Should You Use Multiple Pen Names?

Multiple pen names are useful for famous authors, not so much the indie-writer. Pen names can be useful when used appropriately and for the right reasons. As an established author with a powerful publishing house and paid publicists, pen names can be a powerful marketing tool. Readers will always know what they’re getting. Let’s think of Nora … More Should You Use Multiple Pen Names?

3 Tips on Writing a Cover Letter to a Literature Magazine

Today’s post is focusing on cover letters, specifically for submissions intended for literature magazines. I want to emphasize that while editors do not put much weight on a cover letter, a poorly written one WILL make it more difficult for your story to be accepted. To demonstrate, here’s the cover letter I submitted for a … More 3 Tips on Writing a Cover Letter to a Literature Magazine

WIP Research – 5 Facts of Schizophrenia

One of the most important factors in a novel, especially fiction, is that facts are correct. If they aren’t, there must be logical reasoning for why the author chose to deviate from realistic expectations. Take Superman as an example. There’s an explanation available for why he’s able to bounce bullets off his chest and laser criminals … More WIP Research – 5 Facts of Schizophrenia

The Big 5 – Who They Are & Why Some Writers Choose to Walk Away

Depending how far along you are in your writing journey, you may know who the “Big 5” are, or you might have just heard the term during a book club gathering and nodded along, sticking your nose in your steaming coffee hoping no one noticed you didn’t have a clue. Needless to say, they’re called “big” … More The Big 5 – Who They Are & Why Some Writers Choose to Walk Away

What is High Concept and Why Do Agents Want It?

A “high concept” story already sounds intimidating and difficult to achieve, but when you look at the definition, it’s really not so bad. The Definition High Concept: A story which can be explained using a single sentence. (Source) That’s it! Doesn’t sound so bad, does it? But to help you understand, here are some examples: … More What is High Concept and Why Do Agents Want It?