writing

Language Generator for Fantasy and Sci-Fi

I’ve talked about my fascination with language before, but sometimes writers need a little help creating words that make sense in their nascent worlds. I recently found something that streamlines that process. Vulgar (pardon the terrible name) is a constructed language generator. The generator creates fully realized languages; if you were truly ambitious you could… Continue reading Language Generator for Fantasy and Sci-Fi

books · Publishing

The Audacity of Judging a Book by Its Cover: 4 Highlights from Recent Publications

People say that old maxim ‘never judge a book by its cover’ frequently, but of course everyone does judge book covers. Both in ebooks and in physical copies, the cover is one of the first things a reader sees. Readers use the cover to make instant assessments about a book: is this a genre I… Continue reading The Audacity of Judging a Book by Its Cover: 4 Highlights from Recent Publications

writing

Becoming a Better Writer without Writing

As much as I adore the process of writing and editing, there are other ways to improve my writing skills. When writing, it becomes very easy to be trapped within myself and forget about the outside world. This inevitably causes my plots and my characters to lose some of their sparkle, their life. The inside… Continue reading Becoming a Better Writer without Writing

Poetry

Poetry Sunday: Reina Maria Rodriguez’s ‘First Time’

i brushed the shells with my fingertips, they were smooth and delicate, but obviously artificial, made to be used once and thrown away. at first touch they might seem real, pearly, perfect, but they’re actually plastic, and they’ve never even seen any sea. So ends Reina Maria Rodriguez’s poem “First Time” (in the video above and… Continue reading Poetry Sunday: Reina Maria Rodriguez’s ‘First Time’

Publishing · resources

How Writers Get Paid: A Beginner’s Guide to Book Royalties

Congratulations! You have signed with a publisher that wants to bring your book to the market. But how will you get paid for book sales? What royalties are considered normal? I suppose I should backtrack. First of all, how do traditional publishers pay authors, and what exactly are royalties? Publishers typically pay authors in several ways:… Continue reading How Writers Get Paid: A Beginner’s Guide to Book Royalties

writing

What It Means to Tell a Story: On Susan Sontag and Writing

Writing is a type of freedom. It allows us to choose which portions of the world to highlight and which ones we want to discard. Telling stories also forces us to create boundaries. We can’t focus on everything, can’t follow the lives of every single character, can’t describe the layer of dirt on every doorstep. Instead… Continue reading What It Means to Tell a Story: On Susan Sontag and Writing