“We’re like books. Most people only see our cover, the minority only reads the introduction, a lot of people believe in critics. Few will know our content.” — Emile Zola
Some superbly helpful writing sites:
Jericho Writers – Based in the UK, they offer invaluable and free writing and publication advice, as well as editorial services, with wit and humanity. One of my absolute “favs.” They also offer intensive workshops and one-on-one mentoring at a discounted cost to members. Very accessible and responsive, both by email and on their Townhouse forum. No cost to subscribe. https://jerichowriters.com/
Query Tracker – A huge market database for writers searching for publishers and agents for their book manuscripts, filterable by genre, location, method of submission and much more. The free, basic membership comes with plenty of tools and allows you to track your submissions easily and suits most new writers. More options are available at the Premium level. An amazing and user-friendly “must have.” https://querytracker.net/
SFWA (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America) – whatever your genre, their column, “Writer Beware,” is a “must read” if you wish to avoid the scams, bad actors and publishing parasites that beset newbie (and even veteran writers). And if you do write in the SFF genres, paid membership could be a definite plus. https://www.sfwa.org/
Authors Publish – A Canadian group that publishes weekly submission calls, reviews of new publishers, and great, free writing & marketing advice, as well as free ebooks to subscribers. They offer workshops and webinars, some for a fee, and always let you know if a market pays its contributors. Personable, accessible and responsive. No cost to subscribe. https://authorspublish.com/
Submission Grinder (or Diabolical Plots) – is a great database for searching for a home for your book, your short story, or non-fiction piece, and is filterable by genre, open submission windows, payment, word count, submission method, and more. Links to each publisher are included and submissions are trackable, which allows them to offer constantly updated statistics on each publisher. Most other such sites, like Submittable’s “Discovery” page, don’t give information about paying markets (journals & magazines) without drilling down. You can even save your search parameters. Another “must have/must use.” No cost to subscribe. https://thegrinder.diabolicalplots.com/
Reedsy – A UK group offering free webinars on writing and marketing, online tools for writing and formatting your book, and contacts to editors, book designers and more. No cost to subscribe. https://reedsy.com/
For those mystery writers among us . . .
The wonderful art of Arthur T. Neimann
This is the artwork of a fantastic artist I met one summer at the Plymouth Waterfront Festival–Arthur T. Neimann III. He’s a super nice guy and is available for illustration work. You can see more of his work on his Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/The-Creations-of-Arthur-T-Neiman-III-303950039647669/), as well as Instagram: atniii, and Etsy: atn.iii.
The Vampire Drolleries
Considering my novel has vampires in it, I couldn’t resist, although mine are mostly good guys. Count D., on the other hand . . . well, you know how he is.
How He Who Must Not Be Named got there.
How writers get their ideas . . . (See, vampires can save the world, just like in my book!) But why does he look like Harry Bingham?
For the helluvit
Favorite bumper stickers:
“Horn broken. Watch for finger.”
“Madness takes its toll. Please have exact change.”
“Sometimes I struggle with my demons and sometimes
we just snuggle.”
Quotes I’ve loved
“Humans need fantasy to be human. To be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape.” — Terry Pratchett, Hogfather
“For according to the trollish philosopher Plateau, ‘If you want to understan’ an enemy, you gotta walk a mile in his shoes. Den, if he’s still your enemy, at least you’re a mile away and he’s got no shoes.’” — Terry Pratchett, Once More with Footnotes
“Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying ‘End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH,’ the paint wouldn’t even have time to dry.” — Terry Pratchett, Thief of Time
“Happiness is excitement that has found a settling down place, but there is always a little corner that keeps flapping around.” — E.L. Konigsburg, The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basel E. Frankweiler
“Every time a person goes to the mall, she loses a little piece of her soul.” — Tom Robbins, B Is for Beer
“If you are honest, people may deceive you. Be honest anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfishness. Be kind anyway. All the good you do today will be forgotten by others tomorrow. Do good anyway. What you create, others can destroy. Create anyway. Because in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and anyone else anyway.” — Fredrik Backman, Beartown (mottos pinned to Amat’s bedroom wall)