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  • An interview with T.H. Morris

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    Guess what, everyone? It’s launch day! T.H. Morris is releasing his new novel, Item and Time, and we’re so pleased that he agreed to give us an interview. If you’re looking for a new novel (and you should always be looking for a new novel), check it out! We’re so glad to have you here. […]

  • A thoroughly calqued world

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    In my previous post, I alluded to a process described as calquing, which I first learned of from Tom Shippey’s The Road to Middle Earth. I wish I could recall now exactly what Dr. Shippey said on the subject, but sadly I have left him in America. The long and short of it, though, is […]

  • Cartographic plotting

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    A few months ago on the blog, I promised to continue my thoughts about leveraging the threat of a busy future and hard deadlines to help overcome the present desire to procrastinate. Obviously, that strategy didn’t result in more frequent posts from me over the intervening months. Hopefully that will change. But whether or not […]

  • Here’s to the moms

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    This Mother’s Day weekend, consider an extra thank you to your mom for the way she’s encouraged you in your writing career. Every person’s story is different, but I know that many of our writers were raised by wonderful, supportive women, some of whom bent over backwards to help them succeed. I know that I […]

  • Fair editorial rates

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    We don’t publish our typical editorial rates. Why not? Pricing varies greatly from project to project based on length, how polished the manuscript already is, the number of services in a package, the type of manuscript, and the author. So attempting to guess a price without seeing a manuscript would more often than often be […]

  • An interview with Kirstin Pulioff

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    After having had the pleasure of working with Kirstin Pulioff on Dreamscape: Saving Alex for about six months on several revisions of her novel, I’m so excited that it’s now available in ebook and paperback formats! Dreamscape is a really fun read, a fast-paced, high-stakes adventure that you won’t want to put down. Kirstin graciously […]

  • Review: Rachelle Dekker’s The Choosing

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    A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of reading an ARC of Rachelle Dekker’s debut novel The Choosing. Before I dove into it, I was worried I’d built up my expectations too high. I’d really enjoyed the conversations I’d had with her at the Re:Write conference—she’s fun and funny and down-to-earth—and I’m a long-time […]

  • Take time for self-care

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    As a creative, it’s easy to feel pulled in countless directions at once. You’re pouring your soul into your book, but you also have to juggle many other torches—family, friends, community, maybe a day job, bills, and more. It feels like the whole house you’ve built so carefully will burn to the ground if you […]

  • 4 ways to keep the pace moving

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    Have you ever been reading a book and finding yourself glancing up at the clock, wondering how time can move so slowly? I have. And it’s a frustrating feeling because I love it when a book immerses me to the point I’m almost unaware of the outside world. How can you avoid provoking a yawn […]