I probably should have called this ‘what does it mean to write for publication if you are Brandy Lain Schillace.’ (But that would be a very long title.) I am about to get a little bit personal about the writing life today, and to talk about something that doesn’t get a lot of air time. Being a professional writer, for better or worse, requires the author to do a lot of things that have nothing to do with the actual written word. It’s about publicizing, and social media, and making appearances, and doing the legwork, and being a graphic artist, and maybe a web designer, too. And for many, it means holding down a separate job (or three), and sorting out how to make the disparate pieces connect. It’s hard, and pretty un-sexy, too, at times. So: How’s it done and why?
Confession: I have a tendency to use the “gift book” get out of jail free card quite a lot. It beats fruit cake. And the truth is, today’s online-searchable world opens up a buffet line of keywords to help you with complex family members. Aunt who loves dogs and knitting and Halloween? Yes. There is a book for that. Uncle with a passion for do-it-yourself and cheap wine? A book for that, too, as it happens. But maybe you have that most-feared of all acquaintances, the HISTORY BUFF. You know the sort: the one who stands up at the back of every single holiday movie to remind you that ‘it did not happen that way’–the one who corrects your anachronistic jokes, the one who wants to tell you how it USED to be. I know that type because, well, I am one. (TESLA DID NOT SAY THAT, she shouts at the television. Again.)
“Schillace’s ambitious study of the history of steampunk is sure to appeal to a wide range of readers, from SF fans to readers of Victorian history (much of steampunk is set during the Victorian Era)…”
On October 24th, I was on air with John Fugelsang’s Tell Me Everything, talking about *literally* everything–I don’t think I’ve ever been asked about artificial intelligence, coal miners, and Rush’s Clockwork Angel on the same show before! Listen in below, and tune in to the program for exciting new perspectives–described as “NPR with a demented sense of humor.” Just my style, really. Read more to get the audio–and listen in to the program on SiriusXM Insight #121 2-5pm ET M-F.
Many thanks to Joe Mason of Steampunk Chicago for interviewing me about CLOCKWORK FUTURES!
“…If we are the moral center, acting on technology, then which technologies might today be robbing us of that center? How about the veritable onslaught of available information, presented without curators or librarians or filters or commentaries? Or the way CGI blends the real and not real? We have invented access to and proliferation of data faster than we’ve developed frameworks and structures to support them, or means of teaching ourselves how to use them. As I say in the book, that’s almost inventing the train crash ahead of the train.”
A full month has transpired since the launch of CLOCKWORK FUTURES, so it’s time once again for Review and Share, your chance to gift a copy to a friend (or get a signed one for yourself!)
How it works:
1. Write a review for Amazon and Goodreads in the month of October.
2. Post to my FB page comments that you have done, with links
3. The first 10 will receive a free signed copy to be sent to any address (yours or a friend’s!)
Bonus Round: If, having done the above, you also post to another review site, post the same and win a copy of Death’s Summer Coat in the bargain for yourself, signed, sealed, and delivered.