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?

10 Amateur Mistakes to Avoid When Submitting Flash Fiction to Literary Magazines

I’m still chugging away submitting flash and short stories to magazines and I’ve noticed I’ve gotten into a realm of more personal rejection, a small handful of acceptances, but also that nifty 20/20 hindsight, which I can now tongue-in-cheek share with you! My first few months of flash stories were landing me in the form-rejection pile for… More 10 Amateur Mistakes to Avoid When Submitting Flash Fiction to Literary Magazines

Book Review & Writer Tips – Angelfall (Series)

Spoiler-Free Book Review (For writing tips based on Susan Ee’s success, skip down a few paragraphs!) It’s safe to say that if I’m doing this review on the entire Angelfall series, I loved it! Everything about this book was amazing. Susan Ee is officially one of my new favorite authors. But just her writing wasn’t all that was… More Book Review & Writer Tips – Angelfall (Series)

A.J. Publication Announcement – The Drowned Prince

Great news to share today! My first paid publication is now out in the world and I couldn’t be more proud! Bards and Sages Quarterly release a bi-monthly flash fiction magazine described as: The Bards and Sages Quarterly features original short speculative fiction from both new and established authors.  Our writers include first-time authors, Pushcart Prize… More A.J. Publication Announcement – The Drowned Prince

#TKA20 Twitter Pitch Results! – June 29, 2016

*Disclaimer: This list is not an official list and is not in collaboration with TKA. This is just a book blogger/writer making life easier for you to get inside agents’ heads as I try and do the same.* I love me some Twitter Pitch Contests, and #TKA20 was no exception! The Knight Agency (TKA) was established by Diedre… More #TKA20 Twitter Pitch Results! – June 29, 2016