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    2013 - 08.27

    Cross-posted from Kevin J. Anderson on August 26, 2013

    We haven’t missed a DragonCon in many years, and we’re looking forward to this year’s con. We hope to see many of you this weekend. Here’s where you can find Kevin & me.

    Most of the time we’ll be at our table in the Dealer’s Room, autographing books and meeting fans. Come and pick up books to have them signed. We are at 202 & 203.

    Also, if you can make it, come to KJA’s reading at 5:30 PM on Sunday. He’ll be reading the first section of The Dragon Business as well as the first two chapters in The Dark Between the Stars, first novel in a new trilogy set in the Saga of Seven Suns universe.

    Here’s the detailed schedule for our panels and appearances:

    FRIDAY

    11:00 AM   Jody Lynn Nye Writer’s Workshop (Kevin & Rebecca)
    1:00 PM Ten Things I Wish Somebody Had Told Me (Kevin & Rebecca)
    7:00 PM Your Favorite SW Authors (Kevin, with Aaron Allston, Michael Stackpole, Timothy Zahn, Bryan Young)

    SATURDAY

    11:30 AM   Mighty Men of Urban Fantasy (Kevin, with Jim Butcher)
    1:00 PM     Fighting For Writing (Kevin)
    5:30 PM     New York Times Best Selling Authors (Kevin, with Gene Wolfe, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Laurell K. Hamilton, Nancy Knight, Katherine Kurtz)
    7:00 PM     Dragon*Con Guest of Honor Awards Banquet

    SUNDAY

    10:00 AM   Autographing, Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta
    1:00 PM     Blood Light: The Use of Humor in Urban Fantasy (Kevin)
    5:30 PM     Reading—Kevin J. Anderson
    5:30 PM     Welcome to My World (Rebecca)

    MONDAY

    11:00 AM   Autographing, Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta (at The Missing Volume booth in the Dealer’s room)

    The Creative Writer

    2011 - 02.14

    My ♥husband♥ brought me a Valentine’s breakfast in bed this morning: coffee, oatmeal, and fresh strawberries that looked like perfect little red hearts. Thank you, Sweetie!

    I also got the following Valentine email that made me laugh. No, it’s not from Kevin, but it was so creative that I had to share it. (Warning it’s an ad, but worth a minute to read.)

    Dear Rebecca,

    I can no longer refrain from expressing to you my deep and undying love. It seems so ridiculous, we hardly even know each other, but never in the history of humankind has a better match existed. You, a voracious reader of books, and I, a humble used book store with a hunger and desire to share my books with you. How often I imagine your loving gaze as you browse the millions of used books on my website, or your soft caress as you turn the pages of a book you cannot put down.

    Please know that this is no whim of fancy but a sincere desire of the heart that is nearly indescribable. Since the day you lovingly wrote your email address on my login page I have kept it indelibly inscribed in the heart (of my database), never to be shared, as the thought of any other having it nearly kills me with jealousy. Just know that I think of it often and desire your love in return.

    And now my affection can no longer be contained. I want to shout from the rooftops: “I have free shipping in the USA, for you, my love, and deep discounts to Canada and Europe!”

    I know you cannot deny the chemistry between us. I can feel you thinking fondly of me, now, as I am constantly thinking of you. Please don’t delay in logging onto my website, www.thriftbooks.com, as I fear my heart may explode in the agony of your absence. My fondness for you, if it can be believed, is even deeper now at the end of this letter than it was when I began.

    Until we connect again…

    Be Mine. – Thriftbooks.com

    Win Free Tuition to Superstars Writing Seminar

    2010 - 02.13

    We’re holding a drawing for a free membership to next month’s  Superstars Writing Seminar, which will be presented March 19–21 in Pasadena, California, by five international bestselling authors:

      • Kevin J. Anderson
      • Eric Flint
      • David Farland
      • Rebecca Moesta
      • Brandon Sanderson

    To register for the drawing, go to

    http://www.superstarswritingseminars.com/freeticket/

    The contest closes this Sunday, February 14, 2010
    The winner will be drawn Monday, February 15, 2010

    Also, note our February special: TWO memberships for $1199.
    Find a friend and sign up together.


