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Creating Memorable Characters Part Two: Uniqueness

Creating Memorable Characters Part Two: Uniqueness

A few weeks ago I started a new series on Creating Memorable Characters. In Part One, I talked about giving your character a flaw of some sort to make him or her relatable. Not only must your character be relatable, he or she must be unique. Just as no two people are exactly alike, no […]

Creating Memorable Characters Part One: Relatability

Creating Memorable Characters Part One: Relatability

I’m a plot-first writer. I have grand ideas and interwoven plots and subplots and story arcs. I discussed on my personal blog the difference between a Plot-First writer and a Character-First writer. All stories need both a good plot and an interesting character. You can have the most interesting and exciting plot in the world, […]

Crosshair Press Open for Submissions

Crosshair Press Open for Submissions

Guest Blogger: Amy Davis The Crosshair Press founding team members are Amy Williams, Katie Morford, and Amy Davis. Our respective backgrounds include copywriting, journalism, copyediting, and missionary work, and a plethora of random things like insurance, plumbing, and research. The idea of Crosshair Press hatched around a restaurant breakfast table in Wichita, Kansas, over toast […]

Submit Your Stories to Havok Magazine

Submit Your Stories to Havok Magazine

If y’all aren’t following Havok magazine, you should be. This flash fiction magazine is the place to get your quick hits of speculative fiction, and it’s a great paying market for you to submit to. Each issue of Havok has a theme, and submitted stories must fit the theme. Below are themes for upcoming issues. […]

Three Paying Short Fiction Markets

Three Paying Short Fiction Markets

Through a Facebook friend, I recently discovered a trio of speculative fiction podcasts that are looking for stories. They are produced by a group called Escape Artists, and are available on iTunes or through their individual websites. The podcasts have good production values, and the stories are read by excellent voiceover artists. These are not […]

New Publisher: Brimstone Fiction

New Publisher: Brimstone Fiction

Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas launched a new imprint, Brimstone Fiction, which will publish the speculative genres. The company is specifically looking for Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and YA speculative. Brimstone publishes in print, e-book, and audio, with plans to release two books a quarter. Brimstone’s guidelines indicate it will accept manuscripts from 55,000 to […]

Splashdown Books changes business model

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 […]