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Month: August 2012

And the winners for August are …

Post Views: 168 Wow!  It’s the 23rd of August already!  The summer has flown by.  My son is heading back to school in a few days, and the sun noticeably sets a little earlier every day. The most important thing about today being the 23rd of August is that it means that my contest at Goodreads for two signed copies of “The Sauder Diaries – By Any Other Name” is done and I get to announce the winners.  They are: Kee-Lee Stocks of Iowa Hillary Lundblad of California Congrats to you both!  I’ll be sending them out in the next few days!

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How I Write

Post Views: 293 A group of us on a Twitter group chat session (#steampunkchat) were discussing the “How” of writing. One person commented that they had a ton of ideas, but could not seem to get them out on the paper. Another lamented that they weren’t even sure what to do, per se, but they had a story they wanted to tell. Both said they “weren’t really writers yet”. I’m going to intentionally split being a writer apart from being a storyteller. As I have said in an interview or two, I consider myself less of a “writer” as a storyteller that happens to currently to be working in print. A lot of writers are not storytellers, and vice-versa. So, let’s talk about getting your story out. A…

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The Sauder Diaries On Six Sunday – 12 August 2012

Post Views: 580 From “The Sauder Diaries — By Any Other Name“: Blackheart burst out laughing. “Did I say that? That is Saint Crispen’s to this rabble. Look, Mister Sauder, I know you have gotten yourself all caught up in the Russian minx’s skirts, but fighting like a madman only gets you killed. You are an excellent fighter, Sauder, but foaming at the mouth and ignoring orders makes you a rabid dog. I need men to fight for me, not dogs.” “The Sauder Diaries” is an adventure-romance set in Steampunk Victorian-era Europe. The main character, Hans Sauder, is Shanghaied into being a member of one of the most infamous airship crews of the continent. If you’re not familiar with “Six Sentence Sunday”, swing over to and take…


Lost Le Carrés

Post Views: 208 Again today I was treated to another “go get ’em tiger” writer-motivation tweet about how many times some famous author was rejected before finally being accepted by a publishing house and going on to fame and fortune. I’m sorry, that doesn’t make me feel motivated. It makes me feel mad. Allow me to explain. When I first considered being a writer, 20-ish years ago, I would have been leaving a word out of my job description. That word would be “starving”. This was well before Web 1.0, let alone the interactive people-published world of Web 2.0. So, if you wanted to be published, you depended on agents and publishing houses; gatekeepers. The Gatekeepers, much as today, are the ones which curate the literary world. They…

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The Sauder Diaries On Six Sunday – 05 August 2012

Post Views: 263 From “The Sauder Diaries — By Any Other Name“: He periodically glanced over at the gate, keeping watch for his two friends. If he had grown up under very different circumstances, he mused, it was entirely likely he would never have laid eyes upon the Bloody Rose let alone sailed aboard her. Yet, in some bizarre twist of surreal reasoning, those very circumstances that allowed the past three months to unfold as they had, were the very same forces now pressing him to leave. He had made remarkable friends, found an improbable love, fought, killed, saved lives, wept and laughed all over a half-a-mile in the sky for three remarkable months. He knew what it was he had been missing his entire life. “But I…

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Signed Paperback Contest – “The Sauder Diaries – By Any Other Name” – August at Goodreads

Post Views: 141 Hello! I’m doing it again!  There are 2 trade paperback copies available to be won, signed by me and mailed to your door.  Drop by my author profile on Goodreads and then hit the link below to get your name in on the contest. Goodreads Book Giveaway The Sauder Diaries – By Any Other Name by Michel R. Vaillancourt Giveaway ends August 23, 2012. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter to win  

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The 80-20 Rule

Post Views: 156 Guest Post By Curiosity Quills Press I read an article this morning in The Guardian about “Why social media isn’t the magic bullet for self-epublished authors.”  It makes a lot of great points and ultimately compares social media as a sales tactic to the tech bubble of the 90s and 2000s—and it hypothesizes that it will burst in the next 18 months.  It’s a fabulous post.  Go read it. As someone who has been around since the early days before the self publishing market was flooded and before all the CONSTANT tweets and blogs and Facebook messages that you have to be on social media to sell books and that social media is more important than writing, this article made me want to stand up…

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The value of taking tea in story writing and RPGs

Post Views: 427 A reader emailed me after the initial release of “The Sauder Diaries – By Any Other Name” and commented that one of the things she enjoyed so much about the book was that “the camera” followed the characters even into their “quiet time”. Little amusing jabbs between the characters about how they took their coffee, how they conducted their private lives and implied whistfulness at “roads not taken”. This style of exposition was inspired by two individuals I respect in their given fields, Scott Westerfeld and Nicholas Jequier. At a meet-the-author evening in Vancouver, BC,  with Scott Westerfeld of “Uglies” and “Leviathan” fame, he commented that most of the fan art he received for either set of characters had nothing to do with scenes in the books…

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