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Rob, off the cuff: Why have beta readers?

Why have beta readers? Typically, a beta reader is a non-professional reader (yes, I know, I would love to get paid to read) who “test reads” a written work before it’s submitted to market, for the supposed purpose of finding … Continue reading

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Rob, off the cuff: But I can’t write X

… BUT I CAN’T WRITE X In a closed Facebook group, in casual conversation, a writer–and a very good one–made an off-the-cuff statement: “I love reading fantasy but I can’t write it. (Aside from urban fantasy.)” With the above, is … Continue reading

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Friends and Family? Beta-readers? Why send your story to anyone other than an editor, agent, or a publishing house?

Recently on Facebook, an author had a question concerning beta-readers.  Then another writer asked the question: I don’t understand. Who’s getting this final draft?  Family and friends?  Test readers?  If the ms. is ready to go, why not just send … Continue reading

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But I’m Scared….

Recently, on Facebook, a writer talked about blogging on some sensitive issues, and about how afterwards, there was concern about fallout.  The following was my response: As a writer, that’s always one of the rubs, isn’t it? Which hill to … Continue reading

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Women In Horror!

What would we story-lovers do without the likes of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, John Saul … Masterton, Bradner, Clegg or Keene? Shudder the thought, but at least there are many more beloved authors out there, and they’re not all men. … Continue reading

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STAYING AMAZED!

Though my intellectual side has ZERO problems acknowledging that authors, the famous top-tier kind of authors, are people, more-or-less like anyone else, I still feel like a kid at Christmas when one of them accepts my FRIEND REQUEST. Today, for … Continue reading

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Rob, not quite off the cuff: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!

Netbound Publishing Call for Submissions, New & Improved: now with posted response time and an announcement of our first accepted piece. Project: Sideshow Editors: Mikel B. Classen, Rob M. Miller, and featuring all original art by the incomparable Melissa Stevens! … Continue reading

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Rob, off the cuff: What do Writers Want?

What do writers want? Hmmm?  What’s the answer?  Well, lots of things, I’m sure.  But among the top tier of responses, I’d say: Fame, Bathtub Moments, and Respect. Fame? Yep.  But not the immature version of ritz and fancy lunches … Continue reading

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Rob, off the cuff: Call for Submissions

Netbound Publishing Call for Submissions Project: Sideshow Editors: Mikel B Classen, Rob M. Miller Due Date: Until Filled Looking for stories that spotlight an act or exhibit that one might see in a sideshow: Siamese twins, fortune teller, strong man, … Continue reading

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Rob? How short should my novel chapters be?

Two hundred and fifty words. (Psst. And maybe even less!  Sometimes only a few words, such as has been done by the genius writer Caitlin R. Kiernan, in “Daughter of Hounds,” though such micro sections were rare.) That said, it’s … Continue reading

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