January 4, 2017

The Internet is a glorious invention. It connects, assists, entertains, and, for better or worse, distracts us with its endless array of temptations. But, some of those temptations – for example, plagiarising another person’s work – must be resisted....

December 13, 2016

The ability to publish independently is a boon for authors. It means we’re no longer restricted to traditional publishing avenues, and that any writer – provided they have adequate resources (an important caveat) – can take control of the distributio...

November 26, 2016

There comes a time in the life of every child, literal or otherwise, when a parent has to push said child out of the nest. When, after we've done all we can to prepare them; after we've suffered through sleepless nights, arguments, tears, joys, and b...

July 5, 2016

So, this week’s been a little on the difficult side. Hold on, who am I kidding: it been a crappy week, in terms of my writing, at least. Three rejections: one for a novel; one for an anthology; and one for two stories entered into a competition (does...

June 30, 2016

Here is a question: should a writer create and delve into the lives of characters outside their gendered, sexual, racial, and/or cultural experience? Before you start nodding and thumping your writing desk with privileged conviction, consider how fra...

December 27, 2015

In my last post, I wrote about one way we can increase our chances of avoiding rejection; through clear formatting that meets the expectations of a publisher, agent, or judge in a competition. In terms of getting a story ready to send out, this is th...

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