Tag Archive: Writing

Feb 07

For the love of Kress

I suppose it might seem a little corny but I had to visit the local Barnes & Noble to find my book.  I just had to *see* it.  When I got there, I found it in the Science Fiction section, but also in the ‘New Paperbacks’ section.  I snuck a snapshot of it there: Now, …

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Jan 24

Straight From the SciFiChick

I’ve never met TheSciFiChick but I may have to declare her my new BFF after this amazing review: State of Decay, by James Knapp Nico Wachalowski is a FBI agent investigating a conspiracy where zombie-like revivors are being programmed to murder. Revivors are reanimated corpses, typically used in battle. An old flame, an alcoholic psychic, …

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Dec 07

Nico Wachalowski – More Art from Robert Elrod

I really don’t know what to say about Robert – after his amazing rendition of a revivor (see previous post), he offered to do another, and came up with this rendition of Nico Wachalowski, the lead character from STATE OF DECAY.  His art (as you can plainly see) is just fantastic, and there is a …

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Oct 20

Sweet Acceptance

this is not me, btw Well, the page proofs for STATE OF DECAY are in and it seems all went well.  The process for that was fairly simple: I received a package in the mail that contained the book printed out on paper (two book pages to one sheet) and then read through it looking …

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Aug 17

Sweet Copy

Ok, I have received the ‘copy edits’ and have finished going over them.  Prior to this, I had this general feeling that the copy edit portion of the show would involve mostly things like spelling, punctuation, etc…it did involve those things, but there was much more to it than that. I think the best way …

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Jul 13

Line Editing, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the F-bomb

Ok, a few days ago I finished going over what are known as the ‘line edits’ for STATE OF DECAY.  This was the second wave of edits for the book, the first being broader-stroke changes (tweaks, if you will).  The line edits were more concerned with the finer points like ‘it was a little confusing …

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Jun 08

Stick to Your Guns

Working on the edits for STATE OF DECAY has been an eye-opening experience so far.  Although relatively minor, the book will absolutely be better for them, but the thing which occurred to me as I dug into them was not so much what I was asked to change, but what I *wasn’t* asked to change.  …

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Apr 29


I imagine sometimes that a point will come where the prospect of ‘back cover copy’ doesn’t thrill me, but I believe in living in the moment – it’s my party, and I’ll get excited about back cover copy if I want to.  Which I do. The back cover copy is basically an ultra-short synopsis.  Those …

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Apr 17

The Art of the Cover

I actually got word from my editor, rockstar Jessica Wade, a while back regarding the REVIVORS cover art.  This is a topic which probably should have taken precedence over a made up stress test but my brain does not always function normally.  Don’t judge me. The cover art of a novel is something I think …

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Mar 30


The man in the photo is Richard Tappan, or as I knew him, Mister Tappan.  He taught English at my High School.  Despite what the picture itself looks like, it was not taken circa 1840 but 1992 or thereabouts.   I think it may be a victim of one too many reproductions, but I actually kind …

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