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Announcing Bi-Annual Open Reading Periods Coming Soon

As most of you know, I am a very busy anthologist, with 8 projects in various stages of contract and development through 2017. Most of these have their allotment of writers already, but as I develop new projects, I hope

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GlitchCon Schedule August 1st-3rd, 2014

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  Well, another Con has arrived. From Friday through Sunday, I’ll be in Springdale, Arkansas at the Holiday Inn Conference Center for GlitchCon with the lovely Claire Ashgrove, my best bud and editing partner in Finish The Story, Jonathan Maberry

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ConQuest 45 A Success

Well, ConQuest 45 – Noir has come and gone, and I am calling it a great success. This is the one Con I try to make annually, because it’s local and put on by my local fan group, which is

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Conquest 45 Noir Schedule and Details Updated

Well, for the third year in a row I am a panelist and moderator at CONQUEST 45, the local Kansas City Con on Friday May 23rd through Sunday May 25th. Well attended, with, as usual, a great lineup of guests

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For Immediate Release – SFFWRTCHT on Twitter Will End in 2014

Update: SFFWRTCHT has always been a celebration of community: what unites us, not divides us. Although I can’t keep up with the weekly grind any more, given other obligations, we will continue with twice monthly chats beginning in early 2015

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For Immediate Release: Broaddus and Schmidt Team With Alliteration Ink For Urban Fantasy Noir Anthology

UPDATE: Sad to say I quit this project due to the unprofessionalism and lack of integrity shown by the publisher. I’ve never looked back. BTS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Bram Stoker and Black Quill award nominated editor Maurice Broaddus and editor Bryan

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My Agenda: OryCon 35 Nov. 8-10, 2013

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Well, I’m off to Portland Thursday. My first time in Oregon. And I’m looking forward to it. While I was disappointed to not be included in ORYCON programming for the first time ever at a Con in three years, I

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Announcing My Schedule For Archon 2013 in St. Louis, October 4-6

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This weekend, I will be attending ARCHON 37 in St. Louis, my first time there. I had to cancel last year due to unforseen circumstances and despite living in St. Louis from 2000-2009, this will be my first time attending.

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Rumors, Scandals and Other People’s Drama, oh my!

I went through a lot of drama in my former marriage due to my wife’s mental illness. I didn’t realize until recent events how much that changed me. For one, I have a very low tolerance for other people’s unnecessary

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Guest Post: Genre Mashups by Michael J. Martinez

I love a good genre mashup. Elves in the 1940s? Awesome. Cybernetic werewolves? Bring it. Steampunk dragons? You bet. Horatio Hornblower in space? …actually, I wrote that, more or less. Crashed a frigate into Mars and everything. Anyway. Take your

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A Mistake I Don’t Regret

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Two days ago, I posted a post I’m proud of. I worked hard on it. Since then, it has led to anger and vitriol being aimed at me. The intention was to promote civility and temperance in important discussions on

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My Schedule For ConQuest 44

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Well, ConQuest 44, our local con, and the first SFF con I ever attended in 2010, is back this coming weekend and here is my tentative schedule: Friday 1600-1700: Building a Fantasy World [MOD] (Monarch) Bryan Thomas Schmidt [MOD], Patrick

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Giveaway: Abraham Lincoln Dinosaur Hunter-Land of Legends (early reader scifi)

My publisher, Delabarre, is giving away 20 copies of the ebo0k (epub or mobi, your choice) for my debut early reader book: Abraham Lincoln Dinosaur Hunter – Land of Legends. “ABRAHAM LINCOLN: DINOSAUR HUNTER — LAND OF LEGENDS succeeds on almost

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7 YA Series Adults Will Enjoy With Their Kids

As host of SFFWRTCHT, I am exposed to authors from all different publishers, genres and styles, and recently have been getting a chance to see more and more Young Adult books. As a non-regular reader of YA, I was hesitant.

