BVC’s Self Help Line: #1 With a Bullet

Work the internet. Blog.  Chase the cyber-papparazzi.  There’s a million ways to promote your writing. Forget them all. Now bestselling author Faux Muldaur (Guerilla Copyeditor; Escaping Publishing’s Dungeon) brings you a can’t-miss, can’t-fail system to getting your work before the public. … Continue reading

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Random Hydra Rides Again: Or, Why Better Isn’t Always Good Enough

And so the saga continues. There is a new contract. It’s better than the old one. It is not, however, even yet, a good contract. Scrivener’s Error, the publishing blog for true wonks, is not terribly impressed. What it looks … Continue reading

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Random Hydra and the Terrible, Horrible, Awful, No-Good, Very Bad Contract

There’s been a great deal of excitement on the interwebs for the past couple of days, as major publisher Random House has announced a wonderful! new! line of ebook imprints for various genres including science fiction (Hydra) and mystery (Alibi). … Continue reading

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Forging Stories 3: Passive Aggressive Behavior

Perhaps the first thing we’re taught as fiction writers is that passive voice is the literary equivalent of a clogged artery.  “Use active voice,” we’re told. What exactly does that mean? Here’s an example: “Chelsea dove for cover. The sound … Continue reading

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Practical Meerkat’s 52 Bits of Useful Info for Young (and Old) Writers, week 36

by Laura Anne Gilman It happens to everyone, the entire length of your career.  You’re asked by a complete stranger, or friend-of-a-friend,  “oh, what do you do?” and you say – with varying degrees of trepidation, “I’m a writer.” If … Continue reading

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