    Writing Secrets Seminar

    2010 - 01.23

    Cross-posted from MySpace:

    What does it take to become a professional in the field of writing fiction? For more than 15 years Kevin J. Anderson & I have given all-too-brief workshops on the subject. And each year we get countless requests to offer more extensive teaching sessions.

    Now Kevin and I are teaming with three other international bestselling authors—Eric Flint, David Farland (Dave Wolverton), and Brandon Sanderson—to present a full curriculum of talks and panels during a three-day weekend event on crucial aspects of being a professional writer.

    Dates:  March 19-21, 2010
    Location:  Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, California
    Event:  An in-depth, no-nonsense, nuts & bolts seminar for serious writers, whether aspiring or already published, who want to take their careers to a new level
    Opportunity:  On March 20, we’re holding an optional “special access” dinner with all five authors in an upscale restaurant in Pasadena (limit of 25 paid participants; see website for details)

    To register or find out more, go to Superstars Writing Seminar

    Quick question to my MySpace friends

    2009 - 12.11

    Cross-posted from MySpace:

    Do any of you only hang out on MySpace?

    I spend most of my social networking time on Facebook and only remember to check this account about once a month.

    Am I neglecting bunches of you?

    Dragon*Con Schedule for Rebecca & Kevin

    2008 - 08.27

    Cross-posted from MySpace:

    Dragon*Con Schedule for Rebecca & Kevin
    Current mood:  rockin
    Category: Jobs, Work, Careers
    Kevin and I are off to Dragon*Con. For any of you who will be in Atlanta, here’s our schedule:

    8/29
    1:00–2:00 PM    501st celebrationn — Kevin & Rebecca
    4:00–5:00 PM    Kevin & Rebecca autographing
    5:30–6:30 PM    Humor/Horror panel — Kevin

    8/30
    11:00AM–12:00 PM    Decatur Book Fest — Kevin
    2:30–3:30 PM    Things I WishSome Pro Had Told Me — Kevin & Rebecca
    5:30–6:30 PM    Historical Influences in SW — Kevin & Rebecca
    6:45–8:30 PM    Dragon*Con Banquet — Kevin & Rebecca
    8:30–9:30 PM    Bestselling fiction — Kevin

    8/31
    10:00–11:00 AM    Jedi Roundtable — Kevin & Rebecca
    1:00–2:00 PM    Reading — Kevin
    2:30–3:30 PM    Reading — Rebecca
    4:00–4:30 PM    signing @ the Missing Volume — Kevin & Rebecca

    9/1
    10:00–11:00 AM    SF&F for Teachers — Rebecca
    1:00–2:00 PM    Exciting 2ndary Characters — Rebecca

    Hope to see you there or on the upcoming Dune tour. Or both.

    ciao,*

    Rebecca

    *This multipurpose Italian salutation is used in an advised, tongue-in-cheek manner and in no way implies a corresponding chicness, shallowness, or worldliness on the part of the author. (Additional pejoratives may apply. Void where prohibited by law. Ask your physician if Ciao is right for you.)
    Currently listening:
    The Best of the Moody Blues
    By The Moody Blues
    Release date: 1997-01-28

    Crystal Doors book news and Free Offer!

    2008 - 06.06

    Cross-posted from MySpace:

    To celebrate the publication of the third volume of the Crystal Doors trilogy, SKY REALM, we’re offering free books!

    Kevin and I, in conjunction with the publisher (Little, Brown) are offering a *free* hardcover copy of Book 1 to get new readers hooked on the series. To get your free book, go to wordfire.com and click on the “Crystal Doors Offer” banner on the homepage. This offer now includes readers anywhere in the world. You pay only for postage/packaging by clicking the Donation button (rates listed on offer page).

    Even better, if you’re a library or other nonprofit US organization, we’ll even pay for shipping, if you agree to send us a tax-deductible-donation receipt in return. Just send your request directly to books@wordfire.com.

    CRYSTAL DOORS is a Young Adult fantasy trilogy with adventure, exotic lands, sea battles and sea monsters, underwater cities, flying islands, and two teenaged “twin” cousins from Earth who may be able to save
    all the worlds connected by a network of crystal doors.

    If you’ve considered trying this series, get Crystal Doors: Island Realm while we still have copies left.

    ciao,*

    Rebecca

    *This multipurpose Italian salutation is used in an advised, tongue-in-cheek manner and in no way implies a corresponding chicness, shallowness, or worldliness on the part of the author. (Additional pejoratives may apply. Void where prohibited by law. Ask your physician if Ciao is right for you.)

