Award Season is Here!!!!

Spring and summer are awards season in the book world, with many of the major genre fiction award winners being announced. The finalist lists ...

Shanna’s Road Journal | Meet Rachel Caine

If you learned everything you know about authors from watching TV or movies, you might think we're all wealthy, that we just send off a ...

Shanna’s Road Journal | Keeping a Series Fresh!!! More from MileHiCon

As promised last month, here's some more scoop from MileHiCon in Denver. Fantasy tends to come in series, and while some series just keep ...

Shanna’s Road Journal | It’s All About the Cover…Changing Roles, Beautiful Art

At FenCon last month, one of the more interesting panels I attended was about cover art. I've been lucky in the covers for my books, but I've ...

ArmadilloCon plus MUST-READ Science Fiction Fantasy Books

At the end of August, I headed to Austin for ArmadilloCon. One of the must-see panels for book lovers was the annual "What You Should Have Read" ...

Uncovering Myths and Legends – MythCon

I recently attended Mythcon 41, which was a real change from the kind of conventions and conferences I usually go to. This was more of an ...

Cover Magic…or the Mystery Behind the Book…

Of all the things authors get blamed (and sometimes praised) for in their books, the covers are where we have the least control. I've had people ...

The State of Libraries and How to Get What You Want…

[caption id="attachment_1504" align="alignright" width="300" caption="A view of a Plano library children section"][/caption] Last month I ...

Welcome to the eReader…or, I’m not a Luddite, are you?

Shanna's Road Journal Shanna Swendson's Observations ... On Line and On the Road It's 2010, do you have your e-reader yet? The iPad has ...