The Top Tools for Writers | Fiction School Podcast #30

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2013 writing toolsI’m always jealous of creative types that get to have cool tools: painters with their big canvases, brushes, and smudges of color all over them; photographers with cameras and lenses and lights; dancers and their special shoes and those sweatshirt legging things. We’re writers.  What do we get? Computers. Pencils and paper. Maybe a typewriter […]

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The Quickie Guide to Writing Flash Fiction and Really Short Stories | Fiction School Podcast #29

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Infinite FlashThis week, the epic struggle between Team Tommy and Team Jody reaches a new stratosphere, when Jody hangs up on the podcast.  That’s right. Girl couldn’t take it anymore, so she just slammed down the phone in true Hollywood style. But not really. It was micro-fiction, a fourteen-second play, to give a little intro to […]

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How To Keep Tension Rising, and Rising, and Rising in Your Book | Fiction School Podcast #28

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This week, we’re answering a voicemail from Bonnie J. Rough, who actually made a guest appearance on Episode 25. Her question was a great one that many writers (including us) struggle with: how do you make sure you keep the tension rising in the right way over the course of a book or long narrative? […]

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Writing Across Genres with special guest Deanna Raybourn | Fiction School Podcast #27

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What do you do if you’re the kind of writer who likes to set books in the past, in interesting locations, but then your instincts tell you that the story has something mysterious happen there, too?  And also, yeah, your characters are kind of into each other as well, doing the chemistry thing while they’re […]

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Writing Sherlock Holmes, Researching Smarter, and Having a Career as a Writer with special guest Laurie R. King | Fiction School Podcast #26

You know how, when you ask some writers for advice, they’ll say something like “Apply the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair,” and it’s so unhelpful it’s kind of infuriating? But then you ask other writers, and they give you actual advice that blows your mind? Changes your writing strategy? Gives […]

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Thanks, Kevin! And all y’all: READ KEVIN WALTMAN. For real.

Promise Land BBQ →

A BBQ shack on a country road not too far from where I grew up in Alabama.  

It’s like I always say: The Southern Gothic is Alive and Well, Y’all.

10 Delicious Literary Beers to Drink While Reading – Flavorwire →

I remember Hemingway’s quote that went, “Write drunk.  Edit sober.”  

I write too much to write drunk.  And if I drank every time I read, I’d have a liver the size of New Mexico.  But still, I’m gonna try a few of these sometime soon…

Happy readin’ and drinkin’!

Hey good people…know what? 
It’s Read an Ebook Week!

Over at Smashwords.com, you can get two of my books, Stealing the Show and The Battle Hymn Blues for free this week!  Just enter the promotion code RW100 at checkout.  (That code is only good on Smashwords.com.)  Grab them before March 9th and tell a friend, too!

Click here to see both of my free books over on Smashwords.

There’s tons of other books on sale this week at Smashwords, too, so have a look around at some other authors.  If you’ve been waiting to jump into the digital book world, here’s a great way to do it.  (There’s a little technical help at the end of this email if you’re new to all this ebook stuff.)

Further Tomfoolery
In other news, Stealing the Show is now in the second round of Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Contest, which is jump-up-and-down exciting.  (Making the 3rd round would be pants-pooping exciting.)
If you’ve read it (coughclick here & you can get it for freeahem), I’d really appreciate an honest review over on Amazon.  Click here to leave your review, and thanks! 

***And don’t forget: if you write a review, email me the link to it (baker@bakerlawley.com) and I’ll send you the next book in the series when it comes out later this month for free!  No joke.  I’m crazy, I know.***

Please pass this email along to anybody who’d be interested in getting a couple of free books of mine, too!  Thanks as always for your help with word of mouth about my work.

Please spread the word!
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TECHNICAL HELP FOR FOLKS NEW TO EBOOKS:
Hey, thanks for giving this brave new world a try!  The ebooks from Smashwords are a kind of file called an .epub, which will work on most every e-reader except for the Amazon Kindle.  If you have a Mac computer, you can read them with iBooks.  Or, anybody can download one of the many free e-reader applications to read the books on your computer or smartphone or tablet.  Here’s a few:
Barnes & Noble Nook
Kobo Ereader Apps
Adobe Digital Editions
For further information, here’s the FAQ for Reading, Sampling, and Buying Books on Smashwords

True when I was an eighth-grader, still true today: I ain’t no Glamour Boy.

Man, Living Colour.  First band I really loved.  I can still sing along to Vivid, word for word, beginning to end. 

Check out Living Colour’s 25th Anniversary tour: http://www.livingcolour.com/news/living-colour-25th-anniversary-tour-spring-2013/