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2013 Projects

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I thought perhaps some of you might be interested in what I’m working on. Especially since my blogging has dropped a bit in regularity, in part, due to being so busy. I enjoy blogging but at a certain point, between

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Kalimpura Launched to Conclude Jay Lake’s Epic Fantasy Green Trilogy

In Chicago this past summer, I finally met my friend Jay Lake. I’ve known Jay and talked with him online for over two years, but it took World Con to finally get us in the same physical space. As expected,

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Stories In, Kickstarters Out, and More News

Well, I’m getting a slow start on blogging in 2013. In fact, I was so busy the last half of the year, it was hard to stick to even my steady schedule of two posts per week (Mondays and Thursdays).

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The Next Big Thing

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The idea behind The Next Big Thing meme is pretty simple: another author tags you, you answer ten standard questions, and then you tag five other authors, propagating the meme through the interwebs like some sort of virus. So R.T.

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The 100 Books I Read This Year

Goodreads has a Challenge where you can set reading goals each year.  Last year I discovered it half way through so I only set a goal of 40 books, which I more than reached. This year, I decided to set

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Guest Post: The Importance Of World-building by Mary Sutton

Today, I have the pleasure of hosting Mary Sutton, whose YA fantasy debut chapter book I edited for Delabarre Publishing. As a software technical writer, Mary has been making her living with words for over almost 20 years. Power Play is

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A Triumph Over Tragedy Story Preview: Duncan Derring

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Recently, I had a first,  when my humorous Science Fiction story, Duncan Derring & The Call Of The Lady Luck, was picked up by Triumph Over Tragedy, R.T. Kaelin’s brilliant project to raise funds for the Red Cross’ Hurricane Sandy. Featuring stories

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Write Tip: Advice From The Slushpile-8 Common Mistakes To Avoid In Submitting Manuscripts

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This week, I decided to cover something which is going to seem obvious to some but clearly isn’t: common mistakes to avoid in submitting your work. As a slush reader at Ray Gun Revival and now as anthology and zine editor,

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Announcing the Sprunk-Schmidt Star Wars Original Trilogy Rewatch: You’re Invited

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The Project: Star Wars Original Trilogy Rewatch The Hosts: Jon Sprunk & Bryan Thomas Schmidt The Invitation To You: Rewatch the original trilogy in order, one a week, and join the conversation. Jon and I are of an age where the release

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Works In Progress: Writing & Editing Projects I am Working On

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Here’s a list of the projects I am currently working on for interested friends and for clients. Novels: The Exodus (Saga Of Davi Rhii Book 3), Science Fiction, On Chapter 9 of 12 expected. (Anticipated end date: December 1, 2012)

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Write Tips: Writing The Short Query Novel Pitch

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Query letters and synopses are the bane of so many authors’ existence, aren’t they? I dread them and find them quite frustrating. They never seem to elicit the kind of enthusiastic response equal to that I get from my writing

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Science Fiction And Fantasy Books Overflow Sale To Fund Beyond The Sun

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Friends, I need your help! Cause: To Help Fund My Beyond The Sun Anthology Kickstarter.  Items are books and DVDs from my personal collection. Most are in fairly good condition. New were bought full price and are marked, others are used.

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Broadening The Toolbox Through Cross Cultural Encounters: On Resnick, Africa & Opportunity

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I’ve often called Mike Resnick a friend and mentor. And recently as he was honored at ChiCon as Guest Of Honor, I’ve gone back and revisited some of the works of his which have most inspired me. I was not

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Genre Favorites Blogfest: Guilty Pleasures

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Well today my friend Alex Cavanaugh is hosting: Genre Favorites Blogfest, September 17, 2012 One blogfest, four favorites! List your favorite genre of: Movie Music Books And a guilty pleasure genre from any of the three categories! This will be

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Write Tip: Things Pros Wish New Authors Knew About Publishing And Don’t

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This started out to be a top 10 list. You know the saying: “Advice is like buttholes, everybody’s got one.” And when it comes to writing, advice is like sand on a beach: everywhere. But sifting the sand to separate

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WorldCon Recap, Part 2–A Family Reunion & Coming Of Age

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In yesterday’s recap, part 1, I talked about the things I did during WorldCon. Today’s post may interest no one but myself, yet since I found WorldCon to be profoundly moving on several levels as an experience, I still want

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