News, commentary, and fiction by Barb Hendee, co-author of the Noble Dead saga (; author of the Mist-Torn Witches series, the Vampire Memories series, and more.

Lawless Lands is Available

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It's been over fifteen years since I wrote a short story . . . as I tend to "think" at the novel length. But last year, I was invited to write a story for an SF/Fantasy anthology in which all tales would be set in the old west. I thought it sounded like fun. Faith Hunter, Laura Anne Gilman, and Seanan McGuire also wrote new stories.

My contribution is titled, "The Time Traveling Schoolmarms of Marlborough County." I had a good time writing it.

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Why I Don't Enjoy Self-Publishing

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So . . . last year, I signed a contract for a two-book deal with Kensington for books one and two in the Dark Glass Series. Keep in mind that I tend to “hang out” both in person and online with a lot of other writers. I think that’s normal for someone who’s been in the biz as long as I have. I am a go-with-the-flow kind of person, and my mother taught me the great value of the importance of nodding and smiling.

I’d been with Ace/Roc since 2002, and a number of my self-published writing friends/acquaintances were surprised when I signed on with Kensington, not because I was changing publishers, but because I was working with a publisher at all.

“Geez, Barb. Why are you doing that? Why give a publisher any of your royalties. Why not just self-publish your new series?”

I tend to make some polite response and change the subject.

This week, I signed on for two more books the Dark Glass series, and this caused an even stronger response.

An acquaintance, who is purely self-published, said, “I don’t understand why you keep signing on with a traditional publisher. And for God’s sake, you still have an agent.” She shudders. “Do you have something against self-publishing? Are you one of those writers?”

This time, I tried to provide a more honest answer. And this is the truth. “No, I don’t have anything against self-publishing. You know I’ve self-published a number of books. The problem is that I simply don’t enjoy it.”
This person responded. “Oh, I see. You’re one of those lazy writers who wants someone else to do it all for you? I see now.”

Every hackle in my entire body went up (I often forget I even have hackles), but I nodded and smiled. “Yes, clearly that must be it.”

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