Category Archive: Guest Author

Hidden in Plain Sight

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Let’s face it: you can’t write a story about much of anything without exposition. It’s necessary. Exposition is the nuts and bolts of a story. It’s the back story, the setting, the critical… Continue reading

2011 Guest Author Recap, Part IV

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Here is the final week our Year-End Guest Author Recap. You can check out the first three weeks here and here and here, respectively, if you haven’t already. Now let’s finish out this month’s author rewind with… Continue reading

2011 Guest Author Recap, Part III

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We’re into the third week of our Year-End Guest Author Recaps. You can check out the first two weeks here and here, respectively, if you haven’t already. Now let’s continue this month’s author rewind with seven… Continue reading

2011 Guest Author Recap, Part II

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Last week we gave you the first of four Year-End Guest Author Recaps. We continue this month’s author rewind with eight more guest posts. 2011 Guest Authors, Part II April 5 ~ Creativity:… Continue reading

2011 Guest Author Recap, Part I

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We’ve had some great guest posts this year, covering the gambit of topics from writing that first draft to getting it published. As thanks, we’d like to give all of our guest authors a… Continue reading

The Red Pen of Doom

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by Ari Marmell I can’t help noticing that an awful lot of these guest blogs are focused, in whole or in part, on the process of getting published. Finding an agent. Using an… Continue reading

How to Read like an Editor

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by Kristine Kathryn Rusch I modified this from a piece I originally wrote for Science Fiction Writer’s Marketplace and Sourcebook, Writers Digest Books, 1994. Back then, I edited The Magazine of Fantasy &… Continue reading

The PLC Interviews A.S. King

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A.S. King’s newest YA novel, Everybody Sees the Ants (Little, Brown October 2011) is a Junior Library Guild selection, has received several starred reviews, and has been called “a subtly written, profoundly honest novel” by Booklist. Her… Continue reading

“Prepare the Standard Rich and Famous Contract.”

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Of all the landmarks in a writer’s life, nothing ever matches the first time someone tells you your work makes them want to vomit.  For me it happened twenty minutes after I sent Dust, my first novel, as an e-query to the first of the long list of names I’d collected from the Agent Query website; I pressed the “send” button, my hand shaking with nerves, expecting to wait weeks or months to hear a word.  Instead, a immediate terse reply:  My sample chapters were “nauseating,” but they knew a tiny independent horror press who might like them.  (The tiny horror press was indefinitely closed to submissions.  Occasionally, I think the agent knew this in advance.)

Taking a Swing at Those Writing Slumps

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by Jamie Todd Rubin I knew from a pretty early age that I would never make it to the big leagues. I wasn’t a bad ball player, mind you, but there was just… Continue reading

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