Lately I’ve been putting a lot of thought into the emerging field of transmedia storytelling. In short, it’s about telling stories using whatever medium is best suited and then rolling all those media into a single, kick-ass product. Authors like JC Hutchins are at the forefront of this new movement, and companies like Push Pop [...]
In case anyone was wondering about my recent silence, it can be attributed to a trip to Mexico – trip highlights include getting married on January 3rd! We’re back to reality now, and Crystal and I will be doing a weekend of workshops in Parksville on February 5th and 6th. You can find more details [...]
I originally stumbled onto this article via Penny Arcade this morning. Among my favorite sound bites: “… any kind of book distribution which provides free copies to people has always, throughout the history of publishing, eventually rebounded to the benefit of the author.” Now, the future of writing and publishing has been one of the [...]
or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love the Kindle In talking to people at workshops and conventions, I’ve encountered a number of preconceptions regarding the publishing industry, digital content, copyright and the associated business models. I have a few strong opinions of my own and I’m curious about how people will react to [...]
The future of the publishing industry is something I put a lot of thought into. I care about this subject not only as a publisher, but as a writer and reader as well. For anyone else who cares about his subject, watch the following video. Not just the first half. Watch it all. I’ll wait.
I’m not really interested in investigating the reasons behind Microsoft creating a proprietary file extension for the most commonly used document type in the world. I expect it has something to do with struggling to maintain a stranglehold on the market, as most of their decisions seem to be based on that goal. (My indifference [...]
I had no idea it was such a controversial subject, but according to this BBC article, Comic Sans can really send the wrong message.
We tend to focus a lot on the query letter side of pitching, but tonight Crystal and I are teaching a workshop for SCBWI West on pitching your work to an editor or agent in person. We thought it was especially appropriate since many writers we know are gearing up for the Surrey International Writers’ [...]
As part of my research for our upcoming Live Your Dream book, Staying Out of the Slush Pile, I’ve been scouring the Internet for tips on writing effective queries. One of the best sites I’ve found is AgentQuery. Definitely worth checking out if you’re at that stage in your project. One of the details I [...]
As anyone who has taken my workshops will tell you, I’m a fiend for outlining. I think it’s a combination of my personality and the fact that Robert McKee is one of the strongest influences on me as a writer and editor. Whatever the reason, the fact is that I seldom start any kind of [...]