Social Media actually can be cool

by veilwar

One thing that I didn’t expect (mostly because I never considered the matter) was that other authors might find their way here to the Veil War. Now, this is early days and I’m not claiming Steven King as a fan – though that would be super – but among the people who have signed up for the email are individuals that have published their work!

Since that is something that I aspire to myself, I find that pretty awesome. As I’ve been moving down this path, I see that there is a growing number of people looking to publish electronically as a strategy rather than merely as a fallback. In other words, the idea that you would consciously attempt to go an all electronic route and not seek a print contract as Plan A, and not some sort of 21st Century equivalent of the nasty old vanity press.

I’ve gone on a severe information diet recently in aid of being able to write more. I’ve cut my google reader feed to the bone, and I’ve stopped reading a lot of things that used to be daily fare. So, I’m not exactly going to read these myself in the next couple months. But I swear, they’re right at the top of the list. The very top. But since you all obviously have time to read things published on the internet, you might be interested in checking these out:

  • George O’Har has a couple books out, and more on the way. He appears to be vastly more credentialed than I, with deep ties to the academic-industrial complex. He’s an Air Force veteran, which makes my Marine characters (but not me) giggle a little on the inside. But The Thousand Hour club is pitched as a road novel that happens after the protagonist takes Winter Survival School. Hmmn. George is on Twitter for you to follow.
  • Steve Umstead writes straight up science fiction, at a price for which there are special terms. It’s gotten good reviews, and looks like the kind of thing you’d like if you like what I’m writing. He’s also got a blog, over here, and seems to be the publisher of several daily digests at
  • E. Royce White has a couple short stories available for free. Free! Just go over to smashwords and download them. He also blogs at Practical State.

Quite a few of our commenters and subscribers have blogs – something that is not surprising at all really. Check out Isegoria, Madd Medic, The Interface, Pondering…, and Rocket Jones. If I’ve missed anyone, let me know.

Late breaking! Must credit Veil War! Loyal reader Charles Stewart wonders if he qualifies for inclusion on this list!

I had to laugh, his curriculum vitae starts with West Point ’69 and goes up from there. MD, Multiple degrees, multiple books, many articles, professor of emergency medicine – if only for the fact that I have all the files for the Veil War, I’d think he’s more qualified than I am. You can download “Maxillofacial Trauma,” “Blast and Traumatic Brain Injury” and other articles for free on his website, and find links to books like the Weapons of Mass Casualties and Terrorism Response Handbook. I think I’ll know who I’ll be bugging with questions about the effects of combat trauma.

And since I mentioned degrees for Charles, I should add that George O’Har was also an electrical engineer and has a Ph.D from MIT, and is a professor at Boston College. Only fair.