    Writer Research

    2008 - 04.07

    Cross-posted from MySpace:

    In a fiction book or story, is research really necessary?

    Opinions vary, but here are some things to think about:

    1.    How integral are the facts to your story? If you’re writing a story set primarily in World War II England, you’ll probably need to know some geography, the timeline of the war, what daily life was like, etc. If, however, WWII England is only peripheral to the tale and is irrelevant to much of the action (as is The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe), your base of knowledge wouldn’t need to be quite as broad. Although C.S. Lewis knew plenty about the war and the conditions in that era, he sprinkled in only what was necessary to set up the story (most of which took place in Narnia, not England).

    2.    How likely are your readers to regard what you write as factual? In murder mysteries and police procedurals, readers have come to expect a certain level of knowledge on the author’s part, and blowing off your research or “winging it” could easily lose you readers. Similarly, in “hard” science fiction, readers assume a solid grounding in science, and you should know, for example, that sound does not carry in the vacuum of space. In space opera, however (like Star Wars), the future and high tech gadgets are often only a backdrop for the story, and such inaccuracies are more easily forgiven. (There are also “hard” science space operas, so please don’t write in to correct me on this.)

    3.    Could “getting it wrong” have any effect on your reader? Because most readers are unlikely to find themselves ever riding a dragon, your failure to describe the relevant technical details about aerodynamics, G-forces, and so on probably won’t have any impact on the reader’s life. If, however, you show a situation that could happen in everyday life—a drowning, for instance—and you describe your hero doing first aid incorrectly and saving the victim, it’s possible that your reader might take note of the scene and believe that he or she now knows how to resucitate someone who has drowned. (I believe this is especially true with YA fiction.)

    4.    Could “getting it right” be a problem? I think so, but then, I tend to err on the side of caution. In some cases giving a reader unnecessary knowledge can be irresponsible. It’s a fine line, and you might find yourself facing that decision. For example, in the novel Ignition by Kevin J Anderson and Doug Beason—it’s like Die Hard at the Kennedy Space Center—the authors did their research and consciously chose to alter their descriptions to prevent anyone from using the book as a blueprint for a terrorist attack.

    5.    How much is enough? Research itself should not trump plot or character development in importance. Also, you don’t need to spew everything you’ve learned on a given subject onto the pages of your book. Some authors (e.g., Tom Clancy) are known for throwing it all in and letting the reader wade through it. Too much can actually get in the way of the story. Others put in just enough to give you the picture and to let you know that they understand what they’re writing about. Finally, if research consumes all of your time and keeps you from your story, it may be time to stop revelling in research and get back to writing.

    That’s about it for this time.

    ciao,*

    Rebecca

    *This multipurpose Italian salutation is used in an advised, tongue-in-cheek manner and in no way implies a corresponding chicness, shallowness, or worldliness on the part of the author. (Additional pejoratives may apply. Void where prohibited by law. Ask your physician if Ciao is right for you.)

    Ocean Realm

    2007 - 05.22

    Cross-posted from MySpace:

    Yes, for those of you who noticed I changed my avatar to the new Crystal Doors hardcover, Ocean Realm, it IS out in bookstores now! If you’re not hooked on the trilogy yet, feel free to dive in ASAP. ;-)

    This past weekend, Kevin and I were in Winnipeg for Keycon 007 and had a wonderful time with the other guests (actor Richard Herd and artist L.A. Williams) and the gracious con staff. We’re back now for a couple of weeks of work before heading off on our Alaskan adventure.

    I’ll post a blog on writing next. Don’t forget to pick up Ocean Realm!

    ciao,*

    Rebecca

    *This multipurpose Italian salutation is used in an advised, tongue-in-cheek manner and in no way implies a corresponding chicness, shallowness, or worldliness on the part of the author. (Additional pejoratives may apply. Void where prohibited by law. Ask your physician if Ciao is right for you.)

    Myths of Publishing, Part I

    2007 - 04.22

    Cross-posted from MySpace:

    Okay, in response to questions and comments from a variety of sources, it’s time I set some myths to rest about publishing and the life of an author. If other issues crop up enough, I’ll address them later.

    Myth 1.    Authors are rich. They are in the writing business to make a quick buck.

