Da weblog

In which I ramble about writing and angst and stuff

Well, I always suspected it was true, and now I know it is - it's a lot harder to blog once a week than to blog once a day. A lot of the blog gurus preach that you really don't need to update a blog very frequently. Once a week should be enough, if you are providing...

Legacy publishing and the stamp of merit

A few days ago, my book The Little Book of the Icelanders was published by a legacy publisher (Forlagið). I had originally released it as an eBook through my website, and it had done quite well (which I'm sure scored it some merit points in the legacy department, once...

Legacy publishing vs. the speed of light

Almost a year ago to this day, I sat in a publisher's office and signed my first publishing deal. It was for a little book that I had penned and originally released as an eBook. The publication date was slated for 1 May 2012. The rather lengthy wait was intentional -...

Beta readers wanted!

Hi everyone ... it's been a busy couple of weeks, and I'm excited to say that I'm finally getting my new eBook ready for publication. It is a collection of Icelandic folk tales, with an introduction explaining the storytelling tradition in Iceland in centuries past,...

Would you friend your boss on Facebook?

Hi everyone ... it's been a busy couple of weeks, and I'm excited to say that I'm finally getting my new eBook ready for publication. It is a collection of Icelandic folk tales, with an introduction explaining the storytelling tradition in Iceland in centuries past,...

Short story. Very short.

I was reflecting today on how the line between social media and Real Life has become increasingly blurred over the last few years. When I first started blogging, back in 2004, I was intent on keeping my blog separate from my life. I made sure I didn't use my full name...

The evolution of blogs

Once upon a time, it was virtually impossible to get a publishing deal without an agent (in English speaking markets, at least). And getting an agent was just as hard as getting a publisher. There were all these rules: First, you had to write a query letter, in which...

Well, hello!

OK, we may as well start out with a wee confession: I'm a little bit intimidated by this new blog. Despite having written over 1,000 blog posts on my previous blog, to the point where I could write posts in my sleep, this slope here feels just a tad slippery. Maybe...