Monday, January 13, 2014

RADCON Schedule

So I have my schedule for RADCON, 5 panels all on Fri-Sat, which will make it easy for me to make a quick escape on Sunday.
Some good topics, especially the Space Opera panel, which will rock for me, and the YA discussion.

RADCON is the Feb. 14-16 weekend in Pasco, WA. It would make a great Valentine’s gift for your sweetie!
The schedule, with comments:

Fri Feb 14 2:00:pm
Fri Feb 14 3:00:pm
Decisions, Decisions
When to keep writing, when to pull the plug, when to let a work sit and when to edit it, when to listen to critiques, when to query, when to publish ... writers have to make a lot of decisions. How professional writers approach the decision-making process, and how to keep hard decisions from interfering with the writing process. Good guys should not be boring, because they're not in real life
Bara, Dave Ceallaigh, Adriane Held, Rhiannon Nordley, Gerald David
My comments: I’ve only had one novel that I’ve shelved, St. Cochrane’s World, and one that is unsold (Void Ship) and on the sidelines until my current contract allows it to go out again. So I guess I’m not that good a reference for abandoning projects, but I should be able to add something to the conversation.

Fri Feb 14 5:30:pm
Fri Feb 14 7:00:pm
Space Opera
Laaaallaaaaa! Wait.. no singing? Join our writers as they share the who's who in space and what it means to write a space opera.
Bara, Dave Moscoe, Mike Nordley, Gerald David Wacks, Peter
My comments: Ahhh… should be a great panel with Mike Moscoe. Space Opera is still a going thing, that’s for sure. As to where it’s going…??? Face it folks, space opera sells. TV seems to have abandoned it for the moment, but it keeps selling in fiction.

Sat Feb 15 11:00:am
Sat Feb 15 12:30:pm
Young Adult Fiction
A quickly growing genre, what does it mean to write young adult fiction? Discuss the challenges and rewards of writing for young adults.
Alexander, Alma Bara, Dave Fredericks, Deby Thornbrugh, Kaye

My comments: Again, YA is a going concern, but where is it going? YA seems most popular with women, but where are the stories for boys? And will they read it again?
Sat Feb 15 5:30:pm
Sat Feb 15 6:30:pm
Space Colonies: The Ultimate Gated Communities.
Elysium not, but what might they be like? How would they be constructed? Would they be refuges for the one percent? Or dumping grounds for the lower 5%? Or that and everything in between. Would they be multibillion dollar investments or the cost of a few keystrokes to some space robot facility? Will the air-lock be a culture-lock as well?
Bara, Dave Gregory, Hugh Johnson, Judy

My comments: Had this same panel at Orycon. Could be fun.

Sat Feb 15 8:00:pm
Sat Feb 15 9:00:pm
Know What You Write
You could just wing it and make stuff up -- or you can research. When is Wikipedia appropriate and when should you dig deeper into actual books? How do you contact scientists and subject experts?
Bara, Dave Bond, Jason Andrew Dalmas, John Hill, Laurel White, Lori

My comments: It’s fiction, folks. Wikipedia rules! You don’t need to fly to London to tell a story about murders on Tottenham Court Road

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

20 Best Story Lines From BSG

Not much to argue with here, although I would have included the escape from New Caprica battle sequence as the show's best over the final battle at the Cylon Colony.

Also, I think the episode where Tigh killed Ellen for her betrayal of humanity was the show's finest moment, and deserving of all kinds of awards, including an Emmy.


Monday, December 09, 2013

On Another Note...

My Facebook peep Sarah Shanae is getting close to finishing, which will be launched soon! Watch this space for updates!



Just sent off the final revisions of IMPULSE to my agent, who will forward them on to my editor at DAW, Sheila Gilbert.

As a side note, today is exactly 4 YEARS since this novel originally went out on submission. I don't recommend the route I took, but it has had it's rewards!


Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Orycon Reminder

Just a reminder that I will be paneling this weekend at Orycon 35 at the Doubletree in Portland. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

A Word About Drafts

When I first started writing IMPULSE, back when it was going by the title REUNION DAY, I finished what I considered my "final draft" of the book, then started sending it out to agents and editors. Eventually it made it to the desk of my agent, Joshua Bilmes, and from there we began revisions so that he could market it.

