Apex Magazine, Publishing/Editing, Slush Lesson, Writing

Uncanny Magazine’s Looking For Slush Editors!

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: if you're an aspiring author and want to really improve your chances of being published, slush-editing for a good market is one of the best things you can do. Slushing for Apex was a great learning experience for me, and sparked the SLUSH LESSONS I've reposted… Continue reading Uncanny Magazine’s Looking For Slush Editors!

Apex Magazine, Publishing/Editing, Slush Lesson, Writing

SLUSH LESSONS: Delusions of Grandeur and Other Pitfalls

(This was originally published on the Apex Magazine blog in April 2011.) How do you measure your success as a writer? Is it the number of times you’ve been published? Or the quality of the publication your work appeared in? Is it how much you’re paid for your work? Or is it the number of… Continue reading SLUSH LESSONS: Delusions of Grandeur and Other Pitfalls

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SLUSH LESSONS: The World is Not Enough: The Challenge of Fitting Writing into an Already Busy Schedule

(This was originally posted on the Apex Magazine blog in October 2010.) Life happens. That’s something I’ve learned day, by painstaking day, since I decided to pursue writing fiction seriously. Something is always getting in the way. During my senior year of college, it was the substantial strain of classes, thesis work, finals, getting engaged… Continue reading SLUSH LESSONS: The World is Not Enough: The Challenge of Fitting Writing into an Already Busy Schedule

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SLUSH LESSON: Voices on My Shoulder: The Inner Editor Vs. the Inner Critic 

(This was originally posted on the Apex Magazine blog back in December 2010.) This is your brain: “I’m going to write that story I’ve had on my mind all weekend! It’ll be so fun!” This is your brain on “inner editor”: “Wow, this is terrible. Is that even a word? There’s too much description, here.… Continue reading SLUSH LESSON: Voices on My Shoulder: The Inner Editor Vs. the Inner Critic 

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Apex Update: Book Giveaways & Free Samples

While I'm technically still on unofficial maternity leave from Apex Publications, I'm always following what the good folks there are up to, and thought I'd share a few things going on there this week. First off: Apex is doing a couple of great book giveaways, until July 31st, over at Goodreads for their two newest… Continue reading Apex Update: Book Giveaways & Free Samples

Journal, Publishing/Editing, The Zombie Feed, Writing

Zombies: More Recent Dead Announcement

Hooray! The news is up on the Prime Books website, so I can now proudly and with happy-dancing proclaim that my zombie short story "A Shepherd of the Valley"--originally appearing in The Zombie Feed Anthology Vol. 1--is going to be reprinted in Zombies: More Recent Dead. This is a huge deal for me, in part… Continue reading Zombies: More Recent Dead Announcement

Author Interview, Publishing/Editing, The Zombie Feed

THREE QUESTIONS: Ty Schwamberger

Ladies and gentlemen, bogarts and ghouls (yes, I went there), today I've had the marvelous opportunity to host THREE QUESTIONS with The Zombie Feed's Editor-in-Chief Ty Schwamberger. Mr. Schwamberger has just come out with his new zombie novella, THE FIELDS. Per the press release: Billy Fletcher learned to farm the family’s tobacco fields – and… Continue reading THREE QUESTIONS: Ty Schwamberger

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Slush Lessons: What I’ve Learned About Writing From Slush Editing

(This was originally posted on the Apex Magazine blog in 2009.) Just like every other writer out there, I’m always on the look out for things that will improve my fiction. Whether it be advice in a writer’s magazine, inspiring tips in a how-to-write book by a favorite author, or a variety of websites, critique… Continue reading Slush Lessons: What I’ve Learned About Writing From Slush Editing

Author Interview, Publishing/Editing, The Zombie Feed, Writing

THREE QUESTIONS: Brandon Alspaugh

Brandon Alspaugh's story in The Zombie Feed Vol. 1 is a multi-layered, and multi-era, examination of the undead and undeadness. You won't find zombies eating brains in "The Sickness Unto Death", but you will find letters, online discussions, Confederate soldiers, ancient death myths, faith-frightened monks, and the story of a modern soldier returning home after… Continue reading THREE QUESTIONS: Brandon Alspaugh

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THREE QUESTIONS: K. Allen Wood

K. Allen Wood has contributed a gem of a story to The Zombie Feed Anthology Vol. 1 with "Goddamn Electric," and those readers from the Northeast U.S. will likely recognize the deft portrayal of the region's inhabitants. New Englanders don't scare easy--maybe it's the dark woods, or twisting dirt roads that don't ever seem to go to… Continue reading THREE QUESTIONS: K. Allen Wood