Month: April 2018

A Week of Writing: 4/23/18 to 4/29/18

On more week of writing, editing, and submitting in the books. Getting close to done(ish) on at least one big project. The Novel Solid production on the novel for the week, and I passed 80,000 words total. I’m at the climax of the story,… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 4/23/18 to 4/29/18”

Back to Basics: More Cover Letter Components

In Back to Basics: The Cover Letter, I presented an example of a basic cover letter with all the elements a publisher usually wants to see. But what if the publisher ask for something additional that deviates from that letter? What might those somethings… Continue Reading “Back to Basics: More Cover Letter Components”

A Day in the Life of a First Draft

As you know, writing requires extreme dedication to the craft, unswerving discipline, and nigh-supernatural resistance to distraction. To shed some light on this magical process, I present a semi-fictionalized account of a single day in in the creation of a first draft. 8:00 a.m.… Continue Reading “A Day in the Life of a First Draft”

A Week of Writing: 4/16/18 to 4/22/18

Another week gone by, another week of of writing. More positive yardage and some decent progress on projects big and small. The Novel More production this week at a fairly respectable pace. I’m in the meat of the third act, and I’m looking at… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 4/16/18 to 4/22/18”

One-Hour Flash – Fuel for the Fire

Time to dust off another also-ran from the one-hour flash files. As usual, this is a story written in one hour based on a photo prompt for a contest/exercise. The time stamp on Word says I wrote this one in September of 2013. What… Continue Reading “One-Hour Flash – Fuel for the Fire”

200 Rejections: An Analysis

I recently found myself wondering how many rejections I’ve received since I started using Duotrope (religiously) to track my submissions. So, uh, I went and looked . . . I’ve received 218 rejections. Is that a lot? Maybe, but to me it (usually) just feels… Continue Reading “200 Rejections: An Analysis”

A Week of Writing: 4/9/18 to 4/15/18

One more week in the books. One more week of progress. One more week of writing. The Novel After less than ideal production the week before, I accomplished something resembling a respectable pace last week. Not where I wanted to be, but not bad.… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 4/9/18 to 4/15/18”

Ranks of the Rejected: Avily Jerome (Havok Magazine)

Today it is my privilege to present an interview with Avily Jerome, the editor for Havok magazine. Avily is an accomplished editor and writer, and she has great advice for authors who want to publish in Havok (or publish in general). She also knows a thing or two… Continue Reading “Ranks of the Rejected: Avily Jerome (Havok Magazine)”

Back to Basics: The Cover Letter

Hey, let’s talk about cover letters again. I see this subject pop up a lot when it comes to submissions. There are a lot of opinions, and my opinion goes something like this: keep it short, keep it simple, and follow the guidelines. Let… Continue Reading “Back to Basics: The Cover Letter”

A Week of Writing: 4/2/18 to 4/8/18

Another week has come and gone, and here are my writing triumphs and failures laid bare for your amusement and edification. The Novel So, uh, yeah, I’m like writing this horror novel with a desired goal of 15,000 words a week and a minimum… Continue Reading “A Week of Writing: 4/2/18 to 4/8/18”

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