Blue Corona

Splashdown Books changes business model

Grace Bridges, owner of Splashdown Books, recently changed the company’s business model from royalty share to an author co-op. Under the royalty share plan, books were published with no cash investment by the author. Now, authors will pay Bridges for the editing of their books, but will retain all rights and royalties while effectively self-publishing […]

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Piffle and Other Funny Words

Did you ever notice how some some words just sound ridiculous? Or how some people hate some words, despite the total legitimacy of the word. I’m not talking about irritating, non-words like irregardless and supposively, but genuine words. For example, I know a lot of people hate the word moist. It’s a real word. It […]

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Interview with Morgan Busse

I am so very excited for my good friend and critique partner, Morgan Busse. Last Tuesday was the release of her 3rd book (and also the final book of the her trilogy). I thought you all might want to get to know a little bit more about her and her books (which I highly recommend). […]

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Hybrid Authors

When you’re a writer, at some point you have to face the decision about whether to self-publish or pursue traditional publishing. There are pros and cons to both routes, so it really depends on both the author and the book itself what the best option is. For some, that may be an easy decision. For […]

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Alphabet Blogging: X is for…

Xeroxed characters. Have you ever read a book and thought that every single one of the characters sounded and acted the same way and even seemed to have the same motivations? It’s almost like the author just copied one character several different times, gave them a different hair or eye color to distinguish, and set […]

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What Christian Writers Offer That Others Can’t

Guest Blogger: Glen Robinson In the book, More Than Words: Contemporary Writers on the Works That Shaped Them, Stephen Lawhead writes about how the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien influenced him as a writer. Lawhead concluded from his study of Tolkien as a writer that regardless of what you write, who you are comes through in […]

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Top 5 Things I’ve Learned About Selling Ebooks

Guest Blogger: Kessie Carroll There are a few things that go without saying, so I’m not detailing those. Namely, the story and editing have to not suck. The cover has to be awesome, with high contrast and readable text at thumbnail size. Without those two things—you know, having a QUALITY PRODUCT—you’re not going to sell […]

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Leaving Your Readers Something to Think About

Guest Blogger: Robin Johns Grant I am just now publishing my second novel, but of course I’m also a reader. One of my favorite reads is a speculative or supernatural fiction book that’s just the right amount of weird. In other words, it’s not so out there that I can’t even follow the story, or […]

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I Wrote Some Words Today

And I liked it. Don’t laugh. Sometimes putting thoughts into words is hard work. It wasn’t tonight, but it’s been very hard lately. Oh yeah, I’ve got all the excuses. Actually other people make them for me. “You’ve been through so much change lately.” “You’re very busy.” I guess. Who isn’t busy though? And when […]

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The International Society for Tales with Elves

The Rules of the Society: To qualify for membership, your stories must have at least one Elf. Your stories must not contain Laser Blasters or anything else of that sort. There are no other rules. Dear Diary, I have been a member in good standing of the ISTE for several years. All my novels and […]

Author's Journey

Why It’s So Hard to Make a Living Writing

Why It’s So Hard to Make a Living Writing

Rachel Hauck, a best-selling romance novelist, once said at a meeting of the Central Florida chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers that you can make money writing. You may not make a living, but you can make money. It’s an important distinction, and one I’ve heard before. Few novelists make their sole income from novel […]

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The Resolution

The Resolution

After they murdered The Cleaning Fairy, The Gnomes started running amok. Mother instituted The Plan to take care of them. So the gnomes began The Retaliation. This started The War. Now, the war must end. The Rise of the Gnomes Part Six: The Resolution Mother sat for a long time, just staring at the leader […]

Critical Views

Teacup Review: Avenir Eclectia

Teacup Review: Avenir Eclectia

It’s been a while since we sat down with a cup of tea and a book. But I just finished Avenir Eclectia, with which some of you may be familiar, so I thought I’d share my observations. It’s hard to review a book when its authors and editors are your friends. One always worries about […]

Life and Such

You Never Know How Long You’ve Got

You Never Know How Long You’ve Got

My Facebook feed flooded last week with stories about Jonathan Crombie, the actor who played Gilbert Blythe in the Anne of Green Gables movies. It seems like every woman in my generation confessed to having had a crush on him. Gretchen Kuykendall Engel put it well when she wrote, “There is a bit of Gilbert […]

Our Faith

The Good Friday on which I truly mourned

The Good Friday on which I truly mourned

Good Friday is a difficult holiday. Like Yom Kippur, it’s not something one “celebrates.” It’s something one “observes.” Tenebrae services are somber, yet once they are over, it’s easy to go home and return to “normal” life. That day, and the day that follows, should be ones of solemn contemplation. Yet we get up and […]

Random Things

Saving Old Stories

Saving Old Stories

My eleven-year-old mentioned last night that he was planning to throw away his story, “Once Upon An Alien,” of which he had written about seven chapters. Because he was going to write something new. Now, being the ADD-ish writer that I am, I totally understand how a new idea can trump an old one, and […]