The Blog, Writing

Getting Published: Part One

FIRST DATE WITH AN AGENT I've done it. I've started the journey to publishing my novel, or at least come closer to the dream than ever before. I've studied publishing as an industry, I've been an editor for four years for a digital publisher, but I've not managed to publish my own work—yet. So, I… Continue reading Getting Published: Part One

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Harry Potter, The Blog, Writing

Weather Report: The Basilisk in Your Pasta

The South West of England will continue to see frequent and unpredictable bursts of heavy showers and crisp sunshine every day of this week, so don’t forget your rain repellent umbrellas no matter how deceivingly warm it seems. Those in North London should be wary of lightning strikes today, since thirteen year old Annabella Hackhop… Continue reading Weather Report: The Basilisk in Your Pasta

The Blog, Writing

Meddling in Muggle Theatre

I applied to be a writer for Hogwarts is Here a couple of years ago, and my application was successful! But sadly, the acceptance email went to my junk folder, and I discovered it two weeks after they'd sent it, which was apparently deplorable. I never even got a 'sorry, you replied too slow'. I… Continue reading Meddling in Muggle Theatre

Writing

10 Uses for the Author Business Card

The Sarcastic Muse

10 Uses for Author Business Cards

Do you have a business card as a writer or author? Have you thought about it? Business cards are a good idea with lots of uses.

Just a quick tip: First, make sure your card stands out. A signature color, logo, or something that draws attention is good. Also make sure that you use a legible font and include only details you want widely public (for example, I omitted my address and phone number).

Here are ten ways you might not have thought of to use your business cards:

  1. One clever idea, which I will implement when the third Family Secrets novel comes out, is to use the space on one side of the card for thumbnails of three books. It’s almost a perfect fit. Then put your info on the back along with a link to where you prefer people to buy them. It’s an immediate sales tool in…

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Writing

What is Narrative Style? The Condensed Answer

This is something budding writers often ask me. "But what is narrative style? Why is it something to be aware of?" Narrative style is tricky to pin down. Style is tone. Don't forget that the narrative is essentially someone's voice. The narrator is a character, not simply words dictating what happens in the story. Even… Continue reading What is Narrative Style? The Condensed Answer

Guest Posts, Reading

Book Launch: Meet erotica writer L.M. Brown

Today we've got something new, something exciting, and something a little bit naughty. I confess that I have yet to read L.M. Brown's work but as soon as I came across the pitch for her new book - she had me by the tail fins. I'm excited to make her new release, Forbidden Waters, my first… Continue reading Book Launch: Meet erotica writer L.M. Brown

Writing

A Writer’s Guide to Building a Steampunk World

FOREWORD: I'm currently moving a lot of my articles from Squidoo over to my blog as Squidoo has declared almost all of my articles as spam. This is one of them. I've decided to totally migrate to my blog because I'm sick of fighting my corner on their site. Create an Authentic Feeling Enviroment One… Continue reading A Writer’s Guide to Building a Steampunk World

Reading, Reviews

Evangelion Manga Reviews: Apocalypse and Beaches

What are the spin-off mangas like? Are you a fan of the popular anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion? Do you want to know what the spin-off mangas are like? Then this review is for you! I'm a fan of the original series and most of its varing manifestations. I while back I was surprised to discover… Continue reading Evangelion Manga Reviews: Apocalypse and Beaches

Reading, Writing

Free stories and audio books; and season 2 of Bloodshot Buck

Fantastic news! Big World Network is now a FREE site with over 2,000 episodes and nearly 800 hours of audio from 70+ series. What the friggity are you talking about? If you’re new to this blog (hello!) you might not be totally familiar Big World Network (BWN), so let me push you down the rabbit… Continue reading Free stories and audio books; and season 2 of Bloodshot Buck

Exercises, Writing

Building strong narratives in the post-apocalyptic genre

  I always appreciated—and what I appreciate even more now, in the wake of dozens of post-apocalyptic series that didn’t work nearly as well—was that the camera always kept its eye firmly turned toward the people, not the ruins. --  Todd VanDerWerff I read that quote a while back at the very bottom of an article… Continue reading Building strong narratives in the post-apocalyptic genre

Writing

For writers and artists: prompts, resources, inspiration, motivation

  I have a tumblr blog that keeps track of all the things I find useful for writing or art-making. It's gathering a fair chunk of content now and I figured other people might also find it useful. It's called: pensandpaintbrushes Everything is tagged, so you can find subjects easily. Here are just a few… Continue reading For writers and artists: prompts, resources, inspiration, motivation

Writing

Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly: Call for Submissions, Issue 3

Space romance! Yes!

SFRQuarterly_issue1_cover Sci-Fi Romance short stories sought for publication in Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly . Must include SF and Romance elements with an upbeat ending. We prefer stronger heroines to passive ones.

Length: 1,000 to 7,500 words.

Payment: $25 (US) paid upon publication, promotional biography with two links, and a complimentary quarter-page advertisement.

Deadline: May 01, 2014.

Rights sought:  six-month exclusive world digital BhlxfbGCIAA5Nj5rights from date of publication; non-exclusive thereafter.

Other info:

One short story will be published per quarterly issue. Please send only edited and polished work, with the understanding that the majority will be rejected. Due to time constraints, we are unable to give personalized feedback on rejected stories.

Stories that tie-in to a previously established world will be considered, but story must stand alone.

All sub-genres of science fiction will be considered.

Any heat level, from sweet to erotic, will be considered. Be aware that the fiction…

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Writing

How to Collaboratively Write a Book Series

Writing a novel by yourself is hard enough, so how do you corroborate your thoughts and work ethic with someone else's? It's actually very easy if you've got the patience, understanding, diplomacy skills and motivation to keep the ball rolling. This is not a how-to guide. This is not an example of: The One True… Continue reading How to Collaboratively Write a Book Series

NaNoWriMo, Writing

The #NaNoWriMo Week One Quizz!

Hello, buccaneers! By tomorrow morning, week one of NaNoWriMo will be trailing in the dust behind us and then begins the week two push. But let's take a five minute break. I mean, well freaking done for all the words you've written. Phew, imagine if you'd never started? You'd really be nowhere. So let's stop… Continue reading The #NaNoWriMo Week One Quizz!

The Blog, Writing

Bloodshot Buck: new sci-fi series by Willow and Mitch

Humanity is no longer alone, and they’re evolving, as two women struggle to cope with their duties in a new frontier. by W. H. Wood and Mitch K. Allan Look at that beautiful cover. It's hard to believe it's the cover of our first published series, currently airing on Big World Network. WHAT'S IT ABOUT?… Continue reading Bloodshot Buck: new sci-fi series by Willow and Mitch