Auntie Deborah’s Advice Column for Aspiring Writers

Dear Auntie Deborah: How can I find a real publisher for my YA novel, instead of one of the many vanity or scam presses? — Tearful Wannabee Dear Tearful: Do your research about publishers. Find out which accept unagented submissions. Check … Continue reading


BVC Announces New Worlds, Year Two by Marie Brennan

New Worlds, Year Two: More Essays on the Art of Worldbuilding by Marie Brennan Explore a world of your own . . . Science fiction and fantasy are renowned for immersing their readers in rich, inventive settings. In this follow-up … Continue reading


BVC Announces New Worlds, Year One: A Writer’s Guide to the Art of Worldbuilding by Marie Brennan

Worldbuilding is one of the great pleasures of writing science fiction and fantasy — and also one of its greatest challenges. Award-winning fantasy author Marie Brennan draws on her academic training in anthropology to peel back the layers of a setting, going past the surface details to explore questions many authors never think to answer. She invites you to consider the endless variety of real-world cultures — from climate to counterfeiting, from sumptuary laws to slang — and the equally endless possibilities speculative fiction has to offer.

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Making Word(s) Count #1: Less is More … Sometimes.

When less is more Over the years, as I’ve participated in writer’s workshops and mentored writers’ groups, I’ve encountered a number of literary habits that can keep a story from having the impact a writer so deeply desires it to … Continue reading


Writing in the Digital Age: We Can All Be Neil Gaiman and “Make Good Art”

All a Writer’s Choices Lead to “Make Good Art” My topic for today was going to be about how authors can make choices that were rarely possible before software opened the production and distribution methods to the interested layman. I … Continue reading