘hood for the Orlando Book Festival on June 18, I fangirled my heart out like I have never fangirled before. He was kind enough to give me a little of his time following the event for an interview.

Read more at Panels.

Writing While Female: How Being a Woman Can Affect Authors’ Works and Careers

When I began drafting my first novel five years ago, I just started, assuming that developing my story was all I needed to think about. But it didn’t take long for my mind to start nagging me with certain questions: As a female (and feminist) author, was it okay that my protagonist was male? Didn’t I owe it to my gender to present a strong female protagonist? Was my writing feminist enough?

Read more at The Mary Sue.