Folks! I have two amazing bits of news today. First off, Tor is launching a new website in a few months. As an incentive to get people to sign up for their newsletter, they’ve decided to give away free ebooks. There will be a different book offered each week until the website launches, and the first week’s book is MISTBORN: THE FINAL EMPIRE. Sign up once and you’ll get a new email each week with a link to that week’s download. Next week’s is OLD MAN’S WAR by none other than my evil nemesis John Scalzi. It’s important that we all read his books to keep track of whatever nefarious plots he’s currently hatching.
Anyway, if you’ve been waiting to read MISTBORN, go get the ebook for free!
The second bit of news is almost as cool. A few months back, I realized that there is a whole lot of writing talent hanging around my area. I also realized that my brother is getting a degree that focuses heavily on web marketing, and that he had just taken a podcasting class. The result of these two ideas fighting to the death in the arena of my mind? Writing Excuses, the weekly podcast!
For the foreseeable future, I’ll be sitting down with a couple of writer friends–Howard Tayler of Schlock Mercenary and Daniel Wells (a guy who recently got an offer on his horror novel)–and talking about various aspects of writing. Each episode is 15 minutes long, and you can listen right through your browser. There will be a new episode each Monday. You can also subscribe to the podcast via itunes or other podcast sites.
I get a lot of emails asking me about how to write and how to break into publishing. I figure this will be a fun, interesting way to answer some those questions as well as give you multiple viewpoints on the topics. Dan and Howard are both excellent writers, and I’m very excited to be part of this with them. Give it a listen and let us know what you think either on my forums, on the podcast website itself, or via email.