January 30, 2014

Review of Danse Macabre

Most of the journals we have been reviewing lately accept very few creative works; most only accept around 1% or less of the work submitted to them. When you are first starting out, sometimes you just want to get your name out there and have your work published. Danse Macabre accepts almost 70% of the…

Writing Prompt: 50/50

Some writers pepper their books with dialogue, some rarely add any dialogue: Conversations are mostly recapped, and they don’t actually happen live. I love dialogue. You can add wit to an otherwise dull section of the book with dialogue, and you can give a character more dimension through the words they choose to say out…

January 29, 2014

Review of Lightspeed

Lightspeed is an established monthly electronic publisher of science fiction and fantasy writing. Many of the works that have been published there have gone on to be nominated for prestigious genre awards, including the Hugo and Nebulla awards. They pay their authors 8 cents a word and publish stories of up to 7,500 words in…

January 23, 2014

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Why a Writer Must also Be a Salesperson

You’re a writer, just like I am. Perhaps you’ve always known you had a natural talent for grammar and an ear for tone and flow. When your English teacher was diagramming sentences, you just knew what was correct; not because you could name all the parts of speech, but because your intuition told you where…

Writing Prompt: Rear Window

Rear Window is a classic Alfred Hitchcock movie. It stars Jimmy Stewart as a professional photographer stuck in his tiny New York apartment because of an accident. He has very little to do all day, which has turned him into a watcher. The rear window of his apartment faces a courtyard where he can see…

Whiskey Island Review

Whiskey Island Review is a non-profit literary magazine that has been published by students of Cleveland State University for over 30 years. They accept original poetry, prose, and art submissions during two reading periods. They publish two issues a year. They are established, respected, and produce wonderful print issues. Whiskey Island Review accepts less than…

Pen-L Publishing (Book Publisher Accepting Queries)

The website Preditor and Editor has long been considered one of the most reliable and comprehensive sources for information about publishing companies. Their website might be hard to navigate and awkward to look at, but their information is good. This year the company Pen-L Publishing was chosen by their readers as one of the top…

January 20, 2014

3 Ways Promote Yourself As A Writer (Even When You Don’t Want To)

“Writing is something you do alone. Its a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don’t want to make eye contact while doing it.”  ― John Green As an introvert, a writer, and a very reluctant self-promoter, this quote has always struck me as being particularly profound. Not just because of…

January 16, 2014

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Authors Publish Guiding Principles

Authors Publish was founded by two creative writers who wanted to encourage other writers to publish their work and establish themselves as authors. Since the very beginning our principles have guided every review we have ever written and every article we have ever published. For the first time we are formally publishing our principles along…

Rust + Moth: Accepting Chapbooks

Rust + Moth is a literary journal that has been publishing some excellent artwork, poems, and short fiction in print and electronic editions since 2008. They are currently open to short fiction and poetry submissions for the journal. Visit their website if you want more information about that. However, this review is instead focusing on…

Writing Prompt: The Insomniac

Your main character can’t sleep. They can eat, they can talk, they have a job, they are like most other characters, except for one fact: they cannot sleep. Not even a little nap. Maybe they used to be able to sleep, but something has changed, and they can no longer close their eyes and dream….

The Five Best Literary Journals That Have Re-opened to Submissions This Month

Every month journals open and close their reading periods. At the start of the year, several great journals re-opened their doors to submissions after taking a great deal of time off. The journals are listed in no particular order, it would be a great achievement to have work accepted by any of them. 1. LIT…

January 9, 2014

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Casperian Books

Casperian Books is a small independent publisher of fiction. They are a fairly small company but they seem to be doing something right because they have been around for eight years. They have an easy to navigate website and they publish books primarily in print. Whenever you choose to go with a small publisher like…

7 Secrets For Overcoming Writer’s Block

Writer’s block is one of the most frustrating afflictions that a writer can suffer from. It can cause unparalleled stress from project delays, missed deadlines, it can even cause you to second guess your talent. It is safe to say that everyone has suffered from writer’s block at some point in their lives. Studies have…

The Setting is The Story

Setting is the key to many stories. I Capture the Castle by Dodi Smith would not be nearly so powerful if it was set elsewhere. The Great Gatsby would be a completely different story if it took place in the Midwest. So many stories rely on their location to tell the story. This exercise is…

Camroc Press Review: One Day Response Rates

If you want to be published, one of the worst things is waiting to hear back from publishers. I once received a rejection from The Harvard Review almost two years after submitting to them. By that time all the poems I had submitted to The Harvard Review had been accepted elsewhere. I had officially withdrawn…

January 2, 2014

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Writing Contests: 4 Questions to Ask Before Paying a Fee.

As an author, editor, professional submitter, and poet, I end up talking about writing contests a great deal. A lot of writers enter contests, but as a general rule we do not review contests in Authors Publish, Magazine. Why? Because contests almost always have an entry fee attached The first time I ever encountered a…

Writing Prompt: Secret Room

Imagine a house. It can be based on one you know well, or one you like from another book. But you should feel pretty comfortable with this house, even if parts of it are fictional. You should know how well maintained the house is, how big it is, and the architectural style it leans towards….