My revsions for Joshua led to a second "final draft", and that one was sent out to editors in December of 2009. In 2010 we received comments back that although the book had been rejected, one editor would like to see a rewrite. That's when REUNION DAY became IMPULSE. It's also when I wrote the third "final draft" of the book. That version was also sent out to numerous editors, and that's when we began receiving offers.

After contracting with DAW this past summer, I got comments from my editor Sheila Gilbert and began working on yet another "final draft", which I have just now finished. I consider this the fourth time I have finished the book, but yet, once Sheila reads it, I'm sure there will be more changes.

I'm sure there is another "final draft" out there in the future, but as to when it wil be finished? who's to say. Writing is a process.


Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Orycon 35 Schedule

My schedule of panels for Orycon 35 has gone live. Check it out and stop by if you want to say hi!


Del Rey UK Deal News

As of today I have signed the contract for distribution of IMPULSE, STARBOUND, and Lightship Chronicles #3 (as yet untitled) with Del Rey Books (UK) for publication and distribution in Europe and the Commonwealth. The books will have a different cover in Europe, and may be "localized" for UK vernacular, such as "programme" instead of program, etc. That will be decided later by my UK editor Michael Rowley.

We may also have a separate UK web site, but that hasn't been decided yet. For that matter I don't have a in the US yet either, just this blog. But all that is hopefully coming soon and especially as we get closer to publication.

So if sometime in 2015 you're traveling in one of the following countries, be sure and pick up my book:

Falkland Islands
or even... wait for it... Pitcairn Islands.

So when I say "Available at bookstores everywhere" I mean EVERYWHERE, lol.

All of this of course is related to the English language edition. It's very possible we will have sales in many of these countries with foreign language rights in the future. I keep wondering what the books will look like printed in Lichtensteinian.


Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Worldcon Report

I have to say this con exceeded all my expectations. To be honest, I had the time of my life.

After arriving in San Antonio Wednesday I had dinner with my friend Tony Daniel of Baen Books and took a walk on the Riverwalk. It was 90 degrees at 10:00 at night. Nice.

Thursday was spent exploring the con, hooking up with writer friends (Patrick Swenson, Mark Teppo, Sandra Wickham), meeting new ones (Marie Bilodeau, Christine Perron), and attending a panel with both my agents, Joshua Bilmes of Jabberwocky and John Berlyne of the Zeno Agency (UK). The panel was on "How to Get an Agent" and was packed. All the usual topics were covered, and many questions were asked, but one area I believe received short shrift, and that was going to local and regional writer's conferences when editors and agents in your field are there. I attended the Willamette Writer's Conference (Portland) in 2008 when Joshua attended, and I got a chance to pitch IMPULSE to him then. I think the face-to-face pitch opportunity is by far the most important opportunity for any writer when searching for an agent, and getting an agent is the key that unlocks the door to major publishers. For me, living in Seattle, both the Willamette conference and the Surrey International Writer's Conference in BC are very genre-friendly. Pacific Northwest Writer's Conference in Seattle? Not so much.

Back to Worldcon. I had dinner Thursday evening with Joshua and it went well, I think we are both looking forward to Sheila's feedback on IMPULSE.

Friday was by far the busiest and the biggest day of the con for me. It was also the highlight of my writing career so far. I started with lunch with Sheila to go over her feelings on IMPULSE. I think we both agree that much of the character development they would like to see was cut out of the latest draft of IMPULSE in favor of a faster pace and more action, which is what the editor at HarperCollins wanted in a rewrite. Those changes got me an offer from them, but something was left on teh cutting room floor. With this new draft I will get to restore a lot of the character development that was cut and not worry about length. So far I've added back in about 12,000 words, which will have to be trimmed and blended back into the new draft.

Sheila also wants to see more from Dobrina, my main female character, and I need to make her less "shrill". I don't see her that way, but I will certainly take that into consideration. We also discussed growing certain plotlines and the possibility of adding more. Sheila wants to make this first book as robust with possibilities as possible, and I am all down with that!

