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1998/2018: Whatever 20/20, Day Four: Books

Well, this one is simple. In 1998, I had no published books. In 2018 I have — (counts fingers) (counts toes) (counts fingtoes) — thirty, depending on whether you count individually published novellas (I do), and that number will rise by the end of the year. This number doesn’t count books I didn’t write entirely […]

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Reader Request Week 2017 #8: The Path to Publication

Teresa asks: From the moment that you wrote the first draft, how long it did it take you to see your first work of fiction published? Heh. Well, it depends on what one means by my first work of fiction. If, for example, my first work of fiction is thought to be the very first complete […]

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Agent to the Stars, Ten Years On

Here’s a fun fact: This week marks the 10th anniversary of the print release of Agent to the Stars. It was released in a limited edition hardcover from Subterranean Press, which makes it to date, and likely for the next decade at least, the only novel of mine released first by a publisher other than Tor […]

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Creative Brain Firing Up

While the first two months of 2013 were not exactly empty of purpose for me — I worked on the video game and next-gen comic I’m part of the creative team for, did SFWA business, edited a book, debuted the episodes of The Human Division and managed a spontaneous fundraiser that generated roughly $70k in […]

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I Got Nothing

Here’s an interesting fun fact: Since I finished The God Engines last Monday, this is the first time since 2001 that I have no new book project scheduled for publication. In terms of original stuff, TGE comes out late this year or early next year, but after that, there’s not a thing of mine with […]

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Agent to the Stars Out in Trade Paperback

For everyone who’s been wanting a physical copy of Agent to the Stars, but isn’t willing to pay the between $300 and $1,000 that the limited edition hardcover’s been going for online, here’s some good news: The trade paperback edition is officially out in the world starting today. w00t! Longtime Scalzi obsessives will remember that […]

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First Novels First Or Not

For the novelists in the crowd, Toby Buckell is putting together a survey on the subject of first novels, and whether the first novel a writer sells is, in fact, the first novel they ever wrote. Most writers know all too well that their first published novel is often the third or sixth or tenth […]

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There’s a brief article about Agent to the Stars, up at, which includes a couple of quotes from yours truly. As a fun excercise, and to show the curious how the publicity sausage is made, behind the cut you’ll see the full text I supplied to the writer (in answer to his questions), which […]

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Wanting to Be a Writer

Per yesterday’s request for topics, I picked two to discuss today. First: Athena picked “Karma Scarebear” as the name for her bear, and she thanks everyone for their suggestions. She was very excited to see that so many people had made an effort on her behalf (although she didn’t put it in quite those words: […]

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National Novel Writing Month

I’ve had a reader request about my thoughts on the National Novel Writing Month thing, the annual event in which aspiring novelists from all over the country decide to bang out 50,000 words in the space of November. November has 30 days, so that’s about 1,700 words a day for each participant — a nice […]

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