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Pitch Wars 2017 Q&A

I have edits due and start a new job next week and have Pitch Wars submission. So logically I’m writing a blog post. Here are some things I’m seeing asked frequently this year along with my answers. You list word counts that you’d like to see for different genres. I’m a little over/under your preferred...

A Big Announcement

I can finally, happily announce that we sold my novel PLANETSIDE and a second book to David Pomerico at Harper Voyager. It is tentatively set for release in summer of 2018. PLANETSIDE is the story of a decorated war veteran who flies to a distant planet to take care of a routine investigation, only to find himself enmeshed...

Pitch Wars Mentor Wishlist

This is the Pitch Wars wishlist of Dan Koboldt and Michael Mammay Hi. Michael here, writing on behalf of Dan and myself. We are co-mentors. That means there are two of us. As you probably know, Sith come in twos. That’s just coincidence. Probably. Dan and I are mentoring in the adult category, and are...

Goal Setting in Writing

A topic that I see come up a lot but that maybe doesn’t get enough attention is setting goals. After all, we talk about it all the time, right? Life goals. That’s the goal. But when asked to define what our goals are, it gets a little murkier. There are of course the standard goals. I’m...

Entering Pitch Wars *Again*

I wrote a lot last year about Pitch Wars, and tried to answer common questions. If you’re new to the contest, you can check some of that stuff out here: Part 1  Part 2  Part 3. You can also look at some other great information from Brighton Walsh. But today I want to talk to...

#SFFpit June 2017 – The Aftermath

The June #SFFpit is over, and as usual we’ve analyzed the data. Because of course we did. Why wouldn’t you? Having data and not analyzing it is like having ice cream and not eating it. You *could* leave it in the freezer. If you’re a monster. Thanks to host Dan Koboldt for all of his work....

Three Phrases That Define Your Story

Before you can tell somebody your story, you have to know it yourself. Recently I got the opportunity to help somebody with a synopsis of a book I hadn’t read, and as I did that, I figured some things out. So I wanted to share them. I boiled it down into three things you need...

The Thing That is Holding You Back

I got a DM from a writer friend yesterday that began ‘Got my first form rejection. Stung less than I expected…’ This has happened, in one form or another, many times in conversations with other writers. It’s a specific person in this case, but it could have come from just about anybody. Because everybody is...

I Need To Find A Scene

I want to talk a little bit about revision process today. Let me be clear up front, this isn’t *the* revision process. This is *my* revision process. More accurately, it’s the revision process I’m using for this particular book. There are a hundred ways to revise a book. None of them are wrong. This is...

Book Release: THE ISLAND DECEPTION

I don’t do a lot of book releases on my blog. In fact, I don’t think I’ve done any. But this book is special. First off, the author, Dan Koboldt, was my Pitch Wars mentor when I was a contestant in 2015, and then my co-mentor this past year and again this coming year. You...

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I am a Soldier and a Science Fiction writer. Usually I write about Soldiers. Go figure. I'm represented by Lisa Rodgers of JABberwocky Literary Agency. If you love my blog and want to turn it into a blockbuster movie featuring Chris Hemsworth as me, you should definitely contact her.

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