Next was dinner with Jabberwocky, which included Joshua's stable of attending authors as well as Sam Morgan and Eddie Schneider from the office, both great guys. As a bonus I got to sit next to the famous Charlaine Harris, she of "True Blood" fame, who has forgotten more than I will ever know about writing. Dinner was great and to top it off Joshua made an announcement of my deal after dinner and everyone applauded for me, including Charlaine! It was one of those moments I will never forget as long as I live.

But the evening wasn't over as we all went over to a Random House/Penguin (who distribute DAW Books) cocktail party at the Tower of the Americas, sort of San Antonio's answer to the Space Needle. I was introduced to my UK editor, Michael Rowley, by John Berlyne. We had a great conversation about the book and Del Rey is very excited about the series. Michael wants to get cover art going as soon as possible for the UK edition and I can't wait. I had a great time and everyone couldn't have been nicer or more enthusiastic! I had the time of my life.

Saturday was a lovely formal DAW dinner with Sheila and Betsy, the publishers, and a group of DAW authors. The food was fantastic and so was the company!

Needless to say when it was all over I was the happiest boy in town. It may take a month to wipe the smile off my face! Thanks to everyone for a great time!


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

From Publisher's Marketplace

Via Joshua:

"Dave Bara's IMPULSE (Lightship Chronicles #1), to Daw, in a nice deal, in a three-book deal, for publication in 2015, by Joshua Bilmes at JABberwocky Literary Agency (NA)."


Con Updates

So I've got my panel schedule for Orycon 35 (Nov. 8-10 at the Portland Doubletree) and I've been put on 9 panels in 3 days, and they all look fun. I've also been picked as a moderator on 4 of them so that's cool. Got one with my peep Patrick Swenson, another with Brenda Cooper, so it should be fun. I will post more deatils about the panel topics as we get closer to the event.

Off to Worldcon in San Antonio tomorrow and really, really looking forward to it. Meeting with my editor at DAW, Shiela Gilbert, my agent Joshua Bilmes, been invited to a DAW dinner party (Saturday) as well as a Random/Penguin party Friday night, Jabberwocky agency dinner, publisher parties, it's going to be busy, as in fun busy. Also hoping to get to the Alamo Thursday morning for a guided tour so I can add that to my list of National Monuments. So far I've seen Mt. Rushmore, Washington Monument (as well as the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, National Cathedral, etc.), Constitution Hall and the Liberty Bell in Philly, and of course Disneyland.

Looking forward to it all!


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Death Becomes Him

Well, it's official. Last night I Tuckerized my first friend, writer and Baen Books editor Tony Daniel.

(Tuckerization is "the act of using a person's name in an original story as an in-joke", according to Wikipedia)

Actually it was more of a bit of payback. You see the aforementioned Mr. Daniel killed a character named Bara in his 2012 novel "Guardian of Night", and he did it rather callously in my book. So today I got a bit of payback when the young, frothy-haired Ensign Daniel was cut in half by a coil rifle blast barely two pages after coming to life. So take that, Mr. Daniel.

Your serve.


Busy, Busy, Busy

Well, my Worldcon schedule is heating up. So far I have 3 dinners, 2 lunches, and 2 parties to attend, most of which are "official" functions of one sort or another. Busy, busy, busy!

Can't wait!


Monday, August 19, 2013

It's Official - Again!

Well today I'm making it REALLY official! Check is in the mail and today I finally feel like a professional writer. It's been a long time coming, much of that is on me as I dawdled for many years, but today I'm as happy as I could be!

Thank you Joshua, Sheila Gilbert, and DAW Books!


Finally Made It...

To the official client list of Jabberwocky:

Check it out


Friday, August 09, 2013


Well, its official! I signed my DAW Books contract today. Or should I say contracts. DAW does three indivdual contracts, one for each book, so I had to sign nine times. Now they go back in the mail and then the waiting for the check begins.

I've always felt that until I signed a contract that paid me money for my work, that I was just a "writer" and not an "author". I guess technically you're not an author until the book comes out, but once I get paid it will feel "official" to me, I think.

And SPEEDWING came out last year, so technically I became an author then, but this feels much bigger and I feel like a pro now.

Very exciting times.