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  • Spar
    Spar
    by Nikko Lee

    A closeted black belt comes to terms with his bisexuality when he takes an openly gay student as his new sparring partner.

  • Wolf Creek
    Wolf Creek
    by Nikko Lee

    Life as a gay omega werewolf is no fairytale.

  • NECRONOMICUM #2 (NECRONOMICUM: The Magazine of Weird Erotica)
    NECRONOMICUM #2 (NECRONOMICUM: The Magazine of Weird Erotica)
    by Gary Budgen, Julian Darius, Richard Greico Jr, Nikko Lee, K. A. Opperman, Alice Renard, Rose Banks, Paul St. John Mackintosh, Michael Seese

    Contains Instabiable by Nikko Lee

  • Zombiefied Reloaded: The Search for More Brains
    Zombiefied Reloaded: The Search for More Brains
    by Carol Hightshoe, Cynthia Ward, Terry M. West, Christie Meierz, Dana Bell, Mary E. Lowd, Patrick J. Hurley, Francis W. Alexander, Liam Hogan

    Brainatarian by Nikko Lee

  • Coming Back
    Coming Back
    by James Arthur Anderson, Brian Barnett, Dave Fragments, Shawna Galvin, Vince Darcangelo, Ken Goldman, Michael Lindquist

    Contains A Mother Knows by Nikko Lee (paperback available at Lulu.com)

  • Wolf Warriors: The National Wolfwatcher Coalition Anthology
    Wolf Warriors: The National Wolfwatcher Coalition Anthology
    by Jonathan W. Thurston

    Contains Great Mother Wolf by Michelle Knowlton

  • People Eating People: A Cannibal Anthology
    People Eating People: A Cannibal Anthology
    by Frank Larnerd, Tony Peak, Geoff Gander, Shenoa Caroll-Bradd, Robert Hart, Nikko Lee, Kyle Yadlosky, Edward Martin III

    Contains Bouillon de Bebe by Nikko Lee

  • Valves & Vixens: Steampunk Erotica
    Valves & Vixens: Steampunk Erotica
    by Nicole Gestalt, Crysta Coburn, J.T Seate, Nikko Lee, V.C., Zak Jane Keir, Blair, Regina Kammer, Jim Lee

    Contains Boson's Mate by Nikko Lee

  • The Big Book of Bizarro
    The Big Book of Bizarro
    by Rich Bottles Jr.

    Contains Honey-Do by Nikko Lee

  • Between Love and Lust
    Between Love and Lust
    by Nikko Lee

    E-book

    Print-on-demand paperback

  • Templar and Other Stories of Suspense and Terror (Vampires 2, Volume 4)
    Templar and Other Stories of Suspense and Terror (Vampires 2, Volume 4)
    by J. Troy Seate, Patricia McCarthy, Nikke Lee, Andrea Saavedra, James Hartley, Edward McKeown, Mike Graves, J.E. Gurley, Zakk Erikson, David Bernstein C.C. Blake

    Contains Pure Delight by Nikko Lee

Wednesday
Jan192011

Podcasts about writing

Getting published is about a lot more than just wanting to be published. From nurturing the craft to finding an agent to getting a publisher to even look at your story to marketing and selling, authors have to develop a lot of skills. The experiences of professional and amateur authors can be a great source of information about what to do and more importantly what not to do.

There are a couple of podcasts that I've found invaluable when it comes to writing. Some podcasts focus on technique while others are packed with interviews with agents, editors, and authors. Still others are more personal and tackle the very real challenges and frustrations that come along with writing.

