Lessons learned from my latest trilogy

Over at Mad Genius Club, I’ve written a fairly long article outlining some of the lessons learned (so far) from the publication of my latest trilogy, “Cochrane’s Company“, at approximately 30-day intervals.   The article is oriented towards writers more than readers, but if the subject interests you, click over there to get a feel for the state of the independent author market today. While on the subject of the trilogy, may I once again ask those of you who’ve read it to please leave a review of each book on Amazon.com?  Reviews are the life-blood of independent authors, as

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“The Pride of the Damned”

The third and final book in my “Cochrane’s Company” trilogy, “The Pride of the Damned“, is now available on Amazon.   It’s the climax of everything that has gone before.  The blurb reads: The shadow war started as a simple contract to defend a system against asteroid thieves. The harder Andrew Cochrane and Hawkwood Security fought, the worse things became. Now they find themselves embroiled in an interstellar war with an entire mafia! Worse yet, the proceedings are so profitable – not to mention bloody – that they’ve attracted the attention of some of the worst criminal organizations in the

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Dragon Awards?

I received an e-mail this morning from reader Dennison S., who pointed out that the first two books in my current Cochrane’s Company trilogy are eligible for nomination for this year’s Dragon Awards, the biggest reader-selected award in the USA. I was flattered, of course, although I don’t know what my chances will be against luminaries such as Larry Correia, John Ringo et. al.  They’re the superstars in the mil-SF field;  I’m a relative amateur by comparison!  Nevertheless, he wanted to nominate my books, so I said he should go ahead.  I asked him to nominate the middle book of the

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LibertyCon is outdoing – and outgrowing – itself

As you know, Miss D. and I just returned from LibertyCon in Chattanooga, TN last weekend.  We’re tired, but getting over it, and picking up the threads of normal life once again.  (Miss D.’s after-action report is here.  We came home with a couple of lovely paintings by Melissa Gay from the Con’s art exhibition.  My wife picked out this one for the lounge, and I bought this one to go over our fireplace.) It was a great weekend.  We enjoyed the company of old friends, made some new ones, gave seminars, took in others, learned a lot, and hopefully helped others learn. 

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Safely in Chattanooga

We arrived safely in Chattanooga shortly before lunchtime yesterday, after a relatively peaceful journey by road from Texas.  The traffic was less bad than I’d expected after previous journeys on the same route.  I think we only had three areas where traffic slowed to almost a standstill, and they cleared up within a few miles.  Until yesterday, the weather had been good, too.  A storm was setting in as we left Nashville behind us, and it struck with full force as we arrived in Chattanooga.  There were many delayed and disrupted airline flights yesterday because of it;  we had been

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Safely in Tennessee

We made it to Dickson, TN today, where we’re overnighting at an hotel.  Tomorrow morning we have some business with a bank near Nashville, after which we’ll head for Chattanooga and LibertyCon. It’s going to be a hectic arrival day.  We’ll get there around 1-2 pm local time (Chattanooga is on Eastern time, not Central, which we’ve used all the way from home to here).  I’ll drop Miss D. and Alma at the hotel, then I have to collect someone at the airport and bring them into town.  Later that evening there’s a meeting of authors involved in a current

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Heading for LibertyCon

Miss D., our friend Alma Boykin and I are on the road, heading for the LibertyCon science fiction and fantasy convention in Chattanooga this weekend.  It’s a long drive, about 15 hours plus stops, so we’re taking it relatively easy.  That still beats dealing with the TSA and flying cattle class – and the cost works out pretty much the same. This is going to be an interesting LibertyCon.  It’s moved to the Marriott Hotel, after many years at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo hotel in that city, which was never a very satisfactory venue.  I don’t know if it’ll stay at the Marriott,

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My wife’s latest book is published!

Miss D. has just published her second novel, “Shattered Under Midnight“.   The blurb reads: Raina escaped to Freeport with a tour booked under a stolen ID, and a plan to lose herself in the city. Instead, she found a city in revolt, and now both sides are after her to control the alien gifts engineered into her DNA. Her only ally is an offworld investigator trying to get to the bottom of the explosive mix of on-planet and alien politics… but his secrets are even deadlier than her own. From the back alleys of the souk to the depths

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