“Sail To Success” Writer Workshop DISCOUNT!

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IT IS DISCOUNT TIME! Our SAIL TO SUCCESS writer workshop cruise is coming up, and we would love for you to be on it! It is an all-inclusive cruise on the Norwegian Sky, leaving from Miami for the Bahamas, between the 4th-9th of December!
If you want to want to spend time talking one of the top agents, Eleanor Wood, about how to get representation in the field, discuss your manuscript with senior editor, Jim Minz, from one of the major SF/fantasy publishers, BAEN, get your MSS critiqued by the amazing Hugo-and-Nebula-winning Nancy Kress, learn invaluable advice from magazine editor and the most-awarded-short-story writer of all time, Mike Resnick (and possibly sell a story to his sf magazine, Galaxy’s Edge!), learn about the craft from writer Jack Skillingstead, or meet the creator of the phenomenal 1632 Universe, Eric Flint (one of the most inclusive writing venues for new writers), then you can do so now by coming on our cruise this year!
We have sold out of Balcony view cabins, but ocean view ones are still available! Who doesn’t want to learn more about the craft of writing, have exclusive access to agents, writers, and editors, and increase your possibilities of getting published WHILE CRUISING THE BAHAMAS for a low all-inclusive and DISCOUNTED price? Click here for details on the cruise, the discount, and how to apply! I look forward to seeing you there!
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Readercon: Books, books, songs, and even more books!

IMG_0048Last weekend I went to my  first Readercon, where the Dealers Room was actually labeled The Bookshop, because it only contained–you guessed it–books. (Including two I am in by Baen: Mission: Tomorrow, and Galactic Games!) I absolutely loved seeing so many books in the one large room.🙂

It was an absolute pleasure to catch up with Neil Clarke, publisher/editor of Clarkesworld, where I sold my first ever short story, and to have dinner with editor/writer, Alex Shvartsman, who is editing the latest Phoenix Pick anthology Humanity 2.0.

2016-07-09 13.01.51.jpgI am proud to say I kept writing throughout the weekend, even managing to complete a 1500 word scene while working our table on Sunday! I was also incredibly chuffed that by the end of the con there was only one copy of our first Arc Double book left, which pairs two novellas by Joe Haldeman and Gregory Benford. (This book series is my first idea for Phoenix Pick to come to fruition, so I want it to sell well!)

While I was too busy 90% of the time to attend any of the panels, I did drop into the I’m Sorry, I Haven’t A Clue panel at just the right time on Saturday night to see the panelists (including GOH Catherynne Valente) sing the lyrics of one song to the melody of a very different type of song, to most hilarious effect. And yes, I recorded it for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy! The last song is a real pearler!😉

Panelists (from left to right):

  • Max Gladstone: Lyrics of Beyoncé’s SINGLE LADIES, sung to the theme of NEVERENDING STORY.
  • Catherynne Valente: Lyrics of Amy Winehouse’s REHAB, sung to the theme of INDIANA JONES.
  • Heath Miller: Lyrics to Taylor Swift’s SHAKE IT OFF, to the tune of Les Misérables’ DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING!
  • Martin Cahill: Lyrics to Johnny Cash’s HURT to the tune of R.E.M.’s SHINY HAPPY PEOPLE.
  • Maria DahvanaHeadley: Lyrics to Adele’s HELLO to the tune of The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s SWEET TRANSVESTITE.

Sail to Success Workshop Cruise

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Did you know I’m going on my first ever cruise on December the 4th-9th this year? At the moment I’m in the middle of deadlines (in the Day Job and as a writer), so I’ve only been sticking my head up out of the water to create this website, work or play at conventions…or rupture eardrums while battling a month-long case of pneumonia (wee!). But I added a page to my website about the cruise (which launches from Miami), and wanted to let my writer friends know, because not only could they bunk with another student to save on costs, bring several guests with them, or simply hang out with meeeeeee on the beautiful beaches of the Bahamas, there is this totally awesome workshop faculty they can learn how to get published and have one-on-one meals with:

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I already love my job—I mean, I create books. What’s not to love?—but to be able to help run a writing workshop on the Norwegian Sky cruise ship is the icing on the cake. This will be its fifth year running(!!!), and is limited to only 22 students, so it makes for a much more interactive learning environment. Combine that with the chance to make story sales (to Galaxy’s Edge), and being able to network in exotic location.. now wonder it’s called Sail to Success!

I have to get my head out of the clouds and get to some real work, but click here to find out more or learn how to sign yourself up!

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The first Arc Double is here!

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ARC DOUBLE book design by Lezli Robyn

In my role as Assistant Publisher for Arc Manor (which publishes Phoenix Pick books and the Galaxy’s Edge magazine) I have the pleasure of bringing words to life in the form of new books. Well, here is my first project as Concept Designer: Arc Doubles!

This book series brings back a popular format by Ace Books, where two pieces of fiction are paired together, but flipped so that each novella starts on a different side of the book, with its own cover.

Our first book in the series pairs The Mars Girl by Joe Haldeman, and As Big as the Ritz by Gregory Benford. While widely different in style and plot, both novellas tell the story of human who seeks out adventure on a new planet, uncovers a great secret, and ultimately has to make a decision that will irrevocably change the course of their lives (and humanity), forever!

This book was a delight to put together. You can buy the kindle ebook here, the nook ebook here, with links to the paperback edition on both websites! Attached is a photo so you can see how cool the cover is for both versions. Enjoy!

Arc Double: AS BIG AS THE RITZ by Gregory Benford & THE MARS GIRL by Joe Haldeman
Arc Double: THE MARS GIRL by Joe Haldeman & AS BIG AS THE RITZ by Gregory Benford

New website and cover reveal!

Welcome to my first ever blog, on my brand new website!

I am launching my website today, with absolutely stunning artwork by Robert Rogalski! Feel free to click through all the pages and leave comments, when/where inclined. You can see my covers and illustrations, my upcoming convention appearances and books, and there are panel videos to watch and audio files of my stories to listen to!

Aside from setting up my website, I have had a very busy couple of weeks since attending Balticon. I am in the process of getting three of my own books ready to go to press at Phoenix Pick and Hadley Rille Books (with another two to publish soon after!). The first book to be published is Soulmates, which is a collection of short stories and novelettes written with Mike Resnick. Here is the gorgeous cover by Juan Miguel Aguilera:

SOULMATES, by Mike Resnick & Lezli Robyn, published by Phoenix Pick. Cover by Juan Miguel Aguilera. (United States, October 2016)
SOULMATES, by Mike Resnick & Lezli Robyn, published by Phoenix Pick. Cover by Juan Miguel Aguilera. (United States, October 2016)

The book is titled after our novelette of the same name, which originally sold to Asimov’s, was sold another dozen times to countries around the world, and was nominated for three SF awards (winning one of them!).

Despite that, we think that the book’s opening piece, “Benchwarmer”, is the better of the two (it also won its own award!). We hope we’re on the right track when our copyeditor says the story made her cry. <grin>

The book is slated to have a pre-launch at MidAmeriConII, in August! I will update with more details once I know. It’s time for tea, chocolate, and more words!