How to Sell Short Stories to an Anthology

It gives me great pleasure to introduce a post from a guest blogger: Debroah Walker. She is one of the other authors appearing in The Great Tome of Fantastic and Wondrous Places  with me. Be sure to look for her science fiction story ‘Low the Ascomycotan Sky’ when the anthology comes …

Lorgren Launch Party

Five and a half years ago I had my first Idhuan Launch Party for Lendhlay. My project was to write a short story and an ‘encyclopedia’ entry for each of the fourteen kingdoms of Idhua. Now, after 60 rejection letters and two acceptances, 3 different writing groups, dozens of rough …

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Autumn Road to Yessar appearing in the Great Tomes Series

My novelette “Autumn Road to Yessar” will be appearing in The Great Tome of Fantastic and Wondrous Places due in September from Bards and Sages Publishing. Set in the country of Provaria, Autumn Road to Yessar tells the story of Amian Milfre. At her son’s wedding, Amian realizes that she …

The Floating Islands: Book Review

The Floating Islands Rachel Neumeier Alfred A. Knopf division of Random House (2011) The Floating Islands may be held aloft by the magic of the air dragons, but their story is held aloft by Neumeier’s lyrical prose and deft storytelling. Newly orphaned Trei comes to the Floating Islands to live …

Marketing 101

Once a story (article, novel, poem) is accepted somewhere what is the next step? Besides continuing to submit everything else of course: 52 rejections and 11 stories out right now. Anyway, the answer of course is marketing! I have this submission thing down, and with my “Rejection Rewards” program, I’m …

Rewards for Rejection Letters

I like to organize things. I like deadlines, and to-do lists, and working toward a clear goal, even if it’s a very distant goal. I lose motivation when I can’t track progress or the final result is uncertain. These aspects of my work style are somewhat antithetical to the process …

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Toward Re-Enchantment

My goal is to tell stories that re-enchant. I begin with myself and hope that I am able to re-enchant my readers as well. This goal is elusive because re-enchantment is elusive: a unicorn slipping though the layers of a spring green forest. What do I mean by re-enchantment? Given …

September Writing Events in Santa Cruz

I apologize for being a little late with these this month… Check out Tannara Young’s Calendar of Writing Events in Santa Cruz ( a public Google Calendar) Note: I am not affiliated with these groups and cannot answer questions about them. This is merely a service to those who are …

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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms: Book Review

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms Book One of the Inheritance Trilogy N. K. Jemisin Hachette Book Group, Inc (2010) The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is a tight, closely casted tale despite the scope of its title or the premise from the back cover: Yeine Darr is the daughter of an outcast princess …