At the Surrey International Writer’s Conference

I’m at SIWC this weekend — my first writer’s conference. Very, very interesting. I got to meet Robert J. Sawyer–sort of–I was in one of his seminars. He has a very practical attitude toward the whole business of writing.

I tend to expect these types of events to just reiterate platitudes and obvious advice, but some of the stuff, so far, has been very perceptive.

I’ll post more after it’s over. Right now, it’s time to head back there.


Sample Chapter Posted

If you look up at the top of the page, you’ll see “Sample Chapter.” That’s from the second book of the bobiverse, For We Are Many.


Update On Book 2

Just a quick update:

Had some email discussions, and it looks like book 2 (For We Are Many) will be out in March. And Ray Porter is confirmed for narrator.


Legion Discussion Thread

I’ve had a request from a reader to put up a post where people can post guesses about Legion. Almost a mini-forum.

Well, okay, then, Mark. Here you go.

I’ll try to stay out of it, of course.


Where’s the Sequel?

I just got asked that question last night, as a matter of fact. By Audible. The Legion sequel is written. Actually, #3 is about half-done as well. I’m going to give #2 a good going-over and email it to my agent this weekend. The wheels of commerce grind slowly, of course, but I’m hoping this will move a little more quickly than the first book. As soon as that’s in the queue, I’ll get #3 finished and get that going as well.


And Going Strong

It’s now ten days later. And I am completely boggled. Legion is taking off–as I write this, the book is #2778 on the Amazon Kindle Sales Rank. I keep doing spontaneous happy dances, which gets me odd looks.

Thanks to everyone for the kind words, especially those who have taken the time to post on my site. I think the worst thing that could happen to a writer is having their work sink without a trace. Seems to me that would be even worse than bad reviews. At least with the latter, you’re getting attention and some feedback to use to improve.

Because Legion is published through a publisher’s account, I don’t have access to the sales figures and KENP numbers. All I can do is use the Amazon sales rank, and the Kindle Calculator. The ranking gets updated every hour, between half-past and twenty-to. And yeah, I’m checking my numbers obsessively. Maybe I should try getting something done, instead. 🙁

I’m doing some final edits on Legion #2 (For We Are Many) and will try to get it into the pipeline for publishing in the next couple of weeks. The lead time for Amazon e-books is fairly short, but for Audible it’s, um, significant. And yes, I’m going to wait for Ray Porter’s schedule to free up. I think everyone’s on the same page on that subject.


And It’s Done

It’s the 20th, and I’m now “published”. Of course, I was published when I put out Outland, but this time I have an agent and a publisher.

And I suddenly realized that I have some things I need to do. For instance, I have a mailing list. It’s not a big mailing list, but that’s not the point. The five or six people on my list presumably would like to know when a new book comes out. Okay, I’ll get going on that.

I’ve also discovered a big disadvantage of being “published.” I don’t own the Amazon account through which Legion is posted, so I can’t log on multiple times during the day and obsessively check my sales. Oh, wait. Maybe that’s a good thing.

Well, anyway, the adventure begins.

ETA: Audible has supplied me with a link to a sample from the audiobook Have a listen:



And now Amazon

And Legion is now available for pre-order on Amazon!

Legion on Amazon

The 20th can’t come soon enough.


Spike and Lucy

Spike and Lucy keep making appearances in my novels. Kind of like easter eggs.

Just for visualization, here they are…









We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

Legion is up on for pre-order!

We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

The release date is now officially Sept 20th. The e-book will be released on the same day.

Woo hoo!