Most of my author friends are self-published or hybrid writers. I often feel "out of the loop" when it comes to the details of the self-publishing process, so I decided it was time to take the plunge. At the behest one of them, I took the six blog posts about my workshop experience and why... Continue Reading →
Part One Part Two Part Three Part Four Mar. 1st, 2018 The fifth story was an exploration of dragons. The first thing the buying editor admitted to was the fact that she did not articulate what she wanted as well as she thought she had. Unfortunately, that wasn't apparent until she got the stories and... Continue Reading →
Part One Part Two Part Three Feb. 28th, 2018 The theme for story four was "chances," and although there were plenty of clues in the submission call that it was to be a romance anthology, it was never explicitly stated. Two people that take chances to be together didn't say "romance" to everyone in... Continue Reading →
Part One Part Two Feb. 27th, 2018 The story for the third week had to do with strangers dealing with each other. And it was another one of those that made me scratch my head, especially the part about not wanting to read anything icky since it was a parent-child editorial team. No definition of... Continue Reading →
Part One. Feb. 26th, 2018 The workshop's second assignment was another difficult one. The theme was "Broken Dreams" and the editor specified that she didn't want the "Boulevard of Broken Dreams." Even with the 8000-word limit, I wanted to skip this uncomfortable subject. But I had to try. Otherwise, I'd be wasting my time... Continue Reading →
"The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism." - Norman Vincent Peale One-point-two million words. Two-hundred-and-seventy stories. Six editors. Why sign up to write six stories in six weeks without knowing a single thing about what you were going to be asked to write? Well,... Continue Reading →
Thanks to everyone who came out to the Writer's Guild of Texas tonight for my presentation. You were such a great audience. All the resources I mentioned can be found here.