Here are a few of my favorite podcasts and why I like them:

  • Writing Excuses Don't let the tag line fool you. The invaluable information that Dan Wells, Brandon Anderson, and Howard Tayler pack into about 15 minutes spans common mistakes beginning authors make, writing skills, fiction styles, and so much more. These guys are published authors and have experience creating, publishing, and marketing. Don't let their tag line fool you, they are that smart.
  • Get Published by Michell Plested is a mixture of person experience about Michell's experience selling his fiction and interviews with a variety of authors, agents, publishers, editors, and anyone else that an author might learn from. His emphasis on the responsibility of an author to market and sell their works inspired me to create my own website. It was listening to his podcast that made me realize that in order to get the opportunity to be published I need to not only produce something worth publishing but also do everything I can to show others that it's worth publishing.
  • I Should Be Writing with Myr Lafferty is look into the life of one author's struggles in the publishing industry. Myr does the massive amounts of interviews with anyone and everyone an aspiring author would want to hear from. What sets her apart is her willingness to share the emotional side of being an author. Self-doubt, fear, discouragement, depression, hope, inspiration, and so many more emotions can push a writer to do better or make him/her want to hid his/her work in a locked drawer and never show it to another living soul. Myr shares her experiences with the flip side of creativity in a way that is easy to relate to and very personal. She also gets a lot of questions from her listeners and does feedback shows that are invaluable.
  • The Writing Show recently went through a change in format, but the archives are filled with great information. Paula B and others host interviews and discussions. A few series follow authors as they try to get their works completed and published. The current focus of the podcast is for Paula to review submitted first chapters from her listener 'Slush Pile.' She's got a lot of interesting things to say about first chapters, but I have to admit I'm no longer listening to the podcast.

I've not only learned a lot from these podcasts, I've also been introduced to some up and coming authors using podcasts to build their audience (Nathan Lowell, Scott Sigler, Ben Delano, etc.). Listening to these podcasts also keeps me thinking about the many facets involved in getting published. When I can't be writing or am feeling the solitary nature of the pursuit I tune into these podcasts and learn something.

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Saturday
Jan152011

Picky Reader Reviews

I've added a new section to reflect on the books I've read or listened to. One of the best ways to get insight into writing is to read. Most successful authors will tell taut the importance of reading to the craft of writing. In his book about writing, On Writing, Stephen King talks about always having a book on hand to read.

So I read. I enjoy reading even though I am a slow reader. A good book has a way of drawing me into its ficticious world so much that I am sad when it ends. I care about the characters and what happens to them. It is that feeling that I want to inspire in those that read my works.

As much as I enjoy reading, I find that a lot of books don't interest me. If the characters or plot is too cliched or don't appeal to me I will leave the book on the shelf. There are just so many books out there that something about a book has to stand out. I find that it is often the short summary on the backs of the books that either turn me on, leave me luck warm, or turn me off.

It's hard as a writer to know that people picking up my works will also give them the same window of opportunity to grab their interest, about 30 seconds. I'm trying to find out what makes a book a must read for me in the hopes that I can figure out how to make my books a must read.

While the back cover will inspire me to shell out cash for a book it's the actual content that will keep me reading. Usually if I get passed the first 50-100 pages I will finish the book. That being said it is the quality of the story-telling and writing that will either make me want to buy the next in the series or something else by the author. A book doesn't have to be perfect. You'll notice that I have quibbles with even the books I loved reading.

There are very few books I will re-read. In fact, there are only three series that I have re-read repeatedly (Coldfire trilogy by C.S. Friedman, Rome series by Colleen McCullough, Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward). There are few series that I consume like candy, gobbling every word the author has slaved over for months in a matter of days or weeks.

I'm trying a structure for these mini reviews. If you want the author's information or a full summary there are links within the page to follow. I won't try to sum up the novel in more than my one sentence summary because the author, or the publisher, has already spent ample time crafting a summary.

My hope is that in writing out my thoughts on other people's works I will be better able to identify what made them successful, at least in my eyes. It's a data gathering exercise to help me improve my own writing. And only my opinion. If you've read these books and have reflections you'd like to share please post a comment. A book that appeals to me might not appeal to you and a book I hated might be your favorite. The more opinions the better.

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Sunday
Jan092011

First steps

I love writing. I love creating worlds, developing characters, and weaving plots. I also love sharing these stories with people. In order to get that opportunity, I realize that I need to do a better job about exposing my work to as many people as I can. Part of that is creating this website.

I have a background in scientific research and in that world there is a common expression publish or perish. A researcher that doesn't publish their work can't get grants to continue it. I view fiction publishing in a similar manner. In order to my next work published I need to do everything I can to get my current works marketed.

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