    Contrary to popular belief, the great majority of authors are not only not rich, they don’t even make their living at writing. Here’s the deal:

    A small percentage of the population attempt to write one or more books. Of those people, only small fraction complete even a single manuscript. Then, only a modest number of those folks manage to sell their books to professional publishers. From that limited group of authors, a small proportion actually eke out a living from writing. (Most of them are supported, at least in part, by the earnings and benefits of a spouse or significant other.) Out of this teensy minority of those who began the writing journey, a handful get truly rich.

    Kevin and I are very fortunate in that we get to make our income from doing very satisfying, enjoyable work that we chose. For this privilege, however, we work every day of the week and almost every day of the year. Our friends and families don’t get to see us nearly as much as they’d like to. We also have a mortgage, car payments, repair bills, and so on. We do our own grocery shopping, cook our own meals (well, Kevin does, mostly), do the dishes, take out the trash, and clean the cat box.

    Sorry to disappoint, but—in spite of what you see in movies—publishers don’t hold champagne book signings for us at which hundreds of lavishly dressed sophisticates show up and stand in long lines to get our autographs. Sigh. (If any of our editors or publishers are out there reading this, feel free to correct this situation. ;-) Our personal theory is that God gave us book signings to keep authors humble. Don’t ever be hesitant to come see us if we’re doing a signing in your area. You’ll make our day. (Are you listening, members of the 501st?)

    Myth 2.    A good book is free of discrepancies, contradictions, typos, and other flaws. Any errors that get through mean that the author and publisher are lazy or sloppy or just didn’t bother.

    My father (who holds two Masters degrees) taught English for more than a quarter century, and I grew up learning excellent grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Nothing irked me more than mistakes in my reading material. I frequently toyed with the idea of writing to the publishers and offering them my obviously much-needed services.

    Then I became a proofreader, next a copyeditor, then an editor, and (last) an author. Wow. What a bucket of cold, wet reality over the head! Believe it or not, there are so many levels of errors to watch for that no one person—or ten people, for that matter—can catch them all, whether the work in question is fiction or nonfiction (and blogs are another animal completely).

    Each person along the publishing line tends to look for different sorts of problems, and even these people can let things slip, because no human has 100% concentration. Kevin and I even add an extra level of readers on each manuscript to strain out some of the bigger problems before we even send a book on to the editor.

    I once had an editor tell me that a manuscript I had turned in was one of the cleanest she had ever seen in her years of publishing. After that, several levels of clean-up pros took over, after which I went through the typeset copy again. There were still a few typos in the published book—though precious few, I’m happy to say.

    I tried to explain all of this to my father the retired English teacher, and he (proud of his error-hunting prowess) did not believe me. He explained that someone who was truly knowledgeable in the English language, with its attendant rules of spelling, grammar, and the elements of style, could deliver a perfectly clean manuscript to anyone willing to pay for such expert services. Naturally, we hired him part-time to help us give our books the added polish that they need.

    After proofing our galleys for more than two years now, my dad has a new respect for the complexity of the publishing industry. As those of you who read our books know, errors still sneak through. Even if we took up every person who offered their additional services to spiff up our novels, perfection is not a viable option. But rest assured that we care about our readers and always work hard to give you books that are as fault-free as possible within the allotted time and budget as possible.

    For those of you whose hobby is catching mistakes, don’t let us stand in your way. But don’t bother protesting that you could do a far better job. You might correct a different set of booboos if you got a chance to replace one of the current professionals who works on our books, but you wouldn’t catch them all.

    Scoff, if you like, but I developed this opinion over the course of 20 years in publishing and having more than 30 books published by professional publishers. So, am I putting myself forward as an authority on this matter? Ja, you betcha. Nervy, huh?

    Yikes! I was going to add one more subject to this blog, but I’ve run way over the amount of time I gave myself to get this written. I’ve got to get back to editing book 3 in the CRYSTAL DOORS series, Sky Realm. I’ve got a looming deadline and a paycheck to earn. . . .

    ciao,*

    Rebecca

    *This multipurpose Italian salutation is used in an advised, tongue-in-cheek manner and in no way implies a corresponding chicness, shallowness, or worldliness on the part of the author. (Additional pejoratives may apply. Void where prohibited by law. Ask your physician if Ciao is right for you.)