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Thanks so much for the link, Lance. The contest is closed now, but I included buy links on my blog. "Like A Myth" is actually available for sale now. That was fast! I thought it was coming out around January. Well, it's halfway through December, so that's "around January".

Good luck on your own publishing venture. Once you get that first acceptance, you'll be floating on cloud nine.


"We don't want bookstores to die. Authors need them, and so do neighborhoods. So let's mount a book-buying splurge. Get your friends together, go to your local bookstore and have a book-buying party. Buy the rest of your Christmas presents, but that's just for starters. Clear out the mysteries, wrap up the histories, beam up the science fiction! Round up the westerns, go crazy for self-help, say yes to the university press books! Get a load of those coffee-table books, fatten up on slim volumes of verse, and take a chance on romance! There will be birthdays in the next twelve months; books keep well; they're easy to wrap: buy those books now. Buy replacements for any books looking raggedy on your shelves. Stockpile children's books as gifts for friends who look like they may eventually give birth. Hold off on the flat-screen TV and the GPS (they'll be cheaper after Christmas) and buy many, many books."

~ Roy Blount, Jr. "Buy Books From Your Local Bookstore, Now" via the Authors Guild


Thanks for the shout out. According to my publisher, the book may come out a few weeks earlier than that, but I'll be sure to keep everyone posted.

Steven Hart

May Kris Kringle put a book contract in your stocking, Lance.


At your age and with your accomplishments, you don't need writing advice.

But still, something I just read made me think of this post.

I've read tons of writing advice and even to think of reading any more writing advice bores the hell out of me, but I found this compelling.

Useful, even. Perhaps because it's so honest and unpretending.



Nobody's ever too old or too accomplished that they can't benefit from advice, especially me. Thanks for the link.

john clayton

Thanks for the plug, Lance! The published version of "Cowboy Girl" turned out to be exactly the book I had hoped to write -- though as usual, the writing is more fun than the publishing.

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