"I found my support people through author's groups, both online and off. Local SF cons or steampunk cons can help you start making author connections, too. A good online group is Broad Universe. You don't have to join the org to join their…"
"It's tough to have the first not go well. I've been publishing since 1998 and it happens. I've read on loops that some readers won't take seriously a book that only gets good reviews. They are suspicious of all good reviews. So…"
"The best way to deal with bad reviews is to realize that a) you can't please all the people all the time and b) a review is someone's opinion, and c) they will happen (see a) Tell yourself this, and apply chocolate or your favorite comfort…"
"My books usually release in digital before print. Its the way my publisher does it and I use each release for a puff moment. Try to build momentum over a period of time. The question isn't, IMHO, should I release the ebook/print in what order,…"
"I thought that might be your emphasis. I keep feeling like I read about some stories like this, but not sure where. I read a straight SFR called Mech Man, but its not steampunk. There was a Carina Press title, I think, about a guy who had a…"
"My novel deals with this in a small way: a mind control device. Not sure if it fits your criteria though. Been mulling it. For me, loss of personal control is very horrifying. But my novels tend to be more action adventure than horror."
Pauline Baird Jones is the award-winning author of eleven novels of science fiction romance, action-adventure, suspense, romantic suspense and comedy-mystery. Her latest release is a steampunk/science fiction romance novella called Tangled in Time.
What do you hope to find at The Steampunk Writers & Artists Guild?
I'm in because I drew blueprints for a water ship / aerial / spacecraft, It runs on steam, and utilizes a mechanical energy storage and generation device.Within the vessel is a garden, for entirely self-contained food.The one aspect I haven't entirely worked out is H2O generation, i.e. fuel, or perpetual fuel.The ship also has a gamer's deck, in the event things get dull, or the moment strikes.Happy Sailing,SJSee More