Morning Cuppa – 05/01/13 – GoodReads! New SFWA site design! Tor piracy!

Happy May Day! This is the original Labor Day as well as the day of many pagan festivals in celebration of spring and fertility. So take the day off work and get your groove on!

  • Are you an author who is not taking advantage of GoodReads? Have you been too intimidated to take the plunge or just feel like you don’t have time? Or maybe you’re feeling grumpy about Amazon buying them… As Joanna Penn writes, you can either take control of your account or risk readers entering your information for you. Which might not be all bad as long as they love your work, right? Fortunately for you, she’s got a guest blog post by Mayor A. Lan that takes a deep dive into the site and teaches you everything you need to know about it.
  • After years of dedicated service, the old website design for the SFWA has been replaced by a new WordPress design. Go check it out, ooh and aah over how pretty it looks now.
  • So how’s that whole DRM-free thing going for you Tor? How precipitously have sales dropped?
    Oh… not at all? Well, okay, I’ll just continue about my work then.

Morning Cuppa – 02/11/13 – Writing stuff! Game of Moans! Florida man!

I’m a little dense on writing stuff this morning (some would argue I’m a little dense most mornings), what do you want, it’s Monday! Read this and get back to writing!

  • Author Joanna Penn says that she’s feeling the need to update her production schedule so that she can join the ranks of authors who make 100% of their living off of their writing. In this post she shares some of the behavior changing techniques she’s employing to successfully write three 80,000-word first drafts this year. 
  • io9 spots a less than inspired trailer for the new season of Game of Thrones.
  • Florida is known nationwide as a land of ridiculous, insane and possibly the stupidest criminals. Working for a newspaper, I’m exposed to the travails of the “Florida man” on a daily basis. I’m glad that our country’s worst superhero now has his own Twitter account, to keep track of his many achievements.
  • Kristine Kathryn Rusch has a long post about the importance of an editor, especially if you’ve decided to self-publish. She shares what type of editor to hire (do you need a line editor? copy editor? both?), warning signs that you should watch for and more. As always, she has some great insights on the industry and great advice for people new and old to the book biz.