HorrorNews.Net has posted a review of Night Terrors, the anthology of 31 short horror stories, which includes by short story “While Gabriel Slept.” Overall, they say: Creepy, macabre subject matter fills the pages of a Blood Bound Books first, Night Terrors: An Anthology of Horror edited by Theresa Dillon. Night Terrors is an anthology of […]
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Amazon announced yesterday (July 19, 2010): Over the past three months, for every 100 hardcover books Amazon.com has sold, it has sold 143 Kindle books. Over the past month, for every 100 hardcover books Amazon.com has sold, it has sold 180 Kindle books. This is good news. Ebooks give readers a quick, easy and (hopefully) […]
In Part One of this series, I discussed what new writers can learn from small businesses as they begin their careers as authors. Basically, be professional and understand that when you are seeking to be paid for your work, you stop being an artist and become a business person. So, act like a business person […]
Fledgling authors and small, start-up business faces similar challenges. Both are brand new in existing markets and struggling to get noticed among established names. While on the surface they may seem different, both writers and businesses employs tactics that the other can use: authors can learn some business savvy from small start-ups, and fledging business […]
My article on using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to understand and define tension in a story has been re-posted on ChiZine’s Speculations blog: http://chiseries.blogspot.com/2010/06/maslows-horror-archy-of-tension.html
Defining risks to generate tension can be a challenge. Using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs can help define those risks, how someone would deal with them, and how to describe them in your narrative.
Get a rejection for your story triggers the process of grieving. Though not as serious as losing a loved one, the process of denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance are the same. The trick is not the fight it, but let your mind work through the process and come out the other side ready to submit it elsewhere.
If you’re looking to join or set up a writing group, know what you want out of it. Look for a group that will meet your goals and has writers with similar interests and levels of experience.
Relying on policies to communicate information about your job does not work. Policies are reference materials, not communications tools. So create a basic overview to summarize the policy.
Norm Sherman of The Drabblecast (drabblecast.org) has let me know they’ve accepted my Drabble (a 100-word story) “Wall of Gloves”. (I say “accepted” and not “sold” since there is no payment for drabbles.) If you don’t know The Drabblecast, they run slightly offbeat, short speculative fiction. They ran “All In” by my friend Peter Atwood […]