We’ve had a substantial number of submissions at Literary Wanderlust lately. We always take the time to read every submission with the goal of finding some really great stories to contract and turn into books. Well, that’s not actually true. There is one category of submissions that we reject without reading—books with exorbitant word counts. What? […]
You know how it is. You are some place, maybe waiting in a long line, or at the car repair shop. You strike up a conversation with someone. You talk about the wait time, or the weather, or the food, or some safe topic. Inevitably, the conversation will get around to the business of what […]
Sometimes when I am reading the slush pile (my submission inbox for Literary Wanderlust), I come across a really good story idea but the story winds up being boring. Usually, it’s because the story does not contain any plot twists to pique my interest. What is a plot twist? A plot twist is an unexpected, […]
via Get Matched! is an online critique partnering service to help you find just the right person to partner with. It’s free. It’s a great idea. And I wanted to share.
Recently my press was mentioned in an author’s listing for publishers seeking submissions. It’s a great thing, truly. I am not complaining. The more submissions the better. The number of queries we received (so far) in the month of March is 75% more than the number of queries we receive in the month of February. […]
If you want to be traditionally published, at some point you will have to pitch your novel. Here are some tips.
Should you write a prologue for your novel? I am biased, I admit, but here's some information to help you decide.
Would you want to read about someone whom you didn’t particularly like? Granted, readers have different tastes but as a rule, we readers don’t want to spend our time reading about people we dislike or find annoying.
Writing is a solitary activity. It just isn’t possible to have someone else do your writing for you. Sure, you can hire a ghost writer, but then the ghost writer is the actual writer, not you. If YOU are the writer, then you must do that activity all by your lonesome. There is no other […]
Happy New Year! For my birthday this year, I am raising money for Food Bank of the Rockies. I would be grateful for any donations to this organization. Even $1 can make a difference. https://www.facebook.com/donate/2198626033693644/?fundraiser_source=e...