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MileHiCon 45: Day Two

MileHiCon 45 is in full swing. Yesterday, I was on the Animation for Adults panel, and we discussed everything from Futurama to tentacle porn to anime. I hung out with Gary Jonas for the Meet, Munch and Mingle book signing event, then we had a reading with additional authors including Paul Lell. I liked Gary’s reading, and plan on picking up a copy of his latest book. Today, the schedule includes a SFWA business meeting,…

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Freebie Friday: Con Name Placard

I’ve been to too many conventions where name placards were not available for the panelists. Usually MileHiCon is on the ball, but I decided to make sure I have one ready to go. I picked up a plastic name tag holder from Office Depot and printed up a placard with my name and the MileHiCon logo on the front. On the back, I added a checklist of things to do on panels, such as thanking the…

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MileHiCon 45

MileHiCon is celebrating its 45th year. Congratulations! Rose over at MileHiCon sent over the panel listings, and I’m on three plus the signing. Here’s my schedule: Friday: 7pm in Mesa Verde C: Animation for Adults M. Dane, G. De Marco, L. Givens (M), C. Kemp, J. Stith 8pm in the Atrium: Author Signing & Meet/Munch/Mingle Catherynne M. Valente, Seanan McGuire, Ian Tregillis; Mario Acevedo, Quincy Allen, Paolo Bacigalupi, Mike Befeler, Hilari Bell, Carol Berg, J.A. Campbell,…

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Kill Your Political Audience!

Looking at Facebook this morning, I see quite a few authors posting about the current state of affairs in politics. One called Democrats “Demtards”, one called Republicans “Rethuglicans”, and one even said if you didn’t agree with how she felt, you were free to drop her as a friend, thank you very much. Congratulations, you’ve just accomplished the same thing as the CEO of Barilla. You’ve effectively insulted almost half of your readership. You can…

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Fifty Shades of Decay

Nothing says true love like hot zombie sex. Yes, you read that right. Scheduled for release on February 14th — Valentine’s Day — from Angelic Knight Press, Fifty Shades of Decay will deliver true love and lust to your Kindle, ePub, or dead-tree format collection. The author list is impressive (if you ignore my name): Rabbits by Guy Anthony De Marco Dead Things Don’t Rise by Mandy DeGeit Love’s Lament by Kate Monroe Hey, Girl…

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Is the (insert trope) field dead?

I’ve seen this type of question pop up several times in the last few weeks: Is the vampire genre dead? Are zombie markets dying? Is the horror market in decline? The answer is actually simple: it doesn’t particularly matter in 2013. Yes, there are thousands of vampire/Twilight books available in the marketplace, particularly ebooks. With the success of The Walking Dead, there are hordes of zombie books clamoring for a piece of your brain. Now…

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Odd Places Reviews and Interviews

A few reviews popped up for my short story collection, Odd Places. Mandy DeGeit posted her review on her blog, Goodreads, and my Amazon page. She gave it a solid four stars. I wonder why so many people like my zombie cow story? She’s always funny, and I dubbed her “a force of nature in a tank top.” http://mandydegeit.wordpress.com/2012/10/26/review-odd-places-by-guy-anthony-de-marco/ Hero Sandwich blogger Scott Slemmins usually writes about comic books and superheros, but he took the…

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Numbers in Prose

The generally accepted format for numbers in prose differs from technical writing. Most of the time, technical documentation will deal with more numbers, especially measurements and statistical data. When writing a large volume of numbers in this instance, stick with using the Arabic numerals. It keeps the numbers in context, and is easier to compare data and conclusions. When it comes to prose, the rules change. Most of the time, the numbers will not be…

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The Write Environment

Is it time to consider writing professionally, at least part-time? Writing professionally means writing as though you need to pay the rent – tomorrow. You need to devote time to your craft. You need to develop effective habits. Remember the old adage, Practice Makes Perfect? It’s wrong – practice makes improvement. Developing a good writing habit will help you improve, hopefully to the point of becoming a paid, published author. The habits I outline work…

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Pirates: Dead Sites Tell No Tales

As authors, piracy is a constant threat to our income and property. Some don’t mind having their works available for download, while others are adamant that their work should be purchased. Should you find your works posted on a pirate website — or worse, plagiarized with someone else’s name as the author — you can take action to remove the infringing material using the legal tools provided by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA.…

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