Reposted: A Pulp Perspective on Urban Fantasy

Check out this great article by Kai Wai Cheah, readers! A Pulp Perspective on Urban Fantasy What is urban fantasy? A fantasy story set in a city. A simple definition. With that, you could have a story of jinni and magi in late 19th century Istanbul, an occult detective solving supernatural crimes in 1920s New … Continue reading Reposted: A Pulp Perspective on Urban Fantasy

Reposted: How to Pick up a Pen

Take a look at this interesting article by J.D. Cowan, readers: How to Pick up a Pen "I'm not an author, I'm a writer, that's all I am. Authors want their names down in history; I want to keep the smoke coming out of the chimney." ~ Mickey Spillane It's been awhile, so let us … Continue reading Reposted: How to Pick up a Pen

Reposted: 5 Types of Editing for Authors

Check out this great article from Belinda Pollard, readers: 5 Types of Editing for Authors I often get asked about the different forms of editing, so here’s a summary. First, let’s dispel a myth… Editing is not spellchecking. Some phases of editing might include a spellcheck, but professional editing is much bigger than that — a whole … Continue reading Reposted: 5 Types of Editing for Authors

Reposted: Yakuza 0 and the Art of Writing the Anti-Criminal

Check out this intriguing piece by Kit Sun Cheah, readers! Yakuza 0 and the Art of Writing the Anti-Criminal Kiryu Kazuma is a bad guy. Kiryu Kazuma isn’t a bad guy. The main protagonist of most of the games in the long-running Yakuza franchise, Kiryu Kazuma is the heart and soul of the series. Yakuza 0 explores his origins as a … Continue reading Reposted: Yakuza 0 and the Art of Writing the Anti-Criminal

Reposted: 3 Character Arcs in the Karpman Drama Triangle

Take a look at this intriguing article by K.M. Weiland: 3 Character Arcs in the Karpman Drama Triangle Drama presents something of an interesting conundrum. On the one hand, drama is the essence of story. Without it and its inherent dissonance, conflict, and stakes, there really isn’t much to a story. As writers and readers, we love drama. … Continue reading Reposted: 3 Character Arcs in the Karpman Drama Triangle

The Query Letter, Part 3: How to Write a Query Letter for a Novel

In this series, we have covered the “small things” for which an author would need to write a Query Letter. These are the query letters for the short story and the nonfiction article, which can and often does cover a multitude of subjects. With a little adaptation, the formats for these particular query letters can … Continue reading The Query Letter, Part 3: How to Write a Query Letter for a Novel

Reposted: How to Start, Build, and Grow Your Email List

Take a look at this helpful article, readers! How to Start, Build, and Grow Your Email List One of the most essential steps you’ll ever take when preparing for your book launch and starting your career as a serious author is your email subscription list. Having a good, strong, dependable email list of actively engaged … Continue reading Reposted: How to Start, Build, and Grow Your Email List

The Writer’s Platform: What It Is, How to Build It, and How It Helps an Author Sell Books

Last week, I promised to discuss platform; what it is, why it is important, and how to build it. But first and foremost, we must define our terms. In this case, just what is a writer’s platform? The closest definition Merriam-Webster Dictionary* has that would accurately describe it is, “2: a declaration of principles on … Continue reading The Writer’s Platform: What It Is, How to Build It, and How It Helps an Author Sell Books

The Query Letter, Part 2: How to a Write Query Letter for a Nonfiction Article

Previously, we discussed the best manner in which to present a piece of fiction to an editor with a query letter. This week, we will look at how to write a query letter for a nonfiction article. Wait, some say. Why not write about querying for a novel? Isn’t that the logical next step for … Continue reading The Query Letter, Part 2: How to a Write Query Letter for a Nonfiction Article

Observe, Listen, Question, and Learn: The 4 Main Tools for the Astute Author

Do you recall the old admonishment: “Stop, look, and listen”? For young girls and boys, waiting is difficult – especially when you want to go from one side of the highway to the next, and there are no vehicles in sight. But once this practice becomes second nature (hopefully without the aid of a few … Continue reading Observe, Listen, Question, and Learn: The 4 Main Tools for the Astute Author