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October 17, 2019

Three Reasons To Kill Your Darlings

By Ben Graff As writers, we have a natural tendency to like and feel protective toward our work. What appears to flow on the page when it is finally read by others, is actually the result of many desk hours, false starts and significant re-drafting. Still, perhaps for all the care we already take, there…

October 8, 2019

What To Do About Imposter Syndrome

By Wendy S. Delmater Is there anything a writer can do about “Imposter Syndrome,” that feeling that you are just faking it and you’re not really who everyone in the writing community thinks you are? Yes. Let me use myself as an example. Back when in 2005, I started running Abyss & Apex, I used…

October 3, 2019

5 Paying Literary Markets to Submit to in October 2019

These are a mix of literary and genre markets that are open in October 2019, though not all are open throughout the month. All of them pay writers. Translunar Travelers Lounge The editors of this speculative fiction magazine want stories that are “fun”. Their guidelines say, “A fun story, at its core, is one that…

September 26, 2019

Eight New and Emerging Literary Journals

By Alex J. Coyne There’s no lack of literary journals when you’re a writer who has work to submit, but writers sometimes forget to look beyond the already-established journals. There are even more literary journals that have just sprung up, or have only been in existence for a few years so far – these unexplored…

September 12, 2019

A Professional Editor’s Perspective on Novelettes and Novellas

Wendy S. Delmater You may be one of a number of authors who finds themselves writing at the novella or novelette length. What is a novella or a novelette? Here are the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s definition of what constitutes a short story, novelette, novella or novel. It is based on the…

What Not to Do: Who, What, Or Why?

Wendy S. Delmater As a writer you want your readers fully immersed in your world, as seen through the eyes of a character that they fully identify with. The very last thing you want to do is break the reader’s trance state.  This is the first in a series of articles where I’ll use the…

September 5, 2019

5 Paying Literary Markets to Submit to in September 2019

These literary markets are open during September 2019, although not all of them are open throughout the month. They’re a mix of literary and genre markets, and they all pay writers. Broken Pencil This is a Canadian publication of zine culture and independent arts. They are currently open for fiction submissions via Submittable, and for…

August 29, 2019

I’m Not Playing On My Phone… I’m Selling Books!

As a mother and a writer, I often feel guilty when I am working because it means time away from the family. However, I decided long ago that I needed and deserved time to write and I guard it fiercely, whilst making sure it does not intrude on family life too much. In recent years…

August 22, 2019

5 Dystopian Fiction Markets

By Alex J. Coyne Dystopian fiction can be described as a genre that presents us with a vision of an often terrifying and unsettling future or sometimes past. It’s stories like Brave New World and 1984, and it’s ones like The Handmaid’s Tale and The Matrix. The genre has received considerable media coverage (New Statesman,…

August 15, 2019

Three Reasons To Work With An Editor On Your Book

Ben Graff For any writer, knowing how to make your book the best it can possibly be, is not an easy question. For the new author it is even more acute. What you have written matters. You have lived with the story for so long in your head. All those desk hours later something real…

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