Staying Inspired

There’s this thing in writing. You know it. That burst of inspiration. That dizzy can’t-eat-can’t-sleep love for a new story idea. That feverish hunching over your keyboard to get all the thoughts down as swiftly as possible, before they go the way of so many 1AM ideas. You probably know that feeling. And then the feeling that comes when you’re a few chapters in and struggling to find the courage to sit down at the […]

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Writing Series: The Cliffhanger Dilemma

When it comes to series, people seem to either love or hate cliffhangers. I’ve always been in the camp that prefers a cliffhanger-free story. This doesn’t mean I expect all plot threads to be tied up in a neat bow by the final page, but I do expect the story’s main conflict to be resolved. Let’s quickly look at a graphic you’ve probably seen countless times before: The character starts out with some level of […]

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Guest Post: The Realities of Publishing (And What Rejection Has Taught Me)

We’ve all heard the stories. There’s the girl who sends out her first batch of queries, only to get an immediate deluge of full requests and wake up the next morning with eight offers of representation waiting in her inbox. Or the debut author who goes on submission, only to find himself fending off several six-figure, multi-book, preempt offers the following week. Well, here’s Reality Check #1: That’s not going to be you. (Ok, I […]

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Spoiler Alert! Licensed Movie and TV tie-in publishing

As an editor of licensed properties, I have worked on publishing programs for films, television shows, and video games. I’m often asked about the process of creating those publishing programs and how writers can break into that market. What is the process of working on the publishing process for a licensed property? There is a constant back and forth between the publishing house and the studio/creator of the film/tv series/video game. When I’m assigned a […]

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Interview with C.J. Redwine, author of Defiance

Hi guys! Today I’m here with the lovely C.J. Redwine, fellow Apocalypsie (and Nashville-resident!) and author of the hotly anticipated Defiance! 😀 Defiance Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission […]

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