Hugh Howey
Hugh Howey

Bestselling author of Wool and other books. Currently sailing around the world.

Q&A With Photographer Nadia Huggins

One of my favorite phases of the book-creation process is creating a cover. It’s also one of the most difficult. It’s worse than staring at a blank canvas, because the end result can’t be anything; it has to be a very specific something. While going through this process for HALF WAY HOME, my wife stumbled upon a photograph on DeviantArt. It blew us away. It was haunting and mysterious. Gritty and primal. Young and mature. Dirty and innocent. It was a photograph of contradictory juxtapositions. The mood of the shot…

A Summary of Half Way Home

Ruby wants to know what the story is about in order to better judge the mood of the covers. Here you go, Ruby: In the distant future, planets are settled by vat-grown colonists. The expense of sending generations of humans on several-hundred-year journeys is too much, so they instead launch 500 human blastocysts and an automated collection of machines to raise them and prepare the landing site for them. This process normally takes 30 years if the planet is found viable. If it’s found unviable, the colony is aborted immediately.…

Wiki, Wiki, What?

Can you believe it was a year ago that I set out on this wacky writing endeavor of mine? A whole year. Seems simultaneously eternal and brief, somehow. During that time I’ve done some silly promotional stunts. I’ve unveiled a proof copy live via webcam. I did a hunt-and-seek giveaway over three websites. I even enlisted one of the most evil men in history to pimp my stories. I’ve been dumb enough to get on stage and read from my book, and brave enough to attend book-clubs consisting of women…

Half Way Home

Yesterday I hit the 25,000 mark, which means I’m half way to “winning” NaNoWriMo. What does “winning” entail? Just getting to the 50,000 mark before November 30th. I should be there by the end of week two (if not sooner), which leaves me plenty of time to give the manuscript a full edit before the end of the month. The cool think about that is the opportunity to have the manuscript printed for free. That’s right, every “winning” writer gets a free proof copy of their manuscript printed and shipped…

NaNoWriMo Sample