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Author’s Note: Self Publishing and Publishing: pros and cons

Is it that time already? Past that time? …This year is going by way too fast. Anyway! One of the things people frequently ask me are varying questions on publishing versus self publishing. (Often, the question specifically is, “Why don’t you self-publish?”) So, in an attempt to make my own life easier, let’s talk about […]

Posted on March 8, 2012 at 21:20 by JB McDonald · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Author’s Note: Breaking Archetypes

Here we are — the last of the archetype series! Are you relieved? I am! Three months on the same topic?! Geez, it’s like writing a book! Anyway, onward and upward! In previous months we’ve talked about how to successfully work with archetypes. Today, I’m going to tell you what not to do. First, we’re […]

Posted on December 27, 2011 at 17:16 by JB McDonald · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Author’s Note: 3D characters, or, how to combine archetypes

Last time I talked about some basic archetypes (I cannot stress enough how many of them there are; the more you know, the better!) and said we’d build on it this month. Well, we are! Woo hoo! Let’s talk about combining archetypes and adding traits. No one is just one archetype. When you see a […]

Posted on November 17, 2011 at 17:01 by JB McDonald · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Author’s Note: Creating Characters, Using Archetypes

I’ve been watching a lot of movies lately. I’m sure this surprises none of you. It has been the summer of fun blockbusters! What I see over and over again are archetypes. Everyone knows what an archetype is, right? The knight in shining armor, the damsel in distress. More practically speaking, an archetype is what […]

Posted on September 30, 2011 at 15:38 by JB McDonald · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Comic Non-Sans: That Scary Korean Comic

So a link to a Korean webcomic has been making the rounds over the last few days, and it made its way to me through various social media routes.  It’s usually accompanied by key phrases like “Wanna see something scary?” and “You have been warned!” The stand-alone comic, titled 2011 Mystery Sketch Bongcheon-Dong Ghost, claims […]

Posted on August 30, 2011 at 01:00 by Kara Dennison · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Author’s Note: Agent Hunting!

So, last month I told you guys I had just sent off a query letter to an agent. What I skipped was finding agents to send it to, and writing up the query letter. Really, each of those two things is its own column, because each was an equal pain in the butt. I had […]

Posted on July 26, 2011 at 20:12 by JB McDonald · Permalink · One Comment
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Strippable Cover Reviews: Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson

Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson The apocalypse has hit in many ways over the years. Zombies. Plague. Creeping Ice-Ages. And of course, there’s always the old stand-by favorite, Robots. We’ve seen them plod slowly through the Terminator films or swiftly dive and tear their way through clunky, barely functional ships in The Matrix. But author […]

Posted on July 4, 2011 at 22:22 by Lincoln Eddy · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Author’s Note: Mixing My Alcohol

They say you shouldn’t mix your alcohols, but baby, I have done exactly that. You see, I need a drink. I have just sent my query letter off to an agent, to see if it’s acceptable. That’s right. I sent a query letter to an agent. It’s the first agent I’ve approached since, oh, probably […]

Posted on June 17, 2011 at 15:13 by JB McDonald · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Trisha’s Take: Jane Pratt is back, but is she relevant?

Way back when I was a wee geekling, a series of books helped shape the notion in my head that I wanted to come to New York City and be a writer/publisher. One of them, a romance novel by Judith Krantz, was about the magazine publishing industry and a mythical new magazine called B&B which […]

Posted on May 18, 2011 at 07:00 by Trisha Lynn · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Author’s Note: On to the Details!

Holy crap, you guys, editing is going to kill me. (Melodramatic much? Naaaah, not me!) My editing process has changed since the days when I was writing mostly fanfic, simply because the length of my work has changed. While my fanfic was often short-novel length, about 50,000 words, now that I’m writing things that are […]

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 15:38 by JB McDonald · Permalink · Comments Closed
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