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Beyond the Graves

The age of fighting sail sale

The close-out sale at McBooks Press seems to be going well. McBooks is getting out of the book-selling business to concentrate on publishing their fine line of historicals, including (ahem) my own, and  Read More 
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The Witch is back

Fans of nautical fiction in general and hot pirate sex in particular might want to go to Lisa Jensen's blog, where she's posted the first chapter of the sequel to Read More 
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What does a publisher do?

Jonathan Galassi, president and publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, writes in the January 3 edition of the New York Times about what exactly it is that a publisher does for an author. He makes a number of interesting points,  Read More 
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Maps

Speaking of maps—which I was a couple of days ago, down below there a bit—here's the map page at Michael Jasper's website. I don't know Jasper, except that he's big on maps, but I think my own love of maps lets me claim a certain kinship. And maybe his maps aren't as elegant as the ones in, say,  Read More 
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If a book has a map, I'll at least try to read it

If a book has a map, I'll at least try to read it. Even if you don't intend to include a map with the finished book, I blah-bla-blahed recently on a writing forum, sketching one out is a handy way of keeping track of what lives where in your made-up world. Another benefit?  Read More 
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Down the ways

I've been swearing up and down to my editor that I'd start a blog, and it seemed fitting to start out with something nice for myself. It is the Christmas season, after all.

Tom Knapp over at the Tall ships & the briny deep page at Rambles.NET gives a pair of peg-legs up to No Quarter, the first  Read More 
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New Jim Nelson title in the water

James L. Nelson just announced that he's finished his 15th book, the rotting bastard. General Washington's Great Gamble is about how the French navy bottled up Cornwallis at Yorktown, ensuring a great victory for Rochambeau and  Read More 
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