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11 Swoon Books, as Tagged by AO3 (Part I)
As a giant geek and fangirl, I’m a HUGE fan of fanfiction. I think it’s a wonderful place to learn the craft of writing, and more than that, it’s a ton of fun. Who doesn’t want to spend more time reading about the characters they love? So, needless to say, I spend a lot of time (maybe a little too ...
Love Fortunes and Other Disasters,
You Won't See Me Coming,
The Hummingbird Dagger,
Love Charms and Other Catastrophes,
You Won't Know I'm Gone,
You Don't Know My Name,
All the Feels,
Going Off Script,
How The Light Gets In,
Ask an Editor: When the Stakes Go Too High
A little while ago I wrote a blog post about stakes and in the comments QueendSheena asked, “How do you know when the stakes are too high?”Thinking about this question, I quickly realized that the answer was a bit too complicated for a comment, and decided I would need another blog post to attempt to answer it. Mostly because there ...
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Behind the Scenes: Attending Conventions as a Publishing Professional
I went to both San Diego Comic Con and Gen Con in Indianapolis this year, and it got me thinking about how different conventions are when you are attending as a publishing professional instead of as a fan.There is WAY more prep work involved. Don’t get me wrong. I know how much work goes into the perfect cosplay, and how ...
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Ask an Editor: The Importance of Stakes
Let’s talk about stakes. Not those delicious slabs of meat served up on grills over the summer. And not the wooden one used to fend off and kill vampires either. No, I mean story stakes—those super important elements that help keep your reader invested in your story. If plot is what happens in a story, stakes are why do we ...
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Ask an Editor: Setting Up Your Worldbuilding
When your story has an intricate setting to introduce—whether because it's a fantasy world with a lot of important pieces to set up, or because it's set in a time/place where the history is important to the present, etc.—it can be very difficult to incorporate that into the first few chapters without stalling out your pacing with too much info-dump-y ...
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