Archive | October, 2013

Horror and Terror

It’s that time of year again: the time of year when the days grow shorter, the nights grow longer, and the time of year we like to huddle around a campfire and scare the pants off each other. (Or is it huddling around a campfire sipping things flavoured with cinnamon and nutmeg? I can never remember.) Oh yes, Halloween is just around the corner (or…tomorrow) and it’s time to discuss all things horror. Horror as […]


Should I Self-Publish My Work?

For this month, I want to open up a topic that has been a very popular discussion among writers I know and/or work with: Should I consider self-publishing my work? Most people think that, as an agent, I hate self-publishing. But that’s not the case at all. And in fact, we’ve assisted and advised a number of clients in self-publishing over the past few years. We have seen some success from this. We have seen some books have […]


Pub(lishing) Crawl Tips for NaNoWriMo 2013

It’s that time again! NaNoWriMo time! You all know how much I adore National Novel Writing Month. Heck, I set up a forum/bootcamp specifically for NaNoWriMo camaraderie, so when I talk about NaNo, you all KNOW I’m Super Serious. To get you all ready and excited, I wanted to share tips and info on what NaNoWriMo is and how to reach the end. THE BASICS: When you sing, you begin with do-re-mi… Wait, wrong song. When you […]


Last Call: Far, Far Away by Tom McNeal

In Far, Far Away, Jeremy is hearing voices. More specifically, a single voice—the ghost of Jacob Grimm, one half of the infamous Brothers Grimm. As Jacob watches over Jeremy, protecting him and the town of Never Better from dark, unknown evils, a girl named Ginger Boultinghouse grows interested in Jeremy’s ability. And a grim chain of events begins to unfold… The quote above got us thinking about travel, and we might argue Jeremy’s grandfather on this […]


Writing Diverse Fiction: A Practical Guide

Very few of us set out to intentionally write misogynistic or racist things. Some people are horrible, true, but the rest of us? We are products of our society, and as a result, we may all occasionally fall victim to misogynistic, condescending, or racist/white-washing thinking. I’ve certainly done it. I distinctly remember once remarking off-hand how “I’m a total female, because I suck at directions,” and then immediately thinking, “Why